Dr. Spencer S. Stober, professor of biology and a member of the Alvernia faculty for more than 26 years, has been named Alvernia University’s second Neag Professor. The appointment will extend from January 2012 to June 2013.
“Spence has held leadership positions on the faculty and in the administration and has an outstanding record of service, both on and beyond the campus,” said Alvernia President Thomas F. Flynn. “But foremost he is a model teacher-scholar, one whose scholarship informs his teaching and whose teaching enlivens and shapes his scholarship. He has a typically ambitious scholarly agenda for his professorship, and we can be confident he will accomplish it.”
The Neag Professorships are made possible thanks to the generous support of Carole and Ray Neag through the Values & Vision Campaign. These professorships are the first of their kind at Alvernia and are awarded to new or continuing faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in their scholarly work and distinction in classroom teaching. Currently, the professorships are devoted one each to undergraduate liberal arts education and to graduate and professional education.
“No donors have cared as much about strengthening and supporting our faculty as Ray and Carole Neag,” said President Flynn. “The endowed Neag Professorships will help us recruit and retain top scholar-teachers. We are grateful for the Neags’ on-going support of the university and their visionary investments to improve academic quality.”
Stober recently co-authored the book God, Science, and Designer Genes, with Dr. Donna Yarri, associate professor of theology, and current recipient of the first Neag Professorship. Stober is a regular presenter at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. At a local level, he is engaged in development of the Angelica environmental education center and in regional planning.