Thomas Spear (1989-1991)

An African historian and chair of the African and Middle Eastern Area Program, Professor Spear, like his predecessor William Darrow, emphasized the art of teaching, particularly on a diverse campus. He sponsored workshops on teaching and the curriculum and organized a faculty/student working group to examine in depth the relationship between a variety of pedagogical styles and a culturally diverse student body. These projects culminated in the Spring of 1990 in a two-day “Gaudino Teaching Forum” under the title “Pedagogy and Pluralism.”

In addition, Professor Spear took up a Global Studies project that had been left unfinished under his predecessors; among the results of the discussion group he organized and led were the initiation of two courses: “Service, Community and Self” and “Globalism: Perspective and Resources.”