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Five receive O’Leary Faculty Recognition Awards

Five members of the Holy Cross faculty have been honored with the Arthur J. O’Leary Faculty Recognition Award. These $10,000 honoraria are given each year by Senior Vice President Frank Vellaccio to senior faculty members who make a special contribution to Holy Cross through their teaching, scholarship and/or service. The O’Leary Awards are intended to honor the recipients, to advance their work, and to encourage other members of the faculty to attain a high level of professional achievement—and to be a positive influence in the lives of students. The 2007 recipients are:

Daniel Bitran, associate professor of psychology, earned his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo and his bachelor of arts degree at City University New York, Queens College, in New York City. From 1986-88, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut, and, from 1988-92, he was a research associate at the University of Rochester. Joining the Holy Cross faculty in 1992, Bitran has served as chair of the psychology department from 2000-05—and has also been a member of the Research and Publications and Academic Affairs committees; he is currently the science coordinator and a member of the Curriculum Committee. Bitran’s recent research is aimed at elucidating the brain mechanisms involved in mediating the effects of estrogen on cognition.

Edward Isser, associate professor and chair of the theatre department, worked on Broadway, off Broadway and, in regional theatre, as an actor, stage manager and production manager prior to earning a joint Ph.D. in drama and the humanities at Stanford (Calif.) University. Isser has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1995.  He is the author of Stages of Annihilation: Theatrical Representations of the Holocaust (Fairleigh Dickinson, UP, 1997)—and has published articles and reviews in journals such as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Essays in Theater, The Shakespeare Bulletin and The Bernard Shaw Annual. Isser recently directed Shakespeare’s Richard III, presented by the Redfeather Theatre Company in Worcester—and featuring professional actors, members of the local community and Holy Cross students and alumni.  A significant portion of his O’Leary Award will be used to support the theatre company's summer Shakespeare festival; Isser also plans to pursue research toward a book-in-process on 19th-century dramatic representations of anti-Semitism.

Vickie Langohr, associate professor of political science, earned her Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University in New York City and her bachelor of arts degree at the University of California, Berkeley; she also studied for two years in Cairo, Egypt. Currently serving as the director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration Committee at Holy Cross, Langohr has published articles in Comparative Politics, Comparative Studies of Society History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Journal of Democracy, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She anticipates using the funds to buy subscriptions to Arabic language newspapers as well as to finance at least one research trip to the Middle East.

Royce Singleton, professor of sociology, earned his Ph.D. in sociology at Indiana University and his bachelor of science and master of science degrees at Oklahoma State University. His research and publications span social psychology, methodology, race relations and undergraduate education. Recent publications include the fourth edition of the textbook Approaches to Social Research (Oxford University Press, 2005), which he co-authored with Bruce Straits; an article in Teaching Sociology on the Holy Cross student survey; and an article in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, based on data from the survey. A Holy Cross faculty member since 1977, Singleton regularly teaches courses in social psychology, methods of social research, sport and society, and small group processes. He plans to use the O’Leary award to extend his student survey to other campuses.

Joanna E. Ziegler, professor and chair of the visual arts department, has been a faculty member at Holy Cross since 1982; she received her Ph.D. in art history and architecture and her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in art history at Brown University in Providence, R.I. A specialist in late medieval and early modern religious art and architecture of the Low Countries, Ziegler has been invited to lecture all over the United States and in Europe; she was the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award from Holy Cross in 1994. Ziegler is co-author of Practicing Catholic: Ritual, Body, and Contestation in Catholic Faith (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), with Bruce T. Morrill, S.J., ’81 and Susan Rodgers, Holy Cross professor of anthropology—as well as the co-author of Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), with Christopher Dustin, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department and current director of the First-Year Program at Holy Cross. Ziegler plans to use some of the funds for a book she is writing and, also, for developing a small collection of original works of art for the classroom.

The Arthur J. O’Leary Faculty Recognition Awards have been made possible by an endowed gift to the College from Thomas H. O’Leary ’54, former president, chief executive officer and chairman of Burlington Resources, in memory of his father, Arthur J. O’Leary ‘20.

 



 

Daniel Bitran
Daniel Bitran

Vickie Langohr
Vickie Langohr
Joanna E. Ziegler
Joanna E. Ziegler

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Eward Isser
Eward Isser

Royce Singleton
Royce Singleton

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