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This Month's Featured Stories  

AHSS Celebrates the Promotion of 31 Professors

DU is getting national attention for being one of the first universities to formally create a ‘teaching professorial’ series with long-term contracts. Professors in this series are devoted almost exclusively to teaching. This series supplements the existing traditional faculty series, for which professors are responsible for a triad of responsibilities – teaching, scholarship/research/creative endeavors and service. In an effort to strengthen the student experience and support faculty whose primary responsibility is teaching, this innovative model helps DU attract and retain high quality university faculty. Voted on favorably by the faculty and approved by the Board of Trustees, it also allows teaching professors to be eligible for promotion.

Effective September 1, 31 faculty members received promotion and tenure. [SEE BELOW]  

Promotion reflects recognition of a faculty member’s significant achievements. For both faculty series, the process is thorough and rigorous. To receive promotion and tenure, a candidate typically devotes six years working on scholarship and creative endeavors. This work is evaluated by national and international scholars. These reviews, and other aspects of the candidate’s record, are assessed by the candidate’s department. A divisional faculty committee and dean review each candidate’s case and make recommendations to the provost. Upon the provost’s review, the candidate’s case is shared with the DU Board of Trustees, which ultimately grants or declines tenure and promotion. Decisions take into account scholarship and creative production, teaching quality and campus service.

“These changes recognize significant achievement, dedication and contribution to the mission of our departments, divisions, university and fields. Please join me in congratulating these colleagues,” said Dean Daniel McIntosh. 

Read more about the new professorial series at DU.

Four faculty have been promoted to tenured full professor:

Six faculty were awarded the rank of teaching full professor:

One received the rank of full professor of the practice of museum studies:

Six faculty received tenure and promotion to associate professor:

Ten faculty were awarded the rank of teaching associate professor:

One received the rank of associate professor of the practice of public policy:

Three faculty received emeritus status this last year, also:

  • Peter Adler, department of sociology
  • Ralph DiFranco, department of languages & literatures
  • Spencer Wellhofer, department of political science

DU Hosts WWII Historical Exhibition

Eradicating Hate: A Paper Trail of Nazi Practice

The Holocaust Awareness Institute at DU’s Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) is hosting a three-day, national-touring exhibit,  Eradicating Hate: A Paper Trail of Nazi Practice , in the Anderson Academic Commons, October 7-9, 2015. The exhibit features a collection of artifacts related to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust from the Spungen Family Foundation. Items include an envelope Nazis made out of a Jewish Torah scroll and counterfeit money printed in the Warsaw Ghetto. Each day, the curator of the collection will be on hand to give 30-minute presentations about the exhibit. Nearly a dozen professors have already signed up to take their students to the exhibition for personalized tours with the curator.

CJS is an in-depth source of Jewish learning for the state of Colorado and aims to advance knowledge of Jewish history, thought and culture through intercultural dialogue and social action. The Holocaust Awareness Institute is a campus and community resource for coursework, teacher trainings, education materials and programming. It is a leading agent in the region for promoting education about the Holocaust and related ethical and social justice issues.

To learn more about this exhibit, view this  New York Times  review.