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Honoring the legacy of retiring faculty

Apr 21, 2014

Twenty-two faculty members will retire at the end of the 2014 academic year, leaving behind a tremedous legacy of teaching and mentoring during their nearly 700 combined years of service to University of the Pacific. The retirees were recognized at the annual Faculty Retirement Dinner on April 16 in Grace Covell Hall. Each has contributed significantly to scholarship in their field and have taught and mentored hundreds of students during their tenure. The impact of their contributions will be felt for many years to come, both at the University and in the lives of the alumni they have taught. All of us at the University wish them well in this next phase of their lives.

2014 Retirees

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
Department of Pharmacy Practice
23 Years of Service
Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
20 Years of Service

Abood holds a B.S. in Pharmacy and J.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy practice in addition to teaching pharmacy practice at Pacific. Prior to coming to Pacific, he was a professor of Pharmacy Administration at the University of Wyoming and concurrently served for several years as the executive director and legal counsel for the Wyoming Pharmaceutical Association. He has presented and published in the areas of pharmacy and health care law, including the textbook Pharmacy Practice and the Law, now in its 7th edition. In 2000, he received the President's Award from the American Society for Pharmacy Law for his achievements in the field, and received Pacific's Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award in 2002. He has been active in several state and national pharmacy organizations, including past-president and current board member of the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association, and past president and board member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law. He regularly serves as a consultant on pharmacy law issues to law firms, state and federal governments and pharmacy organizations.

Dr. Harriett Brown Arnold has been an associate professor and director of Early Childhood Development Projects in the School of Education's department of Curriculum and Instruction for the past 20 years. She has served as a teacher, school administrator, principal, central office administrator and international consultant as well as coordinator of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). Her research has focused on social and emotional learning, professional development, diversity and early childhood education. She has served on international, national and local boards in the field of education. Her teacher training projects include teacher professional development for the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas, where she trained teachers in the area of reading, and in Japan, England, Trinidad, St. Maarten, Germany, Argentina and Curacao in the area of social and emotional learning. 

College of the Pacific,
Department of English
42 Years of Service
College of the Pacific,
Department of Religious and Classical Studies

30 Years of Service

Borden was the first recipient of the Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, creating an interdisciplinary field in Literature, Psychology and Philosophy. She has taught literature, poetry and interdisciplinary topics, organized the core courses in critical theory for the English major and established the film courses which became the foundation for the major. Borden served as chair of English and of Film Studies and served as guest faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Her published work has focused on cinema and psychoanalysis. She has presented research and lectured at conferences and universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia and has been active as a board member and consultant in professional organizations. She plans to continue monthly seminars on cinema and psychoanalysis, which she has conducted for many years in San Francisco and in Palo Alto. She is the recipient of Pacific's Distinguished Faculty Award, the Spanos Teaching Award, the Faculty Lecture Award, the Director's Guild of America Award and the Mudd Memorial Prize. She has been recognized internationally as distinguished guest faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and received the International Lecturer Award at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, among others. In 2014-15 she will be participating in the Intensive Study Group Colloquium of NCSPP on dealing with difficult people and plans to complete her manuscript "Staging the Mirror: Woody Allen and Psychobiography." 

Bowsky retires from Pacific after 30 years of teaching. She has published dozens of articles, book chapters and scholarly reviews while teaching courses that touched on multiple aspects of life in Ancient Greece and Rome. She was the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships from such organzations as the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pacific Fund and the Eberhardt Summer Research Fellowship, among others. A well-respected scholar in her field, Bowsky was listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers (1998) and the Directory of American Scholars (9th ed.). A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she has also been an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the Association Internationale d'Epigraphie Grecque et Latine, American Society for Greek and Latin Epigraphy, American Philological Association, Archaeological Institute of America, Association of Ancient Historians and the California Classical Association.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Department of Dental Practice
28 Years of Service 
Joel Cohen JOEL COHEN 
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
40 Years of Service

Carpenter has held the position of professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Medicine at the dental school since 1986 and is a frequent lecturer for the school's Continuing Dental Education department. He earned his DDS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a fellowship and a residency in oral pathology at the U.S. Army Institute of Dental Research and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Carpenter retired as a colonel after a 21-year career with the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He served four years as the consultant in oral pathology to the U.S. Army Surgeon General and to many military hospitals and dental services. He was also chief of the division of pathology and served as a mentor for the Army's oral pathology residency program. He is a fellow of and board certified with both the American Academy of Oral Medicine and the American Academy of Oral Pathology. He is also a member of the International Association of Dental Research and Organization for Safety and Aseptic Procedures, and is a fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentistry, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has lectured widely throughout the U.S. and contributed extensively to the dental literature in the fields of oral biology and oral pathology.

