College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Dean Katherine Aiken announced that Professor Rodney Frey has been named the University of Idaho Distinguished Humanities Professor. The eighteen month position, which begins January 2011, is designed to recognize faculty excellence in humanities teaching and scholarship.
“I regard this position as critical to the humanities at the University of Idaho, and I can think of no better qualified person to serve in this role,” said Aiken of the appointment. “It is an integral part of the Humanities Endowment programming in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, along with the Humanities Fellows program.”
Frey, a professor of ethnography in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is noted for his outstanding teaching record and his nearly four decades of collaborative projects with the Apsáalooke (Crow) of Montana, the Schitsu’umsh (Coeur d'Alene) and Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) of Idaho, and the Confederated Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon.
As the Distinguished Humanities Professor Frey will develop, create, and coordinate humanities programming on a topic of his choice; offer a capstone humanities course to advanced undergraduate students; deliver a public lecture associated with his program; and invigorate the teaching of all humanities faculty with a variety of activities.
In addition to this honor, Frey has been the recipient of many previous awards, including the UNITY Service Medallion, University of Idaho Award for Excellence in Research, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Service Award.
The Distinguished Humanities Professor award is funded through the University of Idaho Humanities Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by gifts from Friends of the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences. The purpose of the Humanities Endowment is to enhance humanities teacher and increase awareness of and appreciation for the Humanities.