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KU names its first “Foundation Professor”

January 10, 2014

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David Roediger, the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois, will join Kansas University as its first "Foundational Professor" in the 2014-15 academic year.

David Roediger, the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois, will join Kansas University as its first "Foundational Professor" in the 2014-15 academic year.

Kansas University named a distinguished professor of history at the University of Illinois as its very first "Foundation Professor," the university announced.

David Roediger is the Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois and has written extensively about race, ethnicity and labor in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Roediger will begin at KU during the 2014-15 academic year with a joint appointment in history and American studies.

He will be the first faculty member hired through the university's Foundation Professor Initiative, which is meant to bring scholars recognized as leaders in their field to the university. KU hopes to hire 12 foundational faculty altogether.

In September Roediger spoke at KU as part the KU Department of American Studies' 60th anniversary celebration.

Comments

Norm Jennings 1 year, 6 months ago

Typical ol' KU.

I love my alma mater, but at a time when the costs of higher education are skyrocketing, when the legislature and the Governor are not exactly drowning KU in dollars, when return on investment is becoming the new yardstick for higher education, KU has decided to kick-off this "foundational" program with a hiring that epitomizes the economic engine that KU brings to Kansas, namely - History and American Studies.

I'm sure Kansans from Wichita to Goodland are rejoicing that this obstacle to their communities' dreams (a lack of knowledge in History and American Studies) will now be deftly eliminated.

Spare me the sanctimonious lecture on the value of philosophy; I'm not saying we should cater to the narrow minds that the school is dependent on for money at Topeka's every whim. However, it might not hurt for the leadership at KU to stop thumbing their noses at the legislature's struggles with the state's numerous financial shortfalls in-between Oread's pleas for additional funding.

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