Some really wonderful news was announced today at Senate. The two new university professorships are members of our department, Carl Ehrlich and Carolyn Podruchny. A University Professorship is a “a member of faculty recognized for extraordinary participation and contribution to University life, as well as scholarship and teaching success.”
These are the official citations that accompany these awards:
Professor Carl S. Ehrlich, Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), is a highly influential scholar of the Hebrew Bible and Israelite civilization who has published extensively in these fields and who has held several appointments as visiting professor at institutions in the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. As Director of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, Professor Ehrlich has demonstrated outstanding leadership in building scholarship and research in Jewish Studies at York, and in creating and fostering greater links between Jewish communities and the university. Throughout his university career, Professor Ehrlich has twice served as Chair of the LA&PS Faculty Council and provides ongoing contributions to the Department of History. More recently, Professor Ehrlich served as Chair of the Academic Policy, Planning, and Research Committee (APPRC) which, in 2019-2020, was tasked with the responsibility of developing and shepherding the approval of the new University Academic Plan 2020-2025.
Professor Carolyn Podruchny, Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is an award-winning scholar, teacher, practitioner of community outreach and engagement with Indigenous peoples, and a leader in building Indigenous studies at York University. She has produced ground-breaking and award- winning scholarship for more than twenty years including a serious and important body of scholarship in Indigenous and colonial histories of northern North America before 1900, published in books, articles and book chapters, blog posts, media interviews, newsletter contributions, and webcasts. This scholarship has earned awards and award nominations from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canadian Historical Association, and the Manitoba Historical Society. York University has also recognized Professor Podruchny with eight Faculty of Arts Awards of Merit and a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research.
The award of the University Professorships to Carl and Carolyn is a wonderful and much-deserved recognition of their many contributions to scholarship, teaching and service at York.
Many, many congratulations Carl and Carolyn!