President Barbara Altmann has announced that Dr. Cameron Wesson, the Lucy G. Moses Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University, has been named provost and dean of the faculty at Franklin & Marshall College. He will begin his duties on Aug. 1.
Wesson joined Lehigh in 2011, after serving as associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. Prior to that, he was associate professor of anthropology and director of graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He joins F&M at a time of upward momentum for the College. After a decade of remarkable achievement, including enhancements to its impressive academic program and innovative approaches to promoting student success in and beyond college, F&M is currently on its way to successful completion of the largest comprehensive campaign in College history and this year experienced record-setting demand for admission with the Class of 2023.
“The position of provost and dean of the faculty is a vitally important one because it is a hinge connecting the most important constituencies of the institution, including students, faculty and staff,” President Altmann said. “We had a very strong pool of applicants in this search, and Cam distinguished himself among outstanding company. He has the experience, intelligence, skills, and desire to help F&M move forward at this moment of great potential for the College. I can't wait to start working with him.”
Wesson’s scholarly interests focus on Native American architecture and community planning, non-capitalist political economies, archaeological remote sensing and archaeometry. He is the author or co-editor of three books. His most recent volume is Households and Hegemony, which examines Native American responses to European colonization in the Deep South. He is currently working on archaeological research examining Bronze Age communities in Scotland and a collaborative project in Spain examining early human migrations in southwestern Europe.
Wesson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and his Bachelor of Science in architecture and environmental studies from Auburn University. He received both his Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and the Eastern States Archaeological Federation.
“F&M is one of the most innovative and inclusive institutions in higher education,” Wesson said. “I am thrilled to join an intellectual community committed to cultivating the next generation of global leaders.”
F&M Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Alison Kibler, who co-chaired the search committee, said of Wesson’s appointment to the position, “I am very pleased to welcome him to campus. With a strong record of innovation and advocacy in the liberal arts, he is well prepared to continue Franklin and Marshall's efforts to diversify the faculty and to support faculty research and leadership.”
Wesson succeeds Joel W. Martin, F&M’s provost and dean of the faculty since 2014, who will begin his tenure as president of Wagner College on July 1.