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Knox College Appoints Dr. Laura Behling as Dean of the College

GALESBURG -- Following a nationwide search, Knox College has appointed
Dr. Laura Behling as dean of the College and vice president for
academic affairs. Dr. Behling will succeed Lawrence B. Breitborde, who
will retire from his role as dean, a position he has held since 1995,
on June 30, and return to teaching and research.

Dr. Behling currently serves as associate provost for faculty affairs
at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, a position she has held
since 2009.

"Dr. Behling's deep commitment to the liberal arts and to the
professional development of faculty as teachers and scholars make her
the ideal appointment to this position," says Knox College President
Teresa L. Amott. "The dean of the College/vice president for academic
affairs is a critical position on a college campus, entrusted with
securing academic excellence and building a vibrant learning
community. We were fortunate to have a highly qualified pool of
candidates who appreciated the special character of Knox and of
Galesburg, and I look forward to Dr. Behling's arrival this summer
with excitement."

"The mission of Knox, its history, and its reputation for academic
excellence drew me to the dean of the College position, as did the
College's commitment, now more than 175 years in practice, to educate
students in an environment that values diverse experiences and
perspectives," said Dr. Behling upon her appointment. "In the time
I've spent with the faculty, students, and staff of Knox, I have been
impressed by the strong sense of community, the creative thinking
about how best to move the College forward, and the confident belief
in the fundamental values taught through the liberal arts. I'm eager
to join this community dedicated to helping smart, intellectually
curious students fulfill their potential."

Dr. Behling received her B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College, and
her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from The
Claremont Graduate School. She also holds the M.S. in journalism from
Boston University's Program for Reporting on Science and Medicine and
a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard
University's Graduate School of Education.

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Behling started her faculty career at
Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, rising through the
faculty ranks and serving as chair of the English department from 2006
to 2009. In 2003, she was named a Fulbright Scholar at Palacky
University in the Czech Republic. While at Gustavus Adolphus, she also
served as co-director and then director of the John S. Kendall Center
for Engaged Learning from 2007 to 2009, developing campus-wide
programming to support faculty development opportunities, advances in
the scholarship of teaching and learning, assessment of student
learning outcomes, and undergraduate research for a faculty of more
than 200.

In 2009, Dr. Behling was appointed to her current role at Butler
University, where she led the successful launch of Butler's new core
curriculum, worked to strengthen and cultivate interdisciplinary
programs, developed university-wide faculty development opportunities,
and provided administrative leadership for internal and external grant
programs.

Dr. Behling is the author or editor of four books, including Gross
Anatomies: Fictions of the Physical in American Literature (2008) and
Reading, Writing, and Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in
Literary Studies (2010), and has presented and published articles
nationally and internationally on topics such as faculty development,
undergraduate research and creative work, administrative leadership,
medical humanities, and American literature and culture.

"Laura Behling is a dynamic and innovative administrator, whom I
expect will ably lead the faculty and College," said Associate
Professor of History Konrad Hamilton, who chaired the College's search
committee for the new dean. "Dr. Behling has the committee's full and
enthusiastic support."

Dr. Behling will assume her role at Knox on July 1.

Founded in 1837, Knox College is a national liberal arts college in
Galesburg, Illinois. Knox enrolls students from 48 states and U.S.
territories and 51 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic
Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas
debates.

 

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