Schmidt Instructors appointed in CollegeYoung-scholars program now in second year Two Schmidt Instructors -- Alexandra Cook and Stephan Burton -- have been appointed in the College this year. The three-year instructorships, funded by Catherine B. and Charles E. Schmidt (Ph.B.'32), are awarded to postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The Schmidt Instructors teach in the Common Core while conducting their own research.
"We couldn't be happier to have these young scholars on campus," said John Boyer, Dean of the College. "They demonstrate a commitment to both research and teaching that is consistent with the College's mission to provide undergraduates with direct access to contemporary thinkers. Both the students and the instructors benefit from the dialogue they enjoy in the classroom."
The Schmidt instructorship competition draws more than 500 applicants from universities around the country. Two instructors are selected each year, one appointed to the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and one to the Humanities Collegiate Division.
Cook, who received her Ph.D. from Cornell last winter, studies political theory, specializing in Rousseau's political and moral thought. She teaches Western Civilization in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division.
Burton, who received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1992 from the University of Michigan, served as a visiting professor in philosophy at Indiana University before coming to Chicago. He teaches the Human Being & Citizen course in the Humanities Collegiate Division.
With the appointment of Cook and Burton, four Schmidt Instructors now teach in the College. Elizabeth Scala and Greg Eghigian were appointed in 1993-94, the program's inaugural year.
PHOTO: Cook teaching