College of Arts and Sciences Retirement Ceremony

On Wednesday, April 23, Interim Dean John Ferré hosted the A&S Retirement Ceremony at the University Club. The College recognized our retiring faculty with brief remarks and the presentation of a retirement gift to the following:


After receiving her B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D. from Columbia, Professor Allen came to UofL in 1972 to teach our first women’s history course. She was instrumental in establishing the department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Professor Allen is the author of four books and 30 articles and book chapters. Her many accomplishments include a Fulbright Teaching Grant in Berlin, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and a UofL Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity. In addition, Professor Allen Ann has been an outspoken advocate and dedicated volunteer serving on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

After more than 18 years as the Executive Director of the Louisville Visual Arts Association, Professor Begley joined the Department of Fine Arts as Gallery Director and professor of the Critical and Curatorial Program. In that role, he has forged a lasting and meaningful connection between our College and the community. Professor Begley’s efforts and reputation have put our Critical and Curatorial Program on the map, and many of his students now work in museums and galleries across the country.

As Acting Department Chair Scott Massey said, “We all share a love for the professor, the artist, the curator, the man, whose brilliance in critical thinking and problem solving is matched only by his diplomacy and abilities to connect the most disparate of parties in order to bring about the greater good for the most people.”

Since he joined UofL in 1980, Professor Byers has been deeply engaged in the College. In addition to an impressive list of scholarly achievements, Professor Byers also received the UofL Distinguished Teaching Award and the UofL Award for Distinguished Service to the University. He has served as the chair of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Assembly since 2006 and Director of the Commonwealth Center for Humanities and Society since 1998. Additionally, for 12 years, Professor Byers has been the Director of the U.S. State Department Institute on Contemporary American Literature – a grant-funded program that brings professors from around the world to our campus to study American literature and culture.

His department chair had this to say about her colleague: “Tom Byers leaves a UofL legacy that goes beyond the classroom: his work is international relations in its most fundamental and finest form.”

Prior to joining UofL in 1985, Professor Cross was a foreign correspondent for a variety of U.S. daily newspapers reporting on policy matters relating to NATO and the EU. Professor Cross is an award-winning expert in the field of business writing. In 2011, he won the Association for Business Communication Award for Distinguished Publication on Business Communication. The following year, Professor Cross received that association’s Francis W. Weeks Award of Merit for “outstanding advancement in the discipline of business communication through a singular accomplishment or series of accomplishments” recognizing his extensive scholarly activity over the years.

Professor Foster came to the University of Louisville in 1981 as Dean of the School of Justice Administration. Two years later he was appointed Dean of a new unit, the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Professor Foster also served in the Office of University Relations and for the past 14 years as a faculty member in the Department of Justice Administration where he has been a sought-after instructor and mentor. Professor Foster was a founding member of the university’s International Service Learning Program, expanding the program in Belize, the Philippines, Croatia and Botswana. He earned the University of Louisville Engagement Service Award for his contributions to this program. In 2012, Professor Foster was inducted into the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Florida State University.

Professor Frye joined our faculty in 1981 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. She has taught acting and stage voice, and has achieved distinction, particularly for her productions of Shakespeare. A member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, she has served as the dialect and vocal coach for numerous theatre organizations, including the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Stage One Children’s Theatre, and the internationally acclaimed Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. Adept in a range of dialects, her work has reflected in the words of a former department chair, “her sensitivity to the needs of an increasingly diverse community of actors and repertoire of plays.”

In addition, Professor Frye has presented and facilitated numerous voice workshops across North America. In 2009, she received the A&S Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity in the Creative and Performing Arts.

Professor Rye served as Director of Graduate Studies from 2007-2011 and as Department Chair from 2011-2014.

Upon Dr. Rinda Frye’s Retirement

by Professor Russell Vandenbroucke

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.

But could our Rinda ever be a Linda? Out, out, damn spot!

Conscience does make cowards of us all

except Canadians. And Mormons. Let alone both.

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players,

which is why they must remember to breathe deeply on stage or off.

What’s done cannot be undone

especially VSIP.

Brevity is the soul of wit,

but 33 years is a long run in any genre.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

especially when your Marxist husband does not believe in supporting capitalist banking and investing. May your Carrolton neighbors never shriek he hath eaten me out of house and home while you are depending on them and the kindness of strangers.

What a piece of work is man!

Also a woman named Rinda, who leaves behind a stellar

Reputation, reputation, reputation.

Our revels now are ended

but our memories and appreciation of our colleague have not, will not.

We are such stuff

As dreams are made on, and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.

Professor Harrison is a native Kentuckian, born and raised in Adair County. After Professor Harrison received his PhD from UCLA, he came home to Kentucky. After stints at Centre and in secondary education, Professor Harrison joined A&S in 1973. He has served as an Associate Dean in the College, Vice-Chair of History, and as a graduate advisor. He also served on multiple committees and delivered popular graduate level seminars.

