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Glidden Professorship begins accepting applications in Oct.

Faculty members can nominate academics and people outside of academia

The Robert and René Glidden Visiting Professorship award brings talent and fresh eyes to Ohio University’s campus each year.

Established in 1988 with a $30,000 award from the University Planning and Advisory Council (UPAC), the award’s purpose is to expose students and faculty to outstanding individuals.

“Every year we usually fund one to three applications,” said Martin Tuck, associate provost for academic affairs. “We have anywhere between $30,000 and $40,000 available annually, but we don’t fund applications unless the selection committee finds them meritorious. We want to make sure we’re getting bang for our buck.”

‘Bang for their buck’ in this case, means how much of an impact the Glidden professor could have on OHIO’s students and faculty, and if they can cross department lines.

William Condee, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, has sponsored two previous Glidden professorships. He spoke about the program’s benefits.

“It’s a great opportunity because funded sources usually are only available to come here for a few lectures,” said Condee. “Where in this case, the person is able to build relationships with faculty and students, and even have an impact on the community because they can spend substantial time here.”

In 2006, one of Condee’s nominees, Nyoman Sedana, did just that. On top of Sedana’s academic commitments, he visited local elementary schools to teach students about puppetry and performed at the Athens Fair Trade Fair.

Although academics commonly receive professorships, Tuck encouraged professors to nominate any outstanding individuals from their discipline.
A notable non-academic Glidden Professor was David Toney, who visited in 2008. An Ohio University alumnus and accomplished theater actor, Toney taught an acting course and starred in the play “Knock Me a Kiss,” written by Distinguished Professor Charles Smith.

Glidden Professorships commonly involve workshops, teaching - although these awardees usually do not teach entire courses - and a mandatory campus-wide lecture.

“An academic community always benefits from having fresh perspectives, different approaches, and new voices.  That is why it is a great blessing to have the Glidden Visiting Professorship program,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit.

The three Glidden Visiting Professors this year are Noboru Takeuchi, visiting the Department of Physics and Astronomy for a quarter, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, sponsored by the African Studies Program and the College of Fine Arts for two quarters, and Maria Teresa Peña, visiting the Department of Physics and Astronomy for 6 weeks.

The application window for the Glidden award opens in October and closes Jan. 28, 2011. Nominations can be submitted by Ohio University faculty for either academics or outstanding non-academics who they would like to work with their department for periods ranging between two weeks to a year. The most common length of stay for recipients for this award is an entire quarter.

An application must include a detailed description of how the candidate will spend his or her time in courses, seminars, class visits and other on campus activities. The university-wide lecture must have a preliminary title and a budget, detailing the funding request. Funding typically covers salary and lodging but does not provide benefits except in special circumstances. 

Additional information about the Glidden Visiting Professorship Program and application guidelines can be found on the Executive Vice President and Provost web site at: http://www.ohio.edu/apaa/GliddenProfessorships.cfm.