The Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has appointed Dr Fred Weerman, professor of Dutch Linguistics and chair of the UvA’s department of Dutch Studies, as dean of the Faculty of Humanities. The appointment is for a period of five years, effective 1 September 2016.
The appointment came about in consultation with the Works Council and Faculty Student Council, and was preceded by a public debate between Weerman and the faculty community.
‘Fred Weerman knows the faculty inside out and has always been closely involved in its strategic course’, says Prof. Karen Maex, UvA rector magnificus and chair of the selection committee. ‘He has proven himself on many levels and has a huge passion for teaching and research. I am extremely pleased with his appointment as dean.’
Weerman: ‘With its wide range of programmes, interdisciplinary mind-set, intimate links with the city, high international ranking and typically Amsterdam sense of adventure, this faculty has enormous potential. I owe a great deal to the Faculty of Humanities and I am looking forward to being able to continue building its future in my capacity as dean.’
Professor F.P. Weerman (1957) has been professor of Dutch Linguistics at the UvA since 2001, and is also chair of the UvA’s department of Dutch Studies. He has held various administrative posts within the university and the faculty in particular. These include being a member of the UvA’s Study Success Task Force, informateur and supervisor of the faculty’s strategic plan ‘New Generation Offensive’, graduate school director, and member of the faculty framework committee. Weerman was closely involved in major educational reforms in various capacities. The faculty recently awarded an educational award to him and his team.
Weerman holds various administrative and advisory posts beyond the UvA. He is, amongst other things, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Fryske Akademy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Prior to this, he was, amongst other things, chair of the Landelijke Vereniging van Neerlandici (LVVN), chair of several VENI committees and a member of the advisory committee of the Dutch Language Union.
With respect to teaching and research, Weerman focuses on language change and language acquisition, especially when applied to Dutch. His research centres on the role of so-called functional elements, such as verbal inflection, grammatical gender, articles and complementizers. He supervised several projects funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Within the faculty, Weerman coordinates the Grammar and Cognition research group. He is also a member of the UvA’s Amsterdam Brain and Cognition Centre (ABC). He was a visiting professor at, amongst others, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Australian National University in Canberra. In 2011, he was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS).