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Glen Strauch Elder

The University of Vermont
College of Arts and Sciences

Glen Elder

Tribute to Glen Strauch Elder

The memorial celebration of Associate Dean Glen Strauch Elder will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel with a reception immediately following in Billings.

Dr. Elder came to UVM as a visiting assistant professor in 1995. In 1998, he was appointed Assistant Professor. He received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and was in the midst of preparing his dossier for consideration for promotion to the rank of Full Professor this fall.

Dr. Elder was appointed Chair of the Department of Geography in 2005. In July of 2008 he was appointed Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In March of 2009 he was appointed permanent Associate Dean effective July 1, 2009. Dr. Elder's accomplishments in moving the College forward and helping us respond to recent financial pressures in a humane way that attended to the values at the heart of the College-in the span of a single year-were extraordinary.

Dr. Elder was a South African by birth and deeply loved his homeland. He received B.A.'s in Geography and English in 1987 from the University of Witwatersrand and a B.A. Hons. in Geography in 1989 from that institution. His M.A. in 1993 and his Ph.D. in 1995 were from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dr. Elder was also a very productive faculty member who produced a body of work that integrated several intersecting strands of research. The focus of his most recent research included the effects of border policies since 9/11 on the economic, social, and political realities of border communities-particularly those between Vermont and Quebec. He was also interested in the development of a historical economic geography of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa. Dr. Elder received the Kroepsch Maurice Teaching Award in 2003 and the Dean's Lecture Award in 2005.

Dr. Elder was an active member of the UVM and Burlington community. His service included co-chairing the President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Equity, faculty representative to the Board of Trustees Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, a member of the United Academics bargaining team, Faculty Advisor to the LGBTQA student group, and Director of the African Studies Program. He also served as Board Chair of Vermont Cares and the Samara Foundation of Vermont.

In remembrance of Dr. Glen Elder, funds may be donated to support:

The "Glen Elder Memorial Fund," which honors Glen's life-long commitments and interests in issues of social justice, sexuality, South Africa, and political geography. Checks can be sent to the University of Vermont, Development and Alumni Relations, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401 or made online at:

For information regarding the Memorial Celebration for Dr. Elder, please contact Craig Wells, Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences at 802-656-3702 or

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