Emeriti titles are conferred upon retirement to select nominees who are recognized nationally as having been outstanding in their discipline and who have made an exceptional contribution to their field of scholarship or the university or both. Those named Emeriti are held in the utmost respect and esteem of their colleagues for their prior and ongoing scholarly and creative activity. This year’s distinguished titles are conferred by the University President Dr. M. Brian Blake and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Wendy Hensel.
For many years of service and indelible contribution to scholarship and creative activity in the arts, we honor and congratulate you all.
Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design congratulates Ralph Gilbert on being named Professor Emeritus as he retires after 35 years of teaching, mentoring and maintaining an active career.
Professor Emeritus Gilbert has been teaching at Georgia State University before the naming of the school to reflect its benefactor, Ernest G. Welch, and before the formation of the College of the Arts. He was an instrumental player in planning and finding support to establish the college in 2016. He has served as associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, as graduate director, assistant director and then director for the School of Art & Design. To read more about his history with the school and his most recent work, click here.
School of Film, Media & Theatre
The School of Film, Media &Theatre is proud to announce that Dr. Angelo Restivo and Dr. Shirlene Holmes are its newest emeriti faculty.
Dr. Restivo’s research and teaching interests focus on international art cinemas from the postwar to the present, questions surrounding cinematic realism(s), and theories of visuality and the image. His articles and co-authored work have appeared in numerous collections and journals. He is the author of “The Cinema of Economic Miracles: Visuality and Modernization in the Italian Art Film,” Duke UP, 2002, and most recently, “Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television,” Duke UP, 2019. To read more about Dr. Restivo’s nomination, click here.
Dr. Holmes is a playwright, poet, scholar, performer and speaker who creates nuanced, innovative works examining identity and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and class. She earned her B.A. in English from City University of New York and her M.F.A. in Theatre and Playwriting from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Holmes spent three decades as a Georgia State faculty member, earning her doctoral degree in Speech (Performance Studies) from Southern Illinois University during that time. To read more about her storied career, click here.
School of Music
The School of Music congratulates Dr. Robert Thompson on his nomination as Professor Emeritus. Dr. Thompson, a composer of both instrumental and electroacoustic music, retires from teaching after more than 30 years as a professor of music composition at Georgia State. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego. In 1991, he was named a Fulbright Research Scholar, and he was Composer in Residence at the Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music (DIEM) where he collaborated on fundamental research and composed the long-form computer music work, “The Strong Eye.” To read more about Dr. Thompson’s many awards and accolades, click here.
To learn more about the Emeriti Association at Georgia State, please click here.