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Eric Link selected to lead College of Arts and Sciences

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) welcomes Eric Link, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). Link brings over two decades of both academic and administrative experience to the position. 

“I am pleased that Professor Link will be joining us as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,” said Carl Drummond, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “He possesses an outstanding record of scholarly and administrative accomplishment. I am looking forward to the application of his energy and enthusiasm to the task of leading IPFW’s largest college.”

Link’s background includes a Ph.D. from Purdue University, where his primary field was 19th-Century American Literature. His has an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Southwest Missouri State University and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Evangel University in Missouri, where he graduated summa cum laude, 

Link is currently serving as professor of American literature and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis. Prior to stepping into his role as associate dean, he served for five years as the chair of the Department of English at the University of Memphis. In addition, he held an endowed professorship—the Hugh Shott Professorship in English—at North Georgia College and State University, where he also served for a year as the head of the Department of Language and Literature. He has held a number of other academic and administrative positions over the course of his career.

Link is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, having lectured most recently at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland (Spring 2011), and before that in Lutsk, Ukraine, where he taught American literature and consulted on program and curriculum development at Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (Spring 2008). Additionally, in 2012, he gave a series of lectures on American literature at two universities in Nanjing, China (Nanjing University and Nanjing University of Science and Technology). 

As well as being a tenured full professor and an accomplished and respected administrator, Link is a very prolific researcher, having written or edited nine books and over 50 articles and book chapters published in academic and scholarly journals and presses. He has also edited several journals and was the founding editor of ALN: The American Literary Naturalism Newsletter. Both Link’s teaching and research have been recognized with numerous awards, including being named Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning at North Georgia, and, most recently, having been given the 2015 Distinguished Research in the Humanities Award at the University of Memphis.

“IPFW is an outstanding institution with wonderful students and a distinguished faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and creativity, and I’m honored to have this opportunity to join the IPFW community,” said Link. “I look forward to working with colleagues and students in the College of Arts and Sciences—and across the university—to build on the IPFW commitment to providing students with transformative learning experiences in an environment characterized by intellectual dialogue, innovation, mentoring, and community engagement.”

Originally from Boston, Link has held a number of other jobs in his lifetime, including truck driver, cook, restaurant manager, and bass player in a rock band. Alongside him are his wife, Laura Link, Ph.D., (who will also be joining the IPFW faculty in the College of Education and Public Policy), and his four children, Sarah, Nathaniel, Natalie, and Nolan. He enjoys playing video games with his kids, riding his bike, and cheering on his Boston sports teams, particularly the Red Sox.

Link will begin his new position July 1, 2015.