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Three Juniata Educators Named as Endowed Professors

(Posted September 17, 2007)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Three Juniata College professors received endowed professorships at the fall faculty meeting. Jack Barlow, professor of politics, was named Charles A. Dana Professor of Politics; Fay Glosenger, professor of education, was named the Dilling Professor of Early Childhood Education; and Sarah DeHaas, professor of education, was named Martin G. Brumbaugh Professor of Education. Barlow, a resident of Huntingdon, Pa., is one of five Dana-supported professors at Juniata. The Charles A. Dana Foundation specifies that the recipient of the supported professorships be a faculty member of outstanding teaching ability and scholarly attributes. The Charles A. Dana Professorship program was developed by the Dana Foundation to assist selected colleges in attracting and holding faculty members of outstanding ability and scholarly attributes. The Dana Foundation provided a 1970 gift of $250,000, which was matched by the college, to set up the initial supported professorship opportunities. Interest from the $500,000 endowment is used to supplement the compensation of the professors. Juniata was the fifteenth college in the nation to receive Dana Professorship support. Barlow joined the Juniata faculty in as an assistant professor in 1991 after a long stint at the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution where, as associate director for higher education programs and staff historian, he worked closely with the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Warren Burger. He earned his doctoral degree in government from the Claremont Graduate School in 1984. He also earned a master\'s degree in 1981 from Claremont. He earned a bachelor\'s degree in political science from Carleton College in 1976. Barlow, currently on sabbatical, was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and to full professor in 2001. He received the college\'s Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995. Barlow also was named a Fulbright Lecturer at the Brno University of Technology and Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic during the 1998-1999 academic year. He has taught a variety of politics courses, including courses on constitutional law, American political thought, the U.S. Constitution and international law. He has been the college\'s prelaw adviser since 1991. His academic interests center on political philosophy and he is currently working on an annotated volume of the writings of colonial patriot Gouverneur Morris. Fay Glosenger, a Huntingdon resident who previously held the Martin G. Brumbaugh professorship, is currently chair of the education department and specializes in early childhood education. The Dilling Early Childhood Professorship was made possible by a gift from Susanna and the late Sophia Dilling, both retired schoolteachers from Martinsburg, Pa. Susanna Dilling, a 1941 Juniata graduate, taught in the Bedford area early in her career and taught at Harrisburg-area schools, as well as Shippensburg State Teachers College and Connecticut State Teachers College. She finished her teaching career in the Abingdon School District. Sophia Dilling, a 1935 Juniata graduate who died in 2000, taught in Blair and Dauphin counties and taught for more than two decades in the State College Area School District. Glosenger joined Juniata\'s faculty in 1982. She received the Pennsylvania Department of Education\'s Outstanding Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award in 1979. She earned a bachelor\'s degree in education in 1971 from Penn State University. She went on to earn from Penn State a master\'s degree in 1977 and a doctoral degree in 1984. She was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and promoted to full professor in 1993. She received the Lindback Award from Juniata College in 1988 for outstanding teaching. In 1989 she received a Venture Capital Grant to develop summer programs for gifted and talented children. The program, which Juniata marketed as New Visions and Voyages, continued throughout 2002. She also is the organizing force and coordinator for the Pennsylvania Governor\'s Institute for Early Childhood Education, which is held every summer at Juniata. From 1971 to 1979 she was a teacher in the East Lycoming School District. She has participated in many reviewing teams for the Pennsylvania Department of Education to review education programs at other colleges and universities. She also is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Pennsylvania Association of Child Care Agencies. Sarah DeHaas, a native of Altoona, Pa. and an Altoona resident, joined the Juniata faculty as an associate professor in 1997, after working as an associate professor of special education at the University of Northern Colorado. The Martin G. Brumbaugh Professorship honors one of Juniata\'s founders, M.G. Brumbaugh, who also was a governor of Pennsylvania from 1915 to 1919. He also served as Juniata\'s president twice, from 1893 to 1910 and 1924 to 1930. DeHaas earned a bachelor\'s degree in special education/elementary education in 1980 from Slippery Rock State College. She went on to earn a master\'s degree in special education from Providence College in Providence, R.I. in 1988 and earned a doctorate in special education and early childhood special education in 1991 from Penn State University. DeHaas started her education career as a special education teacher for Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit 8 in Hollidaysburg from 1981 to 1982. She then worked for the Educational Technology Center in Pawtucket, R.I. as a teacher and became inclusion project coordinator for Rhode Island\'s New Shoreham School and the Narragansett School Department from 1983 to 1988. She came to Penn State in 1989 to earn a doctoral degree and worked as a graduate assistant throughout her studies. At Juniata, she teaches courses about adaptations for students with exceptionalities, assessment and instruction and issues in early intervention. She has published her professional research in such journals as Youth Care Forum, Young Children and Teacher Education and Special Education. She has served on several review teams for the Pennsylvania Department of education and helped write the state agency\'s special education teacher guidelines. She is member of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and Association of Teacher Educators.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.