Lance E. Schachterle

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

The Associate Provost for Academic Affairs is responsible for 1) overseeing outcomes assessments and accreditation activities; 2) supporting new academic and administrative initiatives; 3) supporting diversity initiatives and programs; and 4) overseeing pre-college academic programs.

Education And Employment
  • B.A., Haverford College, l966.
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Junior year.
  • Graduated magna cum laude with High Honors in English.
  • Awarded Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate study, l966-67.
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, l970. Dissertation topic: "Charles Dickens and the Techniques of the Serial Novel"; adviser, Clyde de L. Ryals.
  • Assistant Professor of Humanities (English), l970
  • Associate Professor of Humanities (English), l975
  • Professor of Humanities (English), l98l-
  • Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies Division, 1985-1994
  • Director, London Project Center, 1985-1994
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 1990-1995
  • Assistant Provost for Academic Initiatives, 1993-1996
  • Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, 1996-2002
  • Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, 2002-
Associate Provost For Academic Affairs


Oversee efforts to achieve better integration of our undergraduate and graduate programs, greater diversity, more effective outreach, and broader implementation of outcomes assessment. Oversee Academic advising; pre-college programs including Mass Academy, K-12 programs. Support accreditation preparation activities.

  • Companion (Fellow), Institution of Electrical Engineers (London), 1988
  • Sterling Olmsted award from the Liberal Education Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (contributions to Liberal Education within Engineering Education), 1995
  • Member (elected), American Antiquarian Society, 1995
Scholarship Areas of Professional Interest

Textual Editing

Editor in Chief, “The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper” (2002-)

Since l98l I served on the permanent staff of the Cooper Edition as an associate textual editor reporting to James Franklin Beard (Editor-in-Chief) at Clark University. In 1990, I was appointed to the Editorial Board, chaired by Professor Kay Seymour House, who succeeded Professor Beard. These positions involved advisory responsibilities for volumes presently planned or under way. In 2002 I was appointed Editor in Chief of the edition, succeeding Professor House, and also joined the Advisory Board, ex officio. To date, three volumes (The Spy, Afloat and Ashore—two volumes) have been published under my editorship; six more are in advance preparation and under contract.

Science and Literature

In the early 1980's, i worked with colleagues to establish an inter-disciplinary scholarly organization to promote discussion of the relationships between literature and science. This initiative led to the inauguration of the Society for Literature and Science (SLS) in 1985, at the 17th International Congress of the History and Philosophy of Science at Berkeley, California. At that meeting, I was elected first president of SLS. In that capacity, I organized all administrative, governance and legal arrangements for this incorporated, non-profit organization. I also served as general chair for the first SLS annual conference in October 1987. I remain an active member of the Society, and of the Executive Committee.

Science, Technology and Culture

At the invitation of Peter Lang Publishers, New York, I established a scholarly series of monographs entitled "WPI Studies in Science, Technology, and Culture," which has published the following titles:

  • Nina Toren, Science and Cultural Context: Soviet Scientists in Comparative Perspective (1988).
  • Wolhee Choe, Toward an Aesthetic Criticism of Technology (1989).
  • Joseph W. Slade, Thomas Pynchon (revised and enlarged edition) (1990).
  • Stephen Robert Couch and J. Stephen Kroll-Smith, Communities at Risk: Collective Responses to Technological Hazards (1991).
  • John Freund, Broken Symmetries: A Study of Agency in Shakespeare's Plays (1991).
  • Earl G. Ingersoll, Representations of Science and Technology in British Literature since 1880 (1992).
  • Simon Laflamme, La Societe Integree: De la Circulation des Biens, des Idees et des Personnes (1992).
  • Michael W. Vella, Lance Schachterle and Louis Mackey, The Meritorious Price of our Redemption by William Pynchon (1590-1662): A Facsimile Edition of the 1650 Original with an Introduction and Editorial Apparatus (1992).
  • Jeffrey J. Folks, Southern Writers and the Machine: Faulkner to Percy (1993).
  • John Rae and Rudi Volti, The Engineer in History (1993).
  • Jane Robinett, This Rough Magic: Technology in Latin American Fiction (1994).
  • Carl W. Hall, The Age of Synthesis: A Treatise and Sourcebook (1995).
  • Duane H. Larson, Times of the Trinity: A Proposal for Theistic Cosmology (1995).
  • Ann Kelleher, Learning from Success: Campus Case Studies in International Program Development (1996).
  • Laura Menides and Angela Dorenkamp, editors. "In Worcester, Massachusetts: Essays On Elizabeth Bishop" (2000).
  • Richard Worthington, Rethinking Globalization: Production, Politics, Actions (2000).
  • Ann Marie Roos. Luminaries of the Natural World: Perceptions of the Sun and Moon in England, 1400-1720. (2001)
  • Angel A. Rivera. Eugenio Maria de Hostos y Alejandro Tapia y Rivera: Avatares de una modernidad caribena. (2001).
  • David Ollis, Kathryn Neeley and Heinz Luegenbiehl, editors. Liberal Education in 21st Century Engineering: Responses to ABET/EC2000 Criteria (2004).
  • Michael Edmond Donnelly. The Use of Science & Technology in Service to Children in the Courts (2006).

