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Janet Schrunk Ericksen

Janet Schrunk Ericksen has held the position of vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean since August 2017, first in an interim role and then in a regular appointment. Since joining the Morris faculty in 1998, Ericksen has served as director of the Honors Program, interim chair of the Division of the Social Sciences, chair of the Division of the Humanities, and Summer Session co-chair as well as assistant and associate professor of English. She earned a bachelor of arts in English and art history at the University of Kansas, then a master of arts and doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a specialization in early medieval English and Old Norse literature. Ericksen is a 2008 recipient of the Horace T. Morse Undergraduate Teaching Award and a 2006 recipient of the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award. Her recent scholarship includes a forthcoming book on Reading Old English Biblical Poetry and an essay on  “A Textbook Stance on Marriage: the Versus ad coniugem in Anglo-Saxon England,” in New Readings on Women and Early Medieval English Literature and Culture. She also guided the campus work on “Engaged and Engaging Humanities,” a project funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Governors’ Grant in 2018-19.