In Brief

Joseph Auner Named Academic Dean for A&S

Former music department chair works across disciplinary boundaries
May 3, 2016


Joseph Auner, a professor of music, has taken on a new role as academic dean for the School of Arts and Sciences.

In announcing the appointment, Dean of Arts and Sciences James Glaser described Auner as a “humanist with a deep interest in the integration of music and technology. His work transcends disciplinary boundaries,” he said. “His scholarly record and broad administrative experience make him an ideal choice to lead and strengthen our outstanding faculty.”

Auner joins Bárbara Brizuela, an associate professor of education, who is also an academic dean for Arts and Sciences.

Auner came to Tufts in 2006 to chair the music department at the time of its move to the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center. He is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Humanities at Tufts, is affiliated with the music engineering minor and the new Science, Technology, and Society program, and has been Tufts’ faculty representative to the a2ru (Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities) consortium, a national network of institutions committed to the arts and arts-integrative research, curricula and creative practice.

The new academic dean has extensive experience in university administration, having served as associate provost at SUNY Stony Brook, where he oversaw several large-scale projects, including the creation of a winter term, the development of an initiative to connect the arts, humanities and social science departments, and the implementation of a new department review system.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. In 2014 he received the Tufts Distinguished Scholar Award and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Colorado College.