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Faculty Notes – Spring 2005

Charles B. Anderson, adjunct associate professor of English, is the author of American Conversations, published in early 2005 by PublishAmerica. The book is an anthology of interviews with such luminaries as Charlie Rose, A.M. Rosenthal, Peter Jennings, Art Garfunkel, Phyllis Whitney, and others.

Carol Drummer, dean of graduate admissions, was appointed to this position, effective November 2004. Dean Drummer most recently served as senior assistant dean of the School of Communication and as interim co-chair of the Speech Communications and Rhetorical Studies Department. In her current position, Dean Drummer works with the deans and directors of all of Hofstra’s graduate programs.

Linda Evans, adjunct associate professor of marketing, was selected as one of only 75 professors nationwide to attend the International Radio & Television Society Faculty-Industry Seminar in November 2004. The seminar brings together some of the top professionals in the communication industry and these professors, to examine future trends in radio and television. As part of the conference, the professors participate in an industry-wide panel with the heads of the major television networks.

Eric M. Freedman, professor of law, was installed as the Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law in November 2004. Professor Freedman’s work combines scholarship in constitutional law and history with public interest litigation on behalf of civil liberties. His specialties include capital punishment, habeas corpus rights and the First Amendment. Among his current litigation projects are providing assistance to the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, representing a death row inmate in a case argued before the Supreme Court in early November, and obtaining the release of government records revealing the misconduct of a state crime laboratory. Janet Kaplan, adjunct assistant professor of English, was the recipient of the $7,200 Godot Grant in Poetry from Rattapallax Press. Work from her third poetry collection, Dreamlife of a Philanthropist, appeared recently or is forthcoming in 5AM, American Letters and Commentary, Crazyhorse, CUE: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Hotel Amerika, Open City, Sentence and other journals.

Nancy Kaplan, associate professor of audio/video/film, participated in Sesame Street’s 35th Anniversary Project on PBS, “Sesame Memories,” where she was featured discussing how “Linda the Librarian” (Linda Bove), who is deaf, enhanced the diversity of the program through the introduction of a character with a disability. Professor Kaplan also taped a testimonial for the International Radio and Television Society.

Lisa Merrill, professor of performance studies, was elected president of Women and Theatre Program (WTP). WTP, an independent, not-for profit advocacy group with an international constituency, also serves as a founding focus group for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). WTP supports the work of women in performance, particularly playwrights, through its annual Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and hosts conferences prior to the annual ATHE conference. Lenore Sandel, professor emerita of literacy studies, has donated a collection of recently published toy and moveable children’s books to Hofstra University. The books form a specialized component to the Lenore Sandel Collection of Children’s Literature at the Axinn Library’s Special Collections department. Dr. Sandel’s donation adds to existing toy and moveable books at Hofstra from the 1940s through the 1990s.

Charol Shakeshaft, professor of foundations, leadership and policy studies, was contracted by the U.S. Department of Education to report on educator sexual misconduct. Her findings were released in June 2004 and received worldwide media coverage. The literature search and secondary analysis of national data by Dr. Shakeshaft examined the incidence and prevalence of abuse, patterns of misconduct, and prevention strategies, among other items. The report revealed that approximately one in 10 students are subject to sexual misconduct by an employee of a school sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade. Required under the No Child Left Behind Act, the report is the first to analyze the field of research on educator sexual misconduct. For more information on Dr. Shakeshaft’s study, read the report on the U.S. Department of Education Web site here.

Albert Tepper, professor emeritus of music, had his work titled “String Quartet” (1946) performed by the Hofstra String Quartet on March 6, 2005, and members of the American Chamber Ensemble performed his “Trio Barocco” the following week at Weill Recital Hall in New York City. From 1952 until his retirement in 1986, Professor Tepper taught theory and music literature courses at Hofstra and, at various times, also served as the University’s concert band director, symphony orchestra conductor, and the Drama Department’s music supervisor, supplying original music for more than 100 stage productions. Albert Tepper’s musical compositions may be heard on the CDs Diverse Light, Vol. 2 and Albert Tepper: Duos and Trios.

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