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April 3, 2019

Adelphi Names New Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

A professor and dean at Ithaca College has been named dean of Adelphi University’s College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1. Vincent Wei-cheng Wang, Ph.D., will come to the University from his role as professor of politics and dean of Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences.

“Dr. Wang will be an excellent addition to our University and the College of Arts and Sciences, based upon his history of success in developing and growing programs that support students and faculty, his innovative approach to education, combined with a sense of positive energy and thoughtful demeanor,” said Steve Everett, D.M.A., Adelphi’s provost and executive vice president. “He has a strong reputation for advancing and supporting diversity among faculty and a demonstrated commitment to research at both the student and faculty levels.”

At Ithaca, he expanded the Summer Scholars program by one-third, inaugurated an innovative “match” program through which faculty mentored students in research, and secured increased travel support for students to attend conferences. Also supportive of faculty research, Dr. Wang successfully augmented faculty professional development travel funding support, streamlined the application process and incentivized external grant seeking and other professional pursuits.

Prior to joining Ithaca College, Dr. Wang was professor of political science at the University of Richmond, where he also held leadership positions in the School of Arts and Sciences, including associate dean, coordinator of the International Studies Program and chair of the Department of Political Science.

“I am honored to be named the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University,” says Wang.  “Adelphi is an institution committed to student success. Its proximity to a world-class metropolis offers unsurpassed opportunities. It’s exciting to join this vibrant community known for engaged scholarship and inspired teaching at a momentous time and contribute to its ascent as a globally renowned academic institution.”

Dr. Wang is a widely published author and presenter with more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 44 other scholarly publications, as well as more than 170 op-ed articles and letters to the editor published in media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the Financial Times. He has held nonprofit and civic leadership positions, including service as president of the International Studies Association-South, president of the American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS), and commissioner of the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan). He serves on the editorial boards of Asia Policy, published by The National Bureau of Asian Research, and Issues and Studies: An International Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs, published by the Institute of International Relations, and is a senior fellow of the Asia Program of Foreign Policy Research Institute, a Philadelphia-based think tank.

Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations, Asian Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from National Taiwan University.


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