Faculty awards and honors
COM honors three faculty members for teaching
The College of Communication awarded its first annual “Professor of the Year” awards to a faculty member in each of its three departments: Peter Southwick in journalism; Dorothy “Dottie” Clark in mass communication, advertising, and public relations; and Roy Grundmann in film and television. BU alumni James Weil (COM’72) and Judy Weil (SED’73) established the awards, which carry a $2,500 prize.
SMG Profs Cockburn and McGahan named Everett V. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholars
Iain Cockburn, an SMG professor of finance and economics, and Anita McGahan, an SMG professor of strategy and policy, are the inaugural awardees of SMG’s Everett V. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholars Program, which was announced in July and is named for the school’s founder. The awards honor selected faculty members “with special recognition and stipends,” and are made possible by an anonymous donation.
NEA names Steiner director of arts education
The National Endowment for the Arts this summer appointed as its director of arts education David Steiner, a School of Education associate professor of administration, training, and policy studies, and curriculum and teaching. Steiner, who chairs the administration, training, and policy studies department, will be responsible for the panel selection and grant making process in arts education and will provide professional leadership to the field. His scholarship focuses on the concept of paideia, the public responsibility to provide an ethical, intellectual, political, and artistic education to the next generation.
El-Baz honored in Cairo
Renowned geologist Farouk El-Baz, a CAS research professor and director of BU’s Center for Remote Sensing, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the American University in Cairo and delivered the university’s 2004 commencement speech on June 17. A native of Egypt and an expert on Middle East issues, El-Baz has spent much of his career investigating the origin and evolution of arid landforms in desert regions worldwide. He also is a veteran of the Apollo space program and has served as science advisor to Anwar Sadat, the former president of Egypt, and to the late King Hussein of Jordan.