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    Crescenzi appointed as Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Associate Professor

    Mark Crescenzi, an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, has been appointed as the Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Associate Professor, beginning July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018. The Gray Professorships, established in 1980, and among the University’s most recognized awards for excellence in outstanding undergraduate teaching, includes an annual supplement to faculty salaries, a research/teaching fund, and a one-semester sabbatical.

    Mark who joined the Department of Political Science in 1999, and is currently the associate chair, teaches courses in international relations, including international conflict, conflict resolution, and national security. His current research focuses on the role of reputation in world politics; sources of credibility in international mediation, and the link between international economic interdependence and conflict. He is the author of Economic Interdependence and Conflict in World Politics (2005), and is currently working on a new book, Reputation and Learning in World Politics. Mark received his B.A. from the University of California at Irvine and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.

    In response to the announcement from the Provost, Evelyne Huber, Chair and Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor of the Department of Political Science, said of Mark’s appointment, “this recognizes his outstanding teaching and commitment to the educational mission of the University” and that “Mark adds to the list of political science faculty who have received awards for their teaching excellence. We are very proud of his well-deserved accomplishment.”

    When asked to comment about being named as a Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Associate Professor, Mark said that he was very proud of winning this award.  “The undergraduate students at UNC are among the best in the nation, and I have enjoyed teaching them about the analysis of peace and conflict in world politics. Every year I push them a little bit harder, and their enthusiasm and talent for learning yield great results in and out of the classroom."



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