Renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas has been appointed as University Professor of Composition in the Department of Music and the College at the University of Chicago.
University Professors are selected for internationally recognized eminence in their fields as well as for their potential for high impact across the University. Thomas will become the 16th person ever to hold a University Professorship, and the fifth currently at the University.
Martha Roth, Dean of the Division of the Humanities, announced the appointment on Nov. 8. Thomas’ appointment takes effect in July 2011.
“It is exciting to welcome as a colleague someone whose work lies at the intersection of the creative and scholarly worlds,” Roth said in a message to Humanities faculty. “The University has a renewed commitment to expanding and integrating the arts into the academic enterprise and out into the city of Chicago and beyond; Augusta’s appointment is an important expression of that goal.”
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