June 28, 1999 Geneva, NY — Susan Henking, acting dean of faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, recently announced the recipients of the 1998-99 Faculty Prizes. Faculty prizes, voted by members of the HWS faculty, are awarded each year for teaching, scholarship, and community service. This year's recipients, all Geneva residents, are Professors Kevin J. Mitchell, A. E. Ted Aub, and Peter R. Beckman.
Mitchell, professor in mathematics, was granted the Faculty Prize for Teaching, given each year to a gifted teacher who epitomizes what it means to be interdisciplinary. “His extraordinary dedication to teaching has been demonstrated by his teaching in the Summer Academic Opportunity Program in the summer, where he helped economically and academically disadvantaged students with their transition to college-level work” read the citation. It continued, “If, as Richard Dedekind suggests, ‘numbers are free creations of the human mind that serve as a medium for the easier and clearer understanding of the diversity of thought,' then perhaps it is not surprising that our colleague is uniquely equipped to recognize the interdependence of all knowledge.” Mitchell has been on the faculty since 1980 and is the co-author of a college textbook and several articles. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy from Bowdoin College in Maine and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Brown University in Rhode Island.
Aub, professor of art, received the Faculty Prize for Scholarship. He is an award-winning sculptor who has been a member of HWS faculty since 1981. Aub's reputation is widely known and the recognition of his large outdoor public sculptures, including the Elizabeth Blackwell statue on HWS campus which was completed in 1994, “Bad Government,” a large bronze sculpture installed at the Lamar Dodd Art Center in LaGrange, Georgia, in 1996, as well as the “When Anthony Met Stanton” bronze sculpture commissioned last year by New York State in **more** HWS Faculty Prizes Page 2 honor of the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention. That statue is expected to be dedicated this fall in Seneca Falls. In the citation announcing his award, Henking said, “Our artful filler of voids works like a demon conjuring sculptures that engage our aesthetic sensibility as well as our sense of whimsy and that provoke us to question the gendered expectations of our culture.”
Beckman, professor of political science and author of several works, received the Excellence in Community Service citation in recognition of his work on the comprehensive planning process this year, which among several projects implemented a complex new interdisciplinary curriculum. Beckman, who joined HWS in 1971, holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Syracuse University, a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin. His citation included, “His dedication to the institution has been matched by an equally impressive sense of fairness and humanity, by respect for his colleagues, empathy for students, and a willingness to hear and even support ideas about which he disagrees. While many of us serve the Colleges community in a variety of ways, Peter Beckman has done so with such excellence this year that he should be recognized not only for the incredible quantity of work but perhaps more importantly for the way it has been done.”
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