Story posted November 18, 2010
Three Bowdoin professors have been appointed to endowed term chairs, a recognition bestowed upon associate professors in recognition of their accomplishment as scholars and in support of their timely progress to the rank of full professor.
The professorships support compensation, research and teaching expenses, and sabbatic leaves for faculty members from a variety of disciplines and programs.
Kristen Ghodsee, a faculty member in the Gender and Women's Studies Program, has been named the John S. Osterweis Associate Professor. Ghodsee, who is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is a leading expert in women's political and cultural participation in post-socialist Bulgaria. Her book, Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press, 2009), recently won the 2010 Heldt Prize for the best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian women's studies.
The John S. Osterweis Professorship was established through the generous support of Bowdoin Trustee John S. Osterweis, Bowdoin Class of '64.
Laura Henry, a faculty member in the department of Government and Legal Studies, has been named the John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor. Henry, who won the 2008 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, is an expert on social activism and environmental issues in post-Soviet Russia and a former Fulbright Scholar. Her recent book, Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2010), was based on fifteen months of fieldwork in five regions of Russia.
The John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Faculty Chair was established in 2006 by Bowdoin Trustee Emeritus John Magee, Class of 1947, and his wife, Dorothy.
John Lichter has been named the Samuel S. Butcher Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences. Lichter, a professor of biology and environmental studies, is an ecosystem ecologist whose wide-ranging fields of inquiry and inclusive research have made him a leading force in many of Bowdoin's environmental studies initiatives. His long-term research on soil carbon chemistry and dynamics of soils in the Duke Forest Carbon Experiment was named one of the most influential articles in environmental science by Essential Science Indicators.
The Butcher Professorship in the Natural Sciences was established in 2007 and honors Professor Samuel S. Butcher, professor of chemistry emeritus, who was instrumental in the creation and leadership of the environmental studies program at the College in the 1970s. Professor Butcher was appointed to the Bowdoin faculty in 1964 and retired in 1997.