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PSS Summer '12

Faculty Honored for Scholarship, Teaching and Service

Craig Rimmerman

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig
Rimmerman

With the close of the academic year, members of the HWS faculty acknowledged the hard work and dedication of their colleagues by awarding faculty prizes. Recipients are recommended by their faculty colleagues to the Committee on Faculty Research and Honors. The annual awards commend those who have contributed significantly to the education of students, the scholarship of the institution and service to the community as a whole.

This spring, the recipients include Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman, who received the faculty prize for scholarship; Associate Professor of English Elisabeth Lyon, who was honored with the faculty prize for teaching; and Associate Professor of Art Michael Tinkler, who was awarded the faculty prize for community service.

Since joining the Colleges in 1986, Rimmerman has become a prolific scholar in the areas of civic activism, service learning, and gay and lesbian politics. In addition to his writing, Rimmerman is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the country.

“This record of scholarly achievement - eight books focusing on ongoing urgent social issues, a national reputation in three different fields - is a superior accomplishment for anyone on campus, and is particularly notable when coming from someone who puts as much into his teaching as this colleague does,” writes one of Rimmerman’s colleagues in the recommendation.

Elisabeth Lyon

Associate Professor of English Elisabeth Lyon

Rimmerman is the author of The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service (2010), the co- editor of The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage (2007), and the editor of Service Learning and the Liberal Arts: How and Why It Works (2008). In April 2005, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for Westview’s “Dilemmas in American Politics” book series. In 2002, Rimmerman was appointed series editor for the “Queer Politics, Queer Theories” series at Temple University. He is the author of From Identity to Politics: The Lesbian and Gay Movements in the United States (2001), and The Presidency by Plebiscite: The Reagan- Bush Era in Institutional Perspective (1992). Rimmerman earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in political science from Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from Miami University.

Lyon, who joined the faculty in 1988, teaches a wide array of classes on campus, delving into the worlds of literature and cinema in both the English and Media and Society departments. An integral part of the newly developed L.A. Experience program, Lyon has led dozens of students to Los Angeles to explore careers in the heart of the television, film and music industries.

“Liz has fashioned a sustained record of teaching excellence that stretches from her first days at HWS to the last class she taught this term,” says a fellow faculty member. “Our campus is fortunate, and we are all privileged, to have had Liz Lyon as part of our teaching community for 24 years. She is the consummate model of what teaching excellence can and should be at a liberal arts institution.”

Michael Tinkler

Associate Professor of Art Michael Tinkler

Lyon received her M.A. from New York University and her Ph.D . from University of California at Berkeley. As the Director of Development for Bona Fide Productions in West Hollywood, she produced and developed the films “Election,” which was nominated for an Academy Award, and “The Wood.” Lyon was a co-founder and served as co-editor of the feminist film theory journal Camera Obscura.

Tinkler’s time on campus has been marked by his dedication not only to his students, but to the institution as a whole. Tinkler has served as a member of the Committee on the Faculty working to assist with budgets and requests for positions, has lent his time as a member of the President’s Budget Advisory Task Force, and recently acted as a member of the Provost Search Committee.

“He has played many roles, re- pointing ourvariouspublicfacesandshoringupthe foundations of this institution,” explains a faculty member. “For those of us who have had the honor and privilege of serving beside him, it comes as no surprise that he is this year’s recipient of the faculty prize for community service.”

Tinkler earned his Ph.D. from Emory University and his bachelor’s degree from Rice University. His research interests range from medieval art and architecture to 19th century reuse of medieval style buildings in Upstate New York. Tinkler is a regular speaker in the Colleges’ Music, Meditation and Munchies series, faculty advisor to the Newman Catholic Community and a commissioner on the Geneva Human Rights Commission. He regularly leads students abroad in the Rome, Italy program.