Resume of Heidi Macpherson

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Dr. Heidi Macpherson is the 7th President of The College at Brockport. She was previously the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2012-15). Prior to this, she spent 22 years in the United Kingdom. Originally from Minnesota, she emigrated to the United Kingdom in the summer of 1990 and became a US-UK dual national in 2003. She began her academic career at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, England (1995 to 2007). While there, she took on the roles of program leader, head of the division of English, and head of the Department of Humanities. She was promoted to full professor in 2006. In 2007 she was appointed Dean of Humanities at De Montfort University (Leicester, England) and subsequently held two different Pro Vice-Chancellor positions there. As PVC for Teaching, Learning and Student Experience, she wrote and implemented the university’s Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy, and as PVC for Research and Innovation, she wrote and implemented the Research Strategy. Prior to taking on administrative positions, Dr. Macpherson was a full time faculty member for 12 years in the Department of English.

She held a number of positions on national education bodies in the UK, including Chair of the British Association for American Studies; Executive Committee member for the Council for College and University English and the British Association for Canadian Studies; and member of the Quality Assurance Agency Benchmark Steering Group. She was the Vice Chair of the Research Assessment Exercise subpanel for American Studies for the national research assessment exercise in 2008, and was appointed to the Area Studies Research Excellence Framework for the replacement national research exercise for 2013. In 2007 she was elected as a Fellow of both the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and UK Higher Education Academy. In 2010, she became a Fellow of the English Association. She was a key member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Research and Innovation committee (2010-12).

Dr. Macpherson is an active member of Rotary International. In her previous role, she volunteered with the YWCA and Bethany Lutheran Homes. Prior to this, she served on the board of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, and as chair of the Creative Development Subcommittee for the Phoenix Square Film and Digital Media Centre board.

Dr. Macpherson received her B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in English and Creative Writing from St. Cloud State University (1990) and her PhD in American Literature from the University of Newcastle (1996). Her research is in contemporary North American women’s literature and transatlantic literature. She is the author of Women’s Movement (2000), Courting Failure (2007), Transatlantic Women’s Literature (2008), and The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood (2010). She has also co-edited two collections of essays and a 3-volume encyclopedia set.

She is married to Dr. Allan Macpherson. In her spare time, she enjoys theatre, going to the cinema, hiking, creative writing, and walking her Springer Spaniel, Tilly. Her most unusual talent is being able to ride a unicycle.


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