The College of Sciences and Arts Dean’s Office is pleased to announce that David Banash has been selected as chair of the Department of Humanities after an international search. Banash, whose three-year appointment begins July 1, 2019, is currently a professor of English and interim department chair at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Prior to serving as chair, Banash was Director of Graduate Studies for five years. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Iowa in 2003.
Banash’s research interests are interdisciplinary and include literature, film, new media, and popular culture.
David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, said he was thrilled with Banash’s selection.
We are lucky to find a distinguished scholar with a record of successful leadership. The search committee and I were so impressed with his passion for moving to Michigan Tech. His scholarship is also a natural fit for a Humanities Department at a technological university.
His book Collage Culture, traces the ways twentieth-century media technologies including cinema, the phonograph, Xerox machines, and tape recorders, allowed artists to create new forms of literature and art. His edited anthology, Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices and the Fate of Things, examines how the role of objects in our contemporary lives are altered by technological change.
Banash replaces Ronald Strickland, who is stepping down as chair after ten years.