McAndless Distinguished Chair
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.
2016 Alison Kafer, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies
Professor Kafer is Associate Professor and Chair of Feminist Studies at Southwestern University. Her areas of expertise are Disability Studies, Feminist and Queer Theory, and Activism. Kafer's publications, including Feminist, Queer, Crip (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013), Deaf and Disability Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, co-edited with Susan Burch (Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2010), presents an interdisciplinary approach to her areas of expertise. Kafer has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ed Robert Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies and the Women's Studies Dissertation Scholar Teaching Fellowship. She has received a Mellon Integrated Scholarly Community Award, the President's Award at Claremont Graduate University, and the Presidential Talent Scholarship in Studio Art at Wake Forest University. Her term as the McAndless Scholar will be Winter 2016. While at EMU, she will deliver a public lecture on the topic of disability and social justice, serve as guest lecture to a special topics interdisciplinary course, and consult with faculty and students about the development of a disabilities studies minor.
2015 Annette J. Saddik, New York City College of Technology and the CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Program in Theatre
2014 Daniel Johnston, Potter, North Carolina, English, and Thai ceramics traditions
2013 Laurie A. Finke, Professor, Kenyon College
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