Six New Faculty Fellows
in the College Houses
Dr. Michael Gamer, assistant professor of English, joins Hamilton College House, where the Faculty Master is Dr. Neil Shubin of biology. With Dr. Gamer will be his wife, Elise Bruhl, an attorney who will soon begin a clerkship with the Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell, U.S.D.C. Eastern District of PA.
A specialist in Gothic literature, Dr. Gamer came to Penn in 1994 after taking his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1993), two M.A.'s (from the University of York in 1988) and from UC/Berkeley in 1987) and bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1986.
Last summer Dr. Gamer directed the Penn English Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop for new doctoral candidates, and he is co-director of the English Graduate Mentor Program, which places new teaching assistants into peer groups run by experienced graduate students who act as mentors, teaching resources and troubleshooters. He is a recent recipient of the Lindback Award (1997) and of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship (1997). He is currently finishing a manuscript, This Pageantry of Fear: Making Poetry in the Ages of Radcliffe and Lewis.
Dr. Anita Gelburd, who is the director of undergraduate academic affairs and of Wharton Evening School Programs at the Wharton School, joins Hill College House, where the Faculty Master is Dr. James O'Donnell of classics, who is also vice provost for information systems and computing.
Joining Dr. Gelburd will be her husband, Lawrence Gelburd, who took his MBA from Wharton in 1991 and is an independent record producer in Philadelphia.
Dr. Gelburd received her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Penn in 1994 after taking three masters degrees here (in American Civilization, Higher Education and music) and a B.A. in Music from Goucher College in 1980. She has direct experience with Penn's College Houses, having served as an administrative fellow and a graduate fellow of Stouffer College House from 1983-1985. She was also TA in American Civilization, in GSE and in the Wharton School, and an instructor at the Governor's School for Business at Wharton.
In her present post she is responsible for managing all aspects of undergraduate student advising and the administration of academic programs and regulations for Wharton's 2,400 full-time students.
Dr. Tina Lu, assistant professor of Chinese literature in AMES, will be a Faculty Fellow in Harnwell College House, where Dr. David Brownlee of art history is Faculty Master. She will be joined by her husband and Scholar in Residence Dr. Stuart Semmel, who is a lecturer in history and literature at Harvard.
A 1991 alumna of Harvard, summa cum laude, Dr. Lu completed her Ph. D. there in com-parative literature in December, with a dissertation on two Chinese plays. A member of Har-vard's house system for six years, she was both a residential tutor and, as an advisor on race relations, the organizer/mediator of discussions on race and ethnicity. She also coordinated the presentation of Asian and Asian-American films.
Dr. Lu has received a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1991-96) and a Fulbright grant for study abroad in Taiwan (1990-91).
Dr. Lori Rosenkopf, the Douglas Vickers Term Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School, will be a Faculty Fellow in Gregory House, where Dr. Alan Filreis has been Faculty Master. She will be joined by her husband, Kevin Valentine, who is completing his third year at Penn Law and will become an associate at Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley next fall. The couple also bring to the House their two children, Taylor Valentine, 3, and Trevor Valentine, who is two months old.
Dr. Rosenkopf took her B.S. with distinction from Cornell's College of Engineering in 1984 and her M.S. from Stanford in engineering in 1986. Her Ph.D. is from Columbia's Graduate School of Business, 1994.
Her teaching interests include the Management of Innovation and Technology, Strategy, Organization Theory and Behavior, and Networks. She was Wharton's Kraft General Foods Term Lecturer in Management in 1993-94, and her earlier professional experience includes systems engineering for AT&T, 1985-1988, and as industrial engineering with Eastman Kodak Company in 1982-1985.
Dr. Alan Strudler, assistant professor of legal studies at the Wharton School, becomes a Faculty Fellow of Harrison College House, headed by Faculty Master John Richetti of English. Professor Strudler's wife, Eleonora Curlo, who teaches marketing at the City University of New York, will also join the House.
Dr. Strudler took his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1983 and a J.D. there in 1985. Dr. Strudler joined Wharton's legal studies department as assistant professor in 1995 after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Business, research associate at Maryland's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (1989-95), visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Stanford (1988-89) and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at CalTech (1986-88).
He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in business ethics and negotiation.
Joseph Sun, director of Academic Affairs at SEAS, is the new Faculty Fellow of Community House, whose Faculty Master is Dr. Stephen Gale of regional science. Mr. Sun will be joined in Community by his wife, the molecular biologist Mae Jane Sun (C'85), and their two daughters, Victoria, 4, and Olivia, 1.
Mr. Sun is nearing completion of his Ph.D. in city and regional planning at GSFA, where he earned the M.S. in the Appropriate Technology and Energy Management in 1988. His B.A. is from UCLA's School of Fine Arts (1983). He also received a certificate in intensive advanced Mandarin Chinese language from the Central Institute of Nationalities in Beijing (1982).
As director of academic affairs for SEAS since 1997, Mr. Sun works with the dean, associate dean for undergraduate education and others to provide leadership and management for the school's undergraduate and graduate academic affairs, including advising, curriculum development and management, admissions and graduation, student affairs and student records.
Earlier Mr. Sun served as director of academic affairs for the Wharton
School (1994-97); as interim director of the Greenfield Intercultural Center
(1993-94) and as assistant dean in the College (1990-93). He also acted
as assistant dean for residence from 1986-1990, supervising student academic/residential
programs and playing a leading role in the establishment of the House Manager
system. He has also lectured in CGS's American Civilization Program.
Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 32, May 5, 1998