Trinity College Announces New Dean of the Faculty, VP for Academic Affairs

Timothy Cresswell Comes to Trinity from Northeastern University
Tim Cresswell

HARTFORD, Conn., April 29, 2016 – Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the appointment of Timothy Cresswell as the College’s new dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs. Reporting to the president, Cresswell, who will join Trinity in July, will hold the senior position in academic administration.

Cresswell comes to Trinity from Northeastern University in Boston, where he currently serves as associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, professor of history and international affairs, and associate director for public humanities at the Northeastern Humanities Center.

In making the announcement of Cresswell’s appointment, Berger-Sweeney said, “The search committee sought someone with demonstrated excellence in a broad range of areas: someone who is an experienced academic administrator, is deeply committed to the liberal arts and to interdisciplinary learning, is a forward-thinking innovator, and is drawn to Trinity and the opportunities offered by its location in a city. Committee members were unanimous in their conviction that Tim demonstrated excellence in all of these areas.

“In this key role,” Berger-Sweeney said, “Tim will work to sustain and strengthen the College’s tradition of academic excellence and innovation, collaborate with and inspire our intellectually engaged and creative faculty, and play a major role within the senior College leadership in defining strategic goals for Trinity’s future.”

Cresswell said he feels this is a “good moment” for Trinity. “There is a strong and visionary leadership as well as an excellent, multitalented faculty,” he said. “I look forward to helping to define and strengthen Trinity College, the liberal arts, and the Hartford community as Trinity moves toward its 200th birthday.”

Before assuming his academic and administrative responsibilities at Northeastern, Cresswell served in administration and on the faculties of Royal Holloway, University of London; the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Lampeter; and the University of Connecticut. He has held honorary faculty positions at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland and at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Cresswell holds a B.A. in geography from University College London in the United Kingdom; an M.S. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a second Ph.D. in English – creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. The author of 11 books, Cresswell is an internationally recognized geographer who is intrigued by issues of place and mobility. His most recent work focuses on Maxwell Street Market in Chicago and on its evolution over 130 years. In addition, he is a poet who explores similar themes about space and place in his two collections: Soil, published in 2013, and Fence, published in 2015.