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About the Mary Tucker Thorp College Professorship
The Mary Tucker Thorp College Professorship is awarded each academic year to a full professor with at least six years of service at Rhode Island College who has demonstrated excellence in teaching along with excellence in scholarship and/ or excellence in professional and collegial service. The professorship honors the contributions of Mary Tucker Thorp, whose illustrious career at the college spanned the time period of 1926–1967.
Candidates for the Thorp College Professorship are evaluated by a college-wide committee composed of faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management, the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, and the Adams Library. The appointment is made by the college president.
Selection and appointment criteria include demonstrated excellence in teaching along with excellence in scholarship and/or excellence in service.
Funds to support the Thorp College Professorship were provided by a generous bequest in the will of Mary Tucker Thorp and are held in the Tucker Thorp Fund, which is administered by the Rhode Island College Foundation. Starting in 2004-05 the Thorp Professorship became a college-wide award.
Previous Mary Tucker Thorp College Professors:
|2015-16||Susan Abbotson, English|
|2013-14||Pamela Irving Jackson, Sociology|
|2011-12||Kathryn Kalinak, English|
|2008-09||Meredith McMunn, English|
|2007-08||Ying Zhou, Mathematics and Computer Science|
|2006-07||Ronald Dufour, History|
|2005-06||Maureen Reddy, English|
|2004-05||Frederick G. Reamer, Social Work|
Prior to 2004, there were three Mary Tucker Thorp awards, one each in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, School of Social Work, and the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. The FAS Thorp Award was for outstanding scholarly or creative activity, the FSEHD Thorp Award was for distinguished teaching, and the SSW Thorp Award rotated among outstanding scholarship, distinguished teaching, and excellent service.
Previous Thorp Award Winners
|2003-04||Jeannine Olson, History|
James Barton, Elementary Education
|2001-02||Cathleen M. Calbert, English|
Peter S. Allen, Anthropology
Barbara A. Schapiro, English
Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, Anthropology
Richard A. Lobban, Anthropology
Yael Avissar, Biology
Thomas E. Malloy, Biology
Peter Meyer, Physical Sciences
Stephen E. Fisher, Art
Curtis K. Lafollette, Arts and Sciences
Amritjit Singh, English
Judith L. Stillman, Music
|1989-90||Edythe L. Anthony, Biology
Judith H. Dimeo, Education
|1988-89||Terence E. Hays, Anthropology
Frederick G. Reamer, Social Work
|1987-88||J. Stanley Lemons, History
Joan I. Glazer, Education
|1986-87||Harriet Brisson, Art
A. Anthony Antosh, Special Education
|1985-86||Charles J. Marzzacco, Arts and Sciences|
William H. Robinson, Arts and Sciences
S. Salman Wasti, Arts and Sciences
Sally J. Marks, Arts and Sciences
Alene F. Silver, Arts and Sciences
Lillian D. Bloom, Arts and Sciences
Nancy Sullivan, English