Glenn Altschuler received his Ph.D. in American History from Cornell in 1976 and has been an administrator and teacher at Cornell since 1981.
Effective November 1, 2009, Prof. Altschuler was appointed Cornell's Vice President for University Relations, responsible for articulating and overseeing university strategies related to communications, government relations, and land grant affairs.
Since 1991 he has served as Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.
As Dean he has also continued to do research and teaching. His year-long course in American Popular Culture is among the most popular in the university. Prof. Altschuler, the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies, has been an animating force in the program in American Studies, and has been a strong advocate on campus for high-quality undergraduate teaching and advising.
He is the author or co-author of nine books and seven hundred essays and reviews. In addition to his scholarly essays, he has written for American Heritage Magazine, The Australian, The Baltimore Sun, Barron's Financial Weekly, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Florida Courier, The Jerusalem Post, The Kansas City Star, The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Moscow Times, the New York Observer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Portland Oregonian, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Tulsa World. His op-eds and book reviews appear regularly on The Huffington Post, on NPR's Books We Like, and on Forbes.com. The National Book Critics Circle has cited his work as "exemplary." For four years he wrote a column for the Education Life section of the New York Times. He was a regular panelist on national and international affairs for the WCNY television program The Ivory Tower Half-Hour from 2002-2005.
Prof. Altschuler has won several awards for teaching and undergraduate advising at Cornell. He is the recipient of the Clark Teaching Award, the Donna and Robert Paul Award for Excellence in Faculty Advising, the Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Award for Outstanding Advising, and the 2006 Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship for effective, inspiring and distinguished teaching of undergraduate students.