Beloit College Names New Dean, VP of Academic Affairs

Ann Davies, the Edwin F. Wilde, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at Beloit College, has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. The two-year appointment was announced by Beloit College President-elect Scott Bierman on April 27, following the spring meeting of the college’s board of trustees. Davies will assume the position on June 1.

“The college is extremely fortunate, and I am personally appreciative, that Prof. Davies is willing, even eager, to take on these responsibilities,” Bierman said, noting that she is widely respected by her colleagues and peers.”

A member of the college faculty since 1997, Davies has also served on a number of committees and task forces. She teaches courses in political theory and public law, and also serves as a pre-law advisor and contributor to the legal studies program. In 2005, she received the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Davies was named the Wilde Professor in 2008, in recognition of her outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to Beloit College. A graduate of Kenyon College, Davies holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include liberal political thought and its reflection in modern U.S. jurisprudence, as well as liberal theory’s treatment of coercion within political systems. Davies’ appointment follows the announcement by Lynn Franken, dean of the college since 2005, that she would step down at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. An English scholar with a doctorate from the University of Texas-Austin, Franken will join the faculty in the department of English.