Barbara K. Altmann joined Bucknell as provost in August 2015. Her responsibilities include overseeing academic and student affairs and related programs. A humanist by training, she brings to Bucknell rich scholarly achievements, administrative experience and deep enthusiasm for undergraduate education steeped in the liberal arts. Her professional background and commitment to Bucknell’s interdisciplinary tradition is shaping plans for the establishment of the College of Management in July 2017, which will strengthen all areas of the University.
Barbara came to Bucknell from the University of Oregon, where she served as senior vice provost for academic affairs. A professor of French, she previously directed the Oregon Humanities Center, where her duties included serving as academic director in charge of public programming, internal research and teaching fellowship programs for faculty and graduate students. She also headed the university’s Department of Romance Languages, which included 1,000 majors and minors in 12 different degree programs that ranged from the bachelor of arts through the doctoral level. At Oregon, she received multiple awards for excellence in teaching, including the Thomas E. Herman Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. Prior to joining the University of Oregon in 1989, she taught at the University of Toronto and Dartmouth College.
Barbara’s research area is late-medieval French language, literature and manuscripts. She has published extensively on 14th- and 15th-century French literature on topics that include the poetry of Christine de Pizan and the reception history of late medieval literature. Her research awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Camargo Foundation, among other institutions. Barbara’s past board service includes positions on the executive council of the Modern Language Association and the advisory committees of the Consortium for Humanities Centers & Institutes and the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from the University of Alberta and a doctorate in medieval French language and literature from the University of Toronto.
Learn more about Provost Altmann by viewing her curriculum vitae (pdf).
Text versions of her recent speeches are also online.