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Faculty Members Named Chaired Professors

Five Smith faculty members were named to chaired professorships this year. They are Deborah Haas-Wilson, economics; Marsha Kine Pruett, social work; Neal Salisbury, history; Sharon Seelig, English language and literature; and Carol Zaleski, religion.

Deborah Haas-Wilson, the Marilyn Carlson Nelson ’61 Professor of Economics
Haas-Wilson joined the Department of Economics in 1984 after earning her doctoral degree in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the economics of health care. Most recently, Haas-Wilson has been writing about the restructuring of the health care system and its implications for competition and antitrust policy. Her findings have appeared in numerous journals and books, including Managed Care and Monopoly Power: The Antitrust Challenge (Harvard University Press 2003) and Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care (Duke University Press 2003). In addition, Haas-Wilson frequently lends her expertise in economics to other capacities, serving on several advisory boards and as a consultant for the Federal Trade Commission, the California Department of Corporations, the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and numerous private organizations.

Marsha Kline Pruett, the Maconda Brown O’Connor ’85 Professor
Pruett, a new member of the School for Social Work faculty as of September, is an expert on preventive interventions for families experiencing divorce and child custody issues. After completing social work studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Pruett received her clinical psychology degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a law degree from Yale University. Before coming to Smith, Pruett served on the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine with a joint appointment at the Yale Child Study Center. She has received government and foundation grants totaling about $4.5 million for research projects, and her findings have appeared in numerous scientific journals. Pruett co-authored the book Your Divorce Advisor: A Lawyer and a Psychologist Guide You Through the Legal and Emotional Landscape of Divorce. She is currently working on a new parenting book.

Neal Salisbury, the Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Social Sciences
Salisbury joined the Department of History in 1973 after receiving his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research concerns American Indian history, especially focusing on New England and colonial history. He serves on doctoral examination and dissertation committees in several departments at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Brandeis University and Yale University. As a researcher, Salisbury has received fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for the History of the American Indian, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council for Learned Societies. Additionally, Salisbury has served as president and an executive council member for the American Society of Ethnohistory, and has worked as a consultant for the British Broadcasting Company, the Native American Rights Fund and numerous other organizations.

Sharon Cadman Seelig, Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities
Seelig, who earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University, joined Smith’s Department of English language and literature in 1980 after serving for 10 years on the English department faculty of Mount Holyoke College. Seelig has held Woodrow Wilson, Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Newberry Library Fellowships. Her research and teaching focuses on 17th-century English poetry and prose, Milton, and Shakespeare. Her books include The Shadow of Eternity: Belief and Structure in Herbert, Vaughan, and Traherne; Generating Texts: The Progeny of Seventeenth-Century Prose; and most recently, Autobiography and Gender in Early Modern Literature: Reading Women's Lives, 1600-1680. Since 1990, she has served on the editorial board of English Literary Renaissance.

Carol Zaleski, Chair in World Religions
Zaleski joined the Department of Religion and Biblical literature in 1989 after receiving her doctorate from Harvard University. Her research focuses on afterlife beliefs, prayer and spiritual disciplines. Her books include Otherworld Journeys, The Book of Heaven and the forthcoming Book of Hell, and she has contributed articles on heaven, hell and purgatory in world religions to the forthcoming revised edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Her current projects include a book about monasticism and a collaborative effort with her husband Philip Zaleski on writers C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and their associates. The couple recently co-authored a book titled Prayer: A History. Carol Zaleski currently serves as an editor for Second Spring: A Journal of Faith & Culture and The Christian Century. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Centre for Faith and Culture in Oxford. In 2003 and again in 2005, she won the Associated Church Press Award of Excellence.

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