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Reed Dasenbrock

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Honolulu, Hawaii  96822
Hawaiʻi Hall, Room 209
Ph: (808) 956-8447
Fax: (808) 956-7115

Reed Dasenbrock was educated at McGill University in Canada, where he received a B.A. (Honours); Oxford University in England, where he received a B.Phil.; and finally Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. On completion of his Ph.D. in English in 1981, he joined the faculty at New Mexico State University, where he taught for 20 years from 1981 to 2001. His area of specialization in English was modernist literature, but he has published in a wide range of other areas, including post-colonial literature in English, literary theory, the influence of Italian literature on English literature, and more general issues in the profession. A good deal of his work has been interdisciplinary, drawing on art history, comparative literature, analytic philosophy, and most recently on the use of mathematical and scientific concepts in literature. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of eight books, nearly 100 scholarly articles or chapters in books, and nearly 100 book reviews, while he has given more than 70 presentations at scholarly conferences.

In 1994, he became Head of the English Department at New Mexico State, and he has worked in a number of administrative positions since that time. After serving as department head, he became the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU, before moving in 2001 to the University of New Mexico as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, he became Provost at UNM (first Acting, then Interim, then simply Provost) and in 2007 went on leave from UNM to serve the State of New Mexico as the Cabinet Secretary in charge of the Higher Education Department, the only such position in any state. As Secretary, he had oversight over all state monies flowing to the 25 different institutions in the state and worked closely with the institutions to develop statewide policies on higher education as well as working closely with other parts of state government to help bring higher education to more New Mexicans. In April 2009, he became the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As VCAA, he is the campus' chief academic officer, the deans of 15 schools and colleges report to him, as do associate and assistant vice chancellors managing campus-wide activities such as international student services, institutional research, and honors.

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, most frequently to Europe and Asia, and he has been to most countries on both continents. He also loves the arts, both performing and visual arts, and is currently learning to play the Indonesian gamelan.