Shelton Waldrep of Cumberland Center has been appointed the University of Southern Maine’s 2014-15 University of Maine System Trustee Professor. The appointment will offer him more time and resources as he continues work on his manuscript, “Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie” (Bloomsbury), which explores David Bowie’s career as a musician and icon, by looking at key moments in his career that defined a new age of music, film and art.
Waldrep is a professor of English at USM where he teaches courses on Victorian literature, popular culture, film and critical theory. He has written on a variety of subjects, most recently on modernist and post-modernist architecture. He is the author of “The Aesthetics of Self-Invention: Oscar Wilde to David Bowie” (University of Minnesota Press), the co- author of “Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World” (Duke University Press), and the editor of “The Seventies: The Age of Glitter in Popular Culture” (Routledge).
The Trustee Professorship is devoted exclusively to honoring and supporting University of Maine System faculty already making noteworthy contributions to academic excellence on their campus. It was established in 1998 by the Board of Trustees to reward excellence among faculty members at each of the UMS campuses. The Trustee Professorship enables the awardee to be released from a portion of his/her teaching duties for an academic year and provides funding to support a scholarly project, chosen by the faculty member.