Alumni CLASnotes Summer 2004

CLAS Term Professors



Each year, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awards CLAS Term Professorships to outstanding faculty who excel in both scholarship and teaching. These professorships allow the college to recognize faculty who are making a significant difference in the classroom, as well as through their research. Funded entirely by private sources, the number of term professors and the amount of the award varies from year to year. For 2003-2004, five CLAS Term Professors were selected, and they each received a one-time $6,000 salary supplement and an additional $3,000 for their research.

Colin Chapman

Jean and Robin Gibson Term Professor
Colin Chapman is a professor in the Department of Zoology. He received his PhD from the University of Alberta in 1987 and came to UF in 1993. An associate scientist for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Chapman helps run a field station at Uganda's Kibale National Park and is an honorary lecturer at Makerere University.

Internationally known for his research on primate ecology and biology, Chapman uses experimental and observational approaches to determine how plant communities influence animals and how animals influence their environment. He teaches courses in ecology and vertebrate zoology.

Robert McMahonv

Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor
Robert McMahon is a professor in the Department of History, specializing in US foreign relations. He came to UF in 1982 and served as chair of the department from 1995 to 1999.

He is internationally recognized as an expert on US diplomacy since World War II. McMahon was appointed by US Secretary of State Colin Powell to serve as a member of the State Department's Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation. His most recent book, The Cold War, was published in 2003 by Oxford University Press.

At UF, he teaches courses on the modern US, US foreign relations, the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

Charles A. Perrone

Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor
Charles A. Perrone is a professor of Portuguese in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and is an affiliate of the Center for Latin American Studies. He came to UF in 1985 with a PhD in Luso-Brazilian literature from the University of Texas at Austin.

Known internationally as an expert on Brazilian song and poetry, Perrone has published three books, most notably Seven Faces: Brazilian Poetry Since Modernism. The coordinator of the Portuguese program, Perrone teaches courses in advanced language, literature, and culture and civilization.

Kenneth Sassamanv

Jean and Robin Gibson Term Professor
Kenneth Sassaman is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology. He came to UF in 1998, after receiving a PhD from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1991. His research interests center on the prehistory of hunter-gatherer societies in the American Southeast, particularly aspects of social organization, technology and monumentality.

He is recognized as an expert on the Archaic period in Southeastern archaeology. In addition to teaching anthropology and archaeology courses, Sassaman offers students a unique research experience through his St. Johns Archaeological Field School on the St. Johns River in Florida.

Gregory Stewart

Jean and Robin Gibson Term Professor
Gregory Stewart is a professor in the Department of Physics, specializing in experimental condensed matter physics. He received his PhD in applied physics from Stanford University in 1975 and has taught at UF since 1985.

His research group focuses on advancing the understanding of the unusual magnetic and superconducting properties of highly correlated f-electron metallic compounds, and he is internationally recognized as a leader in the measurement of new materials in high magnetic fields. Stewart is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is currently teaching a course on modern physics at UF.


Photos:
Jane Dominguez

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