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Fall Virtual Convocation

September 15, 2020

The term ‘convocation’ comes from the Latin word convocare, meaning ‘to call together.’

Fall Convocation is a joyful tradition at TCU. We gather together to celebrate the start of the new academic year, recognize our outstanding thought leaders and mentors, and formally welcome our newest faculty members.


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Processional & Invocation

Rev. Todd Boling, Senior Associate Chaplain
Dr. H. Joseph Butler, Professor of Music and University Organist
Trumpet March by Jeremiah Clarke

TCU Concert Chorale

This Little Light of Mine arranged by Moses Hogan
TCU Concert Chorale led by Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities

Recognition of New Full-Time Faculty

College & School Deans

Student Leadership Remarks

Ms. Paige Shiring, President; Student Government Association
Ms. Courtney Kimmel, President; Graduate Student Senate

Chancellor’s Address

Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr., Chancellor

Presentation of Awards

Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr., Chancellor & Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Closing/TCU Alma Mater

Dr. Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
TCU Alma Mater led by Dr. James D. Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Voice & Voice Pedagogy
Accompanied by Dr. Butler


Dr. D. Newell Williams, President of Brite Divinity School
Dr. H. Joseph Butler, Professor of Music and University Organist
Fanfare by Jacques Lemmens


Congratulations to This Year’s Award Winners

Dr. Greg FriedmanDr. Greg Friedman, Professor and Chair of Mathematics
College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Greg Friedman is professor and chair of mathematics in the College of Science & Engineering. Before coming to TCU in 2005, he held research and teaching appointments at Vanderbilt University, Yale University and NYU. He spent a summer as a researcher for the National Science Foundation and has held visiting positions in France and Israel. His research areas include geometric and algebraic topology, stratified knot theory and disk knot theory.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Friedman graduated from Brown University and earned his master’s and Ph.D. from NYU.

His work has been published in numerous journals, among them Michigan Mathematical Journal, Advances in Mathematics, and Journal of Topology and Analysis. Friedman has given talks all over the world: Montreal; Lille, France; Oberwolfach, Germany; Cortona, Italy; Jerusalem — and right here at home to our TCU Silver Frogs Lifelong Learning Institute.

Dr. William GibbonsDr. William Gibbons, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Musicology
School of Music, College of Fine Arts

Dr. William Gibbons is associate professor of musicology and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, where he teaches courses in contemporary music history and culture. His interdisciplinary research explores musical canons and repertoires, and the history and interpretation of music in multimedia.

Dr. Gibbons earned a B.A. from Emory & Henry College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and reviews, and has presented at universities and conferences across the United States and Europe. His newest book,  Unlimited Replays: Classical Music and Video Games  examines what “classical music” means in today’s media-rich culture.

Gibbons frequently collaborates with area arts organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Opera. He also performs as a collaborative pianist, touring the United States and France as part of the Ataraxia Duo, an ensemble dedicated to contemporary works for flute and piano.

Abbie Shipp Dr. Abbie Shipp, Chair and Professor of Management & Leadership
Neeley School of Business

Dr. Abbie Shipp is professor and chair of management and leadership in the Neeley School of Business. Her research focuses on the psychological experiences of time spent at work. Published in journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology, she is the co-author of a two-volume book, Time and Work.

Named a Neeley MBA “Favorite Professor” six times, Shipp received the 2009 Lockheed Martin "Excellence in Teaching" Award, the 2014 Neeley "Innovation in Teaching" Award and the 2017 Neeley "Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching" Award.

Shipp has worked at The Boeing Company and TV Guide, and has consulted for firms such as Ernst & Young, Marriott, Halliburton, Inspirus and AT&T.

She completed a B.S. and M.B.A. at Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shipp serves on the board of United Way of Tarrant County. 

Ms. Jean Marie BrownMs. Jean Marie Brown, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Student Media
Journalism Department, Bob Schieffer College of Communication

Jean Marie Brown is an assistant professor of professional practice in the Department of Journalism for the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, and director of TCU Student Media.

A former newspaper executive, Brown spent most of her career with Knight Ridder and McClatchy newspapers. Positions at the  Fort Worth Star-Telegram  and  The Charlotte Observer included deputy features editor, city editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor.

She began her reporting career in the Chicago Bureau of The Wall Street Journal  where she covered agriculture, financial futures and public policy.

