Center director Victor Luftig
Project Director Teachers for a New Era Programs
Director, Writing and Rhetoric Program


Ph.D., English Literature, Stanford University, 1988
M.A., English, The Johns Hopkins University, 1983
B.A., summa cum laude, English, Colgate University, 1981

Victor Luftig is a Professor teaching in the Department of English at UVA and Director of the Writing and Rhetoric Program. He came to the University of Virginia in 2000, serving first as co-Director (with Loren Pitt), then as Director of the Center for the Liberal Arts. He was joined as Co-Director in Fall of 2019 by his English Department colleague Professor Lisa Woolfork.

Luftig is the author of Seeing Together, Heterosexual Friendship in English Writing, from Mill to Woolf (Stanford UP, 1993) and co-editor, with Robert Spoo and Mark Wollaeger, of Joyce and the Subject of History (University of Michigan, 1996). He has written many articles and reviews about Irish writing and other topics. He taught at Yale from 1988 to 1994, at Brandeis from 1994 to 1999, and during 19 summers at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. He was Academic Dean on Semester at Sea for the Spring 2012 and 2016 voyages and served as Program Coordinator at UVA for SAS during the same period. As Director of CLA he has written a number of successful grant proposals and has overseen the planning and implementation of dozens of programs in many different subjects.