Keeler intra-university professorships granted to five faculty members

Five faculty members have been selected for Keeler Family Intra-University Professorships for the 2011-12 academic year.

Frank Farmer

Jin Feng

Chuck Marsh

Jennifer Ng

Fiona Yap

• Frank Farmer, associate professor of English

• Jin Feng, associate professor of mathematics

• Chuck Marsh, associate professor of journalism

• Jennifer Ng, associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies

• Fiona Yap, associate professor of political science

The professorships give faculty members an opportunity to enhance their scholarship in a selected discipline, further the knowledge of a defined field of study or start a new academic endeavor and promote collaboration among departments.

Keeler professors are granted one semester free of departmental responsibilities to engage in exchange with faculty from other disciplines, take courses, develop cross-disciplinary projects and/or team-teach in one or two courses in another department or school at KU.

Farmer will work with Dave Tell, assistant professor of communication studies, in the fall 2011 semester to develop a syllabus for a class exploring the rhetoric of counterpublics. The professors will examine readings on the topic from their respective disciplines with plans to team teach the course for the first time in the spring 2012 semester. Farmer will also work on a manuscript “After the Public Turn: Composition in Counterpublics” during his professorship.

Feng will work with the aerospace engineering department. His goal is to increase knowledge of computational methods developed in aerospace engineering to study complex turbulent flows in order to inform his own research on theoretical issues related to complex flows, develop an interdisciplinary graduate class on the topic and as a foundation for joint engineering/math grant proposals.

Marsh will partner with the classics department. He will work to develop a reading knowledge of classical Greek, particularly the original works of Isocrates and Aristotle, in order to enrich his teaching and research regarding the application of classical Greek rhetoric to modern public relations and advertising.

Ng will spend her professorship working with the anthropology department. Her goal is to develop a better understanding of cultural diversity and change in the contemporary United States and expand knowledge of ethnographic research methods as a foundation for research on educational issues within southwestern Kansas towns identified as micropolitan, majority-minority communities.

Yap will collaborate with the economics department. She will take courses in game theory in order to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to an ongoing research project on corruption and governance and to enhance the teaching and research collaborations between political science and economics as well as East Asian studies and economics.

The Keeler professorships are supported by a gift in memory of W.W. Keeler, former president of the KU Alumni Association, chief executive officer of Phillips Petroleum Co. and principal chief of the Cherokees.

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