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University Senate designates 17 retiring faculty as emeriti

June 03, 2008

Cynthia J. Moritz
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Cynthia J. Moritz

The University Senate voted to recognize 17 faculty members with emeritus status. The honorees were invited to accompany the Chancellor's party during the 2008 Commencement ceremony. They are:

Stanley Alten, professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Alten has taught audio production, applied to television-film aesthetics, writing and criticism. Before joining the TRF faculty, he worked in radio and television as producer, writer, sound designer, performer and station manager in a number of markets.

Alten is the author of "Audio in Media" (Wadsworth Publishing, 2006), the leading audio production text in North America for more than two decades. It has been translated into Spanish, Korean, German and Chinese. He has also written "Audio and Media: The Recording Studio" (Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1994), which focuses on music recording, and "A Holocaust Odyssey" (Publishers Circulation Corp., 1998), a biography.

He received Ph.D. in instructional technology, with a specialization in message design, from SU.

John Briggs, associate professor of cultural foundations of education in the School of Education

Briggs is a specialist in the history of education, immigration, multi-cultural issues, rural education and social studies education. He is currently completing a study of schooling and community in 20th-century rural America.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1972.

Martin Fried, professor of law in the College of Law

Fried joined the College of Law as an associate professor in 1968. He became a professor of law in 1972, and also served as an associate dean, director of the Law in London program, and director of the graduate legal studies program. He taught courses in federal income taxation, trusts and estates, and property, and was named the Crandall Melvin Professor of Wills & Trusts in 1990.

In May 2006, he became of counsel at Hancock & Estabrook LLP in Syracuse, where he is a member of the tax, and trusts and estates practice groups.

Richard Goldsmith, Board of Advisors Professor of Law in the College of Law (posthumous)

Goldsmith was a John Norton Pomeroy Scholar and a law review member at New York University. Before coming to Syracuse, he was in private practice, specializing in corporate litigation. At Syracuse, he directed the Environmental Law Clinic, organized the Public Interest Law Firm and taught administrative law, environmental law, government regulation and federal civil procedure.

Kenneth Hardy, professor of marriage and family therapy in the College of Human Ecology

Hardy has been as professor of marriage and family therapy at SU since 1990. He was department chair from 1995-96, and served as director of clinical training and research from 1990-95. He has directed the department's Summer Training Institute since 1993. From 1984-1990, he was executive director of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of numerous publications.

Hardy received his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University.

John Philip Jones, professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Before entering academe in 1981, Jones spent 27 years in the advertising industry, including 25 years with J. Walter Thompson in Europe.

His books include "What's In a Name? Advertising and the Concept of Brands" (1st edition, Lexington Books, 1986; 2nd edition, M.E. Sharpe, 2003); "Does It Pay to Advertise?" (Lexington Books, 1989); "When Ads Work" (Lexington Books, 1992); "Getting It Right the First Time" (Admap Publications, 1996); "The Ultimate Secrets of Advertising" (Sage Publications, 2002); "Fables, Fashions and Facts About Advertising" (Sage Publications, 2004); and "How to Turn Advertising Expenses into Investments" (Pearson Educational, India, 2005).

In 2001, he received the Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement.

Moon Kim, professor of finance in the Whitman School of Management

Kim's primary research interests include inflation's impact on financial management and investors, capital asset pricing, mutual funds and the relationship among accounting, income statements and securities prices. He has refereed articles in the Journal of Finance, Financial Review, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Economics and Business and others.

Kim received his doctorate in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David MacDonald, professor of art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

After receiving his M.F.A. degree from the University of Michigan, MacDonald joined the faculty of the School of Art and Design at SU. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, MacDonald's work received most of its creative inspiration from his investigation of his African heritage. MacDonald's work spans the complete spectrum of ceramic forms of a utilitarian nature.

MacDonald's work can be found at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse; SUNY Oswego; Studio Museum in Harlem; the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio; Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, N.Y.; and North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Thomas Martin, associate professor in the School of Information Studies

Martin teaches in the information resources management and telecommunications management area. His research interests center on human computer interaction, information technology policy and impacts of information systems.

