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First Year Programs News


New Professors Hear from Provost, Deans, and Colleagues

By Mike Unger

New provost Scott Bass, left, welcomed AU’s new full-time faculty during a daylong orientation Aug. 18 at the Mary Graydon Center.

“Our goal is to bring people into our fields, engage them in our research,” he told the 71 new faculty hires in attendance. “It is the dreams you have that will build this institution.”

Activities during the orientation included remarks by Haig Mardirosian, dean of Academic Affairs, and literature professor David Keplinger, whose talk was titled “Reflections on a Year of American University Teaching.” In addition there were three symposiums, entitled “Teaching at American University,” “Teaching and Learning Resources at American University: Professional Counselors, the University Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence,” and “Outside the Classroom—Campus Life at American University.” —MU


Robert Durant, SPA: named to the Editorial Board, International Journal of Management Studies and Research, University of Central Punjab.

Robert Marshak, SPA: was awarded a Visiting Fellowship by the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England, where he will be doing research and presentations on the topic of organizational discourse and strategic change, May.


Jack Child, language and foreign studies, CAS: delivered lectures on the Inter-American system and on Antarctica, Inter-American Defense College, Washington, D.C., April

Daniel Dreisbach, SPA: “The Use of the Bible in the Political Rhetoric of the American Founding,” a “Religion Month” lecture, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va., April.

Todd Eisenstadt, SPA: “Agrarian Tenure Institutions, Conflict Frames, and Communitarian Identities: The Case of Indigenous Southern Mexico,” Midwest Political Science Association 2008 meeting, April.

Eric Lohr, history, CAS: “Russian and Ottoman Subjecthood Boundaries: Population Policy vs. Citizenship in Kars, Batum and Ardahan Provinces, 1877–1917,” at the conference, “Empire, Conquest and Faith: The Russian and Ottoman Interaction, 1650–1920,” Columbia University, April.


Naomi Baron, language and foreign studies, CAS: interviewed for an article in the Oregonian on telephone area codes as social signifiers and, interviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the new Pew Internet and American Life report, “Teens and Texting,” April.

Erran Carmel, Kogod: quoted in the article “Info Tech Salaries Drop, Our Survey Finds. What’s Holding U.S. Pay Down?” in Information Week, April.

Brian Forst, SPA: was quoted in the Washington Post article, “Openness Promised in Probe of Killing,” May 3.

Curtis Gans, director, Center for the Study of the American Electorate, and SPA: was interviewed by the Associated Press for an article on how Sen. John McCain is viewed as more independent than the conservative he really is because he often opposes fellow Republicans and works with Democrats, April.

Christine Gettings, Campus Life: was interviewed by Serbian television Regionalna Radio-Televizija regarding interfaith peace-building efforts on American campuses, April.

Peter Kuznick, history, CAS: was interviewed by Iran’s Fars News on the threat posed to the region by Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons, following Jimmy Carter’s acknowledgment of Israel’s nuclear arsenal, and why American leaders consider Iran a threat and not Israel, May.

David Lublin, SPA: was interviewed about the presidential election campaign for the article “De la détermination à l’entêtement,” in the Montreal newspaper La Presse, May.

Jeffrey Schaler, SPA: was interviewed on Toronto’s NewsTalk 1010 CFRB Radio about drugs, drug policy, and how addiction is a choice, not a disease, April.

Judith Shapiro, SIS: debated the Democratic Party’s primary process on Voice of America television’s China Branch, April.

Papers Presented

Abdelilah Bouasria, PhD candidate, SPA: “The Saint and the Sultan: The Politics of Moroccan Mysticism,” at the IOWC conference, McGill University, Montreal, April.

Published Works

Julie Mertus, SIS: “Teaching Gender in International Relations,” International Studies Perspectives, vol 8(3), August 2007.

Chris Palmer, SOC: “Into the Wild: American University Outfits the Next Generation of Environmental Filmmakers,” in Washington Life magazine, April.

David Rosenbloom, SPA: coauthored with Robert Kravchuk and Richard Clerkin, Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector, seventh ed. McGraw Hill.

Joanne Savage, SPA; Dick Bennett, SPA; and alumna Mona Danner, “Economic Assistance and Crime: a Cross-national Investigation,” in European Journal of Criminology, 5(2).

Emilio Viano, SPA: “Homicide and Its Secondary Victims: Patterns, Dynamics and Interventions,” in Homicídios no Brasil, Editora da Fundacao Getulio Vargas.

Charles S. J. White, professor emeritus, philosophy and religion, CAS: his book, The Garden of Loneliness: A Translation of Jayshankar Prasad’s ANSU, ‘Tears,’ was reviewed by Anoop Chandola, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona, in the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, vol 16, no 2, spring 2008.