Chong, Greenberg, and Moore Named 2012-13 Arthur Vining Davis Fellows

May 14, 2012

Rollins annually recognizes three faculty members as Arthur Vining Davis Fellows. Students and faculty nominate candidates who demonstrate outstanding teaching and advising, scholarly work and publications, completion of significant research projects, accomplishments in the fine arts or important contributions to the cultural, economic, and social community of Central Florida. The three Arthur Vining Davis Fellows for 2012-13 are Assistant Professor of Political Science Daniel Chong, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Religion Yudit Greenberg, and Professor of Anthropology Robert Moore.

Daniel Chong

Commencement 2012

Assistant Professor of Political Science Daniel Chong accepts an Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship from Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carol Bresnahan. (Photo by David Woods)

Chong is described by one of his students as “one of the most outstanding professors I’ve ever had. His ability to make complicated concepts understandable is astounding!” His classes incorporate service learning into the curriculum and students are encouraged to “get involved” and “contribute to the greater good.”

For an assistant professor, Chong has published a large number of publications and is currently working on a textbook. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Rollins Chapter of both Amnesty International and O.N.E. International. He’s very active with the Farmworker’s Association of Central Florida and through his work with this organization, has exposed his students to new ideas and cultures, in both the local and global community. His passion for human rights is enlightening and respected. As one of his students said, “a lot of professors do research. What sets Professor Chong apart from the rest is his ability to include students in his research.”

Yudit Greenberg

Commencement 2012

George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Religion Yudit Greenberg accepts an Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship from Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carol Bresnahan. (Photo by David Woods)

Greenberg has been a well-respected member of the Rollins faculty since 1986. Extremely active in the Rollins community and the community at large, her publications, research, teaching, and passion for knowledge have helped her serve as the perfect role model for global citizenship.

When reviewing the many nominations submitted, two words were continually used to describe Greenberg and her method of teaching: “passionate” and “encouraging.” One graduating senior summed up her feelings by writing, “If it was not for this professor, I would have never found my passion in life for Judaism. Her class and passion for the subject made me a better student and a better person.” Faculty members expressed the same appreciation for Greenberg–“her teaching isn’t limited to the classroom setting. I’m privileged to call her my mentor” while another colleague commented that “she’s an integral part of the Rollins Community and she truly loves and cares for her students.”

A Fulbright Scholar, Greenberg recently spent a semester in Romania teaching at the University of Bucharest. With numerous articles, conference papers, and three books published to date, she’s constantly receiving invitations to speak at various conferences.  She is the founder and director of the Jewish studies program at Rollins and serves on several local boards, such as the Holocaust Center and Hillel.

Greenberg has served Rollins, the community at large, and a multitude of professional organizations with dedication and passion.

Robert Moore

Moore has been a member of the Rollins College community since 1988.  His dedication extends both in and out of the classroom, and colleagues and students alike continually describe him as “approachable” and “kind.”

As the Director of the international affairs program for the Hamilton Holt School and the director of the Asian studies program, Moore has worked closely with the Rollins China Center, the Winter Park Institute, and the TPJ Distinguished Scholars Program. His list of publications just since 2010 is impressive, and his interests in China-focused romantic love, youth culture, and slang have yielded several important works. He has also successfully collaborated with student scholars. His insight and expertise if often sought by Central Florida media, including The Orlando Sentinel.

One student commented that Moore's "learning environment is stimulating, but he wants his students to feel as comfortable talking about their opinions.” A colleague stated, “I have learned a great deal from him. He has a good sense of humor and good rapport with the students.” But perhaps another summed it up best: “For a long time, he has been a contributor—and we sometimes tend to overlook our colleague’s contributions.”

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