Bethany College Names Dr. Joseph Lane as Provost

lane 2.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College President Dr. Tamara Rodenberg has announced that Dr. Joseph Lane has been appointed provost at Bethany College. He will start in his new role on July 1, 2017.

“We conducted a nationwide search for our next academic leader, and we are very excited to have Dr. Lane join our academic community,” said Dr. Rodenberg. “Dr. Lane has substantial experience in higher education, and we believe that he will significantly add to Bethany’s bright and promising future.”

Dr. Lane, who has served as the Hawthorne Professor of Politics and Chair of the Department of Politics, Law and International Relations, has been with Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, for more than 15 years.

In 2008, he was named the Founding Director of the College Honors Program and guided the program to its launch in 2009. Additionally, he has served on the Dean’s Council, Chair of the Faculty Advisory and Admissions Committees, Faculty Representative to the Emory & Henry 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force and Faculty Representative to the Emory & Henry Board of Trustees.

Dr. Lane is also the co-editor of three books: “The Deconstitutionalization of America” (Lexington, 2005), “Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon” (The MIT Press, 2014), and “A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson” (University of Kentucky Press, 2016).

He has published articles and reviews in a number of journals including the American Political Science Review, Review of Politics and Political Theory. From 2008 through 2012, he served as a regular commentator on political affairs for the Encyclopedia Brittanica's "Smart Talk" blog and published more than 40 essays on political events for that outlet. 

Dr. Lane has been active in political science associations serving as President of the American Political Science Association’s (ASPA) Politics, Literature and Film Section; Delegate of APSA to the American Council of Learned Societies and Convener of the Environmental Politics Workshop of the Western Political Science Association. He has also been nominated for the Board of the National Collegiate Honors Council and for the American Council on Education Fellows Program.

A graduate with honors at Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and Political Science, Lane completed his Ph.D. at Boston College and taught political theory and American government at Hampden-Sydney and Bowdoin College before joining the faculty at Emory & Henry College.

Dr. Lane and his family will be residing in Highland Hearth, which traditionally has been the home of the provost of the College.

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.