Among a faculty of outstanding teacher-scholars, in this month’s newsletter we are able to acknowledge five individuals who have recently been recognized as true leaders in their fields. Two of these individuals, Linda Pollock and Randy Sparks, have risen through the ranks at Tulane to their distinguished status. Both historians, their publications have shaped their field; their teaching has inspired scores of graduate and undergraduate students.
Three of the individuals, Thomas Oatley of Political Science, Z'étoile Imma of English/Africana Studies, and Walter Isaacson of History, are new to the university, drawn here by the quality of the faculty and their desire to contribute to our unique student-oriented research culture. Each brings experiences and talents that will enrich all we do.
Without question, such recognition could not have occurred without our donors, whose generosity is often reflected in the title of the professorships and chairs. Their funds support cutting-edge research and innovative teaching; their understanding of the importance of named chairs means that we will be able to attract, recruit, and retain the very best.
As we celebrate our new distinguished faculty, however, we also wish to recognize the passing of one who made a great mark at Tulane. Hope Glidden, who was at Tulane from 1981 to 2010, was the Kathryn B. Gore Endowed Chair in French Literature and Culture. During her time at the university, she brought her incredible spirit and enthusiasm to her department and her discipline. Her loss is felt by all who knew her.
But for Hope, as well as our newly named scholars, the honor they hold will always signify the important role they play in their fields and at the university. They contribute to the quality of excellence that defines Tulane University.