In 1972 Cohen joined the research group of Dr. Giuseppe Inesi at the new Pacific School of Dentistry in Pacific Heights. Over the next 10 years, he was involved in a wide body of research and began teaching physiology. In 1988, he became course director of physiology and continued to the present. He also served as acting course director of pharmacology for two years, helping to provide a seamless integration of physiology and pharmacology for the students. He has published 23 peer-reviewed papers, three book chapters, 70 abstracts, was principal investigator on three federal NIH and NSF grants and co-principal investigator on two NIH program project grants. He also had five private-sector research contracts and several in-house research grants, with awards totaling $880,000. Cohen received three Student Body Awards for Teaching Excellence from the dental students, the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award from the University (2010), and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Dental Faculty (2013).

Conservatory of Music,

41 Years of Service  
Donald FloriddiaDONALD FLORIDDIA '71
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry 
45 Years of Service

Cooper's interest in the piano began around age 12. After graduating from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, he went on to New York City and Julliard School of Music, where he earned his master's degree. Among the incredible experiences during that time, he had the privilege to be the pianist for the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, playing in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. While working toward his doctoral degree at Peabody in Baltimore he was offered and accepted a position at University of the Pacific in 1973. He later earned his Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Cooper has performed recitals throughout the U.S. and worldwide, including Japan, Italy, France, and a debut recital in Wigmore Hall, London. In addition, he has conducted Master Classes in Japan, England, and many parts of the U.S. He has recorded with Composers Recordings, Inc., and is an artist with New Era International Artist Management.

Floriddia joined the Pacific faculty in 1968 and earned his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences at Pacific. Appointed executive director of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity in 1972, he led a complete overhaul of the struggling organization during his tenure. He was awarded an M.S. in Nuclear Pharmacy Fellowship from the USC School of Pharmacy and took a development leave from Pacific in 1974. After completing the program and residency, he co-founded Pharm-Atomic, Inc., the first Centralized Nuclear Pharmacy in California, and wrote the Board of Pharmacy regulations overseeing nuclear pharmacy operations and drug distribution in the California. He continued to teach Pacific students in nuclear pharmacy and opened Pharm-Atopes, Inc., a second nuclear pharmacy in San Jose. In 1983 he was appointed chair of Pacific's Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry and has served as associate dean of Student and Professional Affairs from 2000 to the present. In 2001, he was invited by Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates to serve on a review team for the pharmacy program of the Ajman University of Sciences and Technology in Dubai and Fujairah. He has held elected positions in state and national pharmacy organizations and received numerous honors and awards, including induction into the California Pharmacists Association's Hall of Fame (2010) and the San Joaquin Pharmacists Association's Hall of Fame (2012). 

College of the Pacific, 
Department of Economics 
35 Years of Service
School of Engineering and Computer Science, 
Department of Computer Science 
39 Years of Service

Flynn came to Pacific from Boise State 35 years ago. He teamed with the late professor Kerry Doherty to create a non-standard economic model that has guided his research (and teaching) for over three decades.  Since the early 1990s, Flynn also teamed on research in economic history with Professor Arturo Giráldez, a collaboration that has produced multiple texts on monetary history. In 2010, he began collaborating with visual arts professor Marie Lee to create intuitive, visual versions of his economic model that are accessible to noneconomists ( He says is retiring from teaching, but not research.

Ford came to Pacific from Clemson University in 1974, teaching in the mathematics department. Seeing the need for courses in the burgeoning field of computer science, Ford helped establish the computer science program at Pacific. It became a separate department of College of the Pacific in 1986 and was accredited in 1989. The program experienced rapid growth over the next several years and moved to the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2001. Ford served as chair of the department from 2002 to 2013, helping maintain a strong program and helping navigate the many industry challenges in recent years, such as the .com bust.

