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University Community Grieves Over Loss of FUP Editorial Director

Helen Tartar, pictured with former University press head Robert Oppedisano in 2004.
Photo by Peter Freed

The Fordham community mourns the loss of Helen Tartar, editorial director of Fordham University Press (FUP), who was killed on March 3 in an automobile accident in Colorado.

Tartar joined FUP as editorial director in October of 2003, after a 20-year career in scholarly publishing on the West coast. During the last decade she helped strengthen FUP’s reputation in the traditional areas of philosophy and religion, and expanded far into other areas such as anthropology, literary studies, and political theory.

“Helen Tartar spent her career nurturing and promoting the work of other scholars,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “In her, the humanities had an eloquent and tireless champion. Her loss is deeply felt at Fordham.”

A highly sought-after editor in the humanities, Tartar was able to attract well-known scholars to FUP, with such authors as Judith Butler, Veena Das, Jacques Derrida, Geoffrey Hartman, and Jean-Luc Nancy choosing to publish with FUP and helping raise its profile nationally and internationally.

“Helen was one of the most passionate and dedicated editors in the academic publishing community, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her for the past five years and to collaborate with her on transforming [the] Press into one of the leading scholarly presses in the United States,” said Fred Nachbaur, FUP’s director.

In all, Tartar brought more than 650 acquisitions under the FUP logo.

There will be a memorial service for Tartar on Tuesday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. in McNally Amphitheatre, in the Law School, at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.


Interim Dean for Fordham College at Rose Hill

John P. Harrington, Ph.D., professor of English and dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, has been named interim dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH), and will assume his new responsibilities in July.

Harrington will lead the college until a search is conducted to identify a permanent dean. Michael Latham, Ph.D., dean of FCRH, has accepted a position at Grinnell College in Iowa.
Harrington has served as dean of the faculty of arts and sciences since 2009, guiding 350 full-time faculty in 20 departments. He chairs the Council of Deans of Arts and Sciences and has worked collaboratively to launch initiatives for faculty hiring, faculty mentoring and development, and external department and program reviews.

Harrington received a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University, a master’s in Anglo-Irish studies from University College Dublin, and a doctorate in literature from Rutgers University. He has written extensively on Irish literature and culture.

Harrington began his academic career in 1985 as an assistant professor of English and director of composition at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J. He served on the faculty at the Cooper Union from 1986 to 2002, and was a professor and dean at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., from 2002 to 2009.

— Chris Gosier


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