J. Steinberger named acting president
Peter J. Steinberger, the Robert H. and Blanche
Day Ellis Professor of Political Science and Humanities and dean of the
faculty, is acting president of the college as of July 1. The board of
trustees unanimously approved the appointment at its regularly scheduled
meeting in April.
Peter Steinberger is an outstanding teacher-scholar and one of the
most articulate and enthusiastic supporters of Reeds academic program
and traditions, said Walter Mintz 50, chairman of the board
of trustees. The trustees are delighted that he is willing to assume
the important responsibilities of acting president until a new president
Steinberger intends to resume his responsibilities as dean after completing
his term as acting president. Ellen Keck Stauder, professor of English
and humanities, has been named acting dean of the faculty (see below.)
Steve Kobliks extraordinary and historic presidency, building
on the wonderful foundation laid by former president Paul Bragdon, has
left the college in terrific shape, said Steinberger. I firmly
believe that no one anywhere provides a better undergraduate education
than Reed. For me, being a member of this faculty and having an opportunity
to serve the institution in other ways is a gift.
Steinberger is the author of The Concept of Political Judgment (University
of Chicago Press, 1993), Logic and Politics: Hegels Philosophy of
Right (Yale University Press, 1988), and Ideology and the Urban Crisis
(State University of New York Press, 1985). He is the editor of Readings
in Classical Political Thought (Hackett Publishing, 2000). He has
written about politics in articles and opinion pieces in periodicals that
include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Christian
Science Monitor. His work has been published in many journals, including
the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science,
Journal of Politics, and Political Theory. He was a member of the Oregonian
editorial board and editorial writer in 1987.
Steinberger has been a member of the Reed faculty since 1977 and was named
to the Ellis professorship in 1993. He has been dean of the faculty since
1997. Steinberger has taught classes in subjects that include classical
and modern political philosophy, Hegel and Marx, judgment, the idea of
the state, Western humanities, and political analysis. In 1989 he received
Reed Colleges Burlington Northern Award in recognition of distinguished
teaching. Before joining the Reed faculty he taught at the University
of CaliforniaRiverside and the University of Denver.
Steinberger earned a Ph.D. from the University of CaliforniaRiverside
in 1976, and he holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Fordham University.
From 1989 to 1993 Ellen Keck Stauder served as Reeds associate provost,
working to reduce class size, facilitate registration, and examine the
humanities program. Her scholarly interests include modern poetry, Victorian
literature, prosody, and literature and the arts.
In particular, her use of innovative rhythm analysis technology has revolutionized
the way her students understand poetry and poetics.Stauder earned her
Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, her M.A. at the College of St. Rose,
and her B.M. at the Eastman School of Music. She has been a member of
the Reed faculty since 1983.