In recognition of outstanding scholarship and their impact as teachers, the Hobart Alumni Association and William Smith Alumnae Association will honor Professor Emerita of Art History Elena Ciletti and Interim President and Professor Emeritus of Economics Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D. ’12 with the Distinguished Faculty Award on Friday, June 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center during this year’s Reunion.
Established in 1990, the Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes the importance that graduates of the Colleges place on the contributions of outstanding faculty members of the past – for their impact as teachers, mentors and scholars. The recipients are nominated by alumni and alumnae and are professors who are retired or have moved on from Hobart and William Smith for more than five years or are deceased. HWS alums are encouraged to submit reflections of Ciletti and McGuire that will presented to them in a book during the award ceremony.
“The impact that professors have on their students can last a lifetime. They have a gift to inspire, challenge and engage with their students,” says Associate Vice President of Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’13. “Selected with great care and consideration, these faculty members will be remembered for their teaching as well as their scholarly achievements. Both Professor Ciletti and Professor McGuire have left distinct marks on HWS through their service, and their legacies still influence those who had the good fortune to study with them.”
Ciletti served on the Colleges’ faculty as an art historian for 40 years, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. She also taught courses on women artists and African-American art. An accomplished author, mentor and adviser, Ciletti pioneered the Colleges’ global education program when she led students on an academic term in Italy in 1975 — an endeavor that would serve as the foundation for off-campus study years later. She is the author of studies on artistic representations of the biblical character Judith and co-editor of the pioneering anthology, The Sword of Judith: Judith Studies across the Disciplines. At the Davis Gallery at Houghton House, Ciletti’s decades of teaching helped inspire the 2013 exhibition titled “Double Vision: Woman as Image and Image-Maker.” Ciletti holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago.
A respected scholar, innovative teacher and engaged community member, McGuire taught in the Economics Department for more than 40 years. He co-founded the Colleges’ Public Policy program in Washington, D.C., which he led as faculty director 10 times. An instrumental force in the growth of the Colleges’ off-campus and global studies programming, McGuire has led several global education programs for students and alums in Ireland, England and Central Europe, in addition to co-teaching the New York City and Toronto-based “Two Cities” course for more than 20 years. McGuire was educated at St. Peter’s College before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University. When McGuire retired in 2013, dozens of alums returned to campus to attend his last class and one former student, HWS Trustee Andrew G. McMaster Jr. ’74, P’09, donated the McGuire House to HWS as a residence for visiting scholars. He currently serves as Interim President of HWS during a national search for a new president.