26, No. 1, July 6, 2006
Five faculty members appointed
associate provost fellows
Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
Five faculty members have been appointed 2006-2007 associate provost fellows
through the Illinois Executive Academic Leadership Program, recently created
by Provost Linda Katehi. The program provides an opportunity for talented faculty
members with a high potential to explore the opportunities and demands of administrative
careers while bringing valuable faculty vantage points to campus administration.
The fellows, who will function as associate provosts, will hold dual 50 percent
appointments in the Office of the Provost and in their home units for two- or
three-year terms. Candidates were nominated by their deans or unit heads and
selected by a committee reporting to the provost.
“The Illinois Executive Academic Leadership Program has a tremendous beginning
with the initial class of associate provost fellows,” Katehi said. “The
fellows represent the very best qualities of the Illinois faculty. As engaged,
creative, high-achieving scholars and researchers, they will serve the campus
well in developing creative approaches to pressing issues facing our institution
and the academy.
“Selecting the initial cohort of associate provost fellows was very difficult;
the applicant pool was extremely strong. We are enthusiastic about launching
the program, and we look forward to the innovative solutions this group will
bring to important institutional issues. The benefits to the campus of a program
that strengthens the presence of faculty members with leadership experience will
The inaugural associate provost fellows:
Cangellaris, professor of electrical and computer
engineering and research professor in the Coordinated Science Lab.
Cangellaris was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers in 2001 for his expertise and research interests
in theoretical and applied electromagnetism. He received the his department’s
Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2000) and the Alexander von Humboldt
Research Award (2005) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation,
Germany, for outstanding contributions to electromagnetic theory and
its engineering applications to the fields of antennas, scattering
and electromagnetic interference.
Goggin, professor of art and design and associate
director of curriculum development in the School of Art and Design.
An awarding-winning designer and a recognized pioneer in electronic
art, Goggin co-founded the Narrative Media program and was a founding
editor of the literary/visual culture magazine Ninth Letter. Goggin
is a University Scholar.
Mortensen, professor of English and director of freshmen
rhetoric. Co-chair of the Illinois Articulation Initiative’s
statewide panel on general education communication course work, Mortensen
received the English department’s 2005 Robert Schneider Award
for Outstanding Teaching and Service, and has been named multiple
times to the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent at the
Urbana campus. He is a member of the executive committee of the Modern
Language Association’s Division on the History and Theory of
Composition and Rhetoric.
professor of civil and environmental engineering and an O’Neil
Faculty Scholar. Pena-Mora’s research interests include information
technology support for collaboration in preparedness, response and
recovery during disasters involving critical physical infrastructures.
He is the lead principal investigator on a $2.3 million Science Foundation
Information Technology Research for National Priorities project. His
honors include the 1999 NSF CAREER Award and a White House Presidential
Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Squier, professor of art and design. Squier co-founded
and teaches studio art in the Narrative Media Program. Squier’s
network-based art has been featured in The New York Times and in numerous
books on emerging electronic media. A co-founding editor of the Ninth
Letter, Squier is a University Scholar and a Distinguished Teacher/Scholar.