Books (Edited)

  • Literature and Technology, ed. Mark L. Greenberg and Lance Schachterle. [Introduction, ten essays, and bibliography] Research in Technology Studies, vol. 5 Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh Univ. Press, 1992.
  • The Meritorious Price of our Redemption by William Pynchon (1590-1662): A Facsimile Edition of the 1650 Original with an Introduction and Editorial Apparatus, ed. by Michael W. Vella, Lance Schachterle and Louis Mackey. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1992.

Textual Editions

  • Cooper's The Pioneers. Text and apparatus prepared by Lance Schachterle and Kenneth Andersen; Historical Introduction and Notes written by James Franklin Beard. A volume in the Cooper Edition and sealed by the Center for Editions of American Authors; published by the State University Press of New York, l980. Reprinted in paperback for classroom use, Viking- Penguin, 1988.
  • Cooper's The Deerslayer. Text and apparatus prepared by Lance Schachterle, Kent Ljungquist and James Kilby; Historical Introduction and Notes written by James Franklin Beard. A volume in the Cooper Edition and sealed by the Center on Scholarly Editions; published by the State University Press of New York in l987. Reprinted in paperback for classroom use, Viking-Penguin, 1987.

Both these volumes are reprinted in the two-volume set of The Leather-Stocking Tales published by the Library of America in the spring of 1985.

  • Cooper's The Spy. Text and apparatus prepared by James P. Elliott, Lance Schachterle and Jeffrey Walker. A volume in the Cooper Edition and sealed by the Committee on Scholarly Editions; published by the AMS Press, NY, 2002.


  • "Bleak House as a Serial Novel," Dickens Studies Annual, l (l970), 2l2-24.
  • "The First Key to Gulliver's Travels," Revue des langues vivantes, 38 (l972), 37-45.
  • "The Serial Publication of R. S. Surtees's Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities," Victorian Periodicals Newsletter, 20 (l973), 8-l3.
  • "Oliver Twist and its Serial Predecessors," Dickens Studies Annual, 3 (l974), l-l3.
  • "The Three l823 Editions of Cooper's The Pioneers," Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, 84 (l974), 2l9-32.
  • "Cooper's Attitude Toward England," Proceedings of the l982 Cooper Conference, State University College of Oneonta, New York.
  • "Textual Editing and the Cooper Edition," Proceedings of the 1984 Cooper Conference, State University College of Oneonta, New York.
  • "What Really Distinguishes the 'Two Cultures'?" Annals of Scholarship, 4 (Fall 1986), 83-84.
  • "Technology, Pynchon, and the Meaning of Death," Lehigh University Technology Studies Working Papers Series, 1986.
  • "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Defenses: Twain and the Text of The Deerslayer," Studies in the American Renaissance 1988, 401-417, with Kent Ljungquist.
  • "Bandwidth as Metaphor for Consciousness in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow," Studies in the Literary Imagination, 22 (Spring 1989), 101-17.
  • "Surveying the Fields: Literature and Science in the United States- Some Preliminary Results," PSLS, 5 (November 1989), 1, 4-6.
  • "The Metaphorical Allure of Modern Physics: An Introduction" in Beyond the Two Cultures: Essays on Science, Technology and Culture , ed. by Joseph Slade and Judith Y. Lee (Ames, IO: Iowa State Press, 1990), 177-84.
  • "Cooper's The Spy and the Possibility of American Fiction," Studies in the Humanities, 18 (December 1991), 180-99.
  • "Pynchon and the Civil Wars of Technology," in Literature and Technology, ed. Greenberg and Schachterle. Bethlehem, PA: Lehigh Univ. Press, 1992.
  • "Pynchon and Cornell Engineering Physics, 1953-54," Pynchon Notes , 26-27 (spring-fall 1990 [1992]), 129-37.
  • "Cooper and Wordsworth," Univ. of Mississippi Studies in English , 10 (1992), 26-36.
  • "Pynchon on Latin Americans," Ometeca: Science and Humanities, 3-4 (1996), 270-80.
  • "Information Entropy in Pynchon's Fiction," Configurations, 4 (1996), 185-214.
  • "Cooper's Revisions for his First Major Novel, The Spy (1821-1831)," Papers from the 1999 Cooper Seminar, SUNY Oneonta (2000), 88-107.
  • "Introduction: Literature and Science as Discipline and Profession," Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Literature and Science, ed. Pamela Gossin. Greenwood Press, 2002, xv-xxiv.
  • "Civilization and Its Discontents: Freud Meets Cooper on The Prairie," Papers from the 2001 Cooper Seminar, SUNY Oneonta (2001), 82-96.
  • "Cooper and his Collaborators: Recovering Cooper's Final Intentions for his Fiction," James Fenimore Cooper Miscellaneous Papers, No. 18 (August 2003), 1-3 (abstract); accepted for publication in SB (full version).
  • "The Three Equations in Gravity's Rainbow," (with P. K. Aravind) Pynchon Notes 46-49 (spring-fall 2000-01) [pub. Spring 2004], 157-69.
  • "The Editorial Crux of 'undue erring/undeserving' in The Deerslayer," Papers from the 2003 Cooper Seminar, SUNY Oneonta (2003; pub. 2005), 69-78; with a response from Hugh C. MacDougall.
  • "Cooper's Texts and Editions," to be published in Reading Cooper, Teaching Cooper, ed. Jeffrey Walker, AMS Press, 2005.
  • "The Editorial Crux of 'undue erring/undeserving' in The Deerslayer," Papers from the 2003 Cooper Seminar, SUNY Oneonta (2003; pub. 2005), 69-78; with a response from Hugh C. MacDougall.
  • “A Long False Start: The Rejected Chapters of Cooper’s The Bravo (1831),” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 115:1 (2006), 81-126.
  • “Cooper’s Works in Print,” in Reading Cooper, Teaching Cooper, ed. Jeffrey Walker (Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press, 2006), 158-81.

Three other articles in Cooper are at the press, and one under contract for a new volume on The Leather-Stocking Tales.

Bibliographical Contributions

  • Thomas Hardy: An Annotated Bibliography of Writing about Him, vols 1 and 2, edited by Helmet Gerber and W. Eugene Davis. Northern Illinois University Press, 1973, 1984
  • "Imaginary Voyages: A Bibliography," Bulletin of Bibliography, 31 (1974), 99-103. With Jeanne Welcher.
  • "The British Magazine," pp. 66-68 and "The Metropolitan Magazine," pp. 304-308 in British Literary Magazines 1789-1836, ed. Alvin Sullivan, Greenwood Press, 1983.
  • The Relations of Literature and Science: An Annotated Bibliography of Scholarship, 1880-1980, edited by Walter Schatzberg, Ronald Waite and Jonathan K. Johnson, MLA Publications, 1987.
  • Literature and Science: Course Syllabi, compiled and edited for the Society for Literature and Science and distributed through the Project Center, WPI. 1990.


