Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui began his role as the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in June 2015. A faculty member at Rutgers since 1997, Professor Sifuentes-Jáuregui is well known to the Rutgers community. Chair of the School of Arts and Sciences' Department of American Studies from July 2006-July 2012, he has also served several terms as Undergraduate Director of the Program in Comparative Literature. He has been the recipient of a number of our highest awards and honors, including the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He has been a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, as well as Project Director and co-PI of the Ford Foundation grant, "Writers at the Border: Civic Implications of Latino/a Notions of Border-Crossing." Professor Sifuentes-Jáuregui did his undergraduate work in Comparative Literature at Yale, where he also was awarded the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture.
The author of two books on Latin American literature, gender, and cultural studies, and co-editor of a third on Latin American cultural thought, Professor Sifuentes-Jáuregui has also published numerous articles and book chapters. He has long been fully and actively engaged in the life of the New Brunswick campus and its students in a variety of venues, including his participation in programs outside of American Studies, particularly Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Spanish, and Women's and Gender Studies, to his interest in and enthusiasm for units such as the Tyler Clementi Center, the Rutgers English Diversity Institute, and the Aresty Research Center. His own teaching and research interests include Latin American and Latino cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, melodrama and questions of national identity, as well as race and psychoanalysis.
As Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Professor Sifuentes-Jáuregui is responsible for ensuring that Rutgers-New Brunswick maintains its strength in traditional undergraduate education, while developing new models that integrate classroom education with experiential learning, and that anticipate and prepare our students for the world to come. He oversees and further develops such signature academic support programs as the Byrne Seminars and the Aresty Research Center, as well as the Office of Distinguished Fellowships, the Rutgers Learning Centers, the Office of Disability Services, University Career Services, and the Office of Student Access and Educational Equity.