The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program
Deadline to apply for 2019-2020: March 15, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Click here for the brochure with application instructions.
The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program was established and endowed with a generous gift from Professor William L. Duren '26, M.A. '28, Ph.D., LL.D. honoris causa '59, professor emeritus of mathematics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Each year, up to three faculty members serve as Duren Professors, and eligibility is open to all full-time professors in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. Duren Professors enjoy an especially close relationship to the Newcomb-Tulane College during their tenure in the program. They are provided with additional resources that permit them to adopt distinctive pedagogies (team-teaching, use of auxiliary materials or electronic information technologies, and others), and to arrange for and facilitate distinctive kinds of meaningful interactions with students enrolled in the courses they teach as Duren Professors.
Duren Professors 2018-2019
Professor Laurie R. Earls, Cell and Molecular Biology
Duren funds will be used to present seminars for undergraduates, featuring professors in bioinformatics programs from other universities; visit faculty at national institutions to learn their processes of establishing a bioinformatics major; establish a consortium to develop a unified bioinformatics curriculum at Tulane; and support student research projects that combine computing and biology.
Professor Adam McKeown, English
In conjunction with the Historic New Orleans Collection and Tulane’s Center for Public Service, Professor McKeown will create Discovering Colonial America: Louisiana, an online exhibition. Duren funds will fund a service learning course and related programming to maximize student participation with the exhibition. The course will train students in the work of professional researchers, archivists, and digital publishers, offering them experience in digitization, online publication, archival work of physical and digital materials, digital assets management, and educational programming, while contributing to “a bold and long-overdue rethinking” of U.S. colonial history.
Professor Christopher Oliver, Sociology, Environmental Studies
Funds will support “Visualizing Environmental Injustice(s): An Exploration of Visual Methods in Research, Advocacy, and Policy in Environmental Studies,” an expanded version of the fall 2018 section of Professor Oliver’s “Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies.” The enhanced class will include field-based activities, such as visits to local communities led by environmental advocacy and environmental science professionals; specialized training through workshops and seminars by technical professionals; and a visit by a nationally recognized expert in visual arts, methods, and techniques.