  • Daniel Fader, The Periodical Context of English Literature, Dickens Studies Newsletter, 4 (1973), 98-100.
  • Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie. The Pennsylvania Edition, edited and annotated by James L. W. West, John Berkley, Alice Winters and Neda Westlake. University of Mississippi Studies, 1984.
  • John Welcome, The Sporting World of R. S. Surtees, Victorian Studies, 27 (1984), 267-77.
  • "Hardy Complete versus James Selected," Documentary Editing, 8 (1986), 1-5.
  • "Contemporary Literature and Science: A Review Essay," Modern Language Studies, 17 (1987), 78-86.
  • David Simpson, The Politics of American English, 1776-1850, University of Mississippi Studies in English, New Series, 6 (1988), 287-9.
  • Charles R. and Ilona S. Mack, Like a Sponge Thrown into Water; Francis Lieber's European Travel Journal of 1844-1845. Documentary Editing, 24(3) (2002), 77-79.
  • "The Novel in the Magazines before Dickens," Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, New York, October 1969.
  • "Some Victorian Attitudes towards Criminal Rehabilitation," Northeast Victorian Studies Association, Boston, April 1977.
  • "Editing the Fiction of James Fenimore Cooper," WPI Research Seminar Series, December l, 1981, and American Antiquarian Society, December 1981.
  • "Cooper's Attitudes Towards England," 1982 Cooper Conference at State University College of Oneonta, New York, July 1982.
  • "Textual Editing and the Cooper Edition," 1984 Cooper Conference at State University College of Oneonta, New York, July 1984.
  • "Mark Twain's Cooper Hoax," 1984 Cooper Conference at State University College of Oneonta, New York, July 1984.
  • "Cooper's Practices of Revision: The Case of The Spy," annual convention of the Association for Documentary Editing, Providence, RI, October, 1984, and at the American Antiquarian Society, November, 1984.
  • "What Really Distinguishes 'The Two Cultures'?" 17th International Congress of History of Science, Berkeley, August 1985.
  • "Pynchon, Technology, and the Meaning of Death," Lehigh Symposium on Literature and Technology, March 1986; Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science, February 1987; Southern Technical College Conference, "Interfaces," Marietta, Georgia, October 1987.
  • "Teaching Technology through Contemporary Literature: Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49," Third Technology Literacy Conference, Washington, DC, February 1988.
  • "Wordsworth and Cooper," Wordsworth Summer School, Grasmere, England, August 1988.
  • "Pynchon and Engineering Physics at Cornell," Second Annual Conference of the Society for Literature and Science, Albany, NY, October 1988.
  • "Technology as America in Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49," Symposium on Literature and Science, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, November 1988.
  • "Surveying the Field: Literature and Science in the United States," Fourth Technology Literacy Conference, Washington, February 1989; 18th International Congress of History and Philosophy of Science, Munich, Germany, August 1989; Third Annual Literature and Science Conference, Ann Arbor, September, 1989.
  • "Cooper Revises the First Great American Novel," First American Literature Association Conference, San Diego, June 1990.
  • "Pynchon's Quarrels with Technology," Sixth International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, March 1991.
  • "Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow as an Information System," Fifth Annual Conference of the Society for Literature and Science, Montreal, Canada, October 1991.
  • "Pynchon on Latin Americans," First Ometeca Conference [Literature and Science in Hispanic Cultures], Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 1992.
  • "Lorenzo in Mexico, or Does Mexico Need 'Trains and Camions, Automobiles and Aeroplanes?'" Second Ometeca Conference, Puebla, Mexico, June 1993.
  • "How We Got to Ten Years (Plus) at SLS," and "Low Entropy and Worse Communications in Pynchon's Vineland," Society for Literature and Science Conference, Los Angeles, October 1995.
  • "Cooper's Revisions for Key Women Characters in The Spy and The Last of The Mohicans," Cooper Conference, Oneonta, NY, July 1999.
  • "What We Know about What Pynchon Knows about Physics," Bridge Colloquium, WPI Physics Department, April 2000.
  • "Explicating Three Equations in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow," SLS Annual Conference, Atlanta, October 2000. (with P.K. Aravind, Physics, WPI)
  • "Civilization and Its Discontents: Cooper Meets Freud on The Prairie," Cooper Conference, Oneonta, NY, July 2001.
  • "Cooper and his Collaborators: Recovering Cooper's Final Intentions for his Fiction,” American Literature Association Conference, Cambridge, Ma., May 2003.
  • "The Editorial Crux of 'undue erring/undeserving' in The Deerslayer," The Cooper Conference, Oneonta, NY, July 2003.
  • "Collaborating on a Digital Edition of Cooper's The Bravo: A Work- in-Progress Report" (with Gary Shawver, NYU, and Barbara Bordalejo, DeMontfort Univ.), Society for Textual Scholarship biennial conference, NYU, March 2005.
  • "Miss/Mrs./Ms. Eve Effingham," The Cooper Conference, Oneonta, NY, June 2005.
Presentations And Publications On WPI


