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Faculty accomplishments to be showcased in exhibition

May 8, 2009

Skidmore will honor its teacher-scholars with a formal celebration of their achievements, both intellectual and artistic, during the upcoming Senior Week 2009.

Those achievements?in the form of books, scholarly articles, performance programs, and more?will be on display starting Monday, May 11, in the Galant Reading Room on the first floor of Scribner Library. At the opening reception, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. that day, President Philip A. Glotzbach will officially inaugurate the new faculty-research showcase, which is designed to parallel the Academic Festival?s spotlight on outstanding student work, according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Kress.

More than 40 faculty members responded to the call for submissions, many with multiple entries, according to the event?s organizer, Pushakala Prasad, the Zankel Professor of Management for Liberal Arts Students. Prasad expects still more submissions to come in before the cutoff date, filling the display with published works such as books, article reprints, and chapters published in anthologies and collections, along with notifications of grants awarded and a number of programs, reviews, posters, CDs, and video clips documenting artistic performances.

All the awards, publications, and honors have been garnered by faculty in pursuit of their academic specialties during the academic years of 2007-2008 and 2008-2009; the collection will remain on view in the Galant Room through Friday, May 15. A set of research showcases will offer a series of demonstrations prepared by library and Information Technology staff featuring research and pedagogical tools such as the online photo-sharing application, Flickr, and virtual visits to faraway sites.

The reception and exhibition are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Skidmore Research Colloquium, which was formed last fall. The colloquium?s first-year events have included a grant-writing workshop as well as fall- and spring-semester talks from faculty with recently published books, followed by dinner in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. ?Part of our mission is sparking interdisciplinary conversation among faculty from widely differing disciplines,? notes Prasad, who teaches courses in international business, workplace diversity, and the faces of capitalism. ?So far, the response has been outstanding.?

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