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Agust 30, 2002 Volume 18, Number 2


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Vos, Boocker Named Department Chairs in College of Arts and Sciences

Two departments in the College of Arts and Sciences have new administrative leadership.

Morris Vos, a 30-year WIU veteran German professor, is chair of foreign languages and literatures; and David Boocker, a newcomer to Western, is chair of English and journalism. Vos was named department chair Spring 2002, following the retirement of Richard Thomas. Boocker, who joined the University in July, takes over for Syndy Conger, who has returned to classroom teaching for her final semester before retiring in December.

Vos began his teaching career at Western in 1971, became a member of the graduate faculty in 1981 and earned professor rank in 1991. He has received numerous awards, recognitions and citations for teaching and service within the University, statewide and nationally. Vos received the College of Arts and Sciences award for outstanding service in 1998 and was presented a certificate of merit of outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in U.S. schools in 1996.

Vos has also served as a guest professor of theological German the past three years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). He is an elected elder in the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Macomb and is an active administrator in the district Presbytery,

Vos earned his bachelor's degree (1966) in English and German from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and his master's (1968) and doctorate (1975) in German from Indiana University. Having spent a year (1968-69) as a student at the Free University in West Berlin on a Berlin exchange grant, he has returned to Germany frequently in recent years for teaching, research and travel.

Boocker came to Western Illinois following a 13-year career at Tennessee Technological University, where he taught freshman through graduate level composition and literature courses, specializing in British literature. He was nominated four times for the university's outstanding faculty award and earned the Honors Program most valuable faculty member award (1991).

Boocker earned his bachelor's (1980) and master's (1983) degrees in English from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his doctorate (1988) in English literature from the University of Nebraska -Lincoln.

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