Katherine Eggert, Professor of English and Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment, has taught at CU Boulder since receiving her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. Prior to her current position, she served as associate chair for graduate studies and then chair of the Department of English and as director of the Center for British and Irish Studies. She also served as Quality Initiative Leader, part of the provost’s administrative team leading the accreditation process for CU Boulder.
In her current role, Eggert leads strategic planning and evaluation of academic programs and curricula across campus. Working with departments and with the University of Colorado Board of Regents, she coordinates the planning, proposal, and implementation of new undergraduate and graduate degree programs. She leads the review of existing degree programs and departments, including academic prioritization, and she co-chairs the provost’s Academic Review and Planning Advisory Committee (ARPAC). As head of the campus accreditation process, she serves as CU Boulder’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission. Finally, she is the provost’s liaison to campus faculty governance, including the Boulder Faculty Assembly.
Eggert is a scholar of English Renaissance literature and culture, ranging across the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and across the literary genres of drama, poetry, and prose. Lately, she has been interested in literature and early modern science, especially questions of epistemology and how we manage to know some things and not know others. Her most recent book, Disknowledge: Literature, Alchemy, and the End of Humanism in Renaissance England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), discusses the way that authors such as Marlowe, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Bacon, and Cavendish relate the dubious intellectual status of alchemy to states of mind in which one knows something isn’t true but believes it anyway. Her current research project, a book titled Renaissance Happiness, continues her exploration of epistemology, belief, and states of mind in authors from Thomas More to Thomas Hobbes and beyond. A recipient of year-long fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Eggert has served as Vice President and President of the International Spenser Society and on the editorial boards of Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Spenser Review, and English Language Notes.
In her non-academic life, Eggert enjoys running, cinema, art museums, and the Boulder classical and Americana music scenes.