Lynn Franken has
been named dean of the School of Humanities and
Fine Arts and professor of English at Coastal Carolina University,
effective July 1, 2000. She will be responsible for all administrative
aspects of the school, which comprises nine departments and has 65
full-time faculty members.
Franken comes to Coastal from Butler University in Indianapolis,
Ind., where she has served as chair of the Department of English since
1994. She also served as associate dean of Butler's College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences from 1992 to 1994. Franken earned a bachelor's degree
and a master's degree in English from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D.
in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
During her tenure as chair of Butler's English Department, the
number of majors has doubled and the curriculum has been expanded to
include new approaches to teaching in the Humanities, particularly
regarding freshman English and writing courses.
In addition to her teaching and administrative duties, Franken
serves on the Education and Programming Committee of the Indianapolis
Opera board, where she has been an effective advocate for linkages
between academic learning and the performing arts. She has published
numerous articles in scholarly journals and presents regularly at
"Lynn Franken will bring a variety of experiences to the position,
both as an administrator and as a teacher-scholar," said John Idoux,
provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Coastal. "She will
help to build on the excellent base which has already been established
and will guide the progress of the school as it moves into its new
home, the Humanities and Fine Arts Building which is now under
More than 100 applicants applied for the position of dean. Final
candidates were recommended to Idoux by a search committee consisting
of faculty from each department in the school and chaired by Jack
Riley, associate professor of politics at Coastal.
Departments within the School of Humanities and Fine Arts which
report to the dean are: art, English, foreign languages, history,
music, philosophy and religion, politics and geography and theater. The
Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies also reports to the