University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Jenemann and Vivanco Will Co-Direct Humanities Center

David Jenemann and Luis Vivanco

With the approval of Provost David V. Rosowsky, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professors David Jenemann and Luis Vivanco as co-Directors of the Humanities Center.  Their joint appointment begins on March 1, 2014. 

Professor Vivanco is an environmental anthropologist with degrees from Princeton University in Cultural Anthropology (Ph.D. 1999, M.A. 1995) and Dartmouth College in Religion (A.B. 1991). He came to UVM in 1997 as a New England Board of Higher Education Dissertation Write-up Fellow, and began as Assistant Professor in 1999. In 2005, he was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. In 2012, Luis won the University of Vermont’s highest teaching honor when he received the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award, for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and an ability to inspire students for lifelong learning. He was also awarded the 2012 Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award for his successes in integrating service learning into several of his courses.

From 2007 to 2014 Luis served as Director of the Global and Regional Studies Program. Under his leadership, a new Global Studies Program was developed and established in 2009. The program has been one of the fastest growing areas of interdisciplinary undergraduate interest at UVM.

Professor Jenemann is Associate Professor of English and Film and Television Studies. He graduated from Swarthmore College as a Thomas B. McCabe Scholar in 1993, and received his Ph.D. in the University of Minnesota's pioneering interdisciplinary humanities program, Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society, in 2003. He came to UVM that same year and received tenure in 2009.  Professor Jenemann is the recipient of a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Award Fellowship in language and research. He has also been nominated a number of times for the Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award.

Since 2011 Professor Jenemann has been the Director of Film and Television Studies, where he has overseen the formalization of the major's program status. Prior to serving as FTS Director, he acted as chair of the TRI working group in Culture and Society, and participated in the Provost's ad hoc committee on the Humanities Center.  The work of each of these groups informs his approach to the co-Director's role.

I'm confident Jenemann and Vivanco will do a fantastic job sustaining the original mission of the Center, “To expand the concerns and influence of the humanities throughout the university,” and fulfilling its new vision, “[to] become a national model for its impact in increasing awareness among the general public, and academics outside the arts and humanities, about the wide and deep contributions of the arts and humanities toward the betterment of the human condition, society, and the natural world,” by supporting the interdisciplinary scholarly and creative collaborations of students and faculty within and between the university and the surrounding community.

I would also like to thank the search committee for its careful review of the outstanding pool of applications we received.

Please join me in congratulating Professors Jenemann and Vivanco as they take on this important leadership role.