Alice Dailey, PhD
Director of Faculty Affairs and Professor of English
Alice Dailey, PhD, comes to her role as Director from a background in faculty governance. She was a member of Faculty Congress for two years—where she served on the Academic Policy Committee and co-led the Task Force on Carnegie Reclassification—before being elected chair of the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee (FRRC).
As FRRC chair and a member of the Faculty Congress Executive Committee for four years, Dr. Dailey sought to nurture policy changes that align with the ethical and intellectual commitments underwriting her role as a faculty member at Villanova. She led several major policy developments as FRRC chair, including Villanova’s CNT Promotion Policy and the establishment of the office of the Faculty Ombudsperson. After her tenure as FRRC chair, Dr. Dailey worked as a Provost’s Fellow, where, among other initiatives, she completed a comprehensive reorganization of Villanova’s Rank and Tenure Policy and Procedures to make them clearer and more user-friendly.
Dr. Dailey is an award-winning teacher and a highly active scholar in the field of early British literature, especially Shakespeare. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in reading methods, drama, and film studies, among others. In addition to early modern literature, her areas of research specialization include death studies, visual art and theory, performance theory, queer and crip theory, and photography studies. She is the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and two scholarly monographs, The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution (Notre Dame UP, 2012) and How to Do Things with Dead People: History, Technology, and Temporality from Shakespeare to Warhol (Cornell UP, 2022). She is currently at work on a scholarly edition of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure for the Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series.