Two IUN professors earn inaugural award
By Emily Banas Indiana University Northwest January 24, 2013 1:36PM
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:24AM
Indiana University Northwest recently announced its new Chancellor’s Professorship, a special academic honor that has been given to two senior faculty colleagues in its inaugural year.
Professor of English George Bodmer and professor of fine arts David Klamen began their appointments Jan. 1. They will hold the rank of Chancellor’s Professor throughout their IUN careers.
The Chancellor’s Professorship recognizes senior faculty colleagues who have achieved the rank of professor and consistently demonstrate “highly meritorious performance in all areas of faculty work: teaching, research or creative activity, and service.”
“Their careers and commitments at IU Northwest clearly place them in the exclusive company that the titled rank of Chancellor’s Professor defines, and set a challenging standard for future nominees,” said Chancellor William J. Lowe in announcing the honors. “Based on their applications, it is very difficult to make a meaningful distinction between the two candidates.
“Both have made comparable contributions in their respective fields, both have very strong records and reputations in teaching and student growth, both cross disciplinary boundaries to achieve high levels of integration and integrity as creative teacher-scholars, and both have exercised the requisite leadership among faculty colleagues in service to IU Northwest and the quality of our students’ academic experience.
“Both candidates have devoted their academic careers to IU Northwest and are outstanding representatives of our fine faculty. It says something about the depth of faculty talent and commitment at our campus that we have two such teacher-scholars among us.”
Bodmer joined IUN in 1982 and has taught professional writing, American literature, and children’s and adolescent literature in the English Department.
Most of his research has been in the field of children’s literature, specifically on illustrated texts. This academic interest is matched with his work as a printmaker, and he frequently exhibits in Chicago, where his work is on display in two shows.
Bodmer has been active in the field of children’s literature, having co-edited one of the major journals in the field, The Lion and the Unicorn, published by Johns Hopkins University, plus presenting papers in the United States and in England on illustrated texts. He also has published articles on artists such as Maurice Sendak, Walter Crane and Bruno Munari.
“I’m really pleased to get this award, and especially honored since it is named for the chancellor,” Bodmer said. “I think we’re doing important and worthwhile work at IU Northwest, and so I am happy that the Chancellor’s Professorship is addressed toward forwarding our mission.
“I think this new honor brings prestige to our school, and I am proud to be a recipient in its first year.”
Klamen joined IUN in 1985, embarking on twin careers as an exhibiting artist and teacher of drawing, painting, fundamental studio, and art theory.
He also serves as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the chair of the Departments of Fine Arts and Performing Arts.
Klamen is an accomplished international artist and is represented by Richard Gray Gallery in New York and Chicago, and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. His works are exhibited in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been named Chancellor’s Professor,” Klamen said. “The campus has demonstrated a strong and consistent commitment to growing and promoting academic excellence on campus, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”