CMC celebrates faculty publications and grants

Claremont McKenna College packs a punch when it comes to faculty scholarship. So as a way of celebrating its distinguished faculty and their brilliant work, CMC is hosting its Inaugural Community Celebration of Faculty Publications and Grants on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at McKenna Auditorium on campus. More than 100 professors from 10 different departments are expected to have their work on display from publications and grants awarded in 2016.

“The event is an ongoing celebration of faculty scholarship and the contribution that it [faculty scholarship] makes to the intellectual life of the College,” Associate Dean of the Faculty Shana Levin said. “We're celebrating not just the work itself, but how that work makes us uniquely who we are at CMC.” Levin is also the Crown Professor of Psychology, and George R. Roberts Fellow at CMC.

Anyone and everyone is invited to the event: students, staff, faculty, other members of The Claremont Colleges and the outside community can attend. Once in McKenna Auditorium, individuals can peruse the display of scholarly work (including books, creative works, articles, and grants) and discuss the work with faculty members.

“This will be an inspirational showcase of prolific, original scholarship and thought leadership by our dedicated faculty,” observed President Hiram Chodosh, “and a great opportunity to come together, learn from one another, and celebrate faculty achievements.”

CMC’s faculty are scholars who share their academic work in fields ranging from creative writing to molecular biology, from history to pure mathematics, and more. They bring their active scholarly programs into their work with students inside and outside the classroom.  

“Being as research-active as we are in such a small college makes us incredibly unique. The kind of research we do at CMC, you find typically at larger research universities,” Levin said.

The idea for this event came from a real desire at CMC to celebrate the faculty’s work and to make that work more visible and central to the intellectual life of CMC students.

“The reason why faculty scholarship is so important to our liberal arts college environment is that students learn first-hand what it takes to create cutting-edge, innovative work so they are better equipped to innovate in their own areas of interest,” Levin said.

Dean of the Faculty Peter Uvin added, “I am blown away by the quality and quantity of the scholarly work produced by our faculty. There are entire departments where every single member of the faculty is highly research-active and recognized nationally and internationally in their field, and that is truly amazing.”

For more information on the event, please visit the 2016 faculty grants and publications website.