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Election of Two GWU PBK Honorary Members, July 12, 2010 [PBK]

21 Jul

I’m happy to announce the induction of two new honorary Phi Beta Kappa members (including our own director, Maria Frawley!)  Read on to find out a little bit more about these two new members to the prestigious PBK!


Election of Two GWU PBK Honorary Members, July 12, 2010

Steven R. Lerman
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
A. James Clark Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The George Washington University

Steven Lerman became provost of The George Washington University on July 1, 2010. Dr. Lerman joined The George Washington University from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he served as vice chