Alec Dun named assistant dean of the college

James Alec Dun

Alec Dun has been appointed assistant dean of the college, effective April 2, with responsibility for athletic-academic affairs and the Freshman Seminars Program. Alec succeeds Dov Grohsgal, who left his position in February to return to full-time teaching and research.

“We are delighted that Alec has accepted this position,” said Jill Dolan, dean of the college. “His long experience with Princeton students’ programs of study and their co-curricular commitments will enhance the student-athlete experience.”

As assistant dean, Dun will provide guidance to students, faculty members, and others regarding a variety of matters affecting the academic lives of undergraduates and help manage the relationship between academic and athletic affairs. His primary responsibilities include: overseeing the Princeton Academic-Athletic Fellows Program; collaborating with colleagues in the Office of the Dean of the College to shape the advising role of fellows; enhancing the advising experiences of student-athletes in close consultation with the residential college advising staff; working with Athletics and the Office of the Registrar on matters pertaining to student-athlete eligibility; supporting the Freshman Seminars Program and other initiatives related to undergraduate education.

“This is a great opportunity,” Dun said. “I count myself lucky to have been able to work at Princeton across a variety of roles over the years. I’m really excited about bringing the perspective I’ve gained to bear on new issues as part of the wonderful group at ODOC.”

A graduate of Amherst College, Dun was a history major and a four-year member of both the tennis and squash teams. He worked as a tennis coach (Vassar College) and history teacher (St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY) before entering Princeton in 1997 as a graduate student in History. He received his doctorate in 2004. He then taught in the History Department for the following thirteen years, serving as junior adviser and departmental representative for various periods along the way. Most recently, he worked as an associate editor at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, a longstanding research and editing project based in Firestone Library.

During his time at Princeton, Dun has also taught in the Freshman Seminars Program and the Freshman Scholars Institute, and has served as an academic adviser for Butler College (where he also was a member of the residential college staff as a graduate student), as an academic-athletic fellow, and as a mentor in the Scholars Institute Fellows Program.

A historian specializing in early America and with a particular interest in issues involving race, slavery, and revolution, Dun is the author of several essays and articles, as well as the 2016 book, Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alec to his new role in the Office of the Dean of the College,” said Elizabeth Colagiuri, deputy dean of the college. “His deep connections to the campus community, and his long experience as a teacher, scholar, and academic advisor will directly benefit Princeton student-athletes seeking advice on issues at the intersection of academics and athletics.”