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Pomona College Faculty Members Recognized With Endowed Professorships

Three Pomona College faculty members have been recognized for their outstanding teaching and commitment to research and artistic endeavors with appointments to endowed professorships. Four additional faculty promoted, effective July 2006.

Thomas Flaherty was appointed to the John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professorship in Music. A member of the faculty since 1989, he is an accomplished composer and cellist whose most recent album, The Music of Tom Flaherty, was released by Bridge Records, Inc. in 2005. His expertise is in 20th century music and history, as well as electronic music. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University, his M.A. and M.M. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and his D.M.A. from the University of Southern California.

Erica Flapan was appointed to the Lingurn H. Burkhead Professorship in Mathematics. Flapan’s research interests include 3-manifolds, knot theory, the topology of embedded graphs, and topological chemistry. In her 20 years at Pomona, Flapan has worked to engage students through an interactive approach to math. She has been a valuable mentor to many, and in 2005 received an Irvine Foundation award for mentoring students of color at Pomona. She received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Associate Dean Kenneth Wolf, who has taught at the College since 1985, has been appointed to the John Sutton Minor Professorship in History. A four-time recipient of the Wig Distinguished Professor Award, he is an expert on early medieval Spain, Christian views of Islam, and the complex ideas of sanctity. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2004-2005. In 2003 his book The Poverty of Riches: St. Francis of Assisi Reconsidered was published by Oxford University Press. In 2005, his translation of The Deeds of Count Roger of Calabria and Sicily and of His Brother Duke Robert Guiscard was published by the University of Michigan Press. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Four additional faculty members received promotions. Zhiru Ng, assistant professor of Religious Studies, was promoted to associate professor with tenure. Valerie Cowan, assistant professor of Physical Education and the head volleyball coach, was promoted to associate professor. Ann Lebedeff, associate professor of Physical Education and the Women’s Tennis coach, was promoted to professor. Grace Dávila-López was promoted from Adjunct Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures to Adjunct Professor.