Syracuse University

Chancellor's Cabinet and Administrative Staff

Margaret R. Himley

Associate Provost for International Education and Engagement  Margaret Himley

Margaret Himley was named Associate Provost for International Education and Engagement in the summer of 2011. She is a professor of Rhetoric and Writing, and served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for many years in the Writing Program. She is a founding co-director of the LGBT Studies Program and Minor. In 2005, Himley received a Chancellor’s Citation, recognizing the outstanding contributions made by faculty and staff to the University’s mission, and in 2010, Himley was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor. 

Throughout her more than 25 years at SU, Himley has taken on leadership roles to help SU address issues of teaching and learning, while also introducing vibrant new areas of scholarship to the University.  In the Writing Program, Himley spearheaded a three-year initiative to develop a critical literacy curriculum that addresses the rhetorical situatedness of writing, reading and researching in an ever more complex world, where students learn to communicate across differences, as they engage with the larger topics and issues that dominate our times. 

Himley collaborated with faculty across campus to develop courses for the LGBT Studies minor, which introduces students from all the schools and colleges to the interdisciplinary field of LGBT Studies. Most recently, she and others, as recipients of a Chancellor Leadership Project, hosted a conference at SU Abroad’s Madrid Center on “LGBT/Queer Studies: Toward Trans/national Scholarly and Activist Kinships,” which featured participants from 27 countries and five continents, and several prominent speakers and organizations in the international LGBT scholarly and activist community. 

As a scholar of writing and rhetoric, Himley has written extensively on early written language acquisition, theories of language and subjectivity, pedagogy and curriculum, and the challenges facing higher education, preparing students for writing and reading, for living and for working in an increasingly transnational and multi-mediated world. She co-edits with Patricia F. Carini a series of books on the Prospect descriptive processes and philosophy of childhood education.