Professor Harrison is a specialist in United States Foreign Relations in the 20th century, specifically U.S. relations with Latin America and the Vietnam War. He is the author of the book Dollar Diplomat and numerous essays. During his career, Professor Harrison has regularly spoken to community groups and has been frequently interviewed by local media for stories ranging from current U.S. foreign policy to John F. Kennedy.

Professor Henke joined UofL in 1991 as the Thruston B. Morton Senior Chair of Literary Studies. She is an expert on the Bloomsbury Circle and has written extensively on Virginia Woolf and trauma. Her publications include four books with a fifth in the works. This latest endeavor will be two complementary volumes appropriately titled Post-Traumatic Fiction. The first will cover Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and D.H. Lawrence and the second will look at contemporary authors. One great literary passion of Professor Henke’s is James Joyce so it is quite fitting that she will soon take an Honors seminar to Ireland where students will experience literary Dublin.

This year marks Professor Hottois’ 40th as the scenic and lighting Production Designer for the Department of Theatre Arts. Professor Hottois has designed for numerous theatres including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the TriArts Sharon Playhouse, Stage One, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Circa ’21, Centre Stage, Theatre By The Sea and the Merry-go-Round Playhouse in New York. He has designed for ballet companies include in Houston, Fort Worth, Miami and Louisville among others. Additionally, Professor Hottois’ work can be seen in films where he served as Master Scenic Artist including “Boris and Natasha”, “Closetland”, and “Soul of the Game.” He also worked on Roger Rabbit’s Christmas Factory at Disney Land and is a proud member of the United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829.

In 1988, Professor Journet joined the English department where she served as department Chair for many years. Additionally, she helped move the College and university forward by serving on a number of key policy-shaping committees over the past two decades. At any point during the last few years, Debra was likely directing 8-12 PhD dissertations while serving on an equal number of committees. Professor Journet’s service to her profession displays the same impressive level of engagement, most notably her service on the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Recognition of her work includes appointments as an NEH Fellow and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. In addition, she received two National Council for the Teaching of English Awards for Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication.

Professor Karpoff joined the university in 1969, sharing teaching responsibilities for Non-Majors Biology before assuming full responsibility for that course for the next 40 years. During his tenure, possibly teaching more than any faculty member at UofL, Professor Karpoff developed and taught courses in plant morphogenesis, plant anatomy, botany for teachers, and general botany. His textbook for Non-Majors Biology has been used in the United States and abroad.

Professor Karpoff was a pioneer incorporating computers into large lecture classes, long before PowerPoint. Working with the Delphi Center, he developed an online course for Non-Majors Biology that has been offered the last four years. In addition to his extensive class responsibilities, he has mentored several teaching assistants every semester.

Commenting on Professor Karpoff’s retirement, department chair Ron Fell said, “He finally decided it was time to retire before the first student told him that their grandparents had him for Biology.”

Professor Lu joined the department in 2006 after distinguished careers at Drake University and the University of Wisconsin. She is one of the leading scholars in the field of global English. Professor Lu’s work calls for us to embrace multi-culturalism and cross-language writing for teaching and research. The significance and quality of her work has been recognized with, among other honors, the Conference on College Composition and Communication Outstanding Book Award for her book Cross-Language Relations in Composition.

Students too have been drawn to Professor Lu’s work. Her department chair states, “The list of graduate students she has supervised in the last decade alone occupies two pages of an extensive CV. This should not surprise us – we live and work in a global marketplace and students see the relevance of Professor Lu’s work to that marketplace and their futures in it.”

Professor Naslund joined the College faculty in 1973. She is the acclaimed author of seven novels and two collections of short fiction. Her best-selling works include Ahab’s Wife and Four Spirits, both of which were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Where Ahab’s Wife engages with a fictional world – that of Melville’s Moby DickFour Spirits draws its title from the infamous 1963 bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church that claimed four lives.

Professor Naslund’s literary career has been recognized with many honors including Writer-in-Residence at UofL and Poet Laureate of Kentucky. Her most recent novel, The Fountain of St James Court: or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman, shows that, as a writer, she has no intention of slowing down. Her department chair states, the very title “reminds us that artists don’t retire but go on recreating themselves as they create new works of art.”

Professor Pearson came to UofL in 1975. During his tenure, he has taught, among other courses, Fisheries Management, Aquaculture, Environmental Biology and the Principles of Ecology. He has also served as the major professor of 33 graduate students and as a committee member of another 41. He and his students have obtained more than $500,000 in research grants and contracts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Park Service at Mammoth Cave, and various state and municipal agencies

Professor Pearson has served on Faculty Senate and various committees, including the UofL Faculty Grievance Committee and the A&S Personnel, Academic Discipline, and Admissions and Appeals Committees. Professor Pearson has published 51 journal articles, book chapters and research reports. Professor Pearson has also served as a large river, waterways, or water quality consultant in at least 7 states.

