Nelson Bingham, the longest-serving member of the Earlham faculty, is the Acting Academic Dean. Previously, he served as Acting President (Fall 2004) and Provost (2006 - 2014). Nelson has been involved in interdisciplinary programs in Human Development and Social Relations and Japanese Studies.
He specially values Earlham's Quaker identity, particularly the principles of simplicity, peacefulness, integrity, community, equality and respect. Nelson is a Quaker and is active in the Friends Association for Higher Education.
Nelson is a developmental psychologist with a special interest in infancy and young adulthood. He teaches courses on human development, cross-cultural psychology, diversity and persons & systems. Committed to interdisciplinary teaching, he is a member and past-president of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.
He has done research in Japan on early day care programs, human services systems and juvenile delinquency, on young adult development among Earlham students, and on the influence of family history on personal identity. Nelson has also presented a paper on diversity at an international conference in Belfast.
Academic Dean's Office
The Office of the Academic Dean oversees the academic programs of the College and supports EC faculty and students – by fostering student learning, by funding faculty teaching and research initiatives, and providing opportunities for intellectual and professional development.
The Earlham Libraries and the Joseph Moore Museum are institutional gems that report to the Academic Dean. Initiatives promoted and supported by this office also include the Center for Global Education, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Center for Global Health, and the Center for Social Justice. This office also supports the work of the Diversity Progress Committee, the Writing Center, the Quantitative Literacy Center and the Institutional Research Office.
The Academic Dean works closely the Registrar, the Teaching and Learning Consultant, the Associate Academic Dean, and offices charged with implementing the Earlham Plan in Integrative Collaboration (EPIC) and the EPIC Advantage.