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   Date: 7/13/11 Bookmark and Share

Three Faculty Appointed Chaired Professors

The Smith College Board of Trustees recently conferred chaired professorships on three Smith faculty members. The appointments became effective July 1, 2011. They are:

John Connolly, professor of philosophy, Sophia Smith Professor

Professor Connolly received undergraduate degrees from Fordham University and Oxford University, and a doctorate from Harvard University. He has taught at Smith since 1973 and was promoted to professor in 1988. Professor Connolly's research interests are in philosophy of mind, Wittgenstein, contemporary German philosophy, philosophical hermeneutics, medieval philosophy (especially Meister Eckhart), and issues of academic freedom and tolerance. He is currently completing a book on the concept of will in medieval philosophy, with a special focus on Meister Eckhart. He teaches The Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Business Ethics: Moral Issues in the Boardroom and the Classroom. He has served as Provost and Dean of the Faculty and as Acting President. He received the John M. Greene Award in 2002.

James Henle, professor mathematics and statistics, Myra M. Sampson Professor

Professor Henle received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He arrived at Smith in 1976 and was promoted to professor in 1988. He has published on set theory, calculus, logic, the logic of infinities, mathematics pedagogy and puzzles. He teaches Linear Algebra and Valid and Invalid Reasoning: What Follows from What? He has served on several major committees, including the Committee on Tenure and Promotion and the Committee on Academic Priorities. He was instrumental in establishing the Smith Center for Women and Mathematics, which was recently recognized by the American Mathematical Society as a program that does an outstanding job of encouraging women and members of underrepresented minority groups to pursue studies in the mathematical sciences.

Catharine Newbury, professor of government, Gwendolyn Carter Chair in African Studies

Professor Newbury received a bachelor's degree from Willamette University, and a master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She began teaching at Smith in 2001 as a visiting professor, and was hired as a professor of government in 2002, a joint appointment between Smith and the Five Colleges. She has written and spoken extensively about Central and Eastern Africa, especially Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo. She teaches Women and Politics in Africa and a Seminar in Comparative Government: The Rwanda Genocide in Comparative Perspective. She has served as president of the African Studies Association and is currently director of the Five College African Scholars Program.

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