Martin's activities extend internationally. He was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil twice¿once at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and once at the Federal University of Brasilia--both times teaching about computer networking. He worked for Jilin University of Technology in the People's Republic of China, where he taught information engineering and gave a series of lectures in Peru on information science and telecommunications.

Martin received his Ph.D. in communication research at Stanford University where he was one of the designers of SPIRES (the Stanford Public Information Retrieval System).

John Mercer, professor of geography in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Mercer has taught at SU since 1980, becoming a full professor in 1989. His principal publications include "New Perspectives on Race and Housing in Britain" (co-editor, Centre for Housing Research, 1987), "The Myth of the North American City" (co-authored, University of British Columbia Press, 1986) and "The City in Cultural Context" (co-edited, George Allen and Unwin, 1984).

Mercer received his Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1971.

Cathryn Newton, dean emeritus of The College of Arts and Sciences

As dean since March 2001, Newton led The College of Arts and Sciences--SU's largest school and the heart of undergraduate learning--through a period of remarkable transformation to its strongest position in its 137-year history.

Newton joined SU as an assistant professor of geology in 1983. She was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and was named the Jessie Heroy Page Professor of Earth Sciences and chair of the department in 1993. In July 2000, she was appointed interim dean of The College of Arts and Sciences.

Newton will take a yearlong sabbatical to focus on the completion of her longstanding research project on shipwrecks, before returning to the faculty at The College, where she will pursue high-impact interdisciplinary work.

Robert Smith, professor of bioengineering and neuroscience in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science

Smith's main research interest is cochlear implants. Others include encoding and processing of information by the auditory nervous system, and recording from single cells of the cochlea, auditory nerve and cochlear nucleus; mathematical modeling and systems analysis of the auditory system; determination of the physiological bases from behavioral and perceptual phenomena in audition; and comparisons between the auditory systems and other sensory systems.

He received his Ph.D. in sensory systems from SU.

A. Dale Tussing, professor of economics in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Tussing's research interests include health economics, poverty, Marxian economics and the Irish economy. His recent publications include: "Malpractice, Defensive Medicine, and Obstetric Behavior" (co-author, Medical Care, forthcoming) and "Tuberculosis Screening and Treatment: An Economic Evaluation" (co-author, Annals of Epidemiology, 1998).

Tussing received his Ph.D. in economics from SU in 1964.

Stephen Webb, professor of history in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Webb has taught at SU since 1968. He was promoted to full professor in 1979. He specializes in early American and Anglo-American history, the governors-general, the Atlantic world in the 17th and 18th centuries and the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee). He is the author of numerous publications, including "Lord Churchill's Coup: The Anglo-American Empire and the Glorious Revolution Reconsidered" (Syracuse University Press, 1995).

Webb received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Allan Young, professor of finance in the Whitman School of Management

Young has authored or co-written eight books and more than 85 articles and has given more than 135 lectures outside the university classroom setting to business and professional groups on each of the world's continents. He is an editor of the Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures.

In addition to a number of corporate organizations, Young has recently consulted with the United Nations, a number of regional development banks, the U.S. Information Agency, U.S.A.I.D., the U.S. Securities Industries Association, and the governments of a number of countries currently undergoing a transition from a command or planned economy to a market basis.

He received his doctorate from Columbia University.

Edward Zajec, professor of transmedia in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Zajec was area coordinator of the computer art program at the Transmedia Center. A painter and printmaker by training, Zajec started working with computers in 1968 while teaching painting, figure drawing and lithography at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Zajec joined SU in 1980, where he re-founded the computer graphics program, wrote the curriculum and established the computer graphics lab.

He has been actively involved and has participated in most international events concerning computers and media arts since 1968. His work has been shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and other art venues around the world, and several times at the WRO Media Art Biennial, the Locarno Video Art Festival, Ars Electronica and at the ISEA, SIGGRAPH and other international conferences.

He received his M.F.A. in painting from Ohio University.

Paul Zinszer, associate professor of marketing in the Whitman School of Management

Zinszer's research interests include the investigation of the segmentation of services in markets--their performance requirements and strategic management opportunities.

He received his doctorate in marketing and physical distribution from The Ohio State University.

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