Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrating the scholarship of Sam Schuman, UNC Asheville’s Third Chancellor

Samuel Schuman, who passed away on November 11, is best known at UNC Asheville as the university’s third chancellor.  He also served as chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a fellow COPLAC school. In addition to his legacy as an academic administrator Dr. Schuman was a professor of language and literature and an accomplished scholar.

Sam Schuman while serving as Chancellor of UNC Asheville
Special Collections is honoring Dr. Schuman’s scholarship with an exhibit of his published books. Additionally, Special Collections has recently digitized Dr. Schuman’s recently published pamphlet, COPLAC - The Evolution of A Vision: 1987-2014. This succinct history of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges was published by COPLAC earlier this year. You can read Dr. Schuman’s history of COPLAC by clicking here.

Dr. Schuman received his BA from Grinnell College, his MA from San Francisco State University, and his PhD from Northwestern University. He was a literature scholar and published a number of articles on William Shakespeare and Vladimir Nabokov.  He was also interested in the academy and published a number of articles and books on various issues related to higher education, including pedagogy, tenure, and honors students. He was an avid athlete, at one time writing a column about jogging, and on several occasions incorporating running metaphors in the titles of his articles.

A sample of of the Dr. Schuman’s books on display:

Nabokov’s Shakespeare (Bloomsbury, 2014)

Seeing the Light: Religious Colleges in Twenty-First Century America (Johns Hopkins, 2010)

Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America (Johns Hopkins, 2005)

If Honors Students Were People: Holistic Honors Education (National Collegiate Honors Council, 2013)

From the program for "The Installation of Samuel Schuman as Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Asheville, April 24, 1992"