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February 3, 2004
Campus visits for provost finalists scheduled
The remaining open forums for the Emory community to meet the candidates for provost are as follows. All forums will be held in the Harland Cinema, Dobbs University Center.

Thursday, February 5, 2004, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Robert Thompson Jr., Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 10:45 – 11:45 am
Elizabeth Langland, Dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, the University of California at Davis

Monday, February 16, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Earl Lewis, Dean of the Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the University of Michigan

All faculty members, students, and staff members are invited to attend these forums and to send comments directly to President Wagner by email at wagner@emory.edu.

January 22, 2004
Finalists for provost named; campus visits to be scheduled
Deans at UC–Davis, Duke, and Johns Hopkins are among four finalists recommended by the Provost Search Advisory Committee to President Jim Wagner to become Emory’s next executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. Three of the four candidates are confirmed and will make two-day visits to campus later this month and in February. Each of those two-day visits will include meetings with faculty, administrators, students, trustees, and staff, as well as an open community forum.

The fourth candidate is considering making a campus visit, according to Kent Alexander, senior vice president and general counsel and chair of the advisory committee, and will not be named if he/she decides not to visit Emory.

It is expected that President Wagner will select a new provost from among these finalists.

The three confirmed candidates are: Elizabeth Langland, PhD, dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Davis; Robert J. Thompson Jr., PhD, dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University; and Daniel H. Weiss, PhD, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University.

“The Committee interviewed a very impressive group of candidates and narrowed that group to four distinguished finalists,” said Alexander. “Emory will be very well served by whomever President Wagner ultimately selects.”

Langland, who has led the arts and sciences at UC–Davis since 1999, earned a bachelor’s degree in English (summa cum laude) from Barnard College and master’s and doctoral degrees in English literature from the University of Chicago. A wide-ranging scholar, she has published eight books focused on the intersections of gender, class, race, ethnicities, and nationalities in Victorian literature. Before moving to Davis, she taught English literature at Vanderbilt University, Converse College, and the University of Florida, where she was associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Thompson holds joint appointments in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, and pediatrics at Duke University, where he has been dean of Trinity College since 1999. Author of more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, he taught at Georgetown University before going to Duke as associate professor in 1975. After earning a bachelor’s degree from LaSalle College, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota and completed an internship in clinical psychology at Indiana University Medical Center.

Weiss joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins as an assistant professor of art history in 1993, became dean of the faculty in 2001, and dean of arts and sciences in 2002. After completing a bachelor’s degree at George Washington University, he worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts while completing a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins. He then earned an MBA degree at Yale before starting a fourteen-year career in strategic and organizational consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He earned a doctoral degree in art history at Johns Hopkins.

The times and places for the open forums for the candidates will be announced soon, and President Wagner welcomes e-mail feedback directly to his e-mail address from the community (wagner@emory.edu).

President Wagner extends his sincere thanks to the provost search advisory committee for their first-rate work.

January 21, 2004
University endowments examined in NY Times

According to a recent article in the New York Times, the latest annual survey of the National
Association of College and University Business Officers indicates that university endowments rebounded in the 2003 fiscal year, although not enough to make up for earlier losses. The average
endowment fell more than 5 percent from the 2002 fiscal year and more than 23 percent since 2000.
Endowments increased at the wealthiest private institutions, however, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and at large public universities, including the Universities of California and Virginia, while endowments at Emory, M.I.T., and Dartmouth declined. Quoted in the article, Emory president James W. Wagner stated,"When nearly 20 percent of our revenue comes from endowment and trusts, it certainly makes a difference and has a belt-tightening effect" The survey reported that Emory's endowment shrank by more than $500 million, or 11.7 percent, in a single year. An increase in income from research grants, however, means that Wagner expects no layoffs, salary freezes or large tuition increases. "It's affecting us but not distracting us,"he stated.