  • "Light and Vision: An Interactive Course in Science, Technology, Literature and the Arts at WPI," Humanities Perspectives in Technology (Lehigh University), No. 8, November 1978, 1-4.
  • "Where Do Ideas in Science Come From? Teaching 'Light and Vision' as a Case Study." Issues in Integrative Studies, 3 (1984-85), 51-56.
  • "Liberal Learning in Engineering Education: The WPI Experience," in Knowing and Doing: Learning Through Experience. ed. Pat Hutchings and Allen Wutzdorff (San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 1988), with William R. Grogan and Francis L. Lutz.
  • "The WPI Interactive Qualifying Project--a Model for British Engineering Education?" The IEE Engineering, Science, and Education Journal (London) 1 (February 1992), 49-56.
  • "Learning by Doing: WPI Engineer-in-Society Projects in London," Proceedings of the SEFI/World Engineering Education, September 1992, Portsmouth, UK, Vol. 1, 445-50.
  • "WPI Projects Globalize Engineering Education in the Pacific Rim," Chemical Engineering Education, May 1995, 112-15. (With Ed Ma and John Zeugner).
  • "The WPI School-College Collaboration in Mathematics and Science," chapter in School/College Collaboration: A Die for Recasting the College Pipeline, ed. by Nancy Carriuolo, NEASC, Freshman Year Experience series; University of South Carolina Press (1996).
  • Co-Editor, Special Issue of European Journal of Engineering Education (vol. 21. no. 2, published by SEFI) on "Project-oriented Engineering Education," June 1996; co-author (with Ole Vinther) of introductory essay, "The Role of Projects in Engineering Education" and (with Frank Lutz) the final essay "Projects in Undergraduate Education in America."
  • "Outcomes Assessment at WPI: A Pilot Accreditation Visit under Engineering Criteria 2000," Journal of Engineering Education, 87: 115-20, April 1998.
  • "The Benefits to Students and Professors of Research by Undergraduates," letter to the editor, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 July 1998, B3.
  • "Outcomes Assessment and Accreditation in US Engineering Formation," European Journal of Engineering Education, 24: 121-31, Spring 1999.
  • "Assessing General Education: External Pressure - Internal Forces at WPI," "Seventh Annual General Education Symposium (Berklee School of Music; Boston, 2002), 6-16.
  • "Undergraduate Learning Portfolios for Institutional Assessment," (co-authored with Art Heinricher, Judy Miller, Nick Kildahl, Van Bluemel and Valerie Crawford), Journal of Engineering Education, 91: 249-53, April 2002.
  • "Liberal Education Responds: Discussing ABET 2000 within a Humanities Division," in Liberal Education in 21st Century Engineering: Responses to ABET/EC2000 Criteria, ed. David Ollis, Kathryn Neeley and Heinz Luegenbiehl (WPI Studies; Peter Lang Publishing, NY, 2004), pp. 12-38.
  • "Achieving Learning Outcomes through Project-based Education," with P. Davis, D. DiBiasio, W.W. Durgin and R. Vaz. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education, Florida, October 2004.
  • "Faculty Governance Embraces Outcomes Assessment," presentation and paper 1314, Proceedings of the 2004 FIE Conference, Savannah, GA, October 2004.


