SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Maarten Pereboom, dean of Salisbury University’s Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, recently was elected to the Maryland Humanities Council Board of Directors.
With an academic portfolio including history, conflict analysis and dispute resolution, environmental studies, the fine and performing arts, languages, communications, philosophy and sociology, Pereboom was an ideal candidate for the board, according to his nominator, Dr. Karen Olmstead.
“I work with Maarten on a near daily basis and find him to be an incredibly well informed, intelligent, highly energetic and committed colleague,” said Olmstead, dean of SU’s Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology. “He brings the highest level of excellence and good humor to all he does.”
As dean, Pereboom has been active in developing or supporting minors in Latin American, European, East Asian and South Asian studies to help prepare students for citizenship in the global 21st century, Olmstead said. He also has been active in integrating arts and humanities into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care-related initiatives.
A 1998 SU Distinguished Faculty Award winner, Pereboom is an active champion of the arts on campus as a supporter of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, SU’s Bobbi Biron Theatre Program, the SU Dance Company and Delmarva Public Radio. Off campus, he led the successful effort to establish the SU Art Galleries — Downtown Campus, has stressed the importance of arts and humanities in K-12 education, and serves on the board of directors of the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council’s Salisbury Film Society.
Beyond the Salisbury area, Pereboom is a member of the Committee on Comprehensive Institutions for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, a national organization that serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information to support higher education and integration of liberal arts and sciences at a national policy-making level.
Having earned his Ph.D. from Yale University, where he studied the history of 20th-century international relations, his first book, Democracies at the Turning Point: Britain, France and the End of the Postwar Order, 1928-1933, was named the Outstanding Academic Book of 1995 by Choice Magazine. His most recent book, History and Film: Moving Pictures and the Study of the Past, was released in 2010.
As a Maryland Humanities Council board member, Pereboom will be involved in strategic planning, fundraising for and promoting the organization and its programs and services. His term will last three years, with the option to renew for another three years.
For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.