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Celebrating Faculty

for "Scholarship, Creativity, and Personal Drive"

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences recently announced three appointments to endowed chairs, and honored faculty members for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

 

facultyFaculty members who received awards from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as faculty who received new appointments to endowed chairs, gathered at a reception hosted by Dean Carol Folt. From left: John Rassias, David Bucci, Celia Naylor, Margaret Graver, William Wohlforth, Leslie Butler, Paul Whalen, Nancy Peregrim Marion, Richard Wright, and Douglas Moody. Jonathan Crewe was not available for the group photo and is pictured below. (Photo by Sarah Memmi)

"It is a great pleasure to celebrate the accomplishments of these faculty members," says Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. "They each enrich the lives of our students, and the intellectual vitality of our campus with their scholarship, creativity, and personal drive. I congratulate them all."

Appointments to Endowed Chairs

The Daniel Webster Professor
William Wohlforth 
Professor and Chair of Government
"It goes without saying that being named to an endowed chair is an honor, but the Daniel Webster Professor! How could any member of Dartmouth's faculty not be thrilled to be named to that particular chair?," Wohlforth says.

Wohlforth has just published World Out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy (Princeton University Press, 2008) with co-author Stephen Brooks, associate professor of government.

The Leon D. Black Professor in Shakespearean Studies
Jonathan Crewe
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

 

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Jonathan Crewe (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)


Crewe is a Shakespearean scholar whose expertise also includes early modern literature. His current research focuses on the staged performance of romance in the English theater, which he incorporates into his teaching of Shakespeare.

"In keeping with what I consider to be the Dartmouth ideal, my teaching and research remain closely connected and mutually reinforcing. When I edited five Shakespeare plays and the narrative poems for the Pelican Shakespeare a few years ago, undergraduate research and editorial assistants were crucial to the project. I look forward to working with them again."

The George J. Records 1956 Professor in Economics
Nancy Peregrim Marion 
Professor of Economics
Marion is the inaugural holder of the George J. Records 1956 Chair in Economics. A chief focus of her research is financial crises in emerging markets, for which she studies the determining factors and responses.

"In my advanced seminar in international economics, I expose my students to cutting-edge research on financial crises and they undertake a major research project. In each of the last five years, three to five of my seminar students have been among the 50 chosen in a national competition to present their work at Carroll Round, an undergraduate economics research conference held at Georgetown University. They return to Dartmouth energized about economics and economic research."

Faculty Awards

The Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching
Awarded by a vote of the Class of 2008
John Rassias
The William R. Kennan Professor of French and Italian and President of the Rassias Foundation
"I am deeply touched," says Rassias, who started teaching at Dartmouth in 1965.

"We met in classrooms, and that's where it began. Learning and living took place: discussion, questioning, challenging are part of the vehicle. Through office hours, there was room for personal instruction. My role was to help the student through the thinking process, not to impose or propose but to keep the student thinking."

The developer of the innovative  Rassias Method for teaching language, he directed the first pilot language program for the Peace Corps in Africa. Rassias is founder and former director of Dartmouth's Language Study Abroad (LSA) program. With the Rassias Method, students learn enough of a foreign language in two 10-week terms to be functional and go abroad for further accelerated study in LSA programs.

Dean of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising
Richard Wright
The Orvil Dryfoos Professor in Public Affairs and Professor and Chair of Geography
"I derive a lot of satisfaction from research collaborations with my students-it's where teaching and research come together in a unique way. It's very gratifying to be a part of the process of helping talented students mature as thinkers and writers."

Wright specializes in immigration, racialization, urban geography, and transnationalism. He has directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program since 2003.

John M. Manley Huntington Memorial Award for Newly Promoted Faculty
Margaret Graver
Professor of Classical Studies
Graver studies intellectual history, particularly in post-Aristotelian ethics and psychology. She recently published Stoicism and Emotion (The University of Chicago Press, 2007) and is working on a translation of the Moral Epistles of Seneca for the University of Chicago Press in conjunction with A.A. Long of the University of California at Berkeley.

"One delightful feature of my current project has been the opportunity to involve the James O. Freedman Presidential Scholars. Classics majors Leslie Shribman '09, Karen Laakko '10, Brian Howe '11, and John Kee '11 have all been instrumental in fine-tuning the translation and adding student-friendly notes."

The Karen E. Wetterhahn Memorial Award for Distinguished Creative or Scholarly Achievement
Two recipients
Paul Whalen
Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Whalen is a neuroscientist who studies human emotion. His research focuses on an area of the brain called the amygdala and its role in emotions, particularly fear.

"I enjoy it when students' questions take my research in unexpected directions. For example, Stacie Payne '09 was a student in my spring term Emotion course, in which we studied how explicit choices can be implicitly affected by emotional cues in the environment. Stacie is interested in the law, and will write an honors thesis assessing whether implicit priming of emotional neural systems can affect jurors' explicit guilty/not guilty verdicts."

Leslie Butler
Associate Professor of History
Butler teaches cultural and intellectual history. She recently published her first book, Critical Americans: Victorian Intellectuals and Transatlantic Liberal Reform (University of North Carolina Press, 2007).

"This award is deeply gratifying, not least because of how it honors Karen Wetterhahn's inspiring example. [Wetterhahn was professor of chemistry and the Albert Bradley Third Century Professor in the Sciences. She co-founded the Women in Science Project (WISP) and was founding director of Dartmouth's Toxic Metals Research Program.] I look forward to continuing to teach cultural and intellectual history and to developing new research on the nuanced historical development of Anglo-American liberal feminism."

John M. Manley Huntington Memorial Award for Newly Tenured Faculty
Two recipients
Celia Naylor
Associate Professor of History
Naylor is a historian of the Americas, including Caribbean, African American, and Native American history. She recently published African Cherokees in Indian Territory: From Chattel to Citizens (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), which focuses on the 19th-century experiences of enslaved and free people of African descent in the Cherokee Nation.

"I have always been grateful to the professors who served as wonderful teachers and mentors during my student years. This award embodies what they conveyed to me about teaching and supporting students, as well as my desire to pass on their passion and love for history, literature, and knowledge. They simultaneously inspired and challenged me over the years; I hope that in some small way I, too, have been able to create such moments with my own students."

David Bucci
Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Bucci, a neurobiologist, studies the interrelatedness of attention, memory, and learning.

"I firmly believe that students benefit significantly from participating in the research and scholarship activities of our faculty. The integration of research experience and classroom learning is important for the development of critical thinking skills as well as a comprehensive understanding of subject material. In turn, I learn a great deal from the undergraduates who work in my laboratory."

Dean of the Faculty Teaching Award for Visiting and Adjunct Faculty
Douglas Moody
Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Moody holds teaching appointments in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Institute of Writing and Rhetoric, LALACS (Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program), and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Known for his skill in guiding classroom discussion, Moody is developing an interactive website for foreign language learning called the LanguageSpace (www.languagespace.org).

"Many of the classes I teach involve project-based learning activities. I believe that in this spirit of creativity and collaborative inquiry students have the opportunity to learn affectively and effectively, and that these skills will have productive applications in the world beyond Dartmouth College."

By KELLY SEAMAN

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Last Updated: 12/17/08