Chancellor’s Professorship in the Arts and Humanities

May 5, 2015

To Members of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Community:

One of the initiatives of the New Brunswick Strategic Plan is the Chancellor’s Professorship in the Arts and Humanities. This one-year honorary title is given to a preeminent faculty member from an arts and humanities discipline at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

I am pleased to share that Cheryl A. Wall, Distinguished Professor in the Department of English in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been nominated and chosen to receive this honor for the 2015–2016 academic year.

Professor Wall has been at Rutgers since 1972, having begun her career as an instructor in the Douglass College Department of English. She has authored or edited nine books and countless essays which have established her as one of our nation’s preeminent scholars of twentieth-century African American literature, with a particular focus on the work of Zora Neale Hurston.

As the Chancellor’s Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Wall will give a public lecture during the Spring 2016 term. We look forward very much, as always, to hearing her speak. Information on the lecture will be forthcoming during the fall 2015 semester.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Wall on this latest honor.


Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick