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Leslie Robison named a Kenan Distinguished Associate Professor

Oct 12, 2018

Flagler College announced that Leslie Robison has been selected as the Kenan Distinguished Associate Professor of Liberal Education in Art. Her selection was among nine applicants. Her appointment will commence immediately for a term of three years.

Leslie Robison

“I am, of course, incredibly humbled by this honor when there are so many faculty members making meaningful contributions to the college,” she said.

Robison joins four other faculty members named Kenan Distinguished scholars earlier this year: Dr. Michael Butler, Kenan Distinguished Professor of History; Professor Patrick Moser, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Art; Allison Roberts, Kenan Distinguished Associate Professor of Liberal Education in Economics; John Young, Kenan Distinguished Associate Professor of Liberal Education in History.

The professorships were funded through the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust Professorship Fund. The permanent professorships recognize outstanding professional achievement while the rotational professorships recognize outstanding contributions to advancing liberal education. Former President Dr. William T. Abare, Jr., and the Office of Institutional Advancement played an integral role in securing the $2 million endowment that supports the professorships. President Dr. Joseph Joyner and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Alan Woolfolk, moved forward with making them a reality.

Woolfolk said in an earlier statement that having endowed professorships showed the college’s commitment to academic development.

For Robison, it’s also about the community aspect and bringing her students and their work into that fold. She sees the work she and her students are doing as “a tool for exercising empathy and creating understanding and connection.”

Woolfolk agreed, “Professor Robison’s commitment to advancing public art, interdisciplinary learning, and the engagement of her students with the community made her a perfect choice for this honor,” he said.  

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