Dr. Carmine Palumbo Appointed Dean of Humanities at East Georgia State College
East Georgia State College announces the appointment of Dr. Carmine D. Palumbo as Dean of the Division of Humanities. His appointment is the result of a larger academic reorganization of the College set to take place at the start of the fall 2014 semester. Dr. Palumbo has served as the Chair of the Division of Humanities at EGSC since 2007, and was formerly the Chair of the Division of Humanities at Middle Georgia College in Cochran from 2001-07. His change of title was announced by Dr. Bob Boehmer at the Fall Faculty Workshop on Tuesday the 5th of August.
A native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Dr. Palumbo is a graduate of James Monroe High School. He attended the Virginia Military Institute before earning his bachelor’s degree in English from Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned his Master of Arts degree, also in English, from Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. His Ph.D. in American Literature and Folklore was earned at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Dr. Palumbo entered the University System of Georgia as an Assistant Professor of English at Middle Georgia College in 1998. In 2001 he was appointed Chair of Humanities, a position he held for the next six years. He has earned tenure twice, at Middle Georgia and also East Georgia, and recently earned the rank Professor of English.
“The change of title is really not the most important thing,” according to Palumbo, “what is most important for the students the faculty and the community that depends upon EGSC to provide access to higher education is that East Georgia is heading down the right path—it is looking for ways to advance and improve itself. This is just one small part of that ultimate goal.”
In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Palumbo also directs EGSC’s Costa Rica program, a study abroad experience for EGSC students to travel to the University of Georgia’s campus in San Luis, Costa Rica, and other locations in the country. He has been leading this annual trip since 2009. Palumbo was also recently appointed to lead a Study Abroad Consortium comprised of students and faculty members of four university system institutions in summer of 2015.
Palumbo resides in Swainsboro with his wife Jessica Newberry Palumbo and their daughter Virginia.