College House Appointments
The College Houses are undertaking their annual ritual of renewing commitments and creating new ones. According to Director David B. Brownlee, ten of the 12 current Faculty Masters will return. Dr. Alan Strudler, formerly a Faculty Fellow in Harrison College House, has been appointed Faculty Master starting in September. Math professor and Chair Dr. Dennis DeTurck will serve for one year as interim Faculty Master in Stouffer College House while Dr. Philip Nichols is on academic leave.
Likewise, ten of the 12 current House Deans will return along with one newcomer. Patricia C. Williams, the managing editor of Umoja News, will be the new House Dean of W.E.B. Du Bois College House. Former House Dean Sonia Elliott will remain in Du Bois as a Senior Fellow. Spruce House Dean, Dr. Christine Brisson, has been appointed Associate Director for College House Computing. a national search for a house dean for Spruce is underway.
Dr. Alan Strudler and his wife Dr. Eleonora Curlo were among the first families who moved into Harrison College House in 1998. Then an assistant professor in legal studies in Wharton, Dr. Strudler became an associate professor this year. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1983, and a J.D. in 1985. Before coming to Penn in 1995, he served as a visiting assistant professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Business, a research associate at the University of Maryland's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Stanford and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches business ethics and negotiation. He received the David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2000.
Patricia C. Williams earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Fordham University. She has served as managing editor of Umoja News since last October. Before that, she was the director of student services at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Earlier, she was the coordinator of academic budgets and records in the Office of the Academic Vice President at their Rose Hill campus. She then served in the Graduate School of Business at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus. She taught undergraduate English courses there, a survey literature course, and served as a tutor and teacher in the New York Public Library's Literacy Program. She has published articles in Umoja News and TEAMWORK, a publication of National Association of African American Studies. Her poems have appeared in the Paterson Literary Review and various anthologies. She has held poetry readings in many schools and libraries. She currently chairs the Board of Directors for Fordham's Black and Latino Alumni Association.
Kelly Writers House Staff Changes
While Kerry Sherin, Writers House Director, is on leave of absence throughout 2001-2002, Teresa Leo will be the Acting Director. Poet, essayist, editor, and technology specialist, she is taking a leave from Information Systems and Computing, where she has worked for a decade. Ms. Leo has been an active volunteer member of the Writers House Planning Committee since the House was founded in 1995.
Tom Devaney, a poet and experienced organizer of literary programs and events, succeeds Heather Starr as the Writers House Program Coordinator. "A national search produced many extraordinary candidates for this position, and we are delighted to say that Tom was the unanimous choice of a hiring committee consisting of faculty, staff, and student members of the Writers House community," said Dr. Al Filreis, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House.
Teresa Leo has been Senior Electronic Publications Specialist in ISC; she has directed the production of web-based documentation in support of Penn's data communications network, and has been editorially responsible for coordinating content from 40 cross-campus information providers, and has led the annual production of the "PennConnect CD". She has created and maintained a literary, journalistic, and editorial career; she is the guest editor of the forthcoming fall 2001 special "Philly Edition" of The American Poetry Review." She was the editor-in-chief of the Painted Bride Quarterly in the early 1990s. Ms. Leo has written a series of columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was a staff writer for LIP Magazine, and she was both the editor and designer of the Philadelphia Public School Anthologies, compiling poetry by students in nine schools. Before that she edited Poetry Across the Curriculum, also a School District project. She has published nonfiction in CrossConnect, Clackasas Review, Hillel Omer, and other magazines; reviews in The Review of Contemporary Fiction; and her poetry in New Orleans Review, The Portable Boog Reader, and La Petite Zine. Her chapbook, Obscene Rhetoric, is forthcoming from Archangel Press. Her "Dead Man Wash" received a Pushcart Prize nomination in the essay category. She has an M.A. in creative writing from Temple, and a B.A. from Bucknell.
Tom Devaney is a poet, writer and author of The American Pragmatist Fell In Love. He holds his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College (CUNY). Mr. Devaney's poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review and in the anthology American Poetry: The Next Generation. He is a contributing writer for Publishers Weekly magazine and his work has appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Jacket, The Journal for Peace & Justice, P.S.1/MOMA catalogues, and The Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday Magazine. For the past five years he has lived in New York City where he has been very active in the literary and art worlds, working on several small magazines and on collaborations with various writers and artists--among them Edwin Torres, with whom he is producing a theatre piece titled Pong as Metaphor. While there he was the program coordinator at the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College where he helped manage over 100 programs a year and also taught English and political science. In the early '90s he worked at Temple's Institute on Disabilities. Since 1995 he has written for and worked with The Lost Art of Puppet Theater.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 1, July 17, 2001