Elizabeth A. Dolan, associate professor of English and founding director of the Health, Medicine and Society program at Lehigh, will serve in the the newly created position of Deputy Provost for Graduate Education.
Dolan earned her B.A. in English at Davidson College, and her master’s and doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as the senior fellow in literature and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical school.
At Lehigh, Dolan teaches undergraduate English courses in writing and Romantic-era literature as well as graduate courses in Romanticism. She also teaches courses cross-listed with the Health, Medicine, and Society program.
In her six years as founding director of Lehigh’s Health, Medicine and Society program, the program grew from 30 declared minors to 200. She leveraged faculty talent to build the program in significant ways: She co-directed a committee that competed successfully for a cluster hire in community health; she helped design a process for hiring joint appointments at the university; she co-directed a committee that proposed the Center for Community Engagement, which supports partnerships with community groups and sustainable community-based research; and she served on the committee that designed the Grants for Experiential Learning in health to fund student research and apprenticeship opportunities in the health arena.
While her work in the Health, Medicine and Society program was primarily focused on undergraduate education and faculty research, Dolan has contributed significantly to the doctoral and master’s programs in English. She has served on some two dozen dissertation committees —seven as director—in the English, history and psychology departments.
In 2014, Dolan was awarded a fellowship to conduct research at Chawton House Library in England, where she met composer Amanda Jacobs. Dolan and Jacobs collaborated to set poet Charlotte Smith’s long blank-verse poem Beachy Head to music. “The Song Cycles of Beachy Head” has been performed in England and Australia, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York. She also has authored the book, Seeing Suffering in Women’s Literature of the Romantic Era.
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Elizabeth A. Dolan
Deputy Provost for Graduate Education