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August 14, 2014

Eric D. Weitz Awarded Distinguished Professorship

Distinguished Professor and Dean of Humanities and Arts, Eric D. Weitz

Dean of Humanities and Arts Eric D. Weitz has recently been named a Distinguished Professor with his tenure beginning September 1.

Joining City College in 2012, Eric D. Weitz, Ph.D., is trained in modern European and German history; his work in recent years has extended to the history and politics of international human rights and crimes against humanity. As Dean of Humanities and Arts, Weitz has been building the faculty and identifying new resources for faculty research and creative activity. He has promoted interdisciplinary collaborations across the College, and has sponsored new programs for students that provide them with major educational experiences outside of New York City.

One highlight is the cooperation with Stanford University, in which 10 of CCNY's best Humanities and Arts students engage in research projects over the summer with Stanford faculty mentors. The goal of the initiative is to prepare City College students for doctoral programs in the Humanities and, ultimately, to help diversify the professoriate in the United States. In turn, CCNY provides teaching experience for advanced Stanford Ph.D. students. The collaboration brings together one of the nation’s most vibrant and diverse colleges with a great research university on the opposite coast.  

Weitz has been the recipient of many fellowships and awards from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. He sits on the Academic Advisory Board of the Center for Contemporary Historical Research in Potsdam, Germany, and on the boards of many journals. In being named a Distinguished Professor, the University's Board of Trustees recognizes Dr. Weitz as an author and historian, with outstanding scholarship and service to the institution.

About The City College of New York

Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.