  • "Interdisciplinary Education and the WPI Plan," Staff Conference of The City University, Oxford, England, July 1971.
  • "General Studies in the Technical School," Association for General and Liberal Studies, Boston, October 1976.
  • "Humanities at WPI," Engineers' Council for Professional Development, Houston, October 1977.
  • "ID 1150: Light and Vision," Penn State conference on Science, Technology and Society," University Park, PA, March 1979.
  • "Intern and Cooperative Programs," Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC, December 1979.
  • "The WPI Plan and the IQP," 1982: Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham; University of Stirling, Scotland; The City University, London; National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick, Ireland; University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology.
  • "ID 1150: Light and Vision," Miami University, Miami, OH, February 1984.
  • "Liberal Education and the Engineering Curriculum," panel presentation at the Association of Integrative Studies/ Association of General and Liberal Studies conference, San Francisco, October 1984.
  • "Interactive Project Centers at WPI," ASEE Conference, Cincinnati, June 1986.
  • "Exchange Programs for Engineering Students: Models at WPI," ASEE Conference, Portland, OR, June 1988.
  • "The Engineer in Society: An Alternative Approach," Welsh Engineering Conference, Gregynog, Wales, July 1988.
  • "General Education Requirements at WPI," New England ASEE Regional Meeting, Burlington, Vermont, October 1989.
  • "WPI Project-based Curriculum," New Liberal Arts Northeast Conference, Hartford, CT, March 1990 (with Frank Lutz).
  • "WPI International Programs," ASEE Conferences, Toronto, Canada, June 1990; New Orleans, June 1991; Toledo, Ohio, June 1992; ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education, Vienna, Austria, July 1990; SEFI Conference, Marseille, France, September 1991; SEFI/World Engineering Education Conference, Portsmouth, England, September 1992; ASEE Centennial Conference, Urbana, IL, June 1993; ASEE Associate Deans' Workshop, Anaheim, June 1995.
  • "A US-EU Educational Exchange in Environmental Studies," SEFI Conference, Prague, September 1994; pub. in Proceedings.
  • "Strive for College and Careers in Mathematics, Engineering and Science: A WPI Program for Underrepresented Students of Color" (with Ron Macon); ASEE Conference, Anaheim, June 1995; pub. in Proceedings.
  • "WPI Preparation for ABET Criteria 2000," Associate Deans Conference and Liberal Education Division," ASEE Annual Meeting, Washington, June, 1996; latter pub. in Proceedings.
  • "Interface Disciplines at WPI: A Case Study in Creating New Programs," ASEE Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, June 1996; pub. in Proceedings.
  • "Teaching the Necessary 'Soft Skills' through Corporate-based Projects," ABET Annual Meeting, San Diego, October 1996; pub. in Proceedings.
  • "Accreditation under EC 2000," Associate Deans Conference and "Preparing for EC 2000 in Humanities and Arts," Liberal Education Division, ASEE Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, June 1997.
  • "The New Liberal Education," invited keynote address, SEFI Annual Meeting, Cracow, Poland, September 1997; revised version as invited keynote at the Stonecipher conference, Tennessee Tech, March 1998.
  • "Outcomes Assessment at WPI: A Pilot Accreditation Visit under Engineering Criteria 2000," NRC Board of Engineering Education conference; and at ASEE annual Associate Deans meeting, Seattle, June 1998.
  • "The Massachusetts Academy for Mathematics and Science," Best Practices session, Engineering in Mass Collaborative, Newton, May 1999.
  • "Preparing for a Second Visit under ABET EC2000," New England Regional ASEE meeting, Lowell, MA, April 2000.
  • "Standards-based Assessment of H/SS Programs in the Liberal Education Division," Berklee College of Music spring symposium, Boston, April 2001; ASEE/LED national conference, Albuquerque, NM; June 2001; ISTAS/IEEE meeting, Stamford, CT, July 2001.
  • "The Worcester Community Project Center," with Rob Krueger, AAC&U Annual Meeting Poster Session, Washington, DC, January 2002; ASEE Annual Meeting, Montreal, June 2002.
  • "The WPI Institutional Assessment Portfolio," Commission on Higher Education of NEASC biannual meeting, March 2002, Mystic, CT; AAHE Assessment Conference, June 2002, Boston; NEASC-IAP seminar, Sept. 2002, New Haven.
  • "Sustaining a University-wide Approach to Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment," AAHE Assessment Conference, June 2002, Boston (with Judy Miller); Frontiers in (Engineering) Education Conference, Boston, November 2002.
  • "WPI and Outcomes Assessment," NEASC workshop for 2005-06 candidate schools, October 2003, Marlboro; October 2004 for 2006-07 candidates.
  • "Using Institutional Portfolios to Support On-going Institutional Effectiveness," Boston, annual NEASC conference, December 2003.
  • "WPI, NSSE, Retention, and Supporting Early Success in College," MELMAC (Maine Educational Foundation) statewide conference, Rockport, ME, October 2004.
  • "Using Data and Outcomes Assessment to Nurture an Intentional Learning Environment," AAC&U Diversity and Learning Conference, Philadelphia, November 2004.

