Rob Hale, professor of English at Monmouth College, has been named chair of English at Western Kentucky University.
Hale and his spouse, Erika Solberg, who also teaches in the English department, will move to Bowling Green, Ky., following the current academic year. In his new position, he will lead a department of 40 full-time faculty members at a university with an enrollment of 21,000 students.
Since joining the Monmouth faculty in 2000, Hale has played a lead role in developing innovative curricula, including the 19th-Century Studies minor, and he served as coordinator for the recent Charles Darwin sesquicentennial series. He has served on Faculty Senate, as well as the personnel and admissions and academic standing committees. His work beyond the classroom earned him the college’s prestigious Hatch Award for Distinguished Service.
“We can take pride that our faculty and staff are in high demand, and that the experiences we offer at Monmouth prepare them well for leadership positions in higher education,” said President Mauri Ditzler.
Solberg teaches foundational writing skills, as well as general education courses in literature and in her area of specialization, creative writing.
“Both Rob and Erika are deeply passionate and thoroughly committed to student learning, and we will miss having them on our faculty,” said Dean David Timmerman. “I’ve enjoyed working with Rob, debating with Rob and running with Rob. I know he will do a fantastic job at Western Kentucky.”