Klingensmith named Interim VP and Dean of the College

Klingensmith named Interim VP and Dean of the College 

Feb. 15, 2018 

Dr. Daniel Klingensmith, chair of the Division of Humanities and professor of history at Maryville College, has been named interim vice president and dean of Maryville College. He will begin his service on July 9.

Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart announced the news in a memo to faculty, staff and students on Feb. 5.

Dr. Barbara Wells, who has served as vice president and dean of the College since 2012, will retire following the 2017-18 academic year.

Klingensmith holds a bachelor of arts degree in history (magna cum laude) from Harvard University and a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. He was an ACA-Mellon Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar in 2011 and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the University of Calcutta in 2007.

Klingensmith has been at the College since 1998 and has served as professor of history since 2011. He became chair of the Division of Humanities in 2015. Topics taught include: world history; history of colonialism; environmental history; modern South Asian history; modern European history; introduction to hermeneutical theory; general education courses on environmental perspectives; Western civilization; Islamic civilization; ethics; politics and technology of weapons of mass destruction; and utopianism.

He serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force, and he also has served as co-chair of the Core Curriculum Task Force, chair of the faculty, chair of the Academic Dean Search Committee in 2011-12 and coordinator of the Appalachian Studies minor. Additionally, he has served on the following committees: Faculty Tenure and Promotion Policies and Procedures Task Force, Strategic Plan Steering Committee, Faculty Personnel Standards Committee, Faculty Liaison Committee, Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Maryville Symposium Advisory Committee, Faculty Admissions Committee, Academic Life Council, and Financial Affairs Committee for SACS Accreditation Self-Study.

He received the Maryville College Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004 and 2011, and he was a runner-up for the award in 2001.

Klingensmith is the author of ‘One Valley and a Thousand’: Dams, Nationalism and Development (Oxford University Press, 2007). In addition to being published in academic journals, he has contributed to Shifting Ground: Mobility and Animals in India’s Environmental Histories, edited by Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in India, edited by K. Sivaramakrishnan and Arun Agrawal (Oxford University Press, 2003 and Stanford University Press, 2003).

He is a member of the American Historical Association, the World History Association and the American Society for Environmental History.

“Dan has held just about every leadership role it is possible for a professor to hold, and he has performed admirably in all of them,” Bogart said. “He is a scholar and teacher who is respected and appreciated by Board members, faculty, staff and students.”


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.