Interim Provost Michael L. Wachter has announced the appointments of the Faculty Masters for the three new College Houses to be created in the high rises this fall as part of a revamped residential system.
- David Brownlee, professor of the history of art, will head Harnwell College House (in High Rise East), joined there by his wife Ann Blair Brownlee, a senior research scientist in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The Philadelphia native received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has taught at Penn since 1980, when he joined the history of art faculty. The author of several books on Philadelphia architects and architecture, Brownlee is the only winner of all three major publications prizes of the American Society of Architectural Historians and the only American to win the book prize of its British counterpart.
Brownlee brings knowledge of the revamped College House system to the position from his experience as director of the College House implementation project.
- John Richetti, the Leonard Sugarman Term Professor of English, will move from his current position as Faculty Fellow in Van Pelt College House to the master's position in Harrison College House (High Rise North), where he will live with his wife Deirdre David, professor of English at Temple University.
Richetti holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and held faculty and administrative positions at Columbia and Rutgers before joining Penn's English faculty in 1987. He has authored several books on 18th-century English literature and has received numerous awards and honors, including Guggenheim, Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
- Neil Shubin, associate professor of biology, will move into Hamilton College House (High Rise South) with his wife Michelle Seidl, a program associate in the Pew Charitable Trusts Higher Education Program.
Shubin is currently involved with the undergraduate advising system as a freshman advisor in the College and heads the College Committee on Study Abroad and the Faculty Senate Committee on Students and Educational Responsibility. The Harvard Ph.D. joined Penn's biology faculty in 1989 and became an associate professor in 1995. He has received numerous grants for his research in evolutionary biology from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.
- Isabel Sampson-Mapp has been named Associate Director for Staff, Faculty and Alumni Volunteer Services and Director of Penn Volunteers in Public Service, effective March 9. Sampson-Mapp will be responsible for running faculty, staff and alumni volunteer projects as well as for coordinating other University volunteer-service efforts and monitoring Penn's progress towards meeting its Presidents' Summit pledges.
Prior to running Penn's volunteer-service program, Sampson-Mapp spent more than seven years on the staff of the African-American Resource Center, beginning as a counselor in 1990. From 1994 to 1995, she served as the center's acting director, and became assistant director when Jeanne Arnold was named director.
Sampson-Mapp joined Penn in 1986 as a clinical social worker in the School of Social Work.
- Elyse Kaplan has been appointed Associate Vice President of Human Resources for the Health System. She will serve as chief operating officer for human resources. Her duties include staffing, benefits, employee services and records, diversity development, human resources information services, and workers compensation.
Kaplan came to Penn from Kelly Services, a Fortune 500 company, where she was Vice President of Human Resources Development. She was also president of her own firm, Competitive Dynamics Inc.
Originally published on April 2, 1998