A specialist in early modern English literature, Dr. Nancy A. Gutierrez joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (now Liberal Arts and Sciences) in July 2005. She received a BA in English from Denison University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, she served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University, where she was a Professor of English.
As Dean, Gutierrez oversees all aspects of the College’s activities, including undergraduate and graduate education, research and creative activity, and engagement with the community. She is especially interested in positioning the college as the intellectual center of the university, as well as a vital resource for the particular needs of Charlotte, the quintessential New South city. Specific college initiatives include the enhancement of interdisciplinary study in the College, a formal structure to support diversity initiatives, and a systematic approach to increase internationalization efforts throughout all aspects of the college’s activities.
A scholar of early modern English literature, Gutierrez has published on Shakespearean drama and early modern women. Her most recent book is “Shall She Famish Then”: Female Food Refusal in Early Modern England (Ashgate 2003). She served as President of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. She has also published on issues in higher education, and is an active member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Charlotte’s Arts and Science Council and of RENCI@UNC Charlotte.