On Campus / Summer 2008

Faculty Zingher, Chaichian Named Feld Chairs

Mount Mercy has named Professor of Social Work Richard A. Zingher the recipient of the 2008–2010 Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair I for Teaching Excellence. Professor of Sociology Dr. Mohammad A. Chaichian has been named the recipient of the 2008–2010 Dr. Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair II for Teaching Excellence exemplifying the College mission.

Richard A. Zingher

Richard A. Zingher

Mount Mercy’s Feld Endowed Chairs, named after former President Thomas R. Feld, are nominated for excellence in teaching. Feld Endowed Chairs receive additional support for scholarship in their areas of interest, share their ideas on teaching in faculty development workshops, and serve on key committees related to their roles. Each recipient is required to work on a project during his or her tenure.

Zingher’s project will investigate gender issues in colleges and universities, and will address ways that faculty members can work more effectively with younger male students. Chaichian is scheduled to present a faculty development workshop involving an examination of social class, race and gender related to the 2008 Presidential election.

Dr. Mohammad A. Chaichian

Dr. Mohammad A. Chaichian

“Our Feld Endowed Chairs proposed scholarship projects and faculty development opportunities that will greatly benefit the entire campus community,” says John P. Marsden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We look forward to learning more about Rick and Mohammad’s work over the next two years.”

Zingher began teaching in the social work department at Mount Mercy in 1990. His well established community service presentation, How Dads Make a Difference, examines how fathers affect different areas of child development, focuses on four areas particularly critical for fatherhood, and explores the benefits men derive from fatherhood.

Chaichian, a professor of sociology at Mount Mercy since 1994, served as a Research Fellow and Grant Recipient for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute 2007. He received a grant from the National Collegiate Honors Council, Portz Fund in 2003–04 and has published numerous articles and books on contemporary Iran, immigration issues, urban political economy, and race relations, and has conducted workshops and given talks about the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His book, Town and Country in the Middle East before the Age of Globalization:Dependent Urbanization in Iran and Egypt, will be published by Lexington Books in 2008.

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