The article is available online at


December 15, 2003
Kudos for Konner

Jonathan Rosen calls Unsettled, An Anthropology of the Jews (Viking Compass, 2003) by Emory anthropology professor Mel Konner “nothing less than inspiring” in the December 14, 2003, New York Times Review of Books. In this 500-page work, Konner traces the history of the Jewish people from the prebiblical era to the modern day, and from Israel to Eastern Europe, America, and Asia. Each of the eighteen chapters chronicles one epoch in the development of Jewish life and culture in a certain region. Rosen praises Konner’s “ability to accommodate ancient memory and modern consciousness, religious identity and secular peoplehood.” While the subject of this book departs from Konner’s earlier work in biology and anthropology, Rosen writes that Konner’s new work shares the same drive to integrate diverse “bodies of information” and temper a thorough-going skepticism with optimism.

The review is available online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/14/books/review/14ROSENT.html

November 19, 2003
Feds urged to grow numbers of American students studying abroad

A panel convened by NAFSA: Association of International Educators has urged the federal governmen to establish a fellowship program that would triple the number of American students who study abroad. The Strategic Task Force on Education Abroad supports a proposal by co-chairman, former U.S. senator Paul Simon to establish a "Lincoln Fellowship" program that would raise the number of American college students studying abroad to 500,000. The program would have an annual budget of $3.5-billion, and its fellowships would provide stipends of up to $7,000 a year for students, giving top priority to those visiting developing countries. This push comes as a result of a report by the Institute of International Education that showed a smaller increase than in previous years in the number of students receiving credit for study abroad. NAFSA's report, titled "Securing America's Future: Global Education for a Global Age,"urges colleges to "remedy barriers to study abroad," to make those programs more accessible to nontraditional students, and to promote those programs to all students (rather than to only those majoring in a language or in foreign affairs).

To read NAFSA‚s report, visit:

A Chronicle of Higher Education article about the report is available at

To read the Academic Exchange report on "The Trouble with Travel," go to http://www.emory.edu/ACAD_EXCHANGE/2003/octnov/lead.html

November 7, 2003
Whither international students?

The Institute of International Education released a study this week showing that the growth rate of foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges in 2002-03 remained nearly stagnant. Along with the less than 1 percent growth in the number of foreign students studying in the U.S. is a dramatic decline in the number of students from Muslim countries. The delcine is attributed to the special registration procedures that male students from twenty-five countries selected by the U.S. government for special scrutiny must go through upon their arrival in the U.S. Further, an economic slump has brought about increased tuitions, thereby preventing some students from being able to afford to attend colleges in the United States. According to survey, however, "nearly 60 percent of the respondents blame the visa delays and the decline in enrollments on the post-September 11 changes in the visa-application process."

To access reports, graphs, and other information on the results of the Institute of International Education's recent study, visit

To read the Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage of the study, go to http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v50/i11/11a00101.htm

To read the Chronicle's report on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's draft regulations that would require international students to pay a one-time $100 fee to cover the costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, go to

To read the Academic Exchange report on "The Trouble with Travel," go to http://www.emory.edu/ACAD_EXCHANGE/2003/octnov/lead.html

October 30, 2003
Ethics and Genetics

A staff editorial in the October 27th issue of the Atlanta Journal Constitution argues that cutting-edge research by Emory medical researchers, Georgia Tech engineers, and University of Georgia animal experts raises important ethical issues for the public to consider. Gene injections to improve children's
physical abilities and new medications and procedures that can delay the effects of aging are two potential innovations offered as examples of "biological and technical developments that reorder the human life cycle, forever changing relationships and society."The AJC staff asks if such
innovations are what we really want and directs readers to the Council on Bioethics report, available at http://bioethics.gov/, which raises similar questions.

For the full editorial, visit

October 27, 2003
A Sea Change for Academic Superstars?

