Decanal Transition in the Division of Humanities

September 2, 2011
UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost 

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty and Staff in the Division of Humanities, and Vice Chancellors

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that David Schaberg, chair of the department of Asian languages and cultures, has accepted an offer from Chancellor Block and me to serve as interim dean of the Division of Humanities. His appointment will be effective September 6, 2011, following the completion of Tim Stowell’s service as dean. A member of the faculty since 1996, David has published articles on early Chinese literature, historiography and thought, as well as Greek/Chinese comparative issues. He is the author of A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography, which was awarded the 2003 Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies (pre-1900 category), and a contributor to a new translation of China’s first great historical work, The Zuo Tradition, soon to appear from University of Washington Press. We are certain that the Division of Humanities will continue to thrive under David’s leadership. We appreciate his willingness to serve in this important post, and ask you to join us in welcoming him into the role.

Tim Stowell, who has served UCLA with distinction and dedication for three decades, has chosen to return to the faculty following his service as dean. A professor in the UCLA department of linguistics since 1981, he served twice as chair of the department, from 1994 to 1998, and from 2004 until his appointment as dean in July 2006. He has also held visiting professorships at 13 universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and served as the co-editor of Syntax from 2001 to 2006 and as a long-time participant on the editorial boards of numerous other publications in his field. I want to thank Tim for his longstanding commitment to UCLA and his leadership of the large, complex and diverse Division of Humanities during the past five years. We are grateful for his dedicated service as dean, and look forward to his continued contributions to UCLA as he returns to the faculty and continues his scholarly work in the years ahead.

During the fall quarter, I will form a search committee to identify candidates for a new dean and will keep you informed as we initiate the search.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost