Mercy Cannon

Mercy Cannon will begin her new role as dean of CLASS on July 1, 2022.

Eastern Kentucky University Provost Sara Zeigler announced that the university has selected Mercy Cannon as the next dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences on Thursday, Dec. 16.

Cannon is currently a professor of English and chair of the Department of Languages and Literature at Austin Peay State University (APSU). She has served at APSU since 2007 after earning her doctorate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and serving as writing director at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Cannon served for six years as associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters at APSU, in addition to time served as the chair of the Department of Languages and Literature.

“Her scholarly work focuses on eighteenth century English literature, and she brings a strong record of presentation and publication to her work,” Zeigler said in an email. “During the interview process, it was clear that Dr. Cannon has a strong grasp of our mission, a commitment to helping students envision and realize their potential, and a deep understanding of the faculty role and the demands associated with it.”

Zeigler said that Cannon will be an effective and determined advocate for students, CLASS and the liberal arts. Zeigler thanked professors John Bowes and Michael Chen for their work in leading CLASS as interim dean and interim associate dean.

“Both have provided thoughtful, steady, and experienced guidance to the college as I assumed my new role. They stepped into new roles seamlessly and I am very grateful to both of them.  We are most fortunate to have Dr. Bowes and Dr. Chen as colleagues and advocates for CLASS,” Zeigler said.

Cannon will begin her new role on July 1, 2022.

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