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HWS Faculty Celebrate their Own

Faculty Prizes were recently announced in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and community service.

May 22, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. – Each year, at the end of spring semester, the faculty at Hobart and William Smith award Faculty Prizes in the areas of scholarship, teaching and community service to deserving faculty members. This year’s award recipients are Catherine Gallouet, professor of modern languages, for scholarship; Ann Oaks, associate professor of mathematics, for teaching; and Scott Brophy, professor of philosophy, for community service.

Gallouet, who came to the Colleges in 1989 after teaching at Cambridge University in England, as well as at Calvin College and Kalamazoo College, was cited for the volume of her scholarly work as well as for the international recognition she has received for those works. One of the foremost scholars of 18th century French literature and culture, Gallouet has written a book, Marivaux, jounaux et fiction (Orleans, 2001), and more than two dozen journal articles and reviews. She is published in both American and European journals and has been invited to participate in international conferences. Gallouet is also gaining increased recognition for her work in the field of Francophone studies. She lives in Geneva with her two children.

Oaks started at the Colleges as an adult student, graduating magna cum laude from William Smith, and returned as an HWS faculty member in 1979. She is nationally known for her work in math education, and the influence of cognitive and emotional processes and gender on learning mathematics. In the citation announcing her selection for this award, her colleagues spoke of her ability to understand what her students bring to the classroom from past experience and her ability to marshal their personal resources to build on their understanding of the subject matter. They also note the large number of former students who maintain contact with their former teacher, mentor, and friend. Oaks and her husband live in Oaks Corners.

Brophy graduated from Hobart College, magna cum laude, and returned to teach at the Colleges in 1981. His citation credits his service in several areas. Brophy has for 10 years been director of the Colleges’ nationally renowned Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute. As pre-law advisor, he has guided the Colleges’ Mock Trial Team to great success in intercollegiate competition. Recently he initiated the B.R.I.D.G.E. Project, a program through which local elementary school students interact via the Internet with Hobart and William Smith students studying abroad. He has traveled often to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and elsewhere in Central Asia and Eastern Europe to train teachers as part of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Program, a school improvement project of the International Reading Association. And he has served on myriad committees on campus, helping to insure the continuation of the Colleges’ mission. Brophy, his wife, and three children reside in Geneva.

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