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Trustees Honor 2006 Retiring Faculty Levine, Stakeman, Tucker

Story posted June 06, 2006

Retiring faculty members Daniel Levine, Randolph Stakeman, and Allen Tucker were honored for their commitment to the College and excellence in their fields by the Bowdoin Board of Trustees at their May 11-13, 2006, visit on campus.

Dan Levine
Dan Levine

Iconic Bowdoin Professor Daniel Levine, Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of History and Political Science, is retiring after 43 years of teaching and scholarship at the College.

The highly popular professor is a an important scholar of 20th century U.S. history, with interest areas including the history of the welfare state, civil rights, the Progressive era, the Vietnam War, among many others. He has published widely in academic journals, in several languages. He is the author of four books, including "Jane Addams and the Liberal Tradition," (1971) and "Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement," (2000).

Levine's teaching has spanned a full range of issues. His course, "Interpretations of American History," has introduced hundreds of Bowdoin students to historiographical debates about American history and is now a staple of the College's curriculum.

Levine has chaired the history department several times and was a member of the Bowdoin Advisory Committee for Upward Bound. He also studied and taught in Denmark on a Fulbright Grant, as a Guggenheim Fellow, and as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen.

Known for his great humor, intellectual passion, and approachability, he has consistently challenged students to rethink their assumptions - a subject he illuminated recently in his retirement lecture on April 28, 2006, titled, "Another Sort of Radicalism."

Levine currently is at work on a study of welfare institutions within labor unions, particularly garment-trade workers centered around New York from 1920-1960.

Randy Stakeman
Randy Stakeman

Associate Professor Randolph Stakeman, a driving force in Bowdoin's commitment to diversify its faculty and student body, is retiring after 28 years of service to the College.

A warm advisor and mentor to students of color, Stakeman has directed the Africana Studies program since 1989, and has made significant curricular linkages with History, Latin American Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies.

He was instrumental in creating the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program, the Hewlett Pluralism and Unity Project and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Off-Campus Study Program (CBB) in South Africa, the latter of which afforded 118 students from Colby, Bowdoin, and Bates Colleges the opportunity to travel and study in South Africa.

He has served as Acting Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the faculty representative to the Board of Overseers, and as a member of the 1980 Presidential Search Committee, the Strategic Planning Task Force, and the Presidential Committee on Race Relations.

Stakeman is a leading scholar on African colonialism and the history of African-Americans in Maine. Among his publications, he is author of "The Cultural Politics of Religious Change: A Study of the Sanoyea Kpelle in Liberia,"(1986).

He served as a consultant for the 1994 documentary film, "Anchor of the Soul," which explored the history of African-American culture in Maine. His own forays into documentary filmmaking include the recent "Heritage Day," a film collaboration with his son, Jackson, which documents a mixed-race population in South Africa.

For his service and devotion to the College, Stakeman won the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff in 2001.

Allen Tucker

Allen Tucker, Bowdoin's Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, is retiring after 18 years of teaching, writing, and scholarship that have helped to make Bowdoin a national leader in computer-science curriculum development.

Tucker was the founding chair of Bowdoin's computer science department when he joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1988. While helping to build the College's computer-science department, he also helped to build an evolving national model for computer-science curriculum from kindergarten through graduate school.

He co-chaired the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computer Science Joint Curriculum Task Force, and edited their landmark report. "Computing Curricula '91," for which he received the ACM's Outstanding Contribution Award. He is co-author of the "1986 Liberal Arts Model Curriculum in Computer Science," and a co-founder of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium. In 2004, he chaired the ACM's K-12 Task Force Curriculum Committee that helped to set standards for computer-science education in public schools nationwide.

In 2000-2001, he won a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award to teach computer science in the Ukraine. In 2004, Tucker was invited to be a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Tucker's research interests include programming languages and natural language processing. He is author and co-author of several books, including, "Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms," (co-authored with Robert Noonan), and "Computer Science Handbook," (2004)

Widely considered to be among the most generous, congenial members of the Bowdoin community, Tucker's support of students is reflected in the strength of the department's graduates: 95 computer science majors; 14 computer science/math majors; and 68 computer science minors since he joined the Bowdoin faculty. An emblem of his friendliness endures at the Friday student-faculty lunches he established, which are a now a regular part of departmental life.

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