Faculty members who are also published authors were the focus of a recent McDermott Library celebration. The  6th Annual Faculty Author Reception recognized 16 writers and nine editors of books published during the last academic year.

Faculty Author Reception 2011Dr. David Patterson (left) celebrates publication of his book A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad with Dr. Susan Chizeck and Dr. William Pervin.

Dr. Nils Roemer, a professor of historical studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, had the busiest publishing year.  He wroteGerman City, Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms and co-edited two other volumes –Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Writing in Modern Times and Jewish Longings and Belongings in Modern European Consumer Culture.

Other recognized books ranged from strategies in chess education to the Western stories of Ned Buntline.

Dr. Adrienne McLean, professor of film studies, was the editor of Glamour in a Golden Age: Movie Stars of the 1930s. She was also the series editor for nine other volumes in the Star Decades series published by Rutgers University Press.

Alex PiqueroDr. Alex Piquero, shown with his wife and colleague, Dr. Nicole Leeper Piquero, was honored as the co-editor of the Handbook of Quantitative Criminology.

“The diversity of our faculty is shown in the wide range of subjects for which they publish each year,” said Dr. Ellen Safley, director of libraries, who organized the reception in cooperation with Executive Vice President and Provost Hobson Wildenthal.

“We enjoy recognizing their significant commitment to scholarship. We are proud to add these publications to our collection.”

As in past receptions, the authors and editors were showcased in a gallery of framed posters.

Included in the festivities were faculty members who were promoted from assistant professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure – a milestone in a professor’s career. The newly tenured professors are invited to select books that have been meaningful to them, either professionally or personally, to be added to the library’s collection.

The reception was held Thursday, Oct. 13,  in the McDermott Suite of the Eugene McDermott Library.

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