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Welling Hall is Earlham's
New Academic Dean

WellinghWelling Hall became Earlham’s Academic Dean on July 1, 2017. The Academic Dean is Earlham’s Chief Academic Officer.

Hall has served Earlham for many years as Plowshares Professor of Peace Studies and Politics as well as Professor of International Studies and Politics. In 2016, she was named the Director of the Center for Social Justice.

Hall has published widely in the area international relations and pedagogy, including winning a McKinley Award for Women, Politics, and Environmental Action, an American Political Science Association commendation for Dynamics of International Relations (with Walter Clemens, 1998) and serving as Documents Editor for the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2011.

In addition to winning two Fulbright Teaching Awards, Hall has been the recipient of an APSA Congressional Fellowship and a Franklin Fellowship (U.S. Department of State).

She spent a sabbatical year working on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) and teaches a course entitled “Legislative Toolkit” that helps students to connect their academics to effective engagement with the legislative process. She has also led May Term trips to the U.N. headquarters in New York City. More recently, at the State Department, she organized the 2016 visit of the Human Rights Council’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent to the United States and served as an educational consultant to the State Department’s new museum of diplomacy.

Hall received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University, a certificate in Russian Language from the Leningrad Philological Institute, and a B.A. in Ancient Greek and History from Oberlin College.

“Earlham has always been a place where it is possible to be a pragmatic idealist. That commitment, for me, shapes Earlham as a Quaker institution and it is the reason I have chosen to spend my career here,” she says.

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Hall says, “The labor of the liberal arts is to promote and maintain a creative, just, inclusive and sustainable democracy.  Earlham’s mission is ‘to search for the truth wherever it might lead’ and here we use the full toolkit of the natural sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, and social sciences in that search.”

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.

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Contact Information:

The Academic Dean’s Office is located on the first floor of Carpenter Hall, Room 160. Welling Hall’s email address is, and her phone number is 765-983-1318.

Office Hours
Fall 2017:

Office hours will resume in the fall. Please check back for scheduled times. If you are a current student and would like to request an appointment please email the Administrative Assistant to the Academic Dean Darlena Rankin at

Academic Mission:

"The academic mission of Earlham College is to provide all students with a transformative experience to search for the truth wherever it might lead. Our goal is to link hearts and minds in deep preparation for meaningful lives. The generation being born now will be able to join the college in its third century educating pragmatic idealists who can unite purpose and passion with friends at home and around the world."

— Welling Hall


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