Julie Candler Hayes is Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. She follows Joel W. Martin, who has accepted the position of Vice Provost for Faculty and Dean of the Faculty at UMass.
"Julie Hayes is both an accomplished academic and a thorough, thoughtful administrator," said Martin. "She was a natural choice to continue the great work being done at CHFA."
Hayes previously taught at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Richmond, where she chaired the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures from 1998 to 2004. She came to UMass in 2006 as Chair of the recently formed Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. As Associate Dean, she worked with departments undergoing review and undertook a study of TA workload and compensation in the College, among other projects. She serves on the Chancellor's Budget Planning Task Force has chaired the Program and Budget Council of the Faculty Senate.
Hayes’s research focuses primarily on literary and philosophical texts of the French Enlightenment; she has also written extensively on contemporary literary theory and the history and theory of translation. Her most recent book is Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800 (2009). Her earlier books study French theatre and Enlightenment concepts of systematicity in literature, philosophy, and science. She co-edited two volumes, Using the Encyclopédie: Ways of Reading, Ways of Knowing (2002) and Emilie Du Châtelet: Rewriting Enlightenment Philosophy and Science (2006). Her current work looks at seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women moral philosophers. In 2010, she was elected Vice President of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization, and will serve as the society’s President in 2012-13. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center.
Hayes earned her BA in French and Philosophy from Austin College in 1977; her M.A. in French Literature from Northwestern University in 1978; and her PhD in French Literature from Northwestern University in 1982.