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McGraw Faculty Fellows

Our Faculty Fellows convene their colleagues from across the campus for discussions about teaching and learning, and participate in other events and workshops organized by the McGraw Center.  

Faculty Fellows 2014-2015


William Gleason, Professor of English, Chair, Department of English
71 McCosh Hall, Room 22

William Gleason specializes in American literature and culture. His research and teaching interests range from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the late 19th/early 20th century, and include American Studies, African American and multi-ethnic U.S. literatures, material culture, popular culture, children’s literature, architecture, literature and environment, popular romance, and leisure. He is the author of The Leisure Ethic: Work and Play in American Literature, 1840-1940 (Stanford University Press, 1999) and Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature (New York University Press, 2011), which was named one of three runners-up for the 2011 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for the Best Book in American Studies by the American Studies Association. Gleason has also published essays on such writers as Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, T. S. Arthur, Hannah Crafts, Charles Chesnutt, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edith Wharton, Thomas Pynchon, Louise Erdrich, and Charles Johnson. He is currently working on three new book projects: Keywords in the Study of Environment and Culture (with Joni Adamson and David Pellow); Romance Fiction and American Culture (with Eric Murphy Selinger); and The Pocket Instructor: Literature (with Diana Fuss). He teaches courses on American literary history, popular literature, children’s literature, place and environment, and sport and society, as well as the English Department’s graduate seminar on pedagogy. In 2006, Gleason received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the McGraw Center Graduate Mentoring Award.


Sigrid Adriaenssens, Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
E332 Engineering Quad

Sigrid Adriaenssens is a structural engineer specializing in the form finding and optimization of structures. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she directs the Form-Finding Lab. Sigrid holds a PhD in lightweight structures from the University of Bath, UK, and worked as a project engineer for Jane Wernick Associates, London,UK and Ney + Partners, Brussels, Belgium . While at Ney + Partners, her projects won (inter)national architectural and construction prizes (2012 Golden Amsterdam Architecture Prize for Dutch Marine Museum, 2010 Wallonia Biennale of Architecture for the footbridge in Verviers, 2007 Belgian Steel Construction Award for the Pavillon Economique). She is the first author of Shaping Forces: Laurent Ney and the recently published book Shells for Architecture: structural form-finding and optimization. She co-curated the exhibition "Fazlur Khan:Structural Artist of Building Forms" and is preparing a new exhibition "German Shell Builders". You can find out more about her current work on Sigrid teaches courses on mechanics, materials and structures, durability and design, and structures and structural art.  She has pioneered new strategies for online and blended teaching methods in undergraduate courses such as "Mechanics of Solids" (CEE 205),  and "Social and Multidimensional Exploration of Structures" (CEE 463).