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Getting On The Same Page With Novelist Brock Clarke

Getting On The Same Page With Novelist Brock Clarke

Associate Professor of English Brock Clarke gained widespread attention for his popular 2007 novel, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Houses in New England. He’s pushing the boundaries of fiction again with his latest book, Exley (Algonquin 2010). One of Bowdoin’s most lively creative writing professors sits down for a talk about writing, teaching and messing with readers’ minds. Read more»

A Pipeline Runs Through It: Leading Africa's Big Dig

A Pipeline Runs Through It: Leading Africa's Big Dig

Professor of Anthropology Scott MacEachern co-led the largest archaeological preservation program ever undertaken in central Africa. After scrambling over knife-edge cliffs, trudging through leech-filled swamps, MacEachern and his colleagues uncovered prehistoric farming villages and stone tools that may be as much as 100,000 years old. Read More »

Casselberry Brings Strong New Voice to Africana Studies

Casselberry Brings Strong New Voice to Africana Studies

When Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry isn't studying the intersections of music, identity, spirituality and politics, she may be actually living it: The cutting-edge scholar also has a high profile musical career as a singer with Toshi Reagon and BigLovely and was a part of the famed folk duo Casselberry-DuPreé. Step inside one of her classes, where Grace Jones belts it out, Shirley Caesar hits the highs, and students bring their own experience into the mix. Read more »

On the Cutting Edge of Biomathematical Research

On the Cutting Edge of Biomathematical Research

It’s one thing to develop new mathematical equations describing biological processes. It’s quite another to be performing scientific assays to see if your equations have real biologic underpinnings. Professor of Mathematics Mary Lou Zeeman is doing just that as she pioneers the field of biomathematics to determine a mathematical formula for the menstrual cycle.
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Dante and Mathematics Are "la dolce vita" for Italian Professor

Dante and Mathematics Are "la dolce vita" for Italian Professor

Anyone who thinks that Italian Medieval and Renaissance literature is dry and arcane has not encountered Bowdoin Associate Professor of Italian Arielle Saiber. When she is not teaching about subjects such as love poetry in the Italian Middle Ages or the mafia, Saiber is keeping up with experimental electronic music or thinking about code and theories of "space." Read More »

As the Nest Turns: Racy Research From Bowdoin's Birdman

As the Nest Turns: Racy Research From Bowdoin's Birdman

Bowdoin ornithologist Nat Wheelwright has a field day with sparrow-mating research at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island. The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences has worked with student researchers to pursue the mysteries of the Savannah sparrow for going on 20 years, with some surprising results. Read More »

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Karofsky Prize Honors Outstanding Bowdoin Teachers

Each year one Bowdoin faculty member is recognized as “an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity”. The Karofsky Prize is among the College’s most prestigious honors and is awarded on the basis of student evaluation of teaching.

View the last six Karofsky winners below or see the full list.

Bowdoin faculty members are leading scholars, performers, researchers, and artists who live what they teach. They are here because they truly enjoy the give-and-take of teaching undergraduates.

You’ll find that their passion for their subject illuminates the classroom, from introductory courses to upper-level seminars. They take the time to connect with students as individuals, working one-on-one in small classes, in laboratories, performance halls, and during generous office hours.

Many opportunities exist to work alongside faculty on independent studies, research, or creative projects. Whether formal or informal, generations of Bowdoin students describe their relationships with faculty members as among the most important of their lives.

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Faculty Grants
Bowdoin College and its faculty earned $4.3 million in grant monies and institutional support from nearly 30 foundations, corporations and government agencies during the 2010-2011 academic year. Read more »

Archive of faculty grants/fellowships »

Faculty Books
Bowdoin faculty members have published more than a dozen books during the 2010-2011 academic year, many of which have been hailed by critics as groundbreaking in their fields. The works span disciplines from economics to art history to sociology. Read more »

Archive of recent faculty books »