While at her hometown newspaper in Gary, Ind., she co-authored an award-winning series on racial segregation in northwest Indiana — at the time considered one of the most segregated regions of the country.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master’s from TCU. She has taught diversity in newsrooms across the country and leadership at the Poynter Institute. She is a senior Fault Lines trainer for the Maynard Institute.

Dr. Cynthia SavageDr. Cynthia Savage, Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
College of Education

Dr. Cynthia Savage is associate dean of undergraduate studies and associate professor of professional practice in the College of Education. Her instructional expertise lies in youth advocacy, teacher education and research methodology. She also organizes faculty-led experiences and serves as the college’s European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) exchange coordinator.

Within Texas, she advocates for education through involvement in Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas as vice president, and the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education as a board member. Further, she regularly consults as an evaluator/psychometrician for education stakeholders.

Savage has authored/co-authored almost 100 presentations, technical/evaluation reports and journal publications. Recent contributions include receiving TCU’s Global Innovator Award (2016) with Dutch colleagues, participating in Harvard’s Management Development Program (2017), serving as TCU’s Coleman Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow (2018-2019), and supporting the college in applying for the Association of Teacher Education’s Distinguished Teacher Education Program (2020) award.

Dr. Carol ThompsonDr. Carol Thompson, Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, AddRan College of Liberal Arts (Social Sciences)

Dr. Carol Thompson is a professor of sociology in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Louisiana State University. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research on the life-worlds of animal rescuers.

Thompson presents her research nationally and internationally and recently published “Exploring Empathy, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout among Feral Cat Caregivers” in Society and Animals and “Morality as a Discursive Accomplishment among Animal Rescue Workers” in Deviant Behavior. She is the co-founder of the Human-Animal Relationships minor at TCU. She co-created the TCU Borneo study abroad program to provide first-hand learning about deforestation and the heroic efforts of orangutan rescuers and rehabilitators.

In 2008, Thompson received the Deans’ Award for Teaching. In 2018, she received the Clifton Bryant Award of the American Sociological Association’s section on Animals and Society in recognition of her founding work and teaching innovation in the field of human-animal studies.

Dr. Gir AkkarajuDr. Giri Akkaraju, Professor and Chair
Department of Biology, College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Giridhar Akkaraju is a professor and biology department chair in the College of Science & Engineering. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Bombay and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

His areas of focus include viral pathogenesis, targeted therapies for cancer, anti-inflammatory therapies for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, and nanomaterials for therapeutics and diagnostics. At TCU, he teaches Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Virology, and an honors seminar, The Biology of Cancer.

Dr. Akkaraju loves the outdoors and mentoring students. Last year he shared his personal thoughts on the value of the teacher-scholar model on the Admissions Frog Blog. He was named the John V. Roach Honors College Professor of the Year in 2011.

In his own words: “I try to instill a sense of wonder and excitement to draw students into topics that I find fascinating. I tell students in my classes, I can’t ‘teach’ them anything — but I can show them how to learn.”

Adam W. McKinneyMr. Adam McKinney, Assistant Professor of Dance
College of Fine Arts

Adam W. McKinney is an assistant professor in the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance. Classically trained, he has danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. 

Named one of the most influential African Americans in his birthplace of Milwaukee by St. Vincent DePaul, McKinney has led dance work with diverse populations in Africa, the Middle East, Central America, Asia, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom and across the United States.

His research sits at the circular intersections of dance performance and dance studies, anthropology, community, anti-racism, healing, and technology.

McKinney and his husband are co-directors of DNAWORKS. He is the president of Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, an organization preserving histories of racial violence. Recent projects include an art-based augmented reality app for identifying local sites of trauma in a work entitled  Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Fred Rouse.

Dr. Babette BohnDr. Babette Bohn, Professor of Art History
College of Fine Arts

Dr. Babette Bohn is professor of art history in the College of Fine Arts. She received the Women and Gender Studies Research and Creative Activity Award for 2015-16, the College of Fine Arts’ Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research in 2008, and the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2003.

Bohn earned a B.A. in art history from Northwestern University, an M.A. from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her specializations are Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, feminist art history, and Italian prints and drawings.

Her nine books include an exhibition catalogue on Guido Reni for the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, and her forthcoming Women Artists, Their Patrons, and Their Publics in Early Modern Italy.

A recent Kress Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art’s research institute who has received many extramural grants, Bohn has published scores of essays on Italian art.