M E M O R A N D U M
TO: Members of the Victoria University Community
FROM: William Robins, President
RE: Reappointment of Professor Angela Esterhammer as Principal of Victoria College
DATE: 23 February 2017
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Regents of Victoria University has approved the reappointment of Professor Angela Esterhammer as Principal of Victoria College for a second term continuing until 30 June 2023, including a one-year administrative leave from 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2018.
Since joining the Victoria College community as Principal in July 2012, Professor Esterhammer has shown extraordinary leadership. She led the introduction of several new academic programs including Creative Expression & Society, Science & Society, and a series of final-year capstone seminars. Other initiatives in support of students’ academic experience and intellectual community include the re-launch of Victoria’s Northrop Frye Centre with a focus on undergraduate research, and the introduction of the Jackman Scholars-in-Residence summer research residency. Under her thoughtful and collaborative leadership, Victoria College’s undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, emeriti faculty, and staff have enjoyed a dynamic and inclusive academic community.
Angela Esterhammer graduated from Victoria College in English and Literary Studies in 1983. She is an internationally renowned scholar of British, German, and European Romanticism and nineteenth-century literature and culture. Professor Esterhammer is the author or editor of fifteen books and essay collections and has published nearly a hundred scholarly articles, many of them on Romantic-era poetry, fiction, and performance. Among her many honours are the John Charles Polanyi Prize in Literature, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, appointment as Distinguished University Professor at Western University, and election to the Academia Europaea and the Royal Society of Canada.
Professor Esterhammer is Professor of English at the University of Toronto and is affiliated with the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, and the Department of German. Previously, she has served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts, and Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies at Western University; and held a Professorship in English Literature at the University of Zurich.