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Appointments made in Arts and Sciences

By Sally Harris

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 04 - September 14, 1995

Robert C. Bates, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has made several new appointments for the coming year in the college.

David Crane, associate professor of art and art history, assumed the duties of chair of the department August 16. Crane's research is in sculptural and utilitarian ceramics, and he regularly shows his works in galleries in Chicago, Atlanta, and Richmond. He came to Virginia Tech in 1980.

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, associate professor of economics, became interim head of that department August 16. He came to Virginia Tech in 1984 and took over as director of undergraduate studies and chief undergraduate advisor in 1992. His research concerns the economics of the oil market.

Hilbert H. Campbell, professor of English, became chair of that department August 16. Campbell was acting department head in 1976-77, associate head from 1977 to 1986, and department head from 1986-1989. His research and teaching specialities are 18th-century British literature and modern American literature, especially Southern literature and the works of Sherwood Anderson.

Albert E. Moyer, professor of history, became interim head of that department this fall. He has spent the past two years on leave as a research associate with the Smithsonian Institute, where, with NSF and NEH funding, he has been writing a biography of the Smithsonian's first director, 19th-century physicist Joseph Henry.

Capt. Ernest H. Joy became head of the Naval ROTC program July 31. He has most recently served as history-course director and teacher of national-security strategy at the National Defense University and commanding officer of the USS Blue Ridge. He is a subspecialist in education and training management and has completed requirements for joint specialty officer.

Marvin Lentner, interim head of statistics for the past two years, was named head effective July 1. He has served as graduate administrator for three years. His research areas are in experimental design and applied statistics.

Nancy C. Simmons, professor of English who has served as associate director of humanities, became program director of humanities August 16. She also serves as associate chair for the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her area of specialty is 19th-century American literature, and she has done scholarly editing, including the journals of Henry David Thoreau and the letters of Mary Moody Emerson.