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Distinguished University Professor

David Downing

English professor David Downing has become IUP’s 2016–17 Distinguished University Professor. Director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism, he has been part of the IUP faculty since 1988. As founding editor of the journal Works and Days, Downing has a 30-year record of publishing some of the most innovative, cutting-edge scholarship in cultural studies and critical pedagogy. He has authored or edited six books and published scores of essays, book chapters, and review articles. Downing has said his research and teaching have been inspired by the need to create and sustain just working and learning conditions for faculty members and students in higher education. Recipients of the Distinguished University Professor award hold the title for life and receive a grant and a reduced teaching load for one year to assist with research and scholarship.

Maple Honored

The cybersecurity lab in the Department of Computer Science has been named after the late James H. Maple. Originally part of the IUP Mathematics faculty, Maple cofounded the Computer Science Department in 1971 and went on to teach in the department for more than 20 years. His son, James E. Maple ’86, and the Maple Family Foundation established a scholarship in his memory in 2011. The cybersecurity lab is a key component of the department’s designation by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Unleashing Manhood

Sociology faculty members Christian Vaccaro M’05 and Melissa Swauger ’97 recently teamed up on the book Unleashing Manhood in the Cage: Masculinity and Mixed Martial Arts, published by Lexington Books. In their exploration of why MMA fighters endure the grueling demands of the sport, often with little or no pay, the authors determined competitors enjoy a form of idolization linked with masculinity. “From the start, the culture of MMA has linked participation to key themes that Americans associate with being a real man, like control, dominance, and independence,” Vaccaro said. The book also examines the often decorative roles women play in the MMA and the response to female competitors. Former IUP professor Robert Heasley wrote the book’s foreword, and former MMA competitor Justin Shemenski ’07 appears in the cover art.

New Faculty Emeriti

The following faculty members were recently awarded emeritus/emerita status: Richard Ciganko, 19 years (awarded posthumously), and Fuyuko Matsubara, 15 years, Art; Susan Glor-Scheib, 22 years, Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services; Claude Mark Hurlbert, 29 years, English; Marion Henry ’90, M’91, 11 years, Human Development and Environmental Studies; John Stamp ’76, 25 years, Music; Janice Holmes, 19 years, Nursing and Allied Health Professions; John Sitton, 28 years, Political Science; and Mary Jalongo, 37 years, Cathy Kaufman ’71, M’73, 28 years, and Jennifer Rotigel ’74, M’77, D’00, 16 years, Professional Studies in Education.

Faculty Deaths

The following faculty and former faculty members died in recent months:

  • Richard Ciganko, a professor emeritus who retired in 2015 after 19 years of teaching art, died February 5, 2016.
  • John Cross, a faculty member who retired in 2003 from the Computer Science Department, died May 6, 2016.
  • John (Jack) Davis, a professor emeritus of English and former assistant chair of the department, died March 8, 2016. He retired in 1989 after 25 years of service.
  • Irwin Marcus, a professor emeritus who retired in 2002 after 37 years in the History Department, died March 31, 2016. The Irwin M. Marcus Public History Room was established in his honor in the new College of Humanities and Social Sciences building, which opened in January.
  • Patrick McCreary, a faculty member in the Theater and Dance Department, died May 12, 2016. He came to IUP in 1983 and was faculty technical director during the renovation of Waller Hall in the late ’80s.
  • Merle Rife, a professor emeritus who retired in 1994 after 36 years in the History Department, died March 2, 2016. He also served as associate dean of social sciences in the 1970s.
  • Lorraine Wilson, professor emerita and former chair of the Music Department, died April 11, 2016. She retired in 2008 after 17 years of service.
  • Jane Wunz, who taught chemistry from 1971 to 1988, died May 6, 2016.
  • Paul Wunz, a professor emeritus who retired in 1987 after 22 years in the Chemistry Department, died May 8, 2016.
  • Kwasi Yirenkyi, a professor emeritus who retired in 2013 after 27 years in the Religious Studies Department, died May 31, 2016.