CAMDEN, NJ— Rutgers University—Camden has appointed Howard Marchitello as the dean of the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced Rutgers–Camden Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon Friday.

The appointment becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2019. As dean, Marchitello will lead the growth of Rutgers University–Camden’s largest academic unit, which enrolls 3,288 undergraduate and 467 graduate students in 38 bachelor’s degree-granting programs and in 20 master’s and Ph.D. programs. 

Marchitello, 57, currently is the senior associate dean for research at the Graduate School at Rutgers University–Camden, where he also is a professor of English. As senior associate dean, he developed several interdisciplinary graduate programs, including teaching in Spanish, forensic science, public affairs/community development, and teacher education. He fostered the creation of graduate certificate programs in historic preservation and in community development in Puerto Rico, and created a series of initiatives to promote and support student and faculty research at Rutgers–Camden.

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“I am honored to be appointed as the next dean of Rutgers University–Camden’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences,” Marchitello said in a statement. “I enthusiastically accept this position because I know firsthand that Rutgers–Camden is an extraordinary institution. We are home to truly world-class research and teaching faculty and, together with a gifted professional staff, we teach and mentor an increasingly diverse and accomplished student population who recognize the value and prestige conferred by a Rutgers degree.

“At the same time, we remain deeply and productively committed to and engaged with our host city of Camden. We have experienced profound growth and development over the last several years and I believe that the future for Rutgers–Camden is bright indeed. I am looking forward to working every day to help fulfill the great promise of our institution. I invite all the friends of Rutgers–Camden to keep an eye on us. You’re going to like what you see.”

Haddon praised Marchitello as an effective administrator with an energetic vision of the role of the arts and sciences in building careers, advancing research, and serving communities.

“He has sharp insight into the academic and pedagogical rigor required of successful schools,” said Haddon. “He is passionate about the value of the Rutgers University–Camden experience across every aspect of our institution and contributes greatly to the vitality of our campus.”

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University–Camden has 426 faculty who teach a wide range of topics spanning the sciences, the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. 

Marchitello joined Rutgers University–Camden as an associate professor of English in 2008 and was promoted to professor in 2011. He served as chair of the department of English from 2009 to 2012. He previously served as director of graduate students in the English department at Texas A&M University, where he also coordinated that university’s Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

A noted scholar in the area of 16th- and 17th-century literature, Marchitello is the author of the books "The Machine in the Text: Science and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo" [Oxford University Press, 2011] and "Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England: Browne's Skull and Other Histories" [Cambridge University Press, 1997]. As textual editor for the Q1 and Folio editions of Henry V for the third edition of The Norton Shakespeare [Norton, 2015], he was responsible for the completely new production of modernized texts.

Marchitello is associate editor of the journal South Central Review [Johns Hopkins University Press] and conducts manuscript review and evaluation for such top university presses as Cambridge, Oxford, and Yale. His work appears in numerous book chapters and articles in top academic journals.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Hobart College in 1983 and his doctoral degree in English from SUNY-Buffalo in 1990.

Marchitello resides in Riverton with his wife, Lynne Vallone, a professor of childhood studies at Rutgers University–Camden.

Information about the Rutgers–Camden Faculty of Arts and Sciences is online at fas.camden.rutgers.edu.