History department seeks new professor


Franciscan University of Steubenville’s history department is currently in the process of selecting a full-time professor to teach starting in August of 2013. The process of reviewing candidate applications began on Nov. 1, 2012, and will continue until after the last interview is conducted on Feb. 1, 2013.

Although the possible candidates have been selected, their names could not be released at this time for legal reasons. However, Kimberly Georgedes, chair of the department of history and anthropology, said “We have some very good candidates.”

The decision will be based on a number of aspects.

“Scholarship and teaching are very important factors,” said Georgedes.

She added that each candidate has a doctorate in history, with the exception of one applicant who is preparing to defend his dissertation. Each candidate is expected to present a lecture in the upcoming weeks.

The committee making the decision is composed of members of the history department and one member of an outside department. Once the decision has been finalized, it will be sent to the vice president of academic affairs for approval.

The final decision will be made in the next two weeks; after it is made, Georgedes said the information would most likely be in the school bulletin or available on the website.

The new professor will teach several classes, including survey courses in western civilization.

Georgedes said, “The students who will be affected by the new core curriculum will be impacted by this hire,” as will history majors.

“We advertised broadly for any field besides American and western Europe,” said Georgedes, and as a result, the applicants have many fields of study to choose from.

The new professor will be filling the place of the Rev. Seraphim Beshoner, Franciscan’s former professor who specialized in Russian history. He was reassigned by the Third Order Regular to Washington, D.C.

“We don’t look on this as a replacement for Fr. Seraphim, because we’re not looking for a Russian historian, and we hope to get Fr. Seraphim back,” said Georgedes.

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