In a New York Times op-ed piece," How Much for That Professor" David L. Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses New York University's attempt to turn its superstar professors into more active participants in its academic community. In what Kirp calls a "sea change,"NYU president John Sexton recently issued a report in which he calls for research faculty to spend more time with students, colleagues, and alumni, thereby shifting the faculty's focus away from "'me, myself, and I' entrepreneurship to participation in a genuine community of scholars." Kirp discusses the process by which universities enhance their reputations through the luring away of luminaries from other institutions. By promising more money and other incentives, as well as lighter teaching responsibilities, these universities bring in scholars whose "main loyalty," according to Kirp, "isn't to their students or to their institution."The lightened teaching responsibilities, coupled with these scholars'"intellectual insularity,"work to prevent these scholars from participating as fully in the
scholarly community as President Sexton would hope.

For David L. Kirp's essay, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/27/opinion/27KIRP.html.

September 29, 2003
Great Expectations for the School of Medicine

Associate Professor of Medicine and Physiology Samuel C. Dudley Jr. adds his own welcome and advice for Emory's new president. He addresses the medical school's relationship to Grady Hospital, the dilemma of the clinician/scientist, Emory's building boom, and the opportunity for stronger ties between Emory College and the School of Medicine, among other issues: "Do we really need to compete directly with private hospitals and doctors, or can we have a unique market position that marries clinical skill with academic achievement? . . . Do we need to be full service, despite some programs never turning a profit?"

His essay is available on the web at

September 24, 2003
New York Times interview with Sheldon Krimsky, author of Science in the Public Interest

The September 23 edition of the New York Times includes an interview with the Tufts University chemist who outlines in his new book the growing relationships between commerce and academic medicine. He argues that the trend renders universities "no longer the independent, disinterested centers of learning that the public has long depended on." He further suggests that the ties between research and industry have brought "dangerous drugs to the marketplace," and that biologists who involved in both basic research and commercial enterprise have the most prestige in their fields.

The entire interview is available on the web at http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/23/science/23CONV.html

September 5, 2003
Health Sciences Receives News of Federal Funding This Week

This week, Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center both received a $1.9 million National Cancer Institute Planning Grant for the Winship Cancer Center, and was named part of a six-university consortium in the Southeast to develop a biodefense initiative against infectious diseases and bioterrorist attacks. The Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense will be centered at Duke University and will receive more than $45 million from the Department of Health and Human Services over the next five years. Emory will receive approximately $12 million of those funds.

Duke was one of seven universities nationwide named to lead the regional centers. The awards, totaling $350 million, also will go to Harvard Medical School, the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the University of Texas Medical Branch, the University of Washington at Seattle, and Washington University in St. Louis.

For further reading, visit






June 30, 2003
More on commerce and the culture of the academy

National Public Radio host Terry Gross interviews Derek Bok today on Fresh Air. Bok, emeritus President of Harvard University, spoke at Emory during the Sam Nunn forum on the Commercialization of the Academy in 2002. His new book, just published by Princeton University Press, is Universities in the Marketplace: the Commercialization of Higher Education. For a transcript or audio archieve of the broadcast, visit Fresh Air's website. For more background on this subject, read the Academic Exchange story Money Changes Everything (December 02/January 03).

May 20, 2003
Bobby Paul named Emory College dean

Emory has selected Robert A. Paul as dean of Emory College and of the faculty of arts and sciences following a national search. Paul has been serving as interim dean since fall of 2001. Prior to that, he had been dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since fall of 2000.

Paul is no stranger to Emory; he has been on the faculty since 1977, and serves on the faculty of four departments or institutes at the university. Since 1986 he has been the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Paul also is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and holds a joint faculty appointment in anthropology and the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. He is a past chairman of the latter two. He is an associate teaching analyst at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, where he also holds the position of training and supervising analyst.

