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Norma Bouchard, left, at the University of Connecticut Commencement. Norma Bouchard, left, at the University of Connecticut Commencement.

New Dean is Italian Scholar from University of Connecticut

SDSU names Norma Bouchard as dean of its College of Arts and Letters.
By SDSU News Team

Norma Bouchard, Ph.D., will join San Diego State University as dean of the College of Arts and Letters, following the retirement of Paul Wong, Ph.D., later this year.

Bouchard is professor of Italian and comparative literary and cultural studies at the University of Connecticut.

She has served as interim associate dean for humanities, chaired the university’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages and co-chaired its graduate program in comparative literatures.

Among Bouchard's publications are nine books, including an anthology examining the work of Italian philosopher and renowned novelist Umberto Eco.

She is vice president of the American Association of Italian Studies and serves as associate editor for cultural and media studies for the journal Italica. She is currently book review editor for Italian Culture, associate editor of Annali d’Italianistica, and immediate past chair of the MLA Book Translation Award Committee.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Bouchard to San Diego State University in this important academic leadership role,” said Chukuka Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “She is distinctly qualified to advance our key strategic goals within the College of Arts and Letters and across the SDSU campus.”

Bouchard will begin her term as dean in late July. Her search committee was chaired by Ghada Osman, chair of the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern languages.