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Four Pomona College Professors Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Four Pomona College professors, Kim B. Bruce, Elizabeth H. Crighton. Frances K. Pohl and Miguel Tinker Salas, have been named to endowed chairs in recognition of their contributions to the classroom and the College. The honors were approved by the Pomona College Board of Trustees at their quarterly meeting in May and became effective July 1, 2005.

“These faculty members, have each contributed in varied and profound ways to the life of the college through their teaching, scholarship, and academic leadership,” noted Pomona President David. W. Oxtoby. “With their appointments to endowed chairs, we are celebrating their role in our community and honoring their accomplishments.”

Kim Bruce, who joined Pomona this summer, has been named to the Reuben C. and Eleanor Winslow Memorial Professorship. He will teach Introduction to Computer Science, Algorithms, Seminar in Computer Science and the Senior Seminar.

A member of the Pomona Class of 1970, Bruce comes to Pomona from Williams College where he was the Frederick Latimer Wells Professor of Computer Science. In February 2005, his outstanding contributions to computer science education were recognized by the International Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education (ACM SIGCSE).

Bruce is the author of two books, Java: An Eventful Approach (with A. Danyluk and T. Murtagh, 2005) and Foundations of Object-Oriented Languages: Types and Semantics (2002), and numerous articles in professional journals. His research interests include semantics and the design of programming languages, computer science education, theory of computation and mathematical language. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Winslow chair was established in 1975 by Myron M. Winslow as a memorial to his mother and father. It has been held previously by Elmer Tolsted and Paul Yale.

Elizabeth C. Crighton, a five-time recipient of Pomona’s Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, has been named the William A. Johnson Professor of Politics. A member of the faculty since 1975, she teaches Comparative Politics; Comparative Politics of Europe; Gender and Politics; Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics and a freshman seminar Blood and Belonging.

Outside the classroom, Crighton focuses her research on comparative ethnic politics with an emphasis on Northern Ireland, South Africa and Israel-Palestine, and conflict reduction and peacemaking in divided societies. Her articles have appeared in the professional journals Perspectives on Politics, Women and Politics, Social Justice, and Comparative Politics.

Her 2002 article, with M. Ebert, "RU 486 and Abortion Practices in Europe: From Legalization to Access," won the Western Political Science Association’s Betty Nesvold Award for the best paper in women and politics presented at the group’s annual meeting. Her work has also been recognized with grants from the Institute for European Studies, the Ford Foundation, and the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation.

Crighton received her B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The Johnson Professorship was established in 1959 through gifts from the American Pipe Company and friends of William Johnson, through the direction of Pomona College's Board of Trustees. Johnson served as the head of American Pipe Company and as a trustee of the College from 1949-56. The Johnson chair was previously awarded to visiting professors in political science (formerly government).

Frances K. Pohl has been awarded the Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds Professorship in the Humanities. A member of the faculty since 1985, Pohl is a professor of art history and has served as a coordinator of the Media Studies Program. She teaches From Colony to Nation State: Social History of North American Art; Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism; A Social History of North American Art; Topics in North American Art; and Women, Art, and Ideology.

Pohl is the author of the groundbreaking text Framing America: A Social History of American Art (Thames and Hudson, 2002) as well as two books and several essays on American artist Ben Shahn. Her work has been supported by the Smithsonian Institution and Pomona College research grants. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of British Columbia, and her Ph.D., from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Vanderzyl Reynolds chair was established in 2000 during the Campaign for Pomona College by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. John Vanderzyl to honor their daughter, Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds '56. Steven C. Young, professor of English, held the chair until his retirement.

Miguel Tinker Salas, a member of the faculty since 1993, has been awarded the Arango Professorship in Latin American History. A professor of history and Chicano studies, he teaches Latin America Before Independence (Colonial Latin America), Latin America Since Independence, Social and Economic History of South America, Identity and Culture in Latin America, The Mexico-United States Border, and Social Movements in Mexico.

The author of Under the Shadow of the Eagles, The Border and the Transformation of Sonora During the Porfiriato (1997), Tinker Salas has focused much of his recent research on Venezuela, its politics, the country’s oil culture and the relationship between the U.S. and Venezuela. He recently served as a guest editor of the two-volume Latin American Perspectives (2005) and authored or co-authored chapters in Work, Protest and Identity in Twentieth Century Latin America (2003) and Estudios y otras Prácticas Intelectuales Latinoamericanas en Cultura y Poder (2002). His articles have appeared in a number of English and Spanish language professional journals. Tinker Salas earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Diego.