Russell Hollander serves as 2002-2003 Saint Martin's faculty president

Friday, September 20, 2002

Lacey, Wash. - Russell Hollander, Ph.D., 2002-03 president of Saint Martin's College’s Faculty Senate and a member of that organization since it was founded, says his presidency will concentrate on matters of governance and how to better liaison with the college’s board of trustees on faculty matters.

President-elect is education faculty member Belinda Hill, who will take over the presidency at the beginning of the 2003-04 academic year.

Hollander says he feels honored to have been elected by his colleagues to lead the college's 12- member senate in it’s many responsibilities. Among its duties are serving as the voice of the faculty; protecting the faculty’s place in matters of college governance; reviewing new course proposals, majors and minors and making recommendations concerning them to the full faculty; dealing with standing faculty committees; reviewing matters of faculty concern; and, where appropriate, bringing matters of interest to the faculty.

Hollander, a psychology professor, will continue to teach part-time during his year in office. A Saint Martin’s faculty member since 1978, Hollander was the 1994 recipient of the Monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey Award for excellence in teaching. He teaches a broad range of psychology courses, including Social Psychology, Psychology of the Family, Psychobiography, Myth and Personal Meaning and Psychology of Religion. In 1997, he traveled to Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China, to take part in a Saint Martin’s summer program that teaches English to primary school children and shares information about American education methods with their teachers.

Hollander has had several administrative posts at the college. Most recently, he served as director of the General Education Program, and from 1985 to 1990, was dean of the division of social sciences.

His varied professional interests and his passion for baseball have translated into a spectrum of intriguing papers and presentations, including “Our Brothers’ Keepers: A History of Human Services in Washington, 1853-1932,” “From the Heart: Fan Response to the 1995 Seattle Mariners Baseball Season,” “Fathers Playing Catch With Sons: A Living Symbol” and, most recently, “On Being Gay in Professional Baseball,” presented this summer at the 14th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.”

Hollander earned his doctorate in ethics and society in 1977 from the University of Chicago, where he earlier received a master of arts degree in religion and psychological studies. He also has a master‘s degree in philosophy from California State University, San Francisco. His undergraduate degree in philosophy is from New York University.

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