Walter P Rankin


Director of Faculty Affairs


Main Campus
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Walter Rankin is the Deputy Dean for the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Accreditation & Special Projects. In these roles, he supports SCS students, faculty, and staff and works on program development and reviews. He oversees special projects for the Office of the Provost, including work related to the adjunct union, accreditation, and other areas of academic compliance.

Dr. Rankin served as interim dean for SCS for two years, overseeing the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs, launching two new graduate programs (in Emergency & Disaster Management and Urban & Regional Planning), bringing programs online, and increasing the School's focus on research and scholarship. He also managed the School's move to its downtown location and development of the campus. As senior associate dean for the School's Office of Academic Affairs & Compliance, Dr. Rankin oversaw admissions; assessment and accreditation; enrollment; student and faculty affairs; and graduation certification for all of the School’s programs.

He earned his Ph.D. at Georgetown University in 1998 and served as the deputy associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences at George Mason University for ten years before returning to Georgetown. He has taught culture, language, and literature courses at Georgetown, George Washington, Hampton, and George Mason Universities, and he has published extensively on literary, film, and pedagogical topics. He is the author of Grimm Pictures: Fairy Tale Archetypes in Eight Horror and Suspense Films (2007, McFarland Publishers) and also serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Media, Culture, and Social Good.


  • Ph. D. (1998) Georgetown University, German Literature / German Department


  • French (read)
  • German (speak, read, write)
  • Spanish (speak, read)