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Williams School Announces Three Term Professorships

Washington and Lee University’s Williams School announces the appointment of three term professorships. Each professorship extends for three years and goes into effect July 1, 2014. Term professorships are given to mid-career faculty members who are exceptional teacher-scholars.

Grigsby Term Professorship

Associate Professor of Politics Tyler Dickovick has worked at Washington and Lee since 2004. He conducts research on African and Latin American politics, with a focus on decentralization, federalism and local governance. He is the author of Decentralization and Recentralization in the Developing World: Comparative Studies from Africa and Latin America and is the co-author of a textbook, Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods and Cases, with Washington and Lee sociology professor Jonathan Eastwood. He frequently serves as an advisor to government organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Dickovick teaches classes on international development, global politics, international political economy, Latin American politics, comparative political analysis and African politics. He has also led spring term courses to Senegal and Ghana. Dickovick earned his Ph.D. in public affairs from Princeton University.

Cannan Term Professorship

Associate Professor of Politics Rebecca Harris joined the University in 2005 and quickly established herself as a leading scholar working at the intersection of public policy and science. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has a book, Black Robes, White Coats: The Puzzle of Judicial Policymaking and Scientific Evidence. Her article, “Gatekeeping,” appeared in the book, Leadership in Science and Technology.

Harris teaches applied American politics courses, which include American national government, public policy, law and judicial process and environmental policy. Spring term courses include offerings in biopolicy, food policy and disaster policy. She also advises the Washington and Lee Political Review.

Lawrence Term Professorship

Associate Professor of Accounting Stephan Fafatas came to work at Washington and Lee in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Colorado after working as a CPA at a large public accounting firm in Houston, Texas. Fafatas has spent his research career studying issues primarily related to earnings quality and auditor reputation. In recent work, he has looked at the relationship between measures of ethical citizenship and corporate financial reporting quality, as well as the determinants of voluntary environmental disclosures. His scholarship targets a variety of stakeholders as businesses struggle to develop and maintain transparent and accurate financial reporting systems.

Fafatas currently teaches introductory financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and a newly developed spring term class on accounting history. His prior teaching experience also includes auditing and a study abroad course in Nicaragua.