Dr. Eric Cheyfitz, professor of English, has been named the Clendenen Term Professor of English. He received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Johns Hopkins, where he specialized in American literature and critical theory. He has published numerous articles in the field of American studies, as well as two books: The Trans-Parent: Sexual Politics in the Language of Emerson (1981) and The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from "The Tempest" to "Tarzan" (1991), which was chosen by Choice as one of the outstanding scholarly books of that year. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal, American Literature, and has been awarded fellowships by the Newberry Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Society for the Humanities at Cornell.
He is currently the editor of The Columbia Guide to Native American Literature of the United States, 1945-2000, which is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. In addition, he is working on two books: The End of Academia: Essays on the History and Politics of the Profession of American Studies, and The Legal Construction of Indian Country. He is a member of the Graduate Committee on Urban Studies and an adjunct professor in the Law School, where he teaches a seminar on federal Indian law.
Clara M. Clendenen graduated in 1925 from GSE and taught in Renovo, Pennsylvania. Wishing to support the study of English, Mrs. Clendenen left a generous legacy to Penn and with it, SAS has created a series of term chairs in the English department that honor and support top scholars in the field.
Brunner Chair in Medical-Surgical Nursing: Dr. Lang
Internationally-renowned researcher and nursing leader, Dr. Norma M. Lang, has been named the first holder of the newly-created Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical-Surgical Nursing at the School of Nursing.
Lillian S. Brunner, HON '85, the well-known textbook author, recently endowed the chair, the tenth at the School of Nursing. Dr. Brunner recently retired as senior co-author of the Textbook of Medical and Surgical Nursing and the Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice. Her writings, translated into eight languages, have long been considered influential works in nursing and the foundation for today's expanding field of acute care and critical care nursing.
"I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Lang to this endowed professorship and am grateful for the generosity of Dr. Brunner, one of our most distinguished alumni, for making it possible," said Interim Dean Neville E. Strumpf, Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor in Gerontology. "Dr. Lang looks forward to continuing an established scholarship agenda in quality health care and nursing informatics, one which will illuminate health care policy makers on the impact of nursing on the outcomes of patient care."
"I take great pride in being named to this chair. I grew up with the textbooks written by Lillian S. Brunner and practiced as well as taught medical-surgical nursing for many years in my career," said Dr. Lang. "It is that strong foundation of expert practice that informs my work in research, education, and leadership."
In a remarkable story, the careers of these two nursing leaders have intersected before. A well-used copy of Dr. Brunner's book, The Art of Clinical Instruction, copyrighted in 1961, sits in Dr. Lang's office and is marked for use in teaching. In 1994, Dr. Brunner inscribed the book: "It is a real pleasure for me to write in this, one of your earlier (influential) professional nursing books, which permits me to claim many years of responsibility in influencing your exceptional development."
"In teaching nursing, I became interested in the measurement of quality health care. This led to the development and testing of a model for quality assurance in health care and to the first large-scale federally-funded development of criteria used in peer review. Development of nursing standards, classification systems, and informatics followed to make it possible for nurses to describe their contributions to the quality of health care and health-care policy," said Dr. Lang.
The appointment will be celebrated April 5 with remarks by Dr. Gretta Styles, past president of the International Council of Nurses and Dr. June Clark, past president of the Royal College of Nursing.
Dr. Lang, the former Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, is a senior research fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics while continuing independent research on quality of care, nursing informatics, and national health care policy.
Dr. Lang has served in numerous capacities on governing boards, advisory committees, editorial boards, and research review boards. She is a technical expert panel member for the Agency for Health Research and Quality Clearinghouse on Guidelines. She is also a Trustee of the Franklin Institute.
Kahn Term Professor: Professor Stallybrass
Peter Stallybrass, professor of English, has been named the Kahn Term Professor of English. He came to Penn in 1988 after teaching at Smith College, Hampshire College and Dartmouth College. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, where he also taught and pursued his graduate studies. His area of interest is mainly in the Renaissance and the history of the book and material culture. He co-authored, with Allon White, The Politics and Poetics of Transgression. His most recent books are O Casaco de Marx: Roupas, Memria, Dor (essays on Marx, materiality, and memory) and Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory with Ann Rosalind Jones. Professor Stallybrass is the supervisor of the English Institute and is co-editing the new series on material texts. He has won the Ira Abrams Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1999 and the Lindback Award in 2000. In 2000 he was the Samuel Wanamaker Fellow at the Globe Theater in London and also chair of the English Institute at Harvard.
Edmund Kahn, a 1925 Wharton graduate, had a successful career in the oil and natural gas industry. Mrs. Kahn, a Smith College graduate, worked for Newsweek and owned an interior design firm. The Kahns were dedicated philanthropists whose support of Penn included Van Pelt Library, the Modern Languages College House and SAS. The Kahns' generosity to SAS includes several named chairs, a departmental prize, and fellowships in the Humanities Forum.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 26, March 20, 2001