Jonathan L. D'Amore, author of two books with a third under contract, has been named Associate Dean at Saint Michael's College. He will begin this summer, as current dean Dr. Joan Wry assumes a position as Associate Professor of English.
Professor D'Amore will work closely with students and faculty addressing academic challenges. He will also focus on enhancing teaching at Saint Michael's and on assessing curriculum "to maximize student achievement," said Karen Talentino, Vice President for Academic Affairs, in announcing the new associate dean.
Professor D'Amore has been an adjunct professor in the Saint Michael's English department for three years and knows the college well. He has also taught at Champlain College and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Jonathan's dedication to intellectual growth and love of learning will provide him with a good perspective as he works with faculty to motivate students to recognize and achieve their potential," Talentino said.
"Help students overcome challenges, and find challenges"
About the new position, Professor D'Amore said, "I look forward to promoting student academic success from the day students come to orientation till they leave at graduation and beyond. I also want to help students who are facing challenges find ways to overcome them, and to help students who are seeking challenges find them to enrich their experiences."
Jonathan D'Amore earned his bachelor's degree with honors in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. He earned a master's in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2001, and a doctorate in English from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011.
Professor D'Amore's books include the story of baseball hall of famer, titled, Rogers Hornsby: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2004), and American Authorship and Autobiographical Narrative: Mailer, Wideman, Eggers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). His book Understanding Joan Didion is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press, scheduled for publication in Fall 2014. Among his many academic activities, he was also managing editor, 2007-09, of a leading journal about life-writing studies, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.
Professor D'Amore and his wife Maura D'Amore reside in Shelburne with their son Frank.