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President Botman Recognized Six Emeriti Faculty at USM’s Commencement on May 12

University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman recognized six retired faculty
members who have been awarded emeritus status at USM’s 132nd Commencement, on Saturday, May 12 in the Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland.

Each year, USM honors retirees of distinction by conferring them emeritus status, in recognitions of significant contributions to the university and community and encourages continued service from these valued colleagues.

The honorees include Richard A. Barringer, professor emeritus of community planning and development; Carol Lynn Davis, associate professor emerita in the School of Education and Human Development; Michael S. Hamilton, professor emeritus of political science; Elizabeth H. Kilbreth, associate research professor emerita in the Muskie School of Public Service; Robert M. Schaible, professor emeritus of arts and humanities, Lewiston-Auburn College; and William “Bumper” White, associate professor emeritus,  Lewiston-Auburn College.

Richard A. Barringer of Portland retired after 24 years of service in the Muskie School of Public Service. During his time in the Muskie School, Barringer was a member of both the public policy and management, and the community planning and development faculties. In 2008, he was awarded the Elmer B. Staats Public Service Career Award by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Barringer has served in the administration of three Maine governors and co-chaired the University of Maine committee that created the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. in political economy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carol Lynn Davis of Chebeague Island retired after 30 years of service in the School of Education and Human Development. She spent much of her career preparing highly trained teachers in both the Extended Teacher Education and the Teachers for Elementary and Middle Schools Programs. In 2001, Davis joined the TEAMS program faculty, first as an instructor and then as program coordinator, guiding students through pre-professional teaching experiences and their academic degrees to reach their goal of becoming elementary or middle school teachers. Davis received her Ph.D. in family studies from the University of Maine.

Michael S. Hamilton of Gorham is retiring this May after 27 years of service in the Department of Political Science. Hamilton has served on the Faculty Senate, the College of Arts and Science General Education Council and the University Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee. He is known among his colleagues as a prolific scholar, having authored, co-authored or edited 111 scholarly and professional publications. In 2006 and 2009, he was awarded the Faculty Senate Award for University Service. Throughout his career, he developed a reputation for classroom rigor and organization. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Colorado State University.

Elizabeth H. Kilbreth of Portland retired after 26 years of service in the Muskie School of Public Service. She received the Minkoff Prize in Medical Economics from Brandeis University in 1996; the John Heinz Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Social Insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance in 1997; and the USM Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2005. Her dedication to research and academia spans her entire career, from her time as research associate at Group Health Association in Washington D.C. to her years at USM in the Muskie School. She received her Ph.D. from Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare.

Robert M. Schaible of Buxton retired after 25 years of service to USM. He was the holder of USM’s Walter E. Russell Chair of Philosophy and Education from 2001-2003. He left the Department of English to become one of the founding faculty of the Arts and Humanities program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. In 1997, Dr. Schaible was selected as an associate to the Institute for Educational Inquiry’s Leadership Program, and in 2001, he was the recipient of the USM Faculty Senate Award for Teaching. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee.

William “Bumper” White of Phippsburg retired after 15 years of service at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. Dr. White is recognized as one of the creators of the Collaborative Learning and School Success (CLASS) Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership Program. He not only helped found the program, but also wrote the curriculum, created a four-year-long internship program, and established the Teacher Education Endowment Fund. In 2004, White was the recipient of the USM Faculty Award for Service, the Maine Campus Compact Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service Learning Excellence, and the Maine State Legislature’s Legislative “Sentiment of Appreciation” Award. He received his Ph.D. in teacher education from the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Education.