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Outstanding faculty honored

The award winners were: Henri J. Barkey, professor of international relations and head of that department, who received the 2003 Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award; Elizabeth Dolan, assistant professor of English, who received the 2003 Lehigh Junior Award for Distinguished Teaching; Jennifer L. Gagliardi, a teaching assistant in the biological services department, who received the 2002-03 Lehigh University Teaching Assistant Award; Heather B. Johnson, assistant professor of sociology, who received the 2003 Alfred Noble Robinson Award; Michael R. Kuchka, associate professor of biological sciences, who received the 2003 Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching; Rajan Menon, the Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations, who received the 2003 Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award; Keith J. Schray, professor of chemistry, who received the 2003 Hillman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising; Roger D. Simon, professor of history, who received the 2003 Christian and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching; K. Sivakumar, associate professor of management and marketing, who received the 2003 Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award; Jean R. Soderlund, professor of history, chair of that department, and co-director of the Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Lehigh, who received the 2003 Hillman Faculty Award; and Harvey G. Stenger, professor of chemical engineering, who received the 2003 Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising.

Henri J. Barkey is the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor in International Relations and International Relations Department Chair. He served as a member of the U.S. State Department under former President Bill Clinton, working primarily on issues related to the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean and intelligence. He joined the Lehigh faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1992, and to full professor in 1999. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from City University in London, his Master of Science degree in international relations from University College in London, and his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored, co-authored and edited four books, the most recent being Turkey’s Kurdish Question (with Graham Fuller). A frequently consulted expert for media commentary, Barkey, has appeared on PBS, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, NPR, the BBC, and countless other mainstream media outlets, and has also testified before the U.S. Congress. His opinion essays have appeared on the pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and serves on the Steering Committee of the European and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch.

Elizabeth Dolan earned her doctorate in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also won a three-year fellowship in literature and medicine to teach medical students in the Department of Social Medicine. Her first post-doctoral position was at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she taught literature courses in the English department, including courses designed for students in the six-year medical program (e.g., "Bioethics in Literature and Practice"). Beginning her career at Lehigh in Fall 2001, Dolan has taught freshman level courses on illness literature (e.g., "Blame in Twentieth-Century Illness Literature"), courses for English majors on Romantic poetry and fiction (e.g., "The Body in Transatlantic Romantic Fiction"), and graduate courses on British Romantic women writers and on Virginia Woolf. In the summer of 2002, Dolan was selected to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, "Medicine, Literature, and Culture."

Jennifer Gagliardi came to Lehigh in 2000 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She had also served an internship at Epcot's Living Seas exhibit working on a dolphin communication project, which inspired an interest in animal behavior. At Lehigh, Gagliardi teaches and performs research work in the lab of Murray Itzkowitz, professor of biology sciences, where she works on behavioral ecological and evolutionary aspects of polygamous pupfish and monogamous convict cichlid fish.

Heather Beth Johnson, assistant professor of sociology, specializes in race and class inequality in the contemporary United States, the sociology of wealth, the sociology of children and childhood, ideology, and qualitative methodology. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colby College, and a master’s and doctorate in sociology from Northeastern University, where she was a research associate with the Assets and Educational Inequality Project funded by the Ford Foundation. She joined the Lehigh faculty immediately after receiving her doctorate in 2001. Johnson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the sociology of race, class, and education, and on social theory. Her scholarly publications and professional paper presentations focus on the subject of structured wealth inequality and dominant ideology in the intergenerational reproduction of race and class stratification in the contemporary United States. She is currently working on her first book manuscript, High Hopes: The American Dream and the Power of Wealth.

Michael R. Kuchka, associate professor of biological sciences, came to Lehigh in December 1988. He completed his undergraduate work in biology at the University of Pennsylvania, earned his doctoral degree in biological sciences at Carnegie-Mellon University, and completed four years of post-doctoral studies in the department of biological sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Keith J. Schray, professor of chemistry, arrived at Lehigh as an assistant professor in 1972. He advises students prior to their declaration of a major as well as students who are biochemistry majors. His teaching areas include organic chemistry, biochemistry, clinical chemistry, introductory chemistry, and he has taught non-science majors as well. His research area is clinical chemistry with a focus on joint research with diagnostic companies to develop better methods for disease diagnosis. He has served as the chair of the chemistry department and previously received Lehigh's Stabler Award for outstanding teaching. He is currently involved in two National Science Foundation-funded educational programs, one focused on strengthening grades 4-12 science education and another on application of a new learning strategy for organic chemistry.

