In praise of colleagues…

I’ve said it before, but one of the more pleasant aspects of this job (and there are some…not many, but some…) is discovering the extraordinary things your colleagues get up to. Among the tsunami of email and paper that crosses my desk there regularly washes up small gems of outstanding achievement… and the past month or so has been a very good month indeed. So let me mention just a few particular highlights:

  • Congratulations to Trudy Doleman (Archaeology) for her promotion from Level A to B; and to Alastair Blanshard (Classics and Ancient History) for his promotion from Level B to C. These are very well deserved. We are attracting extremely talented colleagues to SOPHI and I am very pleased to see them recognized for their hard work and achievements. I am hoping for more good news on this front soon….
  • Congratulations as well to Dougald O’Reilly, who is Director of Heritage Watch – an organization he helped found – which the Archaeological Institute of America (North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology with nearly 250,000 members and subscribers) has awarded its prestigious Conservation and Heritage Management Award. Learn more at: http://www.heritagewatch.org.
  • Best of luck and congratulations to Jonathan Walker (History) for having his recent book, Pistols! Treason! Murder! shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. This is the second time Jon’s book has been shortlisted for a major prize.
  • And Congratulations again to Annie Clarke and colleagues for winning the “SAR Prize Session in Anthropological Archaeology”; and to Rick Benitez for his 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC – formerly Carrick) citation for teaching that leads to “positive transformations” not just in students’ academic understanding, but in their understanding of themselves…More info on both of these remarkable achievements on the SOPHI website.

I am off to Boston on Thursday (28th) for a week or so – a city I have never really liked very much, except for the excellent Filene’s Basement discount store and watching the Bruins get beat by the Canadiens in the Garden – but it will be nice to spend some time with fellow political theorists (our annual shindig), as well as poke about in the Harvard archives. I am going to pretend to be an historian for a few days; got my pencils sharpened and my laptop fired up….Robert Aldrich will be holding down the fort in my absence as Acting HoS, but I’ll be on email too. Might drop you a line if I get a chance.

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