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Honors Tutorial College announces first faculty fellow

Jeffrey St. John will work full-time with HTC students

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2006) -- The Honors Tutorial College has announced the appointment of Jeffrey St. John as the first Honors Tutorial College Faculty Fellow.

During the upcoming winter and spring quarters, St. John, who is an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies, will work full-time with Honors Tutorial College students and be in residence in the college office located at 35 Park Place.

“I am delighted that Dean Fidler has asked me to serve in this capacity. I am very much looking forward to making the move to HTC,” St. John said.

Having faculty fellows in the college has been a longtime goal of Ann Fidler, dean of the Honors Tutorial College.

“Previously I have not been able to gather all of the pieces together to make this happen, but this time everything fell into place due largely to the assistance of Greg Shepherd, Claudia Hale and Kathy Krendl,” Fidler said.     

As the Honors Tutorial College Faculty Fellow, St. John will fill a number of roles in the college. He will mentor students, facilitate reading groups, teach small seminars and periodically present in public forums work relating to a book he is writing on failure and imagination in human communication. One of his initial projects will be the construction of an interdisciplinary seminar focused on the race to build the atom bomb.

Fidler noted that St. John’s background and talents make him an ideal candidate to fill the faculty fellow role.

“Jeff is an award-winning teacher whose intellectual interests span many disciplines,” she said. “You can have an enlightening conversation with Jeff about practically any substantive topic because he is a phenomenal reader who has the ability to take ideas off a page and make them matter. Everything interests him and nothing daunts him.” 

Luke Myers, an Honors Tutorial College political science sophomore who took St. John’s University Professor class on “Public Memory and the Public Sphere,” echoed Fidler’s sentiments: “St. John will be a great addition to the college. His love of knowledge and his excitement for sharing that knowledge with students makes him a perfect choice for the position.”

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