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Four Faculty Named 2007 Sherrerd Award Winners

Four faculty members were named last week as winners of the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching.

They are: Mary Harrington, Tippit Professor in Life Sciences; Sabina Knight, associate professor of East Asian languages and literatures; Borjana Mikic, associate professor of engineering; and Kevin Quashie, associate professor of Afro-American studies.

The Sherrerd Teaching Award is given annually to Smith faculty members in recognition of their distinguished teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.

The four faculty members will be honored at a presentation of the award on Tuesday, October 23.

Mary Harrington

Harrington joined the psychology department at Smith in 1987 after completing her doctorate at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She worked with other Smith faculty to help launch the neuroscience major in 1997. Harrington teaches courses in experimental methods, both for psychology and neuroscience majors, cognitive neuroscience, and biological rhythms. Her course “Brain States” is an exploration of how states of consciousness arise from differential brain activity. Harrington’s research specialty involves the control of circadian rhythms by environmental cues, and many Smith undergraduates have collaborated with her in this research. She has published numerous articles and speaks frequently on the circadian system.

Sabina Knight

Knight came to Smith in 1998 after studying and teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A specialist in contemporary Chinese fiction, she also studies French, Russian and comparative literature as well as Chinese and Western philosophy. She is devoted to contemplative learning grounded in close reading and writing practice. Her courses include “Gendered Fate,” “Health and Illness: Literary Explorations,” and “Intimacy: Dreams, Disappointments and Practices of Desire.” She recently published The Heart of Time: Moral Agency in Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction, and is working on a cross-cultural literary exploration of conscious dying. Knight is a Research Associate at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University.

Borjana Mikic

Mikic came to Smith in 2001 from the University of Virginia to help build the Picker Engineering Program. She teaches introduction to engineering design, skeletal biomechanics, strength of materials, and failure analysis. Her research focuses on elucidating key factors that influence the establishment, maintenance, and restoration of biomechanical function in the tissues of the skeletal system. Mikic has received several grants in support of her research, including a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of a particular family of signaling molecules in tendon maintenance and repair. Mikic is the 2007-08 chair of the Liberal Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, and serves on Smith’s Faculty Council.

Kevin Quashie

Quashie teaches cultural studies and theory in the department of Afro-American Studies, where he is chair, and in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. He has taught courses on the Harlem Renaissance, death and dying in black culture, and black queer studies; and will soon teach a seminar on Toni Morrison, American identity and love, and a course on the black seventies. After earning his doctorate in American literature from Arizona State University, he edited a collection of writings by black writers, New Bones, and wrote a book on black women and cultural theory. Currently, Quashie is working on a book about what the concept of quiet can mean to how we think about black culture. In 2001, he was awarded the College’s Junior Faculty Teaching Award.

View the 2007 Sherrerd Awards video, featuring the award winners in their classrooms, with comments from their students and colleagues

35MB QuickTime movie.

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