September 03, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Several members of the Bucknell University faculty have been appointed or reappointed this fall to endowed academic positions. 

"Endowed chairs and professorships recognize professional excellence," said Mick Smyer, provost. "Faculty chosen for this honor are among Bucknell's most accomplished scholars and most effective teachers. Their exemplary work inspires their students and peers alike, and ensures a strong academic program.

"Funded by external gifts and awarded for specific terms, endowed academic positions benefit the University in perpetuity. They reward exceptional performance and help Bucknell attract and retain the best faculty," he said.

Presidential Professorships, originally funded by grants from the Hewlett and Mellon foundations, were awarded to two professors: Maria Antonaccio, religion, and Tom Solomon, physics.
 They join 28 other faculty members who have been named presidential professors since the Board of Trustees established the special rank in 1972.

Antonaccio will pursue her research on postnaturalism and the ethics of sustainability, including attending international conferences where global perspectives are more prominently featured. She also hopes to encourage collaborations among her colleagues in the humanities and beyond, perhaps in a faculty seminar on the ethics of sustainability. Antonaccio is the author of many publications, including, most recently, A Philosophy to Live By: Engaging Iris Murdoch (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Solomon will explore non-traditional classroom approaches as well as interdisciplinary work on the relationship between science and religion, a topic he explored in an integrated perspectives course co-taught with religion professor Carol White. He is the recipient of several grants from the National Science Foundation and the author of numerous publications, including 19 journal publications co-authored with undergraduates.

The following faculty members have been appointed to endowed chairs and professorships beginning in September:

The National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in the Humanities was awarded to English professor Virginia Zimmerman, who will use the funding to support several of her ongoing literary and research efforts, including the article "The Curating Child," an examination of poetry by Thomas Hardy; an expansion on an article exploring a children's novel by E. Nesbit; a revision of Rosemary for Remembrance, a novel for middle-grade readers; and a draft of a sequel to her first novel, A Sketch in Time.

The inaugural Claire W. Carlson Chair in Environmental Engineering, funded by gifts from Trustee Emerita Claire W. Carlson, Class of 1949, was awarded to Matthew Higgins, civil and environmental engineering. Higgins will use the Carlson Chair funding to support a local interdisciplinary wetland project that will help improve water quality in the local watershed (as well as the Chesapeake Bay) and provide educational and recreational resources for Bucknell students, faculty and the local community.

Winston Griffith, economics, has been appointed the Charles P. Vaughan Chair in Economics. Griffith has taught courses on economic development, the political economy of the Caribbean and international economics, and has served as a visiting professor of economics at the University of the West Indies. During his time as chair, he plans to trace the evolution of the British Caribbean economy from colonization to the present.

Roger Rothman, art history, has been appointed the Samuel H. Kress Professor in Art History. Rothman is the author of Tiny Surrealism: Salvador Dali and the Aesthetics of the Small. His plans include travel to archives in Los Angeles and Germany to complete research for his second book on the Fluxus art movement. He also will be preparing presentations for three conferences, including one in England.

William Gruver has been appointed the Howard I. Scott Chair in Global Commerce, Strategy and Leadership and Professor of Management Practice. Gruver will use the funding to investigate best practices in leadership education, to explore historically successful and unsuccessful military strategies for possible lessons that might be applied in contemporary business strategies or governmental foreign policy, and to study the longer term effects of the '07/'08 financial crisis on the international financial markets.

The following management faculty members have been reappointed to endowed chairs and professorships:

Matthew Bailey has been reappointed the Howard I. Scott Clinical Professor of Management. The author of widely cited work on the timing of treatment interventions in health care, Bailey has collaborated with Geisinger Health Systems on a study of patient flow, and been instrumental in the development of the Bucknell-Geisinger Initiative. He will be a visiting researcher in the Netherlands during his upcoming sabbatical, exploring the field of healthcare delivery.

Elton "Skip" McGoun was reappointed the William H. Dunkak Chair of Finance in the School of Management. The co-author of three books and numerous widely cited journal articles, McGoun's research focuses on the intersections of finance with philosophy, culture, cognitive science and history. He will be using the resources of the chair to assist in implementing the School of Management's new curriculum, in particular a new course on the Global Flow of Capital.