Invited to discuss WPI Humanities Program at the NEH-sponsored conference "New Directions in the Humanities," San Antonio, 8-l4 January l977. Made several presentations and discussed program revisions with faculty from Trinity College, San Antonio.

CSE inspector for textual work on William James's Talks for Teachers, edited by Fredson Bowers, Frederick Burkhardt and Anne McCoy, published by Harvard University Press, spring, l982; Williams James's Manuscript Lectures, Vol. 2, edited by Fredson Bowers et al, Harvard University Press, 1988.

NEASC: Accreditation Visitor to The Gordon Institute, Candidacy review, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, October 1987.

Association of American Colleges, helped prepare report on role of Humanities and Social Sciences in the curriculum of engineering colleges, 1987-88.

Reviewed books and proposals for NEH, FIPSE (global education programs), NSF-DUE panel, and several university presses (eg., Cambridge, Michigan).

Editorial Board, the European Journal of Engineering Education [SEFI, the European Society for Engineering education], 1995-2003.


Modern Language Association
(Member, Executive Committee for Literature and Science, 1979-84)

Association for Documentary Editing

Society for Literature and Science
(Founding President, 1985-87; Chair, Advisory Committee, 1991-2)

Society for Textual Editing

American Society for Engineering Education
(Program Chairman, Liberal Education Division, 1988-91; Chair, 1991-93; Program Senior Chair, 1995-96; Treasurer, regional conference, 2006)

Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Society for the Social Impact of Technology Annual conference general chair, 2004

Recent Committee and Administrative Assignments
  • Chair of the following department head search committees:
    • Chemical Engineering (1988-89; 2006)
    • Humanities and Arts (1992-93; 2001-02; 06-07)
    • Social Sciences and Policy Studies (1996-97; 2006-07)
    • Computer Science (1997-98)
    • Biomedical Engineering (1998-99)
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering (2002-03)
    • Physics (2003-04; 06)
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry (2004-07)
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering (2006-07)
  • Committee on Appointments and Promotions (1987-90; chair, 1989-90)
  • Provost Search Committee (1988-90)
  • Chair, Faculty Study Group on "Global Perspective Program" (1990-91)
  • Chair, "Intellectual and Cultural Community," self study for 1991 New England Association of Schools and College visit (1991)
  • Chair, President's Commission on "Residential and Social Life at WPI" (1991-92)
  • Community Council (1992-)
  • Chair, White Paper on Academic Issues, faculty and student study group (summer 1993)
  • Interface Disciplines Initiatives Subcommittee, 1993-95
  • Co chair, preparation for ABET visit under "Criteria 2000" (1996)
  • Chair, Community Building Task Force (1998-2000)
  • Chair, NEASC Self-Study Drafting Committee (1999-2001)
  • Chair, ABET preparation team (1998-2002)
  • Chair, TA Task Force (2001-02)
  • Chair, First Year Task Force (2002-03)
  • Chair, First Year Council (2003-)
  • Chair, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Search Committee, spring 2006
  • Editor, regional accreditation (NEASC) five-year report, 2005-06
Community Involvement

Trustee, International Artists Series (1995-96); Music Worcester (1996-)
Corporator, New England Science Center (1996-); Trustee (1998-2003)

Author or Co-Author of Recent Funded Proposals




support to launch the WPI office for Multi-cultural Affairs and the summer program Strive




cooperative agreement between WPI and ESPOL (engineering university in Guayaquil, Ecuador)


Davis Ed.


Introduce project-based learning in the Foundation first two years (including PLAs) to enhance learning productivity


Mass. Dept. of Education


plan for a Teacher Certification program at WPI




support for WPI, Howard University, and universities in Ireland, Germany and Holland to develop exchanges in environmental engineering




Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation; Regional collaboration (with Dawn Johnson)




Phase 2, renewal (with Calvin Hill)


NEASC / Davis Ed. Foundation


Institutional Assessment Portfolio Web site used as mini-grants for First Year innovations



Hesburgh "Certificate of Excellence" for the Global Perspective Program


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