Month: June 2017

Associate Dean Glasberg to Serve as Interim Dean of CLAS

Davita Silfen Glasberg, current CLAS Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Undergraduate Education, will serve as interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences beginning February 1, 2017, when Dean Jeremy Teitelbaum will step down to become the University’s interim Provost.

Glasberg has served as an associate dean of the College since 2011. Prior to that, she was head of the CLAS Department of Sociology from 2004 to 2011.

Throughout her long period of administrative service to the College, she has continued her active research program. Her co-edited volume, Human Rights in our Own Back Yard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States (2011) won the Hirabayashi Book Award for Best Book from the Human Rights Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012. Glasberg co-edited the book with former graduate student William T. Armaline ’97 Ph.D., currently a professor at San Jose State University, and Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology at UConn.

Glasberg has also continued to teach her Introduction to Sociology general education class, and has overseen multiple projects to improve the caliber of the undergraduate educational experience in UConn’s largest college.

Glasberg joined UConn in 1988 as an assistant professor. Her research interests are political sociology and political economy; human rights; race, class and gender; and social inequality.

She earned her BA cum laude and a master’s degree in sociology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

“We have great confidence in her and know that she will bring strong academic values and excellent judgment to the leadership of the College,” said UConn President Susan Herbst in a statement. “Please join us in congratulating Professor Glasberg on this new position and in wishing her well.”

UConn Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars

The University of Connecticut is among the top 10 producers of Fulbright Scholars from research institutions this year.

The University has seven Fulbright Scholars on its faculty who will be teaching and performing research around the world in the 2016-17 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Fulbright Program is the government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Scholars are selected for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in more than 125 countries. The following UConn faculty will be pursuing Fulbright projects abroad:

  • Carol Auer, professor emeritus of plant science and landscape architecture, will lecture and perform research into “Advancing Biosecurity and Bioethics Knowledge in Ecuador” at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.
  • Alexis Dudden, professor of history, will lecture about “East Asian Context for Maritime Issues and the U.S.-Korea Alliance” at Yonsei University in South Korea.
  • Kathryn Knapp, associate professor of English, will lecture about “The Contemporary American Bildungsroman in the Age of Decline” at Vilnius University in Lithuania.
  • Engineering Professor Radenka Maric, UConn’s new vice president for research, will research “Durable Cathodes for High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) and Hydrogen Separ” at Politenico Di Milano in Italy.
  • Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology, will lecture and perform research on “Water, Inequalities, and Rights” at University of Hyderabad in India.
  • Nathaniel Trumbull, associate professor of geography, will lecture and perform research on “Best Practices of Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants in Russia and the U.S.: Regional, Social and Economic Dimensions” at Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University in Russia.
  • Steven Wisensale, professor of public policy, will lecture on “A Comparative Analysis of Japanese-U.S. Policies” at Yokohama City University in Japan.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by the United States Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

By: Kristen Cole | Story courtesy of UConn Today