College of the Pacific, 
Department of Political Science
29 Years of Service
William Knox Holt Memorial Library 

Reference Librarian
23 Years of Service

A 2010 Eberhardt Research Fellow, Hatch has taught courses in European politics, international politics, and global environmental policies. During his years at Pacific, Hatch has presented at various conferences around the world, including panels in Brazil, China, Germany, Turkey, France and Canada. His publications include Politics and Nuclear Power: Energy Policy in Western Europe; Environmental Policymaking: Assessing the Use of Alternative Policy Instruments; and Politics and Nuclear Power: Energy Policy in Western Europe, and numerous book chapters and scholarly articles. He is a charter member of Pacific's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science students, and has served as a reviewer for several academic journals, including Global Governance and Comparative Politics.

Hawbaker came to Pacific from the University of Arizona. He remembers when the library did not have a single computer or database, and has seen the tools and techniques of library research change tremendously over the years. During his 38 years as a librarian, he has taught more than 700 research classes to more than 21,000 students and answered an incalculable number of reference questions. He has published a co-authored book on industry and company information as well as scholarly articles on a variety of library topics. His term as president of the American Library Association's business reference section (1990-93) was the highlight of his service to the library profession.

College of the Pacific,
Department of Philosophy
42 Years of Service
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Department of Biomedical Sciences
45 Years of Service  

Heffernan came to Pacific in 1972, beginning a 42-year love affair with teaching philosophy. In 1983, he was appointed chair of the Philosophy department, a position he held for 23 years. He also taught courses in computer programming and introduction to computing for about seven years in the school's nascent computer science program. In the early 90s, he helped design and teach the first mentor seminar, the backbone of a revitalization of the general education program by then-Dean Bob Benedetti. He also partnered with several faculty members to help launch the environmental studies major in the college. He saw his mission to introduce as many as he could to the questions that almost everyone faces some time in their lives. Heffernan was awarded the Faye and Alex G. Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Inesi has been a faculty member at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry since 1972. He conducts extensive research on calcium transport and holds the Dr. Earl R. and Tannia Hodges Endowed Chair in Physiology. He is a past professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, UC San Francisco, University of Maryland and Stanford University. Inesi received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Modena, Italy and his Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, Italy. He and his wife established the Inesi Prize at the dental school in 2002, which is awarded annually to top students in physiology.

College of the Pacific,
Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
25 Years of Service
College of the Pacific,
Department of Communication
29 Years of Service

Koehler came to Pacific from UC Berkeley in 1989, charged to create the undergraduate program in Sport Management. Within a few years, a host of classes had been created and student internships were under development. The program was subsequently reviewed and approved through the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the North American Society for Sport Management. Koehler was the first female president of the North American Society for Sport Management, where she helped create standardized guidelines for sport management programs nationwide, developed internships for undergraduates and graduate students in the U.S. and abroad, and placed international emphasis on professional and scholarly activities within sport management.

Koper has taught in the Communication Department since 1985 and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, UC Davis and CSU Stanislaus. Koper has presented the results of his research at regional, national and international conferences and has published research papers and book chapters on persuasion, deception, verbal aggression and communication apprehension. An avid outdoorsman for the last 32 years, he has donated a month of his summers to help lead Natural Science Study Abroad programs offered by Michigan State University in the Canadian Rockies, the Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Switzerland, and Hawaii.

Jon SchamberJON SCHAMBER '74, '75
College of the Pacific, Department of Communication
34 Years of Service
College of the Pacific,
Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
24 Years of Service

Schamber was recruited to Pacific for the debate team by beloved Coach Paul Winters. After a highly successfully college debate career, Winters prevailed upon Schamber to stay and complete a master's degree and serve as assistant debate coach. After that, Schamber served two years as director of debate at UC Berkeley before heading to the University of Oregon for his Ph.D. At Oregon, he served as director of debate and assistant editor for the Quarterly Journal of Speech. He returned to Pacific in 1980, hired by retiring Coach Winters and began a 34-year career at Pacific. He served nine years as director of Forensics, four years as chair of the Communication Department and twenty years as director of Graduate Studies. In 1994, then-Dean Bob Benedetti recruited Schamber to serve as the associate dean of the College. Recruited in 2000 to serve as director of general education, he revamped the Mentor Seminar program over the next four years by expanding service learning opportunities for students. In his last year as director, 43 percent of the freshmen class signed up for community-based learning sections of Mentor Seminar II. An ambitious assessment research agenda on high-impact educational practices working with Dr. Sandy Mahoney resulted in the publication of a series of articles in the Journal of General Education and conference presentations for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Recently, Schamber served as the director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment for the College. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Faye and Alex G. Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), the Distinguished Faculty Award (2003), the Judith M. Chambers Excellence in Student Life Award (2004), the Hoefer Prize in Experiential Learning (2007), Pacific Seminar I Teaching Excellence Award (2007), and the Pacific Alumni Association Faculty Mentor Award (2011).

