LEWISBURG, Pa. – Three distinguished faculty members have been named Bucknell Presidential Professors by President Brian C. Mitchell.
The new appointees are: James Baish, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering; Manuel Delgado, professor of Spanish; and Jean Shackelford, professor of economics.
“Each of these faculty members has exhibited to a remarkable degree of high achievement in teaching, research and other scholarly activities and professional accomplishments,” Mitchell said. “In addition, they have been strong leaders in educational affairs at Bucknell, and their talents will bring these appointments considerable distinction.”
The professors join 22 other faculty members who have been named presidential professors since the Board of Trustees established the special rank in 1972. Appointed for a three-year term beginning in fall semester 2007, each is entitled to additional support for scholarship and research.
Baish currently serves as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is a Bucknell alumnus, Class of 1979, and holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include biological heat and mass transport, origins of biological form, and tumor physiology.
In 1998, Baish received the Class of 1956 Lectureship Award for Inspirational Teaching and in 1993 the Distinguished Service Award from the Lewisburg Area School District for his service as technical consultant to the district’s National Engineering Design Challenge team, which placed third in the nation and first in Pennsylvania. Most recently he received an Academic Research Enhancement Award for research on “Nitric Oxide in Tumor Physiology: A Bioengineering Model.”
Baish displays remarkable breadth and innovation in his teaching and has been a consistently strong scholar in the areas of biomedical engineering and engineering education.
Delgado, who received his master’s degree from the University of Granada in Granada, Spain, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, came to Bucknell in 1986. For many years, he taught in the prestigious Middlebury College Summer Language Program.
He organized and directs the Bucknell en Espaňa program and has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Associate 16th and 17th Century Drama. His books include a critical edition of a play by Calderon and two co-edited anthologies, one on Calderon and one on Lorca. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Italian, has extensive knowledge of classical Latin and classical Arabic and a reading knowledge of Catalan and Portuguese.
Known for his enthusiasm and engaging pedagogy, Delgado is the 1991 recipient of the Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Shackelford came to Bucknell in 1975, having received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, and having taught at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and the University of New York Geneseo. Her scholarly agenda includes co-authoring a popular economics textbook, writing and presenting several pieces on pedagogy in economics, and exploring the work of early feminist economists.
She was one of the founders of the International Association for Feminist Economics and served as executive secretary of the organization for more than a decade. She has directed the Bucknell in London Program three times in the last several years and her distinctive record of service most recently includes the Bridge Committee and the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct.
Shackelford’s teaching has been characterized by extraordinary energy and originality in the classroom as well as dedication to students.
Posted April 19, 2007