The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty is the chief academic officer of the College, reporting to the President. The VP for Academic Affairs is responsible for all academic and personnel matters affecting faculty recruitment, professional development and review, and promotion and tenure. The VP for Academic Affairs is also responsible for academic planning, academic policy development, curriculum revision, and other matters affecting the overall quality of the College's course offerings and academic operations. He is responsible for the preparation and expenditure of the annual budgets of the academic divisions, departments, and other programs that report to Academic Affairs.

David P. Haney assumed the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Emory & Henry after two decades of faculty and administrative work at state universities: Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina (2001-2010) and Auburn University (1989-2001). After a faculty career in Auburn's English department, where he moved from assistant to full professor, directed the department's doctoral and master's programs, and held the Hargis chair in English Literature, he moved to Appalachian State as English department chair. He joined the provost's office at Appalachian in 2006, where he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. In 2010-11, he spent a year in Spearfish, South Dakota, serving as Provost of Black Hills State University and working as a Regents Fellow for the South Dakota Board of Regents. He is the author of two interdisciplinary studies of British Romantic poetry in dialogue with modern philosophy on Penn State Press's Literature and Philosophy series: William Wordsworth and the Hermeneutics of Incarnation (1993) and The Challenge of Coleridge: Ethics and Interpretation in Romanticism and Modern Philosophy (2001). He is co-editor of a collection of essays on Emmanuel Levinas: Levinas and Nineteenth-Century Literature: Ethics and Otherness from Romanticism through Realism (University of Delaware Press, 2009) and he has published numerous articles on British Romantic poetry, literature and philosophy, and academic administration. He has performed professionally as a bluegrass musician, with recordings on Rounder Records and other labels. He lives in Glade Spring, Virginia, with his wife Lisa Baldwin, an elementary school teacher and music educator.


Educational Background

  • B.A., Macalester College
  • M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo