UVA Faculty Leaders

Jenny Strauss Clay (Mediterranean ’06), Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia, is the author of several books on Early Greek poetry. She has traveled extensively in Greece, Sicily, and Italy, and was Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a Resident Scholar at the American Academy in Rome.  Jenny is the author of many works including: Hesiod’s Cosmos (Cambridge University Press, 2003); The Wrath of Athena: Gods and Men in the Odyssey (Princeton University Press, 1983; Reprint, Rowman and Littlefield, 1996); The Politics of Olympus: Form and Meaning in the Major Homeric Hymns(Princeton University Press, 1989; Reprint, Duckworth, 2006); and Locke’s Questions Concerning the Law of Nature, with Robert Horwitz and Diskin Clay (Cornell University Press, 1990).

Stephen Cushman ( Ireland ’06, East Africa ’07, France ’09, Around the World ’10) is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department and the American Studies Major his commitment to American literature, modern Literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award and the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published six books, most recently Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle (Virginia, 1999) and Cussing Lesson, a volume of poems (LSU, 2002). His book of poems, HeartIsland, was published in Fall 2006. Steve  helped create our 2007 journey entitled “Hemingway’s Africa: Sights and Safaris.”

Ernest H. Ern ( Greece ’07, Dalmatian Coast ’08, Italy/Switzerland ’10)is a University of Virginia Senior Vice President and Professor of Environmental Sciences Emeritus. Ernie and his wife, Petie, came to Charlottesville in 1962 and Ernie taught in the Department of Geology, later the Department of Environmental Sciences, for 39 years. Concurrently, he held administrative positions as Dean of Admissions, Vice President for Student Affairs and, from 1993 to 2001, as Senior Vice President of the University. From 1989 to 2001 the Erns lived on the Lawn in Pavilion X.

Fred Diehl (Costa Rica ’07, Belize ’08, Galápagos Islands ’08, Costa Rica ’09, Tanzania ’10) is an Emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia and has over 30 years of teaching biology at all levels. His research and teaching interests are mainly in the areas of zoology, developmental biology, ecology and marine sciences, with a specialization in Invertebrate Biology. Whenever possible, field experiences and laboratories have been an important component of his courses and he is a firm believer in learning from direct observation and first-hand exposure to nature. Professor Diehl has a long history of working with the Advanced Placement Biology program and in-service teacher preparation in addition to his dedication to undergraduate and graduate education. His proudest accomplishment as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is having taught a variety of courses to a total of over 25,000 undergraduate students, 700 of whom were enrolled in his renowned course in Marine Biology/Coral Reef Ecology in the Bahamas, which has been offered for over 25 years.

Howard Epstein (Antarctica ’10) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and has been at U.Va. since 1998.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, an M.S. degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science and Ph.D. degree in Ecology, both from Colorado State University.  Before coming to U.Va., he worked as a Research Associate for the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  His research expertise is in the area of plant and soil ecology for dry grassland-shrubland ecosystems and cold arctic tundra ecosystems.  He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters related to these topics.  Epstein has spent part of each of the past six summers in the Arctic of Alaska, Canada and Russia.

Douglas Fordham (England ’09) is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the McIntire Department of Art at U.Va. He received his bachelor of arts in art history at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University. A scholar of 18th Century European art, Dr. Fordham has lectured widely on British and French art in the early modern period, including courses on the Italian Grand Tour. The author of numerous articles on British art, Dr. Fordham co-edited a book of essays entitled Art and the British Empire and he is currently completing a book entitled Raising Standards: British Art and National Revival, 1745-1776.

Cindy Fredrick (Peru ’07, Dalmatian Coast ’08, Panama Canal ’10) is the Associate Vice President for Engagement at U.Va. Cindy has been an active volunteer since she was nine and a professional volunteer manager since 1984. She served as the Executive Director of Madison House, the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia, for 14 years where she coordinated the annual efforts of 3,300 student volunteers working in over 70 community agencies. Cindy has led the U.Va. Office of Engagement since July 2006. The Office is charged with fostering lifelong connections that strengthen the relationship alumni, parents, families and friends have with the University of Virgina. She holds a BSW from Luther College and a M.Ed. from California State University-Sacramento.

Lawrence Goedde (Holland and Belgium ’06, Danube River Cruise ’07, Tuscany ’08, Mediterranean Cruise ’09, Rhine/Moselle ’10, Moscow ’10, Tuscany ’10) has taught art history in the McIntire Department of Art since 1981 and served as its Chair 1996-2010. He received his B.A. in the history of art from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. A scholar of Baroque art in Europe, Professor Goedde’s areas of specialization include Northern Baroque art—especially 17th century Dutch painting; early Netherlandish painting; and Old Master prints. He has lectured and written extensively on the topics of seascape, landscape and still life, with publications including his book Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Rhetoric Convention and Interpretation (Penn State Press, 1989), and various exhibition catalogues and essays.

 Donald Loach (Mozart’s 250th ’06, Italian Lakes ’07) is an Emeritus Associate Professor of the University of Virginia Department Of Music. He came to the University in 1964. The Introduction to Musical Literature course that “Coach Loach” (as he was called by his students) taught was one of the most popular courses at U.Va. Coach Loach was also Music Director for the University Singers and for the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville. With the University Singers, he established the Renaissance Madrigal Dinner Concerts each December in Newcomb Hall, and students and townsfolk filled Cabell Hall for three performances each year of the Annual Glee Club Christmas Concert, made especially popular for the audience’s riotous singing of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Edward Murphy (China ’09) is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. As the coordinator for the education and public outreach program in the Department of Astronomy, he runs the Public Night Program and can be found at McCormick Observatory at almost every Public Night. He teaches introductory astronomy to non-science majors, evening classes for the public at McCormick Observatory, summer workshops for teachers and seminars for graduate students and first year undergraduates. His research interest is studying the interstellar medium (the gas between the stars) using an orbiting satellite, the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, and radio telescopes in West Virginia. He has traveled to see an annular solar eclipse in 1994 and a total solar eclipse in 2006.

Peter S. Onuf (Mediterranean ’06, Historic Atlantic Shores ’09) is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia. An extremely popular professor and faculty director of the U.Va. Jefferson Symposium, Peter is author of Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood(University Press of Virginia, 2001) and is co-editor of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (University Press of Virginia, 1999) and The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (University of Virginia Press, 2002) and editor ofJeffersonian Legacies. With his brother, Nicholas G. Onuf, his most recent publication is Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2006).

Barry Parkhill (Scotland ’07, Ireland ’09) was first associated with the University in the fall of 1969 when he enrolled as a scholarship basketball player. From 1970-73, he established himself as one of the greatest all-purpose guards in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He was named the ACC Basketball Player of the Year and ACC Athlete of the Year as a junior in 1972 after leading the conference in scoring. The second player in school history to have his jersey number (#40) retired, Parkhill earned his bachelor’s degree in education from U.Va. in 1973. He then played three seasons in the ABA, first with the Squires and later with the St. Louis Spirits. He returned to his alma mater in 1977 to serve as a graduate assistant coach under former head coach Terry Holland. In the following years, Parkhill was the head basketball coach at The College of William and Mary (1984-87) and St. Michael’s College (1989-90). In between those two head coaching jobs, he worked as a consultant with Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance Company. He served as an assistant coach at William and Mary from 1978-83 under his brother Bruce and at the Naval Academy from 1990-92.  He is currently the Associate Athletic Director for Development at U.Va.

John Portmann (Italian Lakes ’07 ) Professor of Religious Studies- Prof. Portmann received his Master’s in Philosophy from Cambridge University and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. The author of six books, John reads widely in the philosophy of emotions, moral history, and sexual ethics.  His work has been translated into several languages and has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post.  He has been interviewed on national public radio programs in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia and has been cited in publications such as Time, Psychology Today and Cosmo.  He has appeared on MSNBC, the Voice of America, and the History Channel.

William Quandt (Egypt ’08) is the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, was formerly a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo.  Professor Quandt served on the staff of the National Security Council and was deeply involved in the Camp David negotiations, which led to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.  Mr. Quandt does research on American Foreign Policy in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  His major book in this field isPeace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1967 (third edition, Brookings 2005). Another area of his research has been political development in Middle Eastern countries, especially Algeria, a topic of two of his books, most recently,Between Ballots and Bullets: Algeria’s Transition from Authoritarianism (Brookings 1998).

Lisa Reilly (Provence ’07, Sicily ’08, Turkey ’10) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural History.  Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. With Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. She is also a resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia and teaches introduction to architecture, courses on Norman art and architecture, Sicily, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She co-teaches a course entitled “Renaissance Art on Site in Florence and Rome” during U.Va.’s January term.

Tyler Jo Smith (Aegean Cruise ’08, Turkey ’09) is a classical archaeologist who specializes in Greek vase-painting and iconography. Her research has focused largely on images of komasts (revelers) in Archaic Greek art and their relationship to drama, religion, and social customs. She has recently revised her doctoral thesis (Oxford 1997) for publication. Other areas of research interest include the archaeology of Anatolia and the Black Sea, connections between art and religion, ancient performance, and the history of collecting. Her recent publications have appeared in the Annual of the BritishS chool at Athens, Art Documentation, Games and Festivals in Classical Antiquit, and Griechische Keramik im kulturellen Kontext. She is currently working on the publication of the Greek vases in the collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. As an active field archaeologist, Ms. Smith has participated on excavations and surveys in Greece (Knossos, Chios), Turkey (Northern Lycia), England, and most recently Morgantina, Sicily.

Peter Yu (China ’07, Vietnam ’09) has been working with the University since 1996 and has directed several University study abroad programs, including the Darden School’s Global Business Experience-China program since 2004. He is also the Assistant Dean of African-American Affairs. Mr. Yu received his college education in China and went on to earn his M.A. from University of Exeter, England, and Ph.D. from University of Virginia with a focus on international education. A scholar of Chinese culture and Chinese education, he teaches courses on Chinese language and culture and Chinese calligraphy at the University. He is currently writing a book on Chinese calligraphy for American learners.

Prof. Daniel Ehnbom (Egypt ’10) teaches undergraduate survey lecture courses on art history, and both undergraduate and graduate courses in specialized topics. Prof. Ehnbom is the author of Indian Miniatures: The Ehrenfeld Collection (1985), articles on painting and architecture, and contributions to various exhibition catalogues. Dan has been a consultant for many institutions, including the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was a project co-director for The National Endowment for the Humanities. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dan is also leading the very popular Cavalier Travels trip to Egypt in October.

Coy Barefoot (Great Lakes ’10) is a Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com best-selling author. His books include Thomas Jefferson on Leadershipand The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia, which won the 2003 Nalle Prize for Outstanding History. He has written and reported for magazines and newspapers around the country as well as a long list of online publications. Barefoot has also worked in radio as a producer, investigative reporter and talk show host. He is the host and producer of “Charlottesville–Right Now,” a public affairs radio program that is broadcasted each weekday on NewsRadio WINA. Barefoot is a U.Va. historian and frequent faculty lecturer for the U.Va. Office of Engagement. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia where, he earned his Master’s Degree in Anthropology.