SAS Term Chairs: Dr. Waldron, Dr. Weissberg
Shelley Chair: Dr. Waldron, a professor of biology who has taught at Penn for over 30 years, was named to the Donna and Larry Shelley Term Chair in the Women's Studies Program. A specialist in the social and behavioral causes of socioeconomic, ethnic, and sex differences in health and mortality, Dr. Waldron has published extensively in medical and academic journals, and she serves as an advisory editor of Social Science and Medicine and as a member of the editorial board of Women and Health.
She has been awarded many academic honors, including the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching at Penn. Dr. Waldron received her A.B. in physics summa cum laude from Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. in zoology from UC/Berkeley. After postdoctoral work in physiology at Cambridge University, she joined Penn in 1968 as assistant professor of biology; she became associate professor in 1972 and full professor in 1990. She has been undergraduate chair of the department since 1986. She has also been a Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
The Shelley Term Chair was established by Donna and Larry Shelley in 1998. Larry Shelley graduated from Wharton in 1980 and is a successful managing director at CS First Boston. Dr. Donna Reff Shelley, who graduated from the College in 1982 with a major in psychology, is an internist affiliated with the Mt. Sinai Medical Women's Health Center and is active in the American Medical Women's Association. The Shelleys established their term chair to provide support for a faculty member of the School of Arts and Sciences who is associated with the Women's Studies Program.
Glossberg Chair: Dr. Liliane Weissberg, a professor of German and comparative literature who has several times chaired the program in comparative literature and literary theory, was appointed to the Joseph B. Glossberg Term Chair in the Humanities.
Dr. Weissberg studies and teaches 18th and 19th century German literature, comparative literature, aesthetics, and philosophy of language. She has published over 80 articles and reviews along with major books including Weiblichkeit als Maskerade, Edgar Allen Poe , and Geistersprache: Philosophischer und literarischer Diskurs im späten achtzehnten Jahrhundert. She has most recently edited and introduced to wide acclaim Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess.
An alumna of the Frei Universität Berlin, Dr. Weissberg took her A.M. and Ph.D. at Harvard and taught at Johns Hopkins before joining Penn in 1989 as associate professor of German and comparative literature. She became full professor in 1994. Among her numerous fellowships and awards are those of the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, and American Philosophical Society. She has also been a Voltaire Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. She currently holds a Samuel Grunfeld Fellowship in the Center for Judaic Studies at Penn.
The Joseph B. Glossberg Term Chair in the Humanities was established in the late 1980s with gifts from Joseph B. Glossberg and Burton X. Rosenberg, both of whom earned undergraduate degrees in economics in 1963 at Penn. Mr. Glossberg is senior managing director of Gofen & Glossberg Inc., a firm of investment counselors in Chicago. He has continued his interest in and support of the University since his graduation and just recently funded a scholarship for students in the College. He is a former trustee of the University and has also served as the 25th Reunion Gifts Chair for the Class of 1963. Mr. Rosenberg is an attorney in the law firm of Seyfarth, Shaw and Fairweather in Chicago who has also given generously to SAS over the years.
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 19, February 2, 1999