University Scholars for 2007 - 2008

The University Scholars program recognizes distinguished UVM faculty members for sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities. The Scholars are selected by a faculty panel based upon nominations submitted by UVM colleagues.

For a listing of all our prior scholars, please click here.

For 2007-2008, the University Scholars are:


Robert J. Gordon

Professor of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Gordon received bachelor's degrees and a master's in social anthropology from the University of Stellenbosch, and the PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois. He was a Lecturer in anthropology and sociology at the University of Papua New Guinea prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont, and was appointed full professor in 1995.

Professor Gordon is internationally recognized for his research and expertise on the cultures of Africa and Oceania. He has done extensive field work in urban and rural situations in Namibia, Southern Africa, especially Lesotho, and Papua New Guinea, and his research spans a broad range of topics including colonialism, visual anthropology, legal systems, conflict resolution, violence, tourism, gender, kinship, and more. This work has been published in more than twenty books or monographs and numerous articles and book chapters.

In addition to his research, Professor Gordon has made extensive professional contributions to his discipline through service on a number of editorial boards, as an invited speaker nationally and internationally, and organizing conferences.

At UVM, Professor Gordon is regarded as an outstanding teacher, one who engages his students fully in the classroom, and is considered a valued mentor to and collaborator with his professional colleagues. He has served on important faculty committees, as director of African Studies, and developed a Human Rights House program in the Living/Learning Center.

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Charles G. Irvin

Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
College of Medicine

Charles Irvin joined the UVM faculty as Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in 1998, at which time he was also appointed Director of the Vermont Lung Center, Fletcher Allen Healthcare. In 2001 he assumed an additional appointment as Associate Chair for Research Affairs in the Department of Medicine. Prior to his appointments at UVM, Professor Irvin held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and National Jewish Medical and Research Center. He received his bachelor's degree from Carroll College and the PhD, in physiology, from the University of Wisconsin, following which he was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at McGill University.

In his research, Professor Irvin was a pioneer in establishing the inflammatory basis of airway dysfunction in asthma, providing the scientific basis for the current medically accepted use of anti-inflammatory therapy in asthma. He has made advancements to understanding the lung mechanics of both normal and diseased lungs and also to the clinical aspects and treatment of lung disease, particularly asthma. A significant aspect of his work lies in its bridging of the basic and clinical realms. Professor Irvin's research has been published in articles in the leading journals in his field, and in numerous book chapters, reviews, and abstracts. He has received continuous support for his research from a variety of sponsors, most notably the National Institutes of Health, and currently heads both UVM's NIH COBRE program in Lung Biology and Disease and a training grant sponsoring graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

At UVM, Professor Irvin is respected as a teacher, graduate student advisor, faculty mentor and administrator. In addition to teaching in his discipline he presents courses in grant writing, scientific writing, and academic survival skills. He is known for his collaborative efforts with other faculty and units, efforts that have resulted in the development of significant research, teaching and clinical programs.

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Martin M. LeWinter

Professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
College of Medicine

Martin LeWinter received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and the MD degree from New York University School of Medicine. He served his internship and residencies at Bellevue Hospital, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to his appointment at UVM as Director of the Cardiology Unit in 1985 he was a faculty member at UC San Diego and an administrator at the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition to his UVM faculty responsibilities he also serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine.

As a research scientist, Professor LeWinter focuses on determining the fundamental mechanisms of myocardial failure. A hallmark of his research is collaboration with researchers from many UVM departments, as well as others in the U.S. and internationally. Professor LeWinter's research has received continuous and significant external support and resulted in numerous professional articles in professional journals, as well as books, book chapters, and reviews. In addition to his research support he is the principal investigator for UVM's NIH funded postdoctoral cardiovascular research training program and for a regional clinical heart failure center grant to promote heart failure related research in New England, New York, and Quebec. Professor LeWinter has served on editorial boards, as a conference convener, and as an officer in professional societies. He has been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow and is a Fellow in the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.

At UVM, Professor LeWinter has mentored many trainees, junior faculty members and visiting scientists. His service to UVM and the community includes, in addition to membership on many UVM committees, time on the Board of Directors of Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University Health Center, and the Vermont Humanities Council.

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Stephanie H. McConaughy

Research Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Colleges of Medicine and Arts and Sciences

Stephanie McConaughy earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and both MEd and PhD degrees from the University of Vermont, in Reading and Language Arts and Psychology, respectively. A licensed clinical psychologist, she has been a research faculty member at UVM since 1981 and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Dartmouth Medical School.

Professor McConaughy's research program has focused on developing instruments for assessing important aspects of psychopathology and adaptive functioning, primarily in children and adolescents. This work has produced tools that are widely used by clinicians for diagnostic purposes and has resulted in a book, Clinical Interviews for Children and Adolescents, and in numerous publication in professional journals. In collaboration with faculty in the College of Education and Social Services, she has conducted research in Vermont to identify and prevent behavior problems prior to school entry. Currently, with NIH sponsorship, she is conducting a multi-site study to advance assessment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Professor McConaughy serves on the editorial boards of four journals and as a review for many others. She is the National Association of School Psychologists' representative on the Joint Committee on Testing practices, in which capacity she co-authored the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education. Professor McConaughy is on the Executive Board of the Vermont Association of School Psychologists, the Board of Directors of the Research Center for Children, Youth and Families, and is a past board member of the Howard Mental Health Center.

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