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.

Cory Bowman, Treasurer

Cory Bowman has been working for Penn Program for Public Service since 1991 and for Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships since its inception in 1992. Mr. Bowman helps coordinate the core functions of the Center, including developing academic partnerships with schools, non-profits, and communities of faith. He also supports the Center’s local and national replication and adaptation efforts of its university-assisted community school programs. Mr. Bowman serves on the board of the Bernett L. Johnson, Jr. Sayre Health Center and on the advisory committee of PHENND’s K-16 Network.


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

Peter Decherney, Professor of English and Cinema & Media Studies

Karen Detlefsen, Professor of Philosophy and Education

Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English; Faculty Director Kelly Writers House

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

Marilyn Howarth, Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology

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

John Puckett, Professor Emeritus of Education

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

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

Cynthia Sung, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Computer and Information Science