As we wrap up another academic year, we wish our graduating seniors the best of luck as they take their first steps toward long, rewarding professional careers or toward continued learning in the classroom as they further their education. This time of year, especially, is one during which we see the fruits of our labor in the classroom.

This issue of Faculty Notes features remarks John McBratney, professor in the English Department, made when accepting the award at a faculty reception in April. Instead of looking at the whole of his time here, he examines the moment of magical transformation – a kind of moment that recurs in all dimensions of our work here, but whose nature is easiest to grasp from a teaching standpoint.

We also recognize and thank several faculty for their service and in various roles at the University. I’d particularly like to thank Gwen Kinebrew, Eric Fuglister, and Dave Schirm, who are retiring, for their many years of service.

Faculty Notes is published twice each semester by the Office of the Academic Vice President. We are pleased to share this showcase of faculty engagement and initiative. Look for the next edition in October. You can read past issues online – at http://sites.jcu.edu/facultynotes – to learn more about faculty teaching, research, and service.

Enjoy the summer.

Magical transformation

John McBratney reflects on earning the Distinguished Faculty Award.


Faculty accomplishments in research, teaching, and scholarly achievement along with other professional activities.

Faculty recognition

Retiring faculty, new chairs and directors, and awards

Take a look

Photos depicting A Celebration of Scholarship