Drompp Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

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Publication Date: 6/10/2008


Rhodes College President William E. Troutt has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael R. Drompp as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty for two academic years, 2008-09 and 2009-10. Drompp currently is Professor of History at Rhodes as well as Dean of Academic Affairs for Post-graduate Fellowships.

“Dr. Drompp’s record as a teacher-scholar, his years of service to the college as a department chair, as chair of the tenure and promotion committee, his work with post-graduate opportunities and his experience in the area of international education make him a wonderful choice,” said Troutt. “Professor Drompp begins his new role July 1.”

In his new position, Drompp will promote excellence in teaching and scholarship as well as close student-faculty interactions. In addition, he will provide leadership for academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in curricular, personnel, and budgetary matters.

A published authority on Chinese and Inner Asian history, Drompp has served as the campus liaison for the Luce Scholars Program that fosters cultural exchange between Asia and the United States. He also has been a Faculty Fellow for International Programs, serving as a liaison between the faculty and Rhodes’ Buckman Center for International Education.

Drompp joined the Rhodes faculty in 1989 and received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1999. He also is a pianist and composer. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University.