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Los Angeles, July 7, 1996 -- California State University, Los Angeles has named Pasadena resident Carl M. Selkin to the post of dean of the School of Arts and Letters, effective July 1, 1996, announced Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Margaret J. Hartman. Selkin has been serving as acting dean of the School of Arts and Letters since July 1, 1994. Prior to that, he chaired the Department of English from 1991 to 1994.

Carl Selkin joined the CSLA English Department faculty in 1970. He received his B.A. in English from Syracuse University, and his M.A. and Ph.D., with a specialization in Renaissance and 17th century British literature, from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Selkin, who considers himself "a generalist with a specialty in Renaissance studies," has been involved in developing and supporting interdisciplinary studies at Cal State L.A. He has worked in the NEXA program of interdisciplinary humanities and science courses originated by San Francisco State, and was active in developing numerous theme classes for CSLA's upper division General Education Program. In 1986 he inaugurated the Canadian studies project at Cal State L.A. with an international conference and celebration of Canadian literature and film, and since then he has been active in Canadian studies locally and nationally.

As a past coordinator of the CSLA English Department's visiting writers series, he has been instrumental in bringing authors such as Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, Yevgeny Yevtushenko and CSLA Distinguished Alumnus Michael Harper to campus for readings. In 1986, he founded the Jean Burden Poetry Series at Cal State L.A. and established it as an endowed annual reading, bringing to campus such renowned poets as Lucille Clifton, Howard Nemerov, Mark Strand and, most recently, Richard Wilbur.

He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop audiences for poetry. In 1989, he was invited to teach in the Department of English of Universite Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and was a Fulbright lecturer at Universite de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse, France. Active in University, School and department governance, Selkin has served on the Cal State L.A. Academic Senate (including the Executive Committee) and numerous other committees. As Acting Dean, he established the School's first community advisory board. He is a member of the board of the Southwest Chamber Music Society, and is listed in Who's Who in California.

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