NUS appoints new Dean for Arts and Social Sciences

14 December 2016 | Community
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The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced today that it will be appointing Professor Robbie Goh as the new Dean of its Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Prof Goh, who is currently a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, will take over from Professor Brenda Yeoh as the Faculty’s 17th Dean in its 87-year history, with effect from 1 January 2017.

Prof Yeoh, who is Professor (Provost’s Chair) at the Department of Geography, as well as the Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at NUS, has served as Dean of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since January 2010. During her tenure, the Faculty had expanded its range of multidisciplinary education offerings with new programmes in Environmental Studies, and Global Studies, as well as successfully revised its curriculum to strengthen, broaden and deepen the training of its students.

Prof Yeoh will be appointed as Vice Provost (Graduate Education) at NUS, in which she will be responsible for matters relating to Masters and PhD programmes including funding, curriculum, strategy and policy. Prof Yeoh will assume her new role at the Provost’s Office from 1 January 2017.

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “On behalf of the NUS community, I would like to express our deepest appreciation to Prof Brenda Yeoh for her outstanding leadership of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. During her tenure as Dean, the Faculty has nurtured and recruited world-class faculty and attracted some of the brightest minds in Singapore and beyond. She has further raised FASS’ high reputation and stature in Singapore and the world, for the quality of its education and research and its application to address major societal challenges. We look forward to Brenda’s continued contributions to the University in her new role as Vice Provost (Graduate Education).

“The new Dean, Prof Robbie Goh, brings with him a wealth of teaching and research experience, and familiar ties with the Faculty and University. Robbie is an accomplished educator and researcher - I am confident that he will build upon the good work of Prof Yeoh, and steer the Faculty forward to even higher levels of excellence and contribution.”

Said Prof Brenda Yeoh, “It has been a privilege to serve as the Dean of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. My tenure as Dean has been richly rewarding, and I am grateful for the steadfast support I received from my colleagues and students. I am also pleased to pass the baton on to the very capable Prof Robbie Goh, an outstanding leader, scholar and colleague, who will be able to take the Faculty to greater heights.”

Prof Robbie Goh is an NUS alumnus, and has been a faculty member at NUS since 1988 where he started out as a Senior Tutor with the Department of English Language and Literature. He has served in various administrative roles in NUS, including as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2010 to 2015, and before that as the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature from 2004 to 2010. As Vice Dean, Prof Goh had played a vital role in helping the Faculty deepen its collaboration with the New York-based Tisch School of the Arts for its minor in film production.

Prof Goh said, “It is an honour to be asked to lead such a vibrant community of students and faculty members as the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We have a strong team of colleagues in the Dean’s Office and leading the various departments, and together I am confident we will be able to propel the Faculty ahead while taking on the challenges of a rapidly-changing society, workplace and global order.

“The Faculty’s tradition of teaching excellence, and its comprehensive multi-disciplinary programme, has equipped our graduates with important skills like writing and communication, and critical thinking. We will continue to excel in these areas, while raising our students’ preparedness for the workplace with new emphases such as industry internships and alumni mentorships. We will also work on elevating the Faculty’s strong profile in Asia research, while at the same time enhancing our engagement with society through research and education that will add significant value to Singapore.”

Prof Goh’s teaching and research interests lie in Diaspora Studies, Indian Anglophone Literature, and Christianity in Asia. He has published extensively in these areas and authored 2 books and edited or co-edited 8 other books, as well as close to 90 refereed articles and book chapters. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Semiotica, and was one of the founding Chief Editors of the ARI-Springer Asia book series.

Please refer to the Annex for a biography of Prof Goh.