May 21, 2009


SUBJECT:    Appointment of Revelle College Provost

It is my pleasure to announce that Professor Don E. Wayne, Chair of the Department of Literature has been appointed as the next Provost of Revelle College, effective July 1, 2009.

A highly regarded scholar of early modern English literature and culture and of modern and postmodern movements in literary and cultural theory, Dr. Wayne has been a member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1975. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego earlier that year. Professor Wayne's research interests include: Renaissance and early modern studies; US culture from 1945-60; history of literary studies in higher education; critical theory and interdisciplinary studies. He is known for his work on Ben Jonson's drama and poetry, on the relationship between drama and the emerging market society of the seventeenth century, and on relations between poetry and early modern science with particular emphasis on Jonson and Francis Bacon. His book Penshurst: The Semiotics of Place and the Poetics of History has been influential in the fields of English and Comparative Literature, especially in the area of comparative studies of poetry, architecture, and the natural environment, and in the history of English political ideas and practices focused on the family and domestic life. He has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Huntington Library, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

Professor Wayne has made significant contributions to the literature curriculum in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. He has taught a wide range of courses in literature, cultural studies, and theory. He is an excellent teacher who consistently receives extraordinary instructor approval ratings. He has mentored undergraduates in UCSD's Academic Internship Program and in the Ronald E. McNair Program. Professor Wayne has served on a number of Academic Senate committees including the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP), the Graduate Council, and the systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (CCGA). His recent campus service includes membership on the UC San Diego Task Force on Undergraduate Academic Support Services (UGASS) and the Chancellor's Diversity Council. He has served for the past four years as Chair of the department of Literature.

Professor Wayne's administrative and academic accomplishments and his commitment to undergraduate education make him exceptionally well qualified to provide leadership as provost of Revelle College. I am delighted that he has accepted this important and challenging position and hope that you will join me in offering him your best wishes and support.

Paul W. Drake
Senior Vice Chancellor