Seidmans appointment will become effective July 1. She replaces Marvin Henberg, who has been named interim president of Linfield College, effective July 1 following the retirement of Vivian A. Bull.
"Barbaras long service to Linfield College as a faculty member and an administrator will provide strong leadership during this time of transition," Bull said in announcing the appointment. "She is an outstanding teacher and scholar who has widespread respect and support from her Linfield colleagues."
Bull noted that Seidman played a key role in planning for the new library, serving as liaison with the planning committee for the new facility.
"Barbaras assertion that all roads lead to the library was instrumental in developing the library as central to our educational endeavors," she added.
Seidman has been at Linfield since 1983. In addition to her faculty role, she is also coordinator of the Gender Studies Program and is the internship coordinator for the Department of English. She served as associate dean of faculty from 1995 to 2001. Her dedication and commitment to teaching is reflected in the fact that she was twice named the Edith Green Distinguished Professor, in 1988 and in 2001.
She is the author of numerous articles, essays and papers covering the work of a wide variety of authors including Mary McCarthy, Margaret Walker, Margaret Atwood, Robert Frost, Richard Wright, Jane Smiley and Ann Petry. She has also conducted research on the contemporary autobiography and African American literature and criticism. She has a bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the Linfield faculty, she was an assistant professor of English at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky.
"I look forward to working with Barbara, who enjoys my full confidence as well as the full confidence of the faculty," Henberg said. "She is especially strong as an advocate of quality in general education, and her leadership will help place the new strategic plan on a solid, curricular foundation."