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Outstanding faculty honored

Professor J. Ritchie Garrison

J. Ritchie Garrison, professor emeritus of history, has received this year’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) award for excellence in mentoring.

He is among eight CAS faculty members to be honored in 2019-20 for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories.

Over the past few weeks, CAS Dean John A. Pelesko surprised each of the honorees with a virtual visit during an online class or event to announce and present the award.

Following are more details about Garrison and the tribute Pelesko offered.

Now professor emeritus, Garrison has been a member of the History Department for 35 years, but his truly interdisciplinary work extended to Museum Studies, Art History, the Hagley and Winterthur Museums, and the Ph.D. programs in American Civilization and Material Culture as well as U.S. history.

He has introduced several generations of students to the wonders of vernacular architecture in the “Atlantic world,” and has been very much engaged in the conception and creation of the Digital Sampler Archive. Garrison has supervised no fewer than nine Ph.D. dissertations since 2005 and sat on 17 Ph.D. and dozens of M.A. committees.

His enthusiastic and devoted students have gone forth to museum and academic posts all over the country, including William & Mary and the University of Miami. They all sing his praises as a particularly effective teacher and guide along the way of learning and practice.

This award for mentorship is a most fitting one on the occasion of his retirement.

“For me, teaching is a form of mentoring—passing on to the next generation the knowledge they must acquire to work as professionals, giving our students the confidence to say yes to the possibilities life offers, and developing the resilience and perspective to enable them to weather life's trials,” Garrison said. “Mentoring is the art of giving control to others so that they may act independently and empathetically.”

About the awards

Throughout the college, eight faculty members were honored this year (read more).

Award winners, in addition to Garrison, were Persephone Braham, associate professor of languages, literatures and cultures, and Jamie Sutherland, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, both for excellence in advisement; Jill Flynn, professor of English education, and Oyenike Olabisi, associate professor of biological sciences, both for excellence in advocacy; Kristen Poole, Ned B. Allen Professor of English, excellence in scholarship; James Angelini, associate professor of communication, excellence in service; and Jessica Edwards, associate professor of English, excellence in teaching.

The honorees were selected by the College’s Faculty Awards Committee, chaired by Lawrence G. Duggan, professor of history, with members Richard Cunningham, professor of theater, Alenka  Hlousek-Radojcic, associate professor of biological sciences, Gladys Ilarregui, associate professor of languages, literatures and cultures, and Brenda Shaffer, instructor in fashion and apparel studies.

 

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