Dr. Heather Hathaway is the acting dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette's largest college. She brings to this position experience in a variety of administrative roles at the university, college and department levels. Most recently, Hathaway served as the associate dean for academic affairs in the college, a position she also occupied from 2005-08. She has also directed the Africana Studies program, the University Honors Program, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in English, and the First-Year English program.

Hathaway has also served on numerous committees including the University Academic Senate, the Board of Graduate Studies, the Board of Undergraduate Studies, the Committee on Equity and Inclusion, and the President's Task Force on diversity. Hathaway is strongly committed to Marquette's goal of becoming a more inclusive academic community dedicated to the promotion of justice, and much of her work on campus is directed toward this objective.

Hathaway joined Marquette University in 1994, having earned a bachelor's degree in English and American studies from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University. Her research focuses on African American and Japanese American literature, history and culture. Her most recent book studies the literature produced by those held during the Japanese American internment in World War II and is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Hathaway has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Studies Association and the American Association of University Women. She was awarded the John P. Raynor Award for Teaching Excellence and the National Residence Hall Honorary Faculty Excellence Award.