Roger Simon, professor of history, has been on the Lehigh faculty since 1970 and served as chair of the history department for eight years (1990-1998). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and his Master of Arts degree and his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His specialty is the history of cities and he has written on urban development, ethnicity, and social class. He is the author of The City-Building Process, a study of neighborhood development in Milwaukee, and co-author of Lives of Their Own, which compares the urban adjustment of Polish and Italian immigrants with African American migrants in Pittsburgh. He has just completed a history of Philadelphia.

K. Sivakumar, the Arthur Tauck Professor of International Marketing and Logistics and an associate professor of marketing in the department of management and marketing, joined Lehigh in June 2001. Between 1992 and 2001, he was with the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was named an Academic Leadership Fellow. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering at Madras University, and his master’s in management at the Institute of Rural Management, both in India. He held marketing positions in the dairy industry for six years. He received his doctoral degree in marketing from Syracuse University in 1992. Sivakumar's research interests include pricing, global marketing, and innovation management. He has chaired/co-chaired four doctoral dissertations, published more than twenty five refereed journal articles, and has won several national level awards and honors for his research. He serves on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals, and has won outstanding reviewer awards from two journals.

Jean R. Soderlund is the author of Quakers and Slavery: A Divided Spirit (Princeton University Press, 1985), co-author with Gary B. Nash of Freedom by Degrees: Emancipation in Pennsylvania and Its Aftermath (Oxford University Press, 1991), and co-author of the U.S. survey textbook, American Passages: A History of the United States. She has also published articles on the history of women and is currently working on a study of the Lenape Indians in eighteenth-century New Jersey. Soderlund has served as department chair for five years and was co-chair of the Equal Opportunity and Harassment Policy taskforce at Lehigh in 2001-2002. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Douglass, a Master of Arts degree from Glassboro State, and her doctoral degree from Temple University.

Rajan Menon, the Monroe J. Rathbone Distinguished Professor of International Relations, joined the Lehigh faculty in 1985 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1987. Prior to his appointment at Lehigh, he served as assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. In 1999, he was named to two national institutes—the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations, where Menon serves as a permanent member. His areas of expertise include Russia, Asia and international and Eurasian security, and he is a frequently consulted expert in mainstream media outlets that include CNN, NPR, the BBC, The New York Times and USA Today. He is also a frequent op ed contributor to The Los Angeles Times, has written several articles for major foreign policy and foreign affairs journals, and is one of five authors of Strategic Asia 2001: Power and Purpose, a comprehensive, independent study of Asia. Menon earned his bachelor’s degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (India), a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Lehigh, and a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Harvey Stenger, professor of chemical engineering, became a member of the Lehigh faculty in 1984. His research activities have been and continue to be centered on reacting heterogeneous systems. This has included work in natural products processing, semiconductor materials manufacturing, emission control processes, and synthetic fuels research. Sponsors of his research include public agencies such as NSF, DOE, Pennsylvania Energy Office, Ben Franklin Partnership, and the U.S. Air Force, as well as corporate sponsors such as General Foods, AT&T, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Corning Glass, and Pennsylvania Power and Light. His publications, including more than 60 reviewed journal articles, have been spread between emission control, plasma processing, and synthetic fuel production. In 1988, Stenger was the recipient of the Alfred Noble Robinson Award for achievement by a junior faculty member in teaching and research. In 1989 and in 2001, he received the Engineering College’s Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1990, he received the Alan S. Foust Award for service to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2002, Stenger received the Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1993 to 1999, Stenger served as dean of Lehigh's College of Engineering and Applied Science. Stenger earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell and received his Sc.D. from MIT in 1983.

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2003

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2003

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