Published: Oct. 9, 2019 By

Again, Herbst faculty made a strong showing in the Top 20 Teaching Performers in the College of Engineering and Applied Science this year: Diane, Paul and Scot came in at No. 1, No. 6 and No. 15, respectively!  

We have two new faculty members who have started this fall:

  • Alex Priou has PhD and MA degrees in philosophy from Tulane University, as well as an MA in liberal arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis. His research addresses “the origin, nature and enduring importance of Socratic political philosophy.” Before coming to Herbst, he taught philosophy and humanities courses at colleges and universities in New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Sarah Stanford-McIntyre has PhD and MA degrees in American studies from the College of William and Mary. She studies American capitalism and the environment; her current book project looks at oil workers in the West Texas Permian Basin to track an environmental history of U.S. neo-conservatism.  Her related digital work uses mapping software and data visualization tools to map long-term economic, social and environmental impacts of extractive industry.       

Here are some updates on continuing faculty:

  • Anja Lange’s Maymester course in China is celebrating its 10th anniversary! She is now teaching a First-Year Global Intensive Seminar called Designing the Renaissance. After a full semester in Boulder, she will lead her students on a week-long trip to Florence, Italy, over winter break.
  • Paul Diduch, after the 2019 iteration of Culture Wars in Rome, will be taking a year off from this popular Maymester global seminar. (This course, designed and taught for many years by Professor Emeritus Wayne Ambler, will instead be led in May 2020 by Priscilla Craven, of CU’s Department of French and Italian.) Paul is currently pursuing his interests in ancient philosophy and also in moral psychology, both ancient and modern.  
  • Scot Douglass continues to direct the Engineering Honors Program and to live in Andrews Hall with his students.  He has been designing a study abroad course that will take students to England, and he continues to do his own research on church fathers and Russian literature.
  • Hardy Fredricksmeyer is preparing a public outreach lecture on links between ancient philosophy and modern cinema. In his spare time, he continues his pursuit of the perfect driving machine.
  • Leland Giovannelli.  After four years as Herbst program director (and a prior three years as co-director) Leland is stepping down from this position on Dec. 31. She will return to a full-time teaching load of six courses per academic year; retirement is still a few years off.
  • Andrea Kowalchuk continues her study of political philosophy, in both ancient and early modern contexts. She is particularly interested in outreach beyond CU; with Paul Diduch, she has launched a philosopher’s café – a philosophical discussion group for community members.
  • Laura Rabinowitz is on leave this academic year, pursuing philosophical and personal interests in Toronto, Canada. 
  • Diane Sieber. As noted above, Diane got the highest FCQ ratings in the entire College of Engineering and Applied Science. Kudos, Diane! She is still directing the Global Engineering RAP and she will be taking over the directorship of the Herbst Program on Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Joel Swanson continues to explore language as a material object and to teach in the ATLAS Institute.  He makes people look closely at the things “that they think they already know,” a practice that all Herbsters share.