Professor Richardson joined UofL as a research staff member in 1987 and three years later joined the faculty. As a faculty member, he published an impressive 157 journal articles and served twice as both Acting Chair and Vice Chair of Chemistry.

Of course, Professor Richardson is best known for his role in Honors. For the past 16 years, Professor Richardson has been the director of our Honors Program. During that time, he has significantly increased Honors course offerings; expanded its mission to serve students in all units; developed the University Honors Scholars Program; expanded the physical space of the program with the Etscorn Honors Center; enhanced the extracurricular and co-curricular offerings; and increased the staff with particular emphasis on garnering national and international scholarships and fellowships.

Professor Richardson’s commitment to students is exemplified in his being a University Trustees Award winner. And, just this year he was named both the Provost’s Award Winner for Faculty Advising and the National Academic Advising Association’s Faculty Advisor of the Year.

Professor Savitch, a two-time Fulbright scholar, won the President’s Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity in 2012 and earned the A&S distinguished faculty award four times. His books and articles have helped shape the field of urban policy and urban affairs. Professor Savitch was instrumental in creating the Master of Public Administration degree program, leading that program to its first national accreditation and drawing students from around the globe.

But Professor Savitch is much more than the sum of lines on his CV. As his chair stated “More than all his achievements, Hank will be missed as a calm and guiding presence in the department. His warmth, sense of humor, and dedication to excellence in the program made the department a fun and interesting place to be. His dedication to mentoring superior performance in PhD students will have an impact that does and will continue to reach beyond his time here.”

This year is Professor Thomas’ 18th season as Director of the African American Theatre Program. Under her leadership, this program has received numerous accolades including the Theatre Education Award from New York’s Theatre Museum. Since coming to UofL in 1996, Professor Thomas has performed at the Grahamstown Festival in South Africa and has presented her work in such far flung places as Australia and Ghana. She is a past president of the Black Theatre Network. Her final act at the university will be taking students to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore to perform a classical Chinese play, The Orphan of Zhao, stylistically adapted to reflect African American culture through hip hop theatre.

After a brief intermission, Professor Thomas will be a consultant at Texas Southern University and she plans to direct at West Georgia State University.

Professor Tompkins came to UofL in 1981. Over that period, his career in theatre arts has spanned the globe. He has taught at the Academy of Dramatic Art, Ohio State, several leading theatre schools in London, the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India, as well as the National Academy of Performing Arts and the National College of Arts in Pakistan. His professional acting credits include The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A Contemporary Theatre, the Provincetown Playhouse, and The Louisville Children's Theatre (now Stage One Family Theatre). He has written and directed his own Comedia dell'Arte plays for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the UofL Repertory Company.

Over the years, Professor Tompkins taught many acting and movement classes but his artistic work has been primarily in acting and directing. He has been an enthusiastic graduate student recruiter and he has particularly enjoyed teaching his students how to create their own solo performances. Says his current department chair, “Jim has a deep and abiding passion for excellence in the theatre, and he raises the bar high for his students.”

Arriving at UofL 1973, Professor Whitesell built the Printmaking Program on a foundation that encouraged student engagement with the technical aspects of all forms of printmaking. Many of his students went on to teach and work in the printmaking field to great acclaim.

Professor Whitesell is represented in more than twenty-five public collections including the Library of Congress. He has exhibited his prints throughout the United States and internationally in over 150 exhibitions. Images of his work have been published in several venues and online.

A recent exhibition in the Hite Galleriestitled IN RETROSPECT: John Whitesell Four Decades celebrated his tremendous influence on his students and on the field of printmaking.

The acting department chair notes that the excellence exhibited by Professor Whitesell is not just academic in nature: “...John is uncompromising in his artistic vision and one of the most compassionate souls to serve at the University of Louisville.”

Professor Wu is a physicist of extraordinary caliber and unsurpassed scientific vision. He was instrumental in building a world-class research group in condensed matter physics at UofL. Professor Wu has left indelible scientific footprints in the field of condensed matter physics through his seminal research contributions. His ground-breaking scientific discoveries include unusual electromechanical responses and magnetic responses in carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotori.

Professor Wu has published more than 110 articles in high-profile scientific journals and has mentored 15 post-doctoral fellows, 8 doctoral and 16 master students. He has fostered inter-disciplinary research at UofL forming collaborations between the departments of physics and natural sciences. Professor Wu received the UofL Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creativity in 1998.

In 1990, Professor Yohannes joined the university’s Department of Political Science. His areas of teaching include: International Relations, African Politics, Politics of the Middle East, International Terrorism, and Comparative Political Economy. He is the author of six scholarly books with another on food production and hydropower in Ethiopia in the works. Additionally, Professor Yohannes has published many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters primarily focusing on Eritrea, American foreign policy toward Africa, and water politics.

During his tenure, Professor Yohannes has been very popular with students. He has offered a wide range of courses on important and timely topics such as Politics of the Middle East, American Foreign Policy, International Relations, Global Economic Relations, Terrorism, the EU, and Comparative European Politics.