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Faculty veterans retire

As prisoners of love—for teaching and Skidmore—they’ve served more than 100 years. Now three faculty lifers are finally taking parole this spring. The joint will never be the same without them, but their most important legacy is out in the wide world, in the minds of thousands of alumni who benefited from their scholar- ship and mentoring. For the faculty’s full citations honoring this year’s retirees, see the “Scopedish” blog.

Steve Hoffmann devoted 45 years to Skidmore. He finished his PhD in politi- cal science at the University of Pennsylva- nia in 1971— three years after joining Skidmore’s government department as an instruc- tor. As he worked his way up the faculty ranks, he taught

Middle Eastern and South Asian politics and diplomacy, World War II and other military history, and the comparative pol- itics of India, China, and Japan. In the 1970s and ’80s Hoffmann also taught in the University Without Walls inmate- education program at nearby prisons. He was active in Skidmore’s Asian studies program and Greenberg Middle East Scholar series.

He regularly updated his courses with new materials and insights gathered on grant-funded sabbaticals and consultancies—for example, he was a visiting scholar at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, re- searched in Japan, prepared reports for the National Security Council, was a Woodrow Wilson Center scholar, and worked with the Asia Society of New York City and other institutions. His publica-

tions include the 1990 book India and China in Crisis.

Susan Kress started as a Skidmore English instructor in 1975 and a year later earned her PhD in American literature from Cambridge University in England. A scholar of law and political institutions in literature, she

taught a diverse range of subjects—19th- century American lit, film, feminist writ- ing—as she rose through the ranks. Her scholarship and publications covered an equally wide field, including pedagogy and academic life, women writing about war, theories of fiction, and writers from Doris Lessing to Joseph Conrad. In 1997 she published the book Carolyn G. Heil- brun, Feminist in a Tenured Position. In 1999 she was the inaugural appointee to Skidmore’s endowed Class of 1948 Profes- sorship for Excellence in Teaching. Kress also devoted time and expertise to many key college committees and new initiatives, and from 2006 to 2012 she served as vice president for academic af- fairs. Summarizing her academic and ad- ministrative career, President Philip Glotzbach has called her an exemplary “teacher-scholar-citizen.”

Mac Oswalt earned his PhD from Louisiana State University in 1965 and joined Skidmore’s psychol- ogy faculty in 1967. He taught courses on Freud and psychoanalysis, abnor- mal and clinical psycholo- gy, and other topics. He en- joyed teaching and advis- ing the students in Skid- more’s nontraditional, in-

terdisciplinary Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and University Without Walls programs and was a regular in UWW’s inmate-education efforts. At the same time, Oswalt also worked as a clinical psy-

chologist, with a specialty in treating phobias, from 1973 to 1986. Using that background, he supervised many Skidmore students in their internships at Sarato- ga’s Four Winds psychiatric hospital.

His research and publica- tions included articles on post-traumatic stress disor- der, psychological effects

of date rape, depression, attitudes about AIDS and condom use, and the motiva- tions and concerns surrounding organ donation. A consultant for the Red Cross in its blood-donation efforts, he was a longtime organizer for Skidmore’s blood drives. —SR

Worth the trip from anywhere!

Join us in Saratoga Springs for our

sixth annual citywide celebration of the arts— music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art.

June 7–10




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