Dr. Janet Tighe, an adjunct assistant professor of history and sociology of science, has been named the dean of freshmen and director of academic advising for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is responsible for helping new students adapt to the academic rigors of life at Penn. Her duties include overseeing freshmen advising, coordinating academic support services for freshmen and planning the new student orientation.
“I am especially excited to work with a larger group of Penn students as they discover the intellectual riches of the University and their own talents,” Dr. Tighe said. “On top of this, I will continue collaborating with Penn’s stellar faculty and knowledgeable professionals in the College office, the residences and special support programs.”
Dr. Tighe has been the co-director of the health and societies program since its inception in 2000. She has won several awards for her teaching, including the 2004 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty. She also was honored with the 1999 Provost’s Award, given annually to Penn’s top associated faculty member.
“A research university as diverse and complex as Penn is not easy to navigate, especially for newcomers to the academic world,” she said. “Yet the newcomers, especially the freshmen, bring with them an energy and excitement that is awe-inspiring. Our University can be deeply enriched by their presence. I look forward to being a part of this dynamic collaboration.”
Dr. Tighe studied history and literature at Johns Hopkins University and received a doctorate in American civilization from Penn. Her research and teaching focuses on modern America ’s cultural investment in scientific medicine, and its interaction with, among others, the law and capitalism.
She has worked in several contemporary policy institutes, exploring the development of forensic psychiatry and the insanity defense, the expanding role of the medical expert and the evolution of medical education and accreditation institutions.
A growing interest in medical schools and the role they have played in the American medical profession’s expansion of social authority led to her current book project, which uses the history of a single medical school to explore the changing role of academic medical centers in the urban landscape.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 18, January 25, 2005