In July 2007, Edward Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond. Previously Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980, Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003.
A pioneer in digital history, Ayers created The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, a Web site that has attracted millions of users and won major prizes in the teaching of history.
Ayers has received a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, served as a Fulbright professor in the Netherlands, and been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
B.A.–University of Tennessee, American Studies, 1974 summa cum laude
M.A.–Yale University, American Studies, 1977
Ph.D.–Yale University, American Studies, 1980
Teaching and Administrative Positions
President, University of Richmond, 2007–present
Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia, 2001–2007
University of Virginia, Assistant Professor, 1980–1986; Associate Professor, 1986–1992; Professor, 1992–1993; Hugh P. Kelly Professor, 1993–2007
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, 1999–2000
John Adams Professor of American Studies, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1995
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