Snell joined the Pacific faculty in 1990. A professor and former chair of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Snell was scientific director of the Pacific Fatigue Lab and is a leading researcher in the field of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) — in particular, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and the assessment of fatigue in CFS/ME. In 2010 he was appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services to chair the federal CFS Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues related to CFS. During his three-year tenure as chair of the advisory committee, Snell was influential in facilitating strong working relationships between the committee and the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health and played a key role in government acknowledgment of CFS as a serious illness. Snell has published and presented research widely, including for workshops of the National Institutes of Health.

College of the Pacific,
Department of Biological Sciences 
34 Years of Service   
Pacific McGeorge School of Law 
24 Years of Service 

Tenaza is teacher, conservationist, field biologist, photographer, tribal art enthusiast, world traveler and amateur anthropologist. His interest in wildlife was inspired through his upbringing among Filipino itinerant farm workers in Northern California, who got much of their food by hunting, fishing and harvesting wild plants. He worked his way through college at San Francisco City College and CSU San Francisco and was inspired by professors to become a field biologist and academic. An invitation to participate in an expedition to the Canadian Arctic launched an exciting research career over many expeditions to study, photograph and attempt to save wildlife and habitats in California, Asia, Africa, the Arctic and Antarctica. In 1971, the USGS honored Tenaza's research on Adelie penguins in Cape Hallet, Antarctica, by naming Tenaza Peak after him. He came to Pacific in 1975 after completing his Ph.D. in zoology at UC Davis. Over the next 20 plus years, he led many groups of Pacific students to study wildlife in Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia. His research focus has been primarily in bird behavior and primate behavior, and his doctoral research involved a study of the behavior and ecology of gibbons and leaf monkeys in the Mentawai Islands, off the coast of Sumatra. After 37 years, he is still involved with conservation in Mentawai and has several expeditions planned in the near future.

Weber moved to San Francisco after graduating from Williams College in 1979. He graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and clerked one year for Justice Edmond Burke of the Alaska Supreme Court. Before joining the McGeorge faculty in 1990, he worked for a leading water rights firm and then for the California Courts of Appeal. In 1998, he received training from what was then the California Center for Public Dispute Resolution. He is an expert on water law, California civil discovery law, and collaborative policy making processes. His scholarly works include co-authorship of one of the leading water law casebooks and the only treatise devoted entirely to California civil discovery law. In addition to his teaching and scholarship he helps mediate water law disputes and facilitate collaborative policy processes. He also co-developed a series of Pacific McGeorge-sponsored executive training seminars in negotiation and mediation. He has taken a position as Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a small nonprofit based in Sacramento.

PAUL WILLIAMS '74 Paul Williams
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 
Department of Pharmacy Practice
31 Years of Service 

Christine Wilson CHRISTINE WILSON 
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 
Department of Physical Therapy

11 Years of Service   

Williams received his doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific in 1974 and his master of science from the University of North Carolina in 1984. He joined the Pacific faculty in 1982. He is a highly accomplished researcher, teacher and thought leader in the area of population pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics model development, validation and application. His significant body of work has been extensively cited—including a paper cited by the Food and Drug Administration—and forms the foundation for much of the current knowledge, education and research in the area of population pharmacokinetics. He received the University Faculty Research Lecture Award in 2006. Williams is also a noted reviewer and editorial board member for journals such as The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Pharmacokinetics and has been active in professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He has been applauded for his service in all areas and remains a leader in his field.

Wilson's circuitous route to a career in physical therapy included pursuing a dancing career in New York City and studying movement analysis and notation at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies before earning her bachelor's degree in physical therapy at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she developed a professional focus in pulmonary PT. After four years of PT practice, she taught English in Tokyo and traveled before returning to complete her M.A. in motor control at Columbia University. In 1983 she joined the faculty at Downstate Medical Center and operated a pulmonary PT home care practice. She earn her Ph.D. at McGill University and came to Pacific in 2003. She has been an active member of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American PT Association, serving as Research Committee Chair for 12 years and garnering the section's highest service award in 2013. She has been Department Chair since August 2011, during which time she convened a new PT leadership council and established the Sanderson Lecture Series, supported by St. Joseph's Foundation.



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