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CLAS Term Professors

This article was originally published in the February 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

The college has selected its 2005 CLAS Term Professors, recognizing three faculty members who are excelling in teaching, research and service. Funded entirely by private donors, the number of term professors and the amount of the award varies from year to year. This year, each will receive a one-time $6,000 salary supplement and an additional $3,000 for their research.

Richard Foltz

Richard FoltzWaldo Neikirk Term Professor

Richard Foltz is an associate professor of religion, with research interests in religion and nature. He came to UF in 2000 after teaching at Columbia and Brown Universities and Gettysburg College and earning his PhD from Harvard in 1996.

Foltz has authored three books, including Spirituality in the Land of the Noble and Religions of the Silk Road. He also has edited Worldviews, Religion and the Environment, and he translated Conversations with Emperor Jahangir, a 17th-century Persian-language travelogue of India. Foltz has published numerous scholarly essays on topics ranging from world environmental history to animals in religion. He teaches Religion and Animals, and was instrumental in helping establish UF’s PhD program in religion in 2003.

Douglas Levey

Douglas LeveyJean and Robin Gibson Term Professor

Douglas Levey is a professor of zoology who has taught at UF since 1988. His research interests include tropical ecology and seed dispersal. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986, and also has taught at Brown University and in Costa Rica as part of the Organization for Tropical Studies’ graduate program.

Levey is studying the effectiveness of habitat corridors in conserving plants and animals in fragmented landscapes and also is exploring the ecology of chili peppers, addressing the question of why they are hot. He teaches Avian Biology and a graduate seminar associated with the Science Partners in Inquiry-based Collaborative Education (SPICE) program, which places UF graduate students in Gainesville middle schools with large populations of disadvantaged youth to foster their interest in science and engineering.

Alex Piquero

Alex PiqueroMitchell Magid Term Professor

Alex Piquero, a professor of criminology, came to UF in 2001. He completed his PhD in 1996 at the University of Maryland, College Park, and served on the faculties of Temple and Northeastern Universities.

Piquero is finishing a book that will be published later this year titled Offending Over the Life Courses: The South London Males at Age 40, and he also is working on a longitudinal study which examines how serious juvenile offenders transition out of crime in late adolescence and early adulthood. He serves on the editorial boards of 10 journals and teaches Doctoral Methods, Life-Course Criminology and Criminological Theory.

— Allyson A. Beutke
Photos: Jane Dominguez

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