Knoespel Named Chair of School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech

Brings Wealth of Academic and Administrative Experience

The Georgia Institute of Technology announces today that Kenneth J. Knoespel has been named the new Chair of the School of Literature, Communication and Culture (LCC) effective January 1, 2003. Knoespel currently holds several positions at Georgia Tech including Associate Dean of Ivan Allen College, McEver Professor for the Program in the Liberal Arts and Engineering, and professor in the School of History, Technology and Society (HTS) and LCC.

"Ken brings a substantial history of commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and service to LCC, Ivan Allen College, and the Institute," says Sue Rosser, Dean, Ivan Allen College, the Liberal Arts College of Georgia Tech. "He also has a wealth of administrative experience, in addition to his past service as Chair of LCC and Interim Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. He is someone who has maintained a substantial research agenda at the same time he has worked hard with students, colleagues and alumni. He was involved in writing Georgia Tech's Strategic Plan over the past several years and also led the 10th anniversary celebration for the Ivan Allen College."

"LCC faculty and students have built exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs over the past ten years," says Knoespel. "Our programs have become models for interdisciplinary work in Europe as well as in this country. It is exciting to see our work influencing changes not only in the humanities but also in the shape of the university at the start of a new century. Our research and teaching in digital media as well as our work in literature, film, and the study of science and technology resonates strongly with the broadening identity of Georgia Tech. I'm proud of LCC and Georgia Tech and look forward even more to creating opportunities for our students and celebrating our research."

Most recently Knoespel led the launch of the McEver Program in Liberal Arts and Engineering. The Program is endowed with a gift by Industrial Engineering alumnus Bruce McEver, whose support of the liberal arts at Tech stems from his experiences of the humanities at Georgia Tech. It involves the development of a series of seminar courses co-taught by faculty from Ivan Allen College and College of Engineering for students from a variety of majors. During the fall semester Knoespel is teaching a seminar devoted to "Situating Science: Innovation and Creativity in Sites of Science" with Wendy Newstetter from Biomedical Engineering.

Knoespel served as interim chair of LCC in 1990 - 1997 during which time he participated in building the undergraduate B.S. in Science, Technology and Culture (STAC), the M.S. in Information, Design and Technology (IDT), and the Continuing Education Programs associated with LCC's New Media Center. Most recently he has negotiated Georgia Tech's membership in the Newberry Library Renaissance Consortium, which also includes the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

A review of Knoespel's work illustrates his interdisciplinary interests and expertise. He is the author of a book on early modern scientific commentary and many articles and chapters on the history and philosophy of science and technology. He has also written extensively on the manuscripts of Isaac Newton and northern European science. His current research includes a book on visualization practices within science and technology and another project on the emergence of science in Sweden and Russia particularly in regard to the Baltic Sea. He is frequently invited to give presentations about the changing forms of university education. He has been a visiting professor at Cornell University, a senior fellow at the Edelstein Center for the History of Science and Technology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and a visiting professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Knoespel was a founding editor of the journal Configurations published by Johns Hopkins University Press. At Georgia Tech he is also affiliated with the Program in Cognitive Science and the Ph.D. program in the College of Architecture.

The School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (LCC) is part of Ivan Allen College, the Liberal Arts College of Georgia Tech. LCC works at the intersection of literary and communications studies. The school's 52 full-time faculty members provide Tech undergraduates with a broad array of communications courses, including freshman composition, technical communication, and electronic communication. LCC provides a wide range of humanities offerings including courses in British and American literature, film, theater, performance studies, digital arts, and creative writing. LCC faculty are active researchers and bring to both graduate and undergraduate classes nationally recognized expertise in literary, cultural, and digital media studies. Graduates of the school's Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and Culture (STAC) and Master of Science in Information Design and Technology (IDT) programs are positioned to assume important roles as leaders in the exciting new fields developing in the interface between technology and culture.