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Paula Krebs

Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University

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About Me

I'm dean of humanities and social sciences at a regional public university, after two decades at a private liberal arts college. I'm an advocate for liberal arts education and am interested in the differences between public and private higher ed, in access and student success, and in connections to our communities--locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. I build consortia among doctoral institutions, regional comprehensive universities, and community colleges.
I write often for the Chronicle and for Inside Higher Ed, and served on the Executive Council of the MLA, where I advocated for public higher ed, a more flexible model of doctoral education, links to public humanities, and diversifying the profession (in lots of ways). I'm deeply interested in higher ed workforce issues.
I used to be a professional Victorianist; now I'm an amateur.


  • Vitae, The Chronicle of Higher Education

    • 9/2013 - Present Contributing Editor
  • Bridgewater State University

    • 2012 - Present Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Wheaton College

    • 1/1991 - 6/2011 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of English
    • 7/2011 - 6/2012 Special Assistant to the President for External Affairs
  • University of Massachusetts President's Office

    • 1/2010 - 2011 ACE Fellow
  • American Association of University Professors

    • 1/2005 - 2009 Editor, ACADEME