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University Advisory Council

Reto Gieré, Advisory Co-Chair

Reto Gieré investigates Earth materials, their response to geological forces, and their interaction with the environment and humans. He is engaged in research projects around the world and is dedicated to promoting the health of our fragile planet through teaching, mentoring and research. He obtained his Ph.D. at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), was a professor at Purdue University (USA), École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and the Universities of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Siena (Italy), and a visiting researcher at the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation and at Argonne National Laboratory (USA). He is Editor of Journal of Petrology, Chief Editor of European Journal of Mineralogy, a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geological Society (London), an Honorary Member of the Mineralogical Society of Slovakia, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Université de Haute-Alsace in France.

Deven M. Patel, Advisory Co-Chair

Deven M. Patel is Associate Professor of South Asia Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in Literature and Literary Theory, Philosophy, and Mythology.  He has served as both Chair and Undergraduate Chair of South Asia Studies at Penn and as member of the Executive Committee for the Program in Comparative Literature.  Before arriving at Penn, he taught at Stanford University, Hofstra University, Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University.  Deven has a long-standing relationship with TIP, as member of the advisory council and as seminar leader of such courses as Storytelling Traditions of South Asia and the Middle East and Contemplative Practices Across the World’s Religions.  He is also the National Advisory Council Representative of the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools.  He works with faculty across Penn’s various schools to foster a more expansive and inclusive global perspective to the study of Humanities.  As author or co-author of three books and multiple journal articles, his published research focuses on Sanskrit literature,  linguistics, philosophy and other aspects of Indian humanities and intellectual culture.  He has been awarded several prestigious fellowships, including the Fulbright and the American Institute of Indian Studies fellowships, and is a board member of several prominent national and international academic bodies.  He holds a BA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in South and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

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

Herman Beavers, Professor of English and Africana Studies

Sigal Ben-Porath, Professor at Penn GSE

Cory Bowman, Associate Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History

Peter Decherney, Professor of English and Cinema & Media Studies

Dennis DeTurck, Professor of Mathematics

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

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

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

Amy Hillier, Associate Professor of Social Policy and Practice

Marilyn Howarth, Adjunct Associate Professor at Penn Medicine

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

Walter Licht, Walter H. Annenberg Professor Emeritus of History

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

John Puckett, Professor Emeritus at Penn GSE

Tina Rosan, Associate Professor of Geography and Urban Studies

Rickie Sanders, Professor Emeritus of Geography and Urban Studies

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

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

Henry Towsner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics