Hamilton College President Joan Hinde Stewart, in consultation with Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty David Paris, announced the following appointments to endowed chairs. In her announcement to the community, Stewart wrote:
"Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Geology Barbara Tewksbury will become the William R. Kenan Chair of Geology for a three-year term. Barb is one of Hamilton's truly outstanding teachers and was recognized as the CASE Teacher of the Year for New York State in 1997. She has been a leader in the scholarship of pedagogy: her introductory course on Geology and Development in Modern Africa was one of four recognized nationally by the American Association of Colleges and Universities SENCER Program, and last year she received, along with three co-investigators, a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for faculty development for geoscience faculty. Her work powerfully demonstrates excellence in the integration of scholarship and teaching.
"Assistant Professor of Women's Studies Vivyan Adair will become the inaugural holder of the Elihu Root Peace Fund Chair. An endowed fund was created in 1909 by Andrew Carnegie in honor of Elihu Root and the Root family's historic relationship with Hamilton College, and the income from the fund will be used to support this new Chair. Vivyan Adair, who is being appointed to a five-year term, is an inspiring teacher and nationally recognized scholar and program developer whose work has been published in the Harvard Educational Review, Signs, and other distinguished journals, and who is co-editor of Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty, and the Promise of Higher Education in America. Vivyan is, of course, well known as founder of the ACCESS Project at Hamilton, an ambitious and visionary welfare to work program that has received extensive national attention and secured generous funding from the State of New York.
"Professor Stuart Hirshfield is now the Stephen Harper Kirner Chair of Computer Science. The Kirner Chair is a rotating five-year appointment honoring a faculty member in the sciences. Stuart has been one of Hamilton's most popular teachers, widely known for a combination of humor and rigor. He is the coauthor (with Professor of Computer Science Rick Decker) of one of the leading texts in computer science, The Analytical Engine: An Introduction to Computer Science Using the Internet, which has been revised and widely used for more than a decade. He is also the recipient of several grants for the study of artificial intelligence, most recently from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome. Like Professors Tewksbury and Adair, he is a willing and able campus citizen who has thoughtfully and effectively filled a variety of roles in our community."