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Hale accepts department chair position at WKU: English department to lose two more faculty

March 22, 2013

Beginning next year, the English department will lose two of its faculty members. Professor Rob Hale accepted a position at Western Kentucky University as its English department head. He, his wife professor Erika Solberg and their two children will move to Bowling Green, Ky. in June.

With the new job, Hale will head a department with over 20 full time faculty members and approximately 325 majors.
Hale applied for the position because he thought he would be a “good fit.”

“My kids are at the age where if I’m going to do something different, I need to do it soon because they’ll soon be in middle school,” said Hale, who has worked at the college for 13 years. “I thought this position would be a good fit because of what I’ve done here.”

The job is more administrative, requiring Hale to plan curriculum and hire staff. He will only teach one class a semester.

“I won’t get to teach every English major there like I do here, and I’m going to miss that,” Hale said. “I’m also really going to miss my colleagues here.”

Hale said the higher pay was not the reason for accepting the position, but rather being closer to family (family will be four hours away) and for the “different kind of experience” that working for a large-scale university offers.

“Working here has prepared me for this job well because I’ve had a lot of great experiences,” Hale said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me, and Bowling Green will present some new opportunities for Erika and the kids.”

As of press time, plans to fill Hale and Solberg’s positions for next year were still in progress.

Cassie Burton
News Editor

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