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Theologian Elected Vice Chair of Faculty Assembly and Council

Katheryn Darr will take chair next year


Katheryn Darr pledges to promote communication among BU’s constituencies. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Katheryn Darr, a School of Theology professor of Hebrew Bible, has been elected vice chair of the Faculty Assembly and Faculty Council, placing her in line to become chair for the 2012–13 academic year.

The assembly is the representative body of BU’s professorial-rank faculty with at least quarter-time appointments. It currently has 2,242 members, who elected Darr by an online ballot.

The council is a smaller body, comprised of assembly members elected by their individual schools and colleges to represent their views to the full assembly. The council reviews proposals for academic programs and new University policies and is a liaison between faculty and the BU administration. It selects the winners of the annual Perkins Awards, given to University staffers for distinguished service, as well as initiating its own projects, which have included a study of faculty salaries.

Darr will become vice chair of both bodies at the start of the coming academic year, then serve two years as chair, replacing current chair Adam Sweeting, a College of General Studies associate professor of humanities.

“I’ll work diligently to encourage and help facilitate communication, shared wisdom, deliberation, and mutual support among Boston University’s faculty members, administrators, staff, and students,” Darr says.

The next Faculty Assembly meeting will be in October.

A 1989 winner of the University’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, Darr was educated at Kentucky Wesleyan University and Vanderbilt University. She has written or edited three books and contributed to numerous others, including commentary on the Book of Ezekiel for The New Interpreter’s Bible (Abingdon Press, 2001).

Faculty Council secretary-treasurer Stephen Brady, a School of Medicine associate professor of psychiatry, was reelected to a one-year term.

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

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