Dorothy Mosby to become dean of faculty at Skidmore

Mosby, Mary E. Woolley professor of Spanish, has accepted a new position as the dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Skidmore College. She will assume this role in June of 2023.

Dorothy E. Mosby, Mary E. Woolley professor of Spanish, has accepted a new position as the dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Skidmore College. She will assume this role in June of 2023.

Mosby completed a two-year term as interim dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Mount Holyoke in 2022. Mosby joined the Mount Holyoke community in 2003. She was professor of Spanish and appointed associate dean of faculty in 2016. She has also served as a deputy coordinator for the College’s Title IX team and was the faculty mentor for the seventh cohort of Posse Scholars. In addition, Mosby played a key role in fulfilling the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by leading the office of the Dean of Faculty’s initiatives on inclusive search and hiring practices.

“Dorothy brings to the role of dean of faculty her deep knowledge and understanding of Mount Holyoke and the life and work of its faculty, a wealth of experience in the administration of academic affairs over the last four years and fresh perspectives,” said President Sonya Stephens upon Mosby’s appointment as the interim dean of faculty in 2020. “She also brings to the work ahead her hallmark thoughtful engagement, intellectual energy, great insight and integrity, as well as a genuine concern and strong advocacy for others and for their professional success.”

Mosby’s research focuses on Afro-Hispanic, Caribbean identity and African diaspora literature and culture. She is the author of “Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature” (2003) and “Quince Duncan. Writing Afro-Costa Rican and Caribbean Identity” (2014). She has also translated two Quince Duncan novels for English-speaking audiences. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Mosby also holds a B.A. from Hood College, which was founded as a women’s college and only allowed a limited number of men as commuter students from 1971 to 2003. Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Mosby taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State University.

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