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Gail Bulman named chair of SU's LLL department

Professor noted for work with Spanish Program, SU Abroad, and First Year Forum

Aug. 30, 2010, by Rob Enslin

Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences has appointed Gail Bulman G’96, an expert in contemporary Latin American theater, as chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. Bulman succeeds Gerlinde Ulm Sanford, who died last spring after chairing LLL for several years.

Bulman also serves as associate professor of Spanish and Latin American literature in LLL and as director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA), housed in the Moynihan Institute in the Maxwell School. 

“Gail is a daughter of The College whose expertise and experience speaks for themselves,” says Arts and Sciences Dean George M. Langford. “Importantly, she is a capable administrator with a keen sense of vision and direction.”

In 2008, Bulman was invited to join the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for her study abroad work, but declined due to a date conflict with the induction ceremony. She has since earned The College’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Master’s Teaching (2008) and has been named an alternate in the American Association of University Women fellowship program (2009). 

“This appointment is a great opportunity for Gail and the department,” says Gerald R. Greenberg, who doubles as The College’s senior associate dean for academic affairs and the humanities and as associate dean of curriculum, instruction, and programming. “Gail has earned the respect of her peers, and will help provide direction for the future of the department.”

Greenberg, a Russian scholar and linguist, has been LLL’s acting chair since Sanford’s death.

Bulman joined the SU faculty in 1990, after holding a variety of teaching appointments at Le Moyne College and Boston College High School. At SU, she has served as the Spanish Program coordinator, Spanish graduate director, and a First Year Forum leader. Bulman also works closely with SU Abroad programs in Spain (Madrid), Santiago (Chile), and Cuenca (Ecuador). Recently, she served as a keynote speaker at a landmark conference on experimental theater in the Ecuadorian city of Quito. She has presented her work on Latin American theater at conferences in Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States.

Bulman is the author of dozens of scholarly chapters, articles, and reviews, in addition to the book “Staging Words, Performing Worlds: Intertextuality and Nation in Contemporary Latin American Theater” (Bucknell University Press, 2007). She is working on two other book projects: one about “re-imagining” immigration in the 21st century and another about urban identities and cultural violence in Latin American theater.

Bulman earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature and culture from SU, following master’s and bachelor’s work at Boston College and Assumption College, respectively.

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