University Advisory Council

Herman Beavers, Advisory Co-Chair

Professor Beavers has a joint appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and teaches courses in African American and American literature, including courses on Southern Modernism, 20th Century African American Poetry, as well as  “Trading Fours:  The Literatures of Jazz,” which is a requisite course in the Jazz and Popular Music minor.  He also teaches a section of the introductory poetry workshop in the Creative Writing Program.  Professor Beavers also teaches (with Professor Suzana Berger) the Arts-Based Community Service course entitled, “August Wilson and Beyond,” which brings Penn students together with West Philadelphia residents to read August Wilson’s Century Cycle of plays.

His most recent poems have appeared (or are about to appear) in MELUS, The Langston Hughes Colloquy, Versadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and The American Arts Quarterly.  He has published essays on  August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison.  His latest book, Changing the Order of Things: Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.  He also serves as an advisory editor at African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Black Scholar.  

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Dennis DeTurck, Advisory Co-Chair

Dennis DeTurck is Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Undergraduate Chair of the Math department. He has been a member of the mathematics faculty since 1982 and authored more than 50 papers on partial differential equations. Noted among his colleagues for his commitment to undergraduate education, Dr. DeTurck has received Penn’s highest honors for teaching excellence, including the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Award. In addition, he has received two teaching awards from the Mathematical Association of America, including its prestigious Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, which honors college or university teachers “whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions.”

He has led major reforms in introductory calculus, initiated a residence-based mathematics advising program for undergraduates, and played an active role in several campus efforts to promote the use of technology to enhance instruction. He also established an NSF-funded program in which faculty, graduate students and undergraduates work with teachers and students to improve mathematics and science teaching in West Philadelphia schools.


TIP University Advisory Council Members

Sigal Ben-Porath, Professor of Education; Special Assistant to the University President

Cory Bowman, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Lee Cassanelli, Associate Professor of History

Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English; Faculty Director Kelly Writers House;  Director Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing

Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator and Jeremy A. Sabloff Keeper of the American Collection, University of Pennsylvania  Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Vivian Gadsden, William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education

Reto Gieré, Professor and Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Science

David Grossman, Director, Penn Civic House

Ira Harkavy, Associate University Vice-President & Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Ross Koppel, Adjunct Professor of Sociology; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Walter Licht, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History

Deven Patel, Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Undergraduate Chair, South Asia Studies

Scott Poethig, Patricia M. Williams Professor of Biology

Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of Music

Jorge Santiago-Aviles, Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering

Herb Smith, Professor of Sociology; Director, Population Studies Center

Eve Troutt Powell, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History