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NJIT Appoints New Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Louis I. Hamilton as dean of the university’s Albert Dorman Honors College. He will assume the position effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Hamilton joins NJIT from Drew University, where he has served as director of the Baldwin Honors Program since 2013. There he has overseen a complete review and revision of the curriculum, standardized seminars with an emphasis on research-based learning and initiated an annual assessment of student outcomes. He also has expanded the cultural experiences for honors students and developed student research grants for the program, which resulted in student publications in peer-reviewed journals and student presentations at professional and undergraduate conferences.

“NJIT is thrilled to have Dr. Hamilton join our faculty and lead our Albert Dorman Honors College,” said Fadi P. Deek, senior executive vice president and provost of the university. “His background, experience and initiative will greatly benefit our students and advance the honors program. We look forward to welcoming him this summer.”

At Drew, Dr. Hamilton also has been chair of the Department of Comparative Religion and was the founding director of the university’s peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate research, The Drew Review. Additionally, he co-chaired the Digital Humanities Initiative and served as the first director of its Digital Humanities Summer Institute, where undergraduates work as faculty research assistants and use various digital tools for urban, social, historical and language analysis.

He is an active researcher as well, with a focus on the cultural history of medieval Italy and the Mediterranean, and has significant writing and editing credits on the topic. Dr. Hamilton is himself the product of an honors education and holds a B.A. in history from Villanova University, an M.A. in history from University of Virginia, an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in medieval history from Fordham University and a License in Mediaeval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He also was a Fulbright Scholar in Rome, Italy.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this appointment and am grateful to NJIT for allowing me to join and lead this incredible college and group of scholars,” Dr. Hamilton said. “I look forward to working with the amazing faculty and staff of the college to build on their great success and the accomplishments of my predecessors. Together, I am confident that we will continue to distinguish the education and experiences of Albert Dorman Honors College scholars so they can reach great heights both in their careers and as transformational leaders in their professional and personal communities.”

This past fall, NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College was named among the Top 10 honors colleges and programs in the United States in the book “INSIDE HONORS: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs.” Albert Dorman Honors College received the highest possible ranking of 5.0 “mortarboards,” based on a variety of factors that included curricular and co-curricular requirements, SAT, GPA, merit scholarships and prestigious fellowships.

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