Four members of the Colby faculty have been appointed to named professorships, effective September 1, President William D. Adams announced.

They are:

  • Professor of Classics Hanna Roisman, appointed to the Arnold Bernhard Professorship in the Arts and Humanities
  • Professor of Anthropology Catherine Besteman, appointed to the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professorship
  • Professor of Physics Charles Conover, appointed to the William A. Rogers Professorship of Physics
  • Professor of History Raffael M. Scheck, appointed to the Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz and Sheldon Toby Katz Professorship for Distinguished Teaching

“In each case, these are faculty members who have an accomplished record of scholarship, whose scholarship has made an impact,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer. “They’ve had an influence in their field, they are exceptional teachers, and they also have a dedicated record of service to the College.”

Named professorships are appointed at Adams’s discretion and can be reassigned by the president. Roisman, who had held the Bartlett chair, was reassigned a professorship that had been held by Professor Paul Machlin, who recently retired from the music faculty. Besteman was appointed to the Bartlett chair, which can be given to a professor from any discipline.

“It’s an affirmation of scholarship and teaching,” Kletzer said. “It is the highest affirmation that a college can give.”