Paul's professional interests within anthropology include psychological anthropology, comparative religion, myth and ritual, and the ethnography of Nepal, Tibet, the Himalayas, and South and Central Asia. His extensive scholarly publications in these areas include "The Tibetan Symbolic World" (University of Chicago Press, 1982) and a special issue of Cultural Anthropology, "Biological and Cultural Anthropology at Emory University," which he edited. He served for many years as editor of ETHOS: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology and was president of the Society for Cultural Anthropology from 1992-1994.

May 16 , 2003
Political Science Professor Named Carnegie Scholar

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, associate professor of political science at Emory University, has been named one of thirteen new Carnegie Scholars by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the first Emory scholar ever selected for the prestigious honor. Each scholar, chosen in a highly competitive process, will receive up to $100,000 over the next two years to pursue pathbreaking research in his or her respective field, which in turn will be communicated to the broader public.

Wickham will use her grant to research and write "The Path to Moderation: Lessons from the Evolution of Islamism in the Middle East." Her project seeks to identify the environmental conditions and policy choices that have fostered or inhibited the moderation of Islamist rhetoric and practice in the Middle East among current groups as well as historically.

"I want to look at why some Islamist leaders have been more inclined than others to break from the dominant revivalist or 'fundamentalist' positions on such issues as democracy, pluralism and human rights," says Wickham. Drawing on theoretical and policy perspectives, she will conduct a comparative study of Islamist opposition groups in five Arab nations plus Turkey to analyze how different types of political and civic participation have affected Islamist goals and behavior. "I hope to figure out whether moderation is a strategic adaptation or an outcome of 'political learning' involving change in leaders' core values and beliefs."

Another goal of Wickham's is to clarify how religion-based activism affects the prospects for democratization in Muslim societies and states. "New research suggests that the rise of strong civic associations can either bolster or undermine democratization, depending on the political environment in which they are embedded and the orientations of their actors," says Wickham. "My goal is to identify the conditions under which political Islam can support rather than threaten democratic reform."

The Carnegie Corporation selects scholars doing work that expands the intellectual margins of the corporation's program areas: education reform, widening global income gaps, violence in societies, the politics of federal judicial selection, economic growth and development, legal reform in Russia, the political and economic questions facing Africa, the making of U.S. foreign policy over the years, and the implications of Islamic politics and identity.

This year, 144 nominations were received and 48 were invited to provide complete project descriptions. The finalists were then evaluated by committees including both Carnegie Corporation program leaders and external advisors. Up to 20 scholars are selected annually, and this year 13 finalists were then presented to Carnegie Corporation's board of trustees.

March 20, 2003
Classroom on the Quad set for Wednesday, March 26

U.S. & Iraq: Many Voices
A forum embracing Emory's multiple perspectives and communities in a dialogue that promotes reflective thought & informed arguments

Wednesday, March 26, 2003
1:00pm - 3:30pm
On the Quadrangle
(In case of rain, at Glenn Memorial Church Auditorium)

Speakers include:
President William Chace
Faculty from Political Science, Public Health, Philosophy, Sociology,
History, Religion, Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies
Staff & Students from various departments and organizations

Chris Richardson (SGA) & Purvi Patel (College Council)
Jim Grimsley, Bruce Knauft & Donna Wong (Co-Chairs, Planning Committee)
President Chace encourages all classes, students, faculty & staff to attend.

NO signs or banners are permitted.

For additional information, contact:
The Office of Multicultural Programs & Services


March 10, 2003
Chace Responds to Faculty in AJC

President William Chace's response to a letter from Professor of English John Bugge, Samuel C Dobbs Professor of Anthropology Melvin Konner, and Samuel C Dobbs Professor of History James Roark, in which they criticize the Emory administration's cuts to the university employee benefits program last year, appears in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Emory University is not immune to the economic downturn that the entire nation is experiencing," he writes. "Among our peer institutions, Stanford has announced that it is freezing faculty and staff salaries and making layoffs to offset a $25 million deficit; Duke has said it will eliminate about 50 faculty positions over three years."

Click here to read the full text of the letter to the AJC.

