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Faculty News Briefs

Garvey named outstanding first-year student advocate

Robert H. Garvey, associate professor of physics, has been named one of 10 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates by the National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and the Houghton Mifflin Company. A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1977, Garvey was instrumental in creating Holy Cross’ First-Year Program (FYP); he served as its first director for two years and, again, from 2002-07.

In his time at Holy Cross, Garvey has developed courses for non-science majors as well as a range of courses for physics majors. He has conducted research in theoretical atomic physics, including energy levels of rare-earth ions in crystals; yield spectra of atmospheric gases; philosophical implications of technology; and general relativity.

In addition to his classroom and course development endeavors on behalf of Holy Cross students, Garvey has been a dedicated participant in the College’s science programs developed in conjunction with the Worcester Public Schools (WPS). He has taught in the Youth Exploring Science program and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Science Workshop for WPS science and math teachers. Garvey has co-developed a weather program for 400 sixth-grade students that he team-teaches each May. He received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

In 2000, Garvey was one of only four U.S. Professors of the Year to be named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement and Support of Education. He was recognized for his extraordinary dedication to teaching, commitment to students and innovative instructional methods.

Ziegler named O’Rorke Professor

Joanna E. Ziegler, professor and chair of the visual arts department at the College of the Holy Cross, has been named the first Edward A. O’Rorke Professor in the Liberal Arts. The professorship has been made possible by a generous gift from Edward A. O’Rorke, a member of the Class of 1929.

Once Ziegler assumes the position on July 1, she plans to initiate and facilitate a discussion among faculty on the possibility of integrating more ethics into their teaching.

“I hope to afford opportunities for the exchange of ideas that will make faculty more keenly aware of the need to address emerging ethical issues, especially in light of the College’s special mission, and of the relevance of ethical reflection to a range of disciplines beyond philosophy and religious studies,” she explains. 
Ziegler, a faculty member at Holy Cross since 1982, received her Ph.D. in art history and architecture and her M.A. and B.A. in art history from Brown University. A specialist in late medieval and early modern religious art and architecture of Low Countries, she has been invited to lecture throughout the United States and Europe. Ziegler was the recipient of the College’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in 1994— and recently received the Arthur J. O’Leary Faculty Recognition Award. 



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