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Four Bowdoin Professors Awarded Tenure

Story posted March 15, 1999


March 9, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College assistant professors James A. Higginbotham, Stephen G. Naculich, Scott R. Sehon and Matthew Stuart have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. The Board of Trustees approved the promotions when they convened recently.

Higginbotham teaches classical archaeology and classical languages. He has been on the faculty since 1994 and also served as an instructor at Bowdoin during the 1990-1991 school year. In 1996 he earned the Sydney B. Karofsky Prize. It is awarded annually to "an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm and stimulate intellectual curiosity" and is given partly on the basis of student evaluations of teaching.

Higginbotham specializes in Greek and Roman archeology, art and architecture. He has directed excavations in Italy and is an expert on the Roman practice of raising fish.

He graduated from the University of Michigan, where he also earned his master's and his doctorate. He has taught at Georgetown University, Carleton College and the University of Michigan.

Naculich is a summa cum laude graduate of Case Western Reserve University and holds a master's and a doctorate from Princeton University. He has been a member of the Physics Department faculty since 1993. His area of expertise is elementary particle theory, and he also researches quantum gravity and string theory.

Naculich was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and the Princeton University Joseph Henry Prize. He has taught at Princeton, where he was nominated for the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni Teaching Award. He performed post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University and Brandeis University and has published numerous articles in professional journals.

Stuart's specialty is Early Modern Philosophy, and he has taught Philosophy at Bowdoin since 1993. He graduated cum laude from the University of Vermont and earned his master's and doctorate at Cornell University.

Stuart is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and earned the College Honors in Philosophy and the John Dewey Prize in Philosophy at the University of Vermont. He also held several fellowships at Cornell University.

Sehon also teaches philosophy at Bowdoin. He came here as a visiting instructor in 1993 and later became an assistant professor. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, then proceeded to Princeton for his master's. He specializes in philosophy of mind and metaphysics.

Sehon began teaching as an undergraduate at Harvard, while enrolled in an interdisciplinary course in which students were responsible for part of the teaching. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the recipient of the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a National Graduate Fellows Program Scholarship.

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