As Provost and Dean of Faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for six years, Dr. Teresa Amott fostered an academic community of intellectual ingenuity and innovative scholarship. With energy, intelligence and vision, she made an indelible mark on the lives of every faculty member and student who has taught or studied at the colleges.
Her great passion for the liberal arts and her skilled leadership were recognized when she was named the 19th president of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She will be the first woman to lead Knox, a 174 year-old liberal arts college known for its dedication to access and its innovative immersion, undergraduate research, study abroad and public service programs.
During her time at Hobart and William Smith, Teresa Amott successfully guided the Colleges through an important Middle States Review, laying the foundation for the reaccreditation process in 2014. She was instrumental in the development of the Rosensweig Learning Commons, helping to create a true center for academic life on campus at the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Through her work with the Center for Teaching and Learning, The Finger Lakes Institute, and the Offices of Community Engagement and Global Education, she has expanded opportunities for learning both in Geneva and around the world. But perhaps most important has been her role in hiring new faculty, where her decisions have helped shape the nature of the academic program at Hobart and William Smith.
Before coming to Hobart and William Smith, Amott served for five years as the vice provost at Gettysburg College. Previously, she chaired the economics department at Bucknell University and served as academic coordinator of the first year student residential colleges. She has taught at several institutions, including Harvard Divinity School, the University of Massachusetts and Wellesley College.
An economist by training, Teresa Amott holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a B.A. from Smith College. She is co-author of "Race, Gender, and Work: A Multicultural Economic History of Women in the United States."