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April 19, 2002

Lee, Lipman, Morgan, and Smith to Receive Faculty Awards


Photo: Fred LeBlanc

Lynn Morgan, professor of anthropology (left) and Jonathan Lipman, professor of history (middle) will receive the Mount Holyoke College Faculty Prize for Teaching. Anthony Lee, associate professor of art (right), and Susan Smith, Norma Wait Harris and Emma Gale Harris Foundation Professor of Biological Sciences (below), will be awarded the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Prize for Scholarship.

Four Mount Holyoke professors will be honored for outstanding teaching and scholarship Tuesday, April 23, when the College community gathers to celebrate the accomplishments of its faculty as teachers and scholars. Jonathan Lipman, professor of history, and Lynn Morgan, professor of anthropology, will receive the Mount Holyoke College Faculty Prize for Teaching. Anthony Lee, associate professor of art, and Susan Smith, Norma Wait Harris and Emma Gale Harris Foundation Professor of Biological Sciences, will be awarded the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Prize for Scholarship. Each will be presented with a citation and a check for $2,500 and will deliver a short talk at the awards ceremony, scheduled to begin at 4 pm in Pratt Hall. A reception will follow in the music library lounge, where recent faculty publications will be displayed.

The awardees were selected through a nomination and review process coordinated by the Faculty Awards Committee, composed of Dean of Faculty Donal O’Shea; faculty members Indira Peterson and Penny Gill; and retired faculty members Sarah Montgomery and Marilyn Pryor, who have served on the committee since its inception three years ago. Faculty nominated their peers for the scholarship award, while alumnae and faculty nominated professors for the teaching award. Committee members read nominees’ scholarly works and reviewed teaching evaluations and student comments before arriving at their decisions.


Photo: Fred LeBlanc

Susan Smith

"The selection process is a very difficult job because of the richness of gifts within this faculty," said Montgomery, Dean of the College Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Economics. "But there is also enormous pleasure in the process, in learning what faculty members are doing in terms of creative teaching and distinctive scholarship. These awards bring to our attention many of the special skills and talents at Mount Holyoke. They give us the opportunity to recognize a few of many who are committed and creative teachers of both students and their peers, and distinguished scholars, recognized within and outside the College."

Given for the first time two years ago, the awards were made possible by gifts from members of the MHC board of trustees. The donor of the teaching award wishes to remain anonymous. Trustee Janet Hickey Tague ’66 endowed the scholarship award in honor of Meribeth E. Cameron, professor emeritus of history and former acting president and academic dean at MHC. Cameron taught and served as dean of the College from 1948 to 1970. Tague, who took a class in Chinese history with Cameron, remembers her as "a formidable intellectual presence on campus" and funded the prize to recognize her contributions and the centrality of faculty excellence in the College’s mission.

Past winners of the teaching award are Rachel Fink, associate professor of biological sciences; Penny Gill, Mary Lyon Professor of the Humanities and professor of politics; Joan Cocks, professor of politics; and James Coleman, professor of dance and arts coordinator. Past winners of the scholarship award are Sean Decatur, associate professor of chemistry; Indira Peterson, professor of Asian studies; Joseph Ellis, professor of history; and Elizabeth Young, associate professor of English.

Lynn Morgan

The recipient of numerous research awards, Lynn Morgan focuses on feminist social studies of science, critical medical anthropology, and the political economy of development. She is author of Community Participation in Health: The Politics of Primary Care in Costa Rica (Cambridge University Press, 1993). Most recently, she has focused on the social history of embryology, reproductive ethics, and crosscultural understandings of the beginning of human life. She is the editor of Fetal Subjects, Feminist Positions (University of Pennsylvania Press,1999). Morgan teaches courses in medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, development, and the anthropology of reproduction. "My goal as an anthropologist is to destabilize and unsettle my students. I want them to question—profoundly—everything they were ever taught (including what I tell them!). The highest compliment I ever received was when a student approached me in tears at the end of the semester and said, ‘I don’t know what to believe anymore.’ She realized how ethnocentric, complacent, and docile she had been prior to taking my class. I hoped she would turn her distress in a positive direction, toward addressing intractable and vexing problems, such as the shocking degree of inequality we seem to tolerate and perpetuate."

Jonathan Lipman

Asian history scholar Jonathan Lipman researches and writes on a broad range of topics, from women in Japanese history to food in Chinese culture. He is author of Familiar Strangers: A History of Muslims in Northwest China (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998), and coauthor of Imperial Japan: Expansion and War, A Humanities Approach to Japanese History, Part III, (Boulder: Social Science Education Consortium, 1995). His current projects include a study of Islam in Xinjiang; a comparative ethnohistory of the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese peoples; and an analysis of texts by Chinese Muslims. Lipman has taught numerous courses at Mount Holyoke since 1977 and at the Five Colleges; the University of Washington, Seattle; Yale University; and institutes and universities in France, China, and Japan. Of his award, Lipman said, "This is a place where teaching really matters and everyone works very hard at it; it’s a tremendous honor to be selected."

Anthony Lee

Anthony Lee lectures and writes on European and American modern and contemporary art, the relationship between art and class politics, and the role of art in the encounter between cultures. He has published two books with the University of California Press, Painting on the Left: Diego Rivera, Radical Politics, and San Francisco’s Public Murals (1999) and Picturing Chinatown: Art and Orientalism in San Francisco (2001). Currently on leave, he is studying late nineteenth-century photographs of Chinese cobblers in North Adams, Massachusetts, and a large body of unpublished photos by the 1960s New York photographer Diane Arbus. Of his efforts to consider art as an expression of social life, Lee said, "Some of the most experimental and audacious painting and photography that now hangs jewel-like on the museum walls, once upon a time had a relationship with such seemingly unaesthetic concerns as radical politics, immigrant societies, and organized labor. I’ve wanted to discover what that relationship consisted of."

Susan Smith

Internationally known ornithologist Susan Smith has been called "the doyenne of chickadee research" by National Wildlife magazine for her groundbreaking research on the ranking systems, mating behavior, survival strategies, and other social practices of black-capped chickadees. Her book The Black-Capped Chickadee: Behavioral Ecology and Natural History (Cornell University Press, 1991) is considered the definitive scholarly guide to the species, and her long-term studies of a local chickadee population continue to make major contributions to her field. Currently on leave and "getting twenty-three years’ worth of data in a form to be entered into a computer," Smith wrote, "My research on chickadees is always fascinating to me, and I enjoy every minute of it. The recognition of this work by my College means a very great deal indeed."

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