New President and the Idea of a
Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of
Rebecca Stone-Miller, Associate Professor of Art
History and Faculty
and the Art of Education
Geoffrey Broocker, Walthour Delaperriere Professor of Ophthalmology
Fresh Perspective for Perennial
David Carr, Charles Howard Candler Professor of
Versus Research: Does It Have to Be That Way?
Lucas Carpenter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English, Oxford
a Top-Tier Research University
Lawrence W. Barsalou, Winship Distinguished Research Professor of
Psychology, and Elaine Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of
Psychology and Neuroscience
Diversity, and Teaching
David B. Gowler, Pierce Professor of Religion, Oxford
Corey L.M. Keyes, Associate Professor of
from the Lighter Side
Vicki Powers, Asssociate Professor of Mathematics and
As the pages of the Academic Exchange
often demonstrate, there are as many different takes on Emory University's
identity as there are faculty--something that is especially evident
in this issue.
To celebrate this riot of ideas, this summer we invited a variety
of faculty members to extend their welcomes and advice to James
Wagner, our new president, as he joins this community. At a moment
of decreasing resources and rising ambitions, what is important
for our new leader to hear from the faculty? What are the key issues?
The institution's greatest strengths, challenges, and priorities?
We did not aim to articulate a faculty agenda here. Rather, each
one of these writers speaks for himself or herself.
Not surprisingly, some of our contributors' ideas seem to run headlong
into one another. One argues, for example, for pouring more resources
into teaching, while another suggests that for most faculty research
comes first, and the rest will follow. But there are also some recurring
themes: the place of the Center for Ethics in institutional life;
fiscal challenges and market forces; organizational support for
interdisciplinary work; the forthcoming report of the Commission
on Research and its role in setting President Wagner's agenda. And
all writers are concerned with vaulting Emory into eminence among
There is no one "Emory." But even in the welter of competition
for attention, resources, and rewards, there is a common purpose
to our labors, as theology school professor Tom Long reminds us
in the opening essay. We do indeed share great expectations in this
new intellectual journey. Traveling mercies for the road ahead.