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Justice Appointed as New Graduate School Dean

April 08, 2010

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Christian Basi, BasiC@missouri.edu, 573-882-4430

George Justice has been appointed as the dean of the MU Graduate School and vice provost for advanced studies.

George Justice has been appointed as the dean of the MU Graduate School and vice provost for advanced studies.

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— University of Missouri Provost Brian Foster announced today that George Justice has been appointed as the dean of the MU Graduate School and vice provost for advanced studies. Justice had been serving as the interim dean of the graduate school since July 1, 2009, following the resignation of Pam Benoit. The appointment is effective May 1, 2010.

“I have appreciated Dr. Justice’s leadership as interim dean here at MU for the past year as well as his leadership nationally – especially with the Council of Graduate Schools,” Foster said. “I’ve been impressed by his accomplishments and positive vision for the Graduate School, and his interest in facilitating a campus-wide discussion on the national issues in graduate education. I’m looking forward to having George as a permanent part of our team.”

Prior to serving in the graduate school, Justice was a faculty member at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Louisiana State University and MU. Later, he served as director of graduate studies for the MU Department of English, and assistant and associate dean of the MU Graduate School. He has been a member of the Mizzou faculty since 2002.

Justice is the author or editor of numerous essays and books in the fields of eighteenth century literature and the history of the book. His research focuses on eighteenth century literature. Currently, he serves on the membership committee on the Council of Graduate Schools, and has served as an editorial consultant for several publishers including the University of Toronto Press, Cambridge University Press, Longman Publishers and Broadview Press.

“I am honored to be able to continue leading the Graduate School at MU as dean and vice provost for advanced studies,” Justice said. “Graduate education is not only central to the university’s missions in research, education, service and economic development, but it will increase in importance to the lives of the students we attract here for their advanced studies — Missourians, other Americans, and the many international students who are drawn to campus for our outstanding faculty and facilities. I look forward to working with the deans and faculty across the university to sustain and build graduate programs responsive to the best of scholarship in our disciplines and attuned to opportunities for our graduates once they leave MU.”

Justice has received several awards and grants, including the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Fellowships at Marquette University and the University of Missouri, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. Justice received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, and his masters and doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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