Click here to read "Staying Power," the Academic Exchange's September 2002 coverage of debates around issues of faculty recruitment and retention.

March 6, 2003
Bugge, Konner, and Roark Speak Out on Benefits Cuts

In a letter to today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Professor of English John Bugge, Samuel C Dobbs Professor of Anthropology Melvin Konner, and Samuel C Dobbs Professor of History James Roark criticize the Emory administration's cuts to the university employee benefits program last year.

"This broken promise has undermined trust and demoralized our faculty; it bodes ill for Emory's future," they write. "As a result, we have lost excellent colleagues, and retention and recruitment of quality faculty is now more difficult. The positions of president, provost, dean of arts and sciences, and vice president for finance are vacant, creating an additional leadership vacuum."

A similar statement also appeared in the February 28, 2003, Chronicle of Higher Education. Chronicle subscribers may find the item in the site's searchable archive

Click here to read the full text of the letter to the AJC.

Click here to read "Staying Power," the Academic Exchange's September 2002 coverage of debates around issues of faculty recruitment and retention.

March 3, 2003
This Can’t Be Mud Wrestling
An Interview with William Germano, Vice President and Publishing Director of Routledge, on Scholarly Publishing

AE: What prompted you to write Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (Chicago UP, 2001)?

WG: At both Routledge and the house where I worked previously, Columbia University Press, authors seemed largely clueless about how to make contacts. They showed no evidence that they had been given direction about how to approach a publisher. People tell me there are two things you are expected to know how to do when you finish a Ph.D.: how to teach and how to publish. And you’re usually trained in neither one. I think there’s been a certain turn, though, at least in awareness of these gaps. This is particularly a problem for the humanities. I think in order to find a way forward, scholars need to better informed and, frankly, they need to write better than they do.

AE: Was there a time when people knew how to get published and how to write, or have the tastes of acquisition editors changed?

WG: One of the things that happened is that the market has become so poor, it’s eliminated the luxury of writing at great length, and writing not terribly well. Library budgets have been radically cut, thereby limiting the ability to move books. That means we have to think harder about what we produce. And that was part of the impulse behind this book. I spoke with so many people who said, “My book was turned down. I don’t know why.”

AE: After the proposal stage, manuscripts often face external reviews. What do you think about the charge that the review process is sometimes tainted with vitriol, cruelty, or personal bias?

WG: A successful editor will understand who is likely to use it as an opportunity to skewer somebody. An editor needs to be adroit at selecting a reviewer who can contribute in a useful way. But there are different kinds of reviews. For example, if someone has published a couple of books with a major university press and wants to do his or her next book with us, we are likely to be interested on the basis of the person’s publishing history. Perhaps we will offer the author an advance contract on the basis of the proposal. When the project comes in and I read it, I may say to the author, “I love it. But I don’t want you to misconstrue my enthusiasm as a guarantee that everything in it is correct. Let’s find someone who can provide another reading for you.” As projects get complicated, there is a need to have scholars in more than one discipline examine them. But I don’t see it as a contentious experience. Often a scholar will say, “I’d love to have X read my work, but I don’t know her and feel awkward asking her to do it. If you could get her to read it for the press, that would be perfect.” So, in a way, we become an intermediary with the goal of strengthening the manuscript. And useful things come from those reports.

AE: That’s an interesting reflection on the relationship between scholarly publishing and the academic community itself.

WG: You know, this can’t be mud wrestling. It’s got to be a partnership. The stakes are high. The goals are the same. Scholars and academic publishers want to produce the best books they possibly can. But we can’t have the quality if the market isn’t there. Those two things become joined at the hip. And, yes, occasionally we’ll do a book because it will bring glory and we don’t expect to sell many copies. But there are very few of those being published.

AE: Jerome McGann recently argued in the Chronicle of Higher Education that publishers must bring out scholarly editions in a digital format. And Jason Epstein, in Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future, predicts that in the not-too-distant future, individuals will download books from a publishing consortium and print and bind them individually for about what they cost now. What do you think about the future of digital technology and publishing?

