Karen Rosenblum Stepping Down as University Life Vice President

Posted: November 25, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Karen Rosenblum, vice president for University Life, is stepping down in May after seven years on the job. She will return to her previous faculty position teaching in the Sociology Department. Information about a search for a new vice president will be forthcoming in a future Daily Gazette article.

“This is the greatest job I’ve ever had and I love every minute of it,” says Rosenblum. “It is the most intellectual and emotional work I have ever been a part of. None of it is routine and most of it is potentially consequential.”

When Rosenblum originally took the job, it was intended to be a three-year rotating faculty position. She feels it is time to return to that policy and allow a new faculty member to enter with new perspectives. “It’s a good idea for faculty to switch back and forth,” she says. “Not only do individual faculty members learn a lot more about the institution, they can also spread the word when they go back to their departments.”

Rosenblum notes that her favorite part of the job is working with the University Life staff. The accomplishments she lists include improving the kinds of social interaction opportunities on campus, succeeding despite the budget cuts, and earning respect for University Life staff members from other areas of the university.

In addition to her teaching duties, Rosenblum will also work on the fourth edition of her book with Toni Travis, professor in the Public and International Affairs Department, The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, and Sexual Orientation.

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