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Stober Named to Neag Professorship

Date: 11/4/2011

PH: StoberDr. 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, President Flynn announced today. 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,” noted President 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 and 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,” commented 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.

Visit Dr. Stober’s faculty website.

View a summary of Stober’s scholarly publications.

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Pictured above, Neag Professors Dr. Spencer S. Stober (left) and Dr. Donna Yarri (right) discuss their co-authored book God, Science, and Designer Genes as part of the Alvernia Lecture Series.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
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  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
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