Faculty & Staff

Endowed Chairs

Amitrajeet Batabyal
Amitrajeet Batabyal
Arthur J. Gosnell Professor in Economics
585.475.2805

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The Gosnell Professor of Economics teaches upper division courses in Benefit-Cost Analysis, Intermediate Microeconomics, and International Trade and Finance. Second, he conducts original research in applied microeconomic theory with an emphasis on natural resources and the environment. He has published over 400 books, book chapters, journal articles, and book reviews in various fields in economics and in ecology, mathematics, operations research, and political science (http://people.rit.edu/aabgsh/). Third, he sponsors the Gosnell Lecture Series (http://www.rit.edu/cla/economics/gosnell.php) that brings prominent researchers to RIT to deliver general purpose lectures to the RIT community. Finally, he frequently presents his research to audiences in universities and in conferences all over the world.

Lisa Hermsen
Lisa Hermsen
Professor / Caroline Werner Gannett Endowed Chair
(585) 475-4553

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PhD, Rhetoric and Professional Communication Iowa State University of Science & Technology, Ames IA, 2002 MA, English/Rhetoric & Composition Iowa State University of Science & Technology, Ames IA, 1997 MA, English/Literature University of Missouri-Columbia

I am the current Carolyn Werner Gannett Chair in the Humanities and the past Chair of the English Department at RIT. I specialize in the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine. My book, Manic Minds: Mania's Mad History and Its Neuro Future (Rutgers UP, 2011), argues that mania has never been stabilized as a modern medicalized disorder. The manifestation of "mania" in American psychiatry has emerged fluid from pre-professional to professional psychiatry and now persists frenzied into the neuro-future. I also served as faculty co-director on a 3D Virtual Preservation of the Buffalo State Asylum–the Richardson Olmsted Complex–one of the largest and most important sites in New York state at the turn of the twentieth century and a national historic landmark today.

I am now serving as PI on a NEH Humanities Connections Grant to study “community” from a host of disciplinary perspectives: historical, geographical, literary, environmental and socioeconomic. Undergraduate students will gain a better understanding of how distinct communities have formed, changed and often retained a distinct sense of place amid shifting economic, political and technological forces. This course sequence will emphasize the critical importance of experiential learning. In this first delivery of the course sequence, we will build on the University’s long-standing tradition of community service, as well as faculty engagement with area communities. Students will ultimately contribute to an on-going digital archive that documents community, memory and place.

My latest research is with an extensive 19th century provincial English Printer’s Archive. The unique archive includes five volumes from William Townsend & Son, Printer, Bookbinder, and Account Book Manufacturer of Sheffield (U.K.). The volumes include a trade ledger, a price and estimate book, a works manual and business guide, an address book, and a library catalogue. William Townsend & Son was an important printer during the nineteenth century, of considerable reputation for letterpress printing of stationary and accounting books for commercial and industrial offices.

Wade Robison
Wade Robison
Ezra A. Hale Professor in Applied Ethics
585.475.6643

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The Hale Chair in Applied Ethics is devoted to research and teaching within and about the professional disciplines. The Chair sponsors the Hale Ethics Series and conferences throughout the academic year as well as providing helpful material on ethics, including books, videos, and links on various aspects of ethics.

Jonathan Schroeder
Jonathan Schroeder
William A. Kern Professor in Communications
585.475.2703

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Jonathan Schroeder is the William A. Kern Professor of Communications at Rochester Institute of Technology. He joins RIT from the University of Exeter in England, where he was Chair in Marketing and Director of Research for the Department of Management. His BA (Psychology) is from the University of Michigan and his MA and PhD (Social Psychology) is from the University of California, Berkeley, and he did postdoctoral work at Rhode Island School of Design. He has held visiting appointments at Wesleyan University (Center for the Humanities), Göteborg University, Sweden (Centre for Consumer Science), University of Auckland, New Zealand (Centre for Digital Enterprise), Bocconi University in Milan (Program in Fashion, Experience, and Design), and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Schroeder has published widely on branding, communication, consumer research, and identity. His current research involves four intersecting areas: aesthetic leadership, branding, ethics of representation and visual communication. He is the author of Visual Consumption (Routledge, 2002) and co-editor of Brand Culture (Routledge, 2006). He is editor in chief of Consumption Markets & Culture, and serves on the editorial boards of Advertising and Society Review, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, European Journal of Marketing, Innovative Marketing, International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Journal of Macromarketing, and Marketing Theory.

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Cassandra Shellman
Cassandra Shellman
Administrative Assistant to Endowed Chairs
585.475.2057

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Cass has been employed at RIT for 23 years holding various positions all within the College of Liberal Arts. For the past eleven years she has served as the Administrative Assistant to the CLA Endowed Chairs. Since being employed at RIT she has earned a B.S. in Applied Arts & Sciences and an M.S. in Human Resource Development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Autism Council of Rochester.