Rachel Newcomb Appointed to Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching

Rachel Newcomb, associate professor of anthropology, has been appointed to the Diane and Michael Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching.

Rachel Newcomb (Photo by Judy Watson Tracy) Rachel Newcomb (Photo by Judy Watson Tracy)

Newcomb joined the Rollins faculty in 2004 and currently chairs the Department of Anthropology and serves as director of Rollins’ new minor in Middle Eastern and North African studies. She has received numerous recognitions for her commitment to outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service learning, having received the Cornell Distinguished Faculty designation in 2008 and the honor of being awarded the 2012 Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Faculty of the Year.

"I'm honored to have been awarded this chair, and excited to think about the ways I can serve Rollins in this role, most specifically in the areas of internationalization and service-learning initiatives," Newcomb said.

An active and dedicated member of the Rollins community, Newcomb has served on College governance and advisory committees, advised student organizations, and led a faculty internationalization trip to Morocco. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and commentaries in the popular media, and has served as a manuscript reviewer for scholarly presses.

The Diane and Michael Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching, a gift from Rollins alumnus Michael Maher and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, was established to honor and further the College’s reputation and efforts in the art of teaching.

One of the many projects Newcomb is enthusiastic about developing in her position is the Middle Eastern and North African Studies minor. “I think this provides some wonderful opportunities for Rollins students to learn about this crucially important region while also gaining learning experiences that they can translate into future career opportunities," Newcomb said.

Please join the Rollins community in congratulating Rachel Newcomb on her appointment.