David Post appointed as dean of faculty at Yale-NUS College

Yale Vice-President for Global Strategy Pericles Lewis sent the following email on January 20, 2021:

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to let you know that David Post has been appointed dean of faculty of Yale-NUS College, effective July 1, 2021, for a term of three years. David is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale. He will succeed current Dean of Faculty Jeannette Ickovics, and will lead faculty development, drive research endeavors, and refine Yale-NUS College’s innovative curriculum.

David is an aquatic ecologist and the principal investigator of the Post Lab at Yale. His research tests long-standing questions about food web structure and dynamics, the influence of environmental change on community structure and ecosystem function, spatial linkages among ecosystems, and the importance of interactions between ecology and evolution for community and ecosystem processes. He has studied the impacts of environmental change on species in habitats as diverse as Connecticut lakes and the Mara River in Africa

He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. David earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University, and his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

David is an admired colleague and distinguished scientist, who has demonstrated his leadership ability during nearly two decades at Yale. In taking on this new role he will make a substantial contribution to Yale-NUS College by continuing to strengthen its outstanding faculty and innovative curriculum. David will also help maintain the close ties between Yale and the National University of Singapore as Yale-NUS enters its second decade.

The appointment was announced with a joint statement from Yale-NUS and Yale in which President Salovey said, “Yale-NUS College is Yale’s most ambitious international partnership. We are fortunate to have David Post, a long-time Yale faculty member, participating in the ongoing hiring and development of faculty for Yale-NUS, which has become a model for liberal arts and sciences education in Asia and worldwide.” Read the announcement on Yale News.

I would also like to recognize Jeannette Ickovics for her service to Yale-NUS. In addition to serving for the past three years as Dean of Faculty at Yale-NUS, Jeannette is the Samuel and Liselotte Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Yale School of Public Health. During her tenure in Singapore, she has been instrumental in envisioning new academic initiatives, promoting cross-divisional and multidisciplinary scholarship, developing mentorship opportunities for junior and female faculty, and highlighting faculty members’ innovative research. 

Please join me in extending thanks and best wishes to Jeannette as she returns to New Haven later this year, and congratulations to David on his appointment as Dean of Faculty beginning next summer.


Pericles Lewis

Vice President for Global Strategy
Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives
Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature
Yale University