Three faculty honored with emeriti professorships

Three members of UCSC's faculty have been honored with emeriti professorships for the current academic year, Campus Provost David Kliger and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Alison Galloway have announced.

Professor Emeritus of Literature Harry Berger, Professor Emeritus of Sociology G. William Domhoff, and Professor Emerita of Politics and Legal Studies Isebill (Ronnie) Gruhn have each been awarded an Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorships. These awards will fund the teaching of courses by these retired faculty through the spring quarter.

Harry Berger was appointed at UCSC in 1965, serving as a founding faculty member of Cowell College. A specialist in English and Comparative Renaissance Literature, particularly in Spenser and Shakespeare, Professor Berger is an internationally recognized scholar whose work has made a significant impact on literary and cultural studies of the early modern period. A book dedicated to his work, A Touch More Rare: Harry Berger, Jr. and the Arts of Interpretation, will appear from Fordham University Press in 2009. In addition to teaching at UCSC, he continues to lead seminars for faculty and students for such venues as the Newberry Library and the Shakespeare Society of America.

G. William (Bill) Domhoff is also a founding member of the UCSC faculty, and has pursued two scholarly interests - dreams and power relations - with great zeal throughout his career. In 2007, in recognition of his many accomplishments, he was the recipient of the University of California's Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, which recognizes the post retirement contributions of UC faculty. In early 2008, Professor Domhoff was selected to deliver that year's annual Emeriti Faculty Lecture at UCSC, "The Awesome Lawfulness of your Nightly Dreams."

Ronnie Gruhn, an expert in international politics who has focused on Africa, international and transnational institutions, and relations between rich and poor states, joined UCSC in 1969. Since her retirement, she has remained very active in teaching, serving as an adviser, and organizing forums on our national elections and international issues. She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Emeriti Relations and is an ex-officio member of the Faculty Welfare Committee. Among her many honors, Professor Gruhn received the Social Science Division's "Golden Apple" award in 2000 for outstanding teaching.

The Dickson Professorship is the result of a gift from Edward A. Dickson, who served as a Regent of the University of California from 1913 to 1946, the longest tenure of any Regent. In 1955 Mr. Dickson presented the University with an endowment to support special annual professorships to be awarded to retired faculty members. Every year, each campus in the UC system receives a portion of the income from this endowment to fund these professorships.