WG: I’m never certain whether these are utopian or dystopian visions of publishing’s future. Every publisher I know is thinking hard and discussing how the digital environment will impact the future of publishing. We’re taking pains to exploit the digital possibilities wherever we can within a sensible economic framework. These are not cost-free initiatives. Websites don’t just happen. There are lousy and good ones, and they need maintaining and updating.
What we’re doing is creating digital files and we will be able to produce digital versions of texts. No one is getting rich doing this yet. I think that ancillary technologies will develop. But they’re going to be additive rather than substitutive.

Want to learn more about scholarly publishing? On Wednesday, March 19, 2003 the Provost's Program in Manuscript Development will host a panel discussion featuring Nancy Grayson, associate director and editor-in-chief of the University of Georgia Press; Todd Hallman, M.E. Sharpe executive editor; Lara Heimert, Yale University Press executive editor; Michelle Tessler, literary agent with Carlisle &
Company; and Laura van Dam, Houghton Mifflin acquisition editor. The event will take place from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Carlos Museum reception hall. For more information, see the Emory Report article "Panel to discuss scholarly publishing."

February 25, 2003
Comments on “Academic Freedom in Times of War”

Are current critiques of university faculty in Middle Eastern studies analogous to mid-twentieth-century McCarthyism? Paul H. Rubin of the Department of Economics and Harvey Klehr of the Department of Political Science respond to essays in the February/March 2003 issue of AE on perceptions of threat to the university's mission and how the academy might respond.

Click here to read the responses.

Click here to read the original essays.

Click here to read Emory Report coverage of the recent visit of Daniel Pipes, founder of www.campus-watch.org, an online forum that monitors and critiques Middle Eastern studies programs in the United States and Canada.


February 24, 2003
Making a Place for Wisdom and Experience

Emory’s Emeritus College, the brainchild of Professor Emeritus of Religion Eugene Bianchi, was founded in 2000 to provide retired Emory professors with opportunities for intellectual exchange and support for continued research and teaching. In February/March 2000, Bianchi and John Bugge, professor of English and president of the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors, co-authored the essay “The Merit in Emeritus: Aging gracefully in the academy” for the Academic Exchange. In this essay they outlined their vision of the types of services and activities a center for retired faculty members could provide, including interdisciplinary seminars, “think tank” research, teaching, and mentoring.

Three years later, Emory’s thriving Emeritus College is garnering national press. An article titled “Gray Expectations: Emeritus centers bring retired professors back to campus” in the February 7, 2003, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education profiles the Emeritus College as one among a growing number of university-sponsored programs across the country for retired faculty members. The article features interviews with Bianchi; Bugge; Harriet King, senior vice provost for academic affairs; Elizabeth Sharp, associate professor emeritus of nursing; and Jay Knopf, distinguished professor emeritus of psychology.

Chronicle subscribers can find “Gray Expectations” in the archives at http://www.chronicle.com.

“The Merit in Emeritus” is available in the Academic Exchange archives.

February 10 , 2003
A Cautionary Tale of Academic Integrity

Several major news outlets have reported that a recent British government report on Iraq, cited by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell as "a fine paper" in his speech to the U.N. last week, quoted without attribution from several academic articles. According to the New York Times, critics of government policy noted that "parts of the articles--or of summaries posted on the Internet--were paraphrased in the report. In other cases, they were plagiarized--to the extent that even spelling and punctuation errors in the original were reproduced." A spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged that the material should have been more accurately attributed.

Click on www.nytimes.com/2003/02/08/international/europe/08BRIT.html for New York Times coverage of the issue.

Go to www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/articles/A42276-2003Feb7.html for the Washington Post story.

For the Academic Exchange February/March 2003 cover story on academic integrity, go to http://www.emory.edu/ACAD_EXCHANGE/2003/febmar/lead.html