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Towson Academy of Scholars Inducts Junior Fellows

Towson Academy of Scholars junior fellows for 2010-2011 – Tara Bynum (left) and Chaodong Han (second from right) with chairperson Patricia Romero (second from left) and Mary Louise Healy, Office of Sponsored Programs & Research (right).
Towson Academy of Scholars junior fellows for 2010-2011 – Tara Bynum (left) and Chaodong Han (second from right) with chairperson Patricia Romero (second from left) and Mary Louise Healy, Office of Sponsored Programs & Research (right).

Towson, MD (Nov. 17, 2010):  On Nov. 15, the Towson Academy of Scholars inducted its junior fellows for academic year 2010-2011: Tara Bynum, Department of English, and Chaodong Han, Department of eBusiness and Technology Management.

The purpose of the academy is to gather senior-mentors with junior faculty in a seminar setting that will give the latter an opportunity to share their research projects, reflective thinking essays, or portions of their dissertations under revision. The research, thought-analyses, or revisions will be undertaken during the year preceding presentation with support provided by the Towson Academy of Scholars. 

The scholars were chosen in June through a competitive application process, through which each presented a written project description. Bynum’s proposal was titled “What is Pleasure to the Slave? Good Feeling and Desire in 18th Century African American Literature”; Dr. Han’s was “Developing Multidimensional Performance Metrics in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management.” The Committee for the Towson Academy of Scholars, comprising one representative from each college and a representative of the Office of Sponsored Programs & Research, chose these two proposals as excellent matches with the selection criteria:  a clear description of a project that appeals to an interdisciplinary audience; that will serve as a foundation for the scholar’s future work; and that will benefit the discipline, the university, and/or society at large.

Patricia Romero (Department of History), chairperson of the academy, in recognizing the scholars at the November 15 induction, said, “These faculty members represent academia at its best, and the academy is pleased to give them this opportunity to develop and present their work in a scholarly environment.  Past scholars have gone on to very successful careers, and I am proud that the academy was able to play a role in that success.”

Each scholar is now in the process of choosing a discussant for the spring 2011 seminar, to which the campus community will be invited.

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