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Syracuse Political Scientist Selected For 7th Annual Award

September 7, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Ralph Ketcham, a Syracuse University political scientist and author, was named 1987 Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Ketcham will receive a $5,000 prize and deliver a lecture at the Smithsonian Institution on Oct. 26.

Ketcham, who has taught at Syracuse since 1953, was chosen from more than 400 nominees from campuses throughout the United States and Canada for the honor.

Ketcham is a professor of political science, history and public affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

The judging is conducted by a panel of experts led by Ernest Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Princeton, N.J. Ketcham is the seventh winner. Last year’s prize went to Rosemarie Tong, a Williams College philosophy professor.

Ketcham has written biographies on James Madison and Benjamin Franklin and studies of the powers of the American presidency. He spent this past spring as a Fulbright professor at the University of Leiden in Holland, and he helped develop a model citizenship education course for New York high school seniors.

The council also named nine runners-up to receive gold medals: David T. Abalos, professor of religious studies and sociology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.; Ann T. Agnew, elementary education, University of West Florida, Pensacola; J.W. Carmichael Jr., chemistry, Xavier University, New Orleans; Jan DeGaetani, voice, University of Rochester, N.Y.; Allen R. Grossman, poetry and general education, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.; Sophia Peterson, political science, West Virginia University, Morgantown; A. Thomas Trusky, English, Boise State University, Idaho; Edward Weisband, political science, State University of New York at Binghamton, and Curtis Wilson, history of science, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md.

The council is a non-profit grou of university fund-raisers, publicists and alumni directors.

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