The McAndless Distinguished Chair was established with the help of a generous bequest from the late M. Thelma McAndless, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. The McAndless Scholar usually holds a one-semester appointment and is a nationally prominent figure in the arts or humanities.
2013 Laurie A. Finke, Professor, Kenyon College
As the 2012-2013 McAndless Distinguished Scholar, Professor Finke will team-teach the cross-listed winter course LITR/WGST 480 Literature and Society: Medievalism, Masculinity, and the Rise of Fraternal Organizations in America with Professor Martin Shichtman, English Language and Literature Department. Dr. Finke will also deliver a public lecture to the university community during the winter 2013 term.
Professor Finke, author of Women's Writing in English: The Middle Ages (London: Longman, 1999) and Feminist Theory, Women's Writing (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1992), is a distinguished scholar/critic whose work on gender theory, cultural theory, the Middle Ages, medievalism, and film has received significant international attention. She is the co-author of two scholarly studies in this field, co-editor of three anthologies, and one of six editors of the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (New York: Norton, 2001; 2nd edition 2010). Professor Finke has published 35 articles in some of the most important collections and journals in the profession.
2012 Evan Roth, Artist and Researcher based in Paris
2011 Mark Carnes, Professor, Barnard College
2010 Farzaneh Milani, Professor, University of Virginia
2009 Ali Mazrui, Professor, Binghamton University.
2008 Marshall Poe, Professor, University of Iowa
2007 N. Scott Hofmann, Professor, Cameron University