October 22, 1999

Carnegie Foundation Honors Top Professor in Vermont -- Middlebury College's Allison Stanger Receives Recognition as Vermont Professor of the Year

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has named Middlebury College's Allison K. Stanger the 1999 Vermont Professor of the Year.

Stanger is associate professor of political science and director of the international politics and economics program at Middlebury. She began teaching at Middlebury in 1991 as an assistant professor of political science and was appointed associate professor in May 1998. As the coordinator for Middlebury's consortium in international studies with the University of Vermont and the Washington-based international affairs organization, the Atlantic Council of the United States, Professor Stanger is presently working with colleagues at these institutions to develop coordinated teaching projects that link students from different institutions, both at home and abroad.

She received her doctorate in political science from Harvard University in 1991. She also holds a master's in regional studies-Soviet Union (Harvard University, 1988), a graduate diploma in economics (London School of Economics, 1983), and an undergraduate degree in actuarial science/mathematics (Ball State University, 1982). Fluent in Czech, French, and Russian, she has studied languages and literature at Charles University (Prague), the Sorbonne (Paris), and the Pushkin Institute (Moscow).

Professor Stanger is the co-editor and co-translator (with Michael Kraus) of "Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia's Dissolution" (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999). Her articles and essays on politics and culture have appeared in such publications as East European Constitutional Review; Oxford International Review; New England Review; Literarni Noviny (Prague); Slovenske Listy (Prague); and Lateral (Barcelona), and she has contributed seven chapters to various edited volumes. At present, she is working on a translation of a play ("Dr. Burke's Strange Afternoon") by the Czech playwright, Ladislav Smocek, and a book-length study of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution and its consequences.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) established the Professors of the Year program in 1981 and works in cooperation with the Carnegie Foundation and various other higher education associations in its administration.

This year, the Carnegie Foundation announced winners in 44 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select the finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected the four national winners and the state winners.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a policy center located in Palo Alto, Calif., is devoted to strengthening America's schools and colleges.

The Council for the advancement and Support of Education is an international association of educational institutions, with more than 2,900 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools. Representing these institutions are advancement professionals in the disciplines of alumni relations, communications, and educational fund raising.