Leffler accepts visiting professorship at Oxford
Dean Melvyn P. Leffler begins a one-year post in the fall of 2002.
Posted January 2001
Melvyn P. Leffler will resign as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, effective August 25, 2001, in preparation for accepting the prestigious visiting Harmsworth Professorship in American History at Oxford University.
He will take up his one-year post at Oxford in the fall of 2002. During the intervening year, Leffler, a noted Cold War historian, will conduct the academic research preparatory to his Oxford assignment. Until his departure as dean next August, he will devote full attention to the Arts & Sciences deanship, which he has held since September 1997.
“Although I have mixed feelings about leaving the dean’s office,” Leffler said, “it is a great honor to have won the Harmsworth, and I am delighted by the opportunity it presents at this moment in my academic career.” Leffler plans to return to the U.Va. history faculty at the conclusion of his Oxford appointment.