Norma Bouchard (lef) hads a diploma to a graduate.

A scholar from Connecticut will join San Diego State University as dean of the College of Arts and Letters, following the retirement of Paul Wong later this year.

Norma Bouchard is professor of Italian and comparative literary and cultural studies at the University of Connecticut.

She has served as interim associate dean for humanities, chaired the university’s modern and classical languages department and co-chaired its graduate program in comparative literature.

Bouchard has written or edited nine books, including an anthology examining the work of Italian philosopher and renowned novelist Umberto Eco.

She is vice president-elect of the American Association of Italian Studies and has served as associate editor of the journal Italica. She is currently book review editor for Italian Culture, associate editor of Annali d’Italianistica, and immediate past chair of the MLA Book Translation Award Committee.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Bouchard to San Diego State University in this important academic leadership role,” said Chukuka Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “She is distinctly qualified to advance our key strategic goals within the College of Arts and Letters and across the SDSU campus.”

Bouchard will begin her term as dean in late July.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.