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Susquehanna Honors Top Faculty

July 30, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) - Two Susquehanna University faculty members have been recognized for their teaching excellence and dedicated service to the university. Associate Professor of History Karol Weaver received the 2008 John C. Horn Distinguished Service Lectureship and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Coleen Zoller was awarded the Susquehanna University Teaching Award.

Both awards are determined by open nominations from the faculty and, in the case of the Teaching Award, also from the Student Government Association. Nominations are reviewed by the Faculty Personnel Committee, which, in turn, submits award recommendations to university President L. Jay Lemons for confirmation.

The Horn Lectureship memorializes John C. Horn who served as chair of the university's board of directors from 1962 to 1978. The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding scholarship and conscientious service to the university. The recipient offers a public lecture during the following academic year.

Weaver, of Mifflinburg, has taught Pennsylvania history, United States history, several gender- and medical-related history courses and senior seminar. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Bloomsburg University and a master's and doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.

Weaver has developed a national reputation as a historian of the Atlantic world. Her first book, Medical Revolutionaries: The Enslaved Healers of 18th Century Saint-Domingue, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006. She is currently finishing a volume on neighborhood ladies, midwives and biomedical practitioners in 19th and 20th century Pennsylvania, and is embarking on a third project on enslaved seamstresses. Her service to Susquehanna includes coordinating the history intern program, advising Catholic Campus Ministry and serving as co-coordinator of the Medical Humanities Initiative and as an editorial board member for Susquehanna University Press.

Zoller, a Selinsgrove resident, is also engaged with the Susquehanna community, having been an active supporter of both the SU SPLASH and SU CASA service learning programs. She has also organized and led student trips to Greece, and served on numerous campus committees including the Faculty Affairs Committee. She is the campus coordinator of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program and advises the Philosophy Club.

Zoller holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and Greek studies from Bucknell University and a master's and doctorate in philosophy from Emory University. She teaches a variety of popular courses within the philosophy department, including Plato Seminar, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Love and Desire.

In addition to her work at Susquehanna, Zoller has been active with Susquehanna Valley Women In Transition, serving on its board of directors for three years and chairing two committees for the organization.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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