Endowed Professor Spotlight
For the faculty at Hobart and William Smith, there is no greater honor than receiving an endowed professorship. The appointment increases opportunities and financial support for faculty research, scholarship and academic initiatives while celebrating the best and brightest teacher-scholars at HWS. Here we offer a glimpse of some of our current recipients:
William Waller P’99, P’04, P’09, P’13, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics, is an expert on institutional economics and the ways in which the economy intersects with public policy.
Professor of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouët, the John Milton Potter Professor of the Humanities, says, “It is both deeply touching and empowering to be awarded this endowed chair. I feel the different layers of my work, my research, my teaching and my service, which are intertwined and inseparable in my mind, are all being recognized and validated.
Lara Blanchard, the Luce Professor of East Asian Art and the Lloyd Wright Professor in Conservative Studies, is an award-winning art historian whose scholarship explores the intersections of gender, culture and creativity in a range of eras and media.
Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean, who held the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professorship of the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 to 2018, is the author or editor of 12 books, including Blog Theory, The Communist Horizon and Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies.
Patrick M. Collins P’09
Joining the HWS faculty in 1985, Patrick M. Collins P’09, Professor Emeritus of Education who recently held the Lloyd Wright Professorship in Conservative Studies, taught courses on the arts and education with a focus on theatre, drama and community engagement, while also teaching in the Colleges’ Teacher Education Program.
Clifton Hood, the George E. Paulsen ’49 Professor of American History and Government, is a nationally recognized expert on the history of New York City, with a particular focus on the city’s upper-class, historical memory and mass transit.
Walter Bowyer, the Philip J. Moorad ’28 and Margaret N. Moorad Professor in the Sciences, has taught in the HWS chemistry department faculty since 1988. During that time he has served as chair and taught a range of chemistry courses as well as interdisciplinary subjects exploring frontiers between the sciences, the arts, history and anthropology.
Professor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub, who holds the Class of 1964 Endowed Professorship, is an internationally recognized sculptor who has been awarded numerous public sculpture commissions in the United States, Korea and China. In addition to teaching sculpture and design at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the past three and a half decades, he has exhibited his work widely, including in solo and group shows at galleries across the country.
Professor of Dance Donna Davenport, who holds the John Milton Potter Professorship in the Humanities, is a prolific choreographer and performer with a strong background in leadership at the Colleges, having chaired the Dance Department and co-founded the Social Justice Studies and Arts and Education Programs.