Donald Hall

Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering
University of Rochester

Donald Hall, a respected scholar and experienced administrator, became dean of the faculty on July 1, 2018. In this leadership role, he is responsible for AS&E, one of the University’s core academic units.Previously, Hall held the endowed position of Herbert and Ann Siegel Dean of Arts and Sciences, administering Lehigh University’s largest college. Upon arriving at Lehigh, he devised the college’s strategic plan, which continues to be implemented with its signature priorities of diversity, internationalization, and supporting student/faculty work across disciplines.

Before joining Lehigh, Hall was the Jackson Distinguished Professor of English at West Virginia University and chaired the Department of English from 2007–11. Prior to that, he was professor of English and chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 13 years.

As a scholar, Hall’s research andteaching focuses on British studies, queer theory, cultural studies, and professional studies. His current work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, ethics and agency in sexuality studies. He frequently speaks on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.

Hall earned his PhD in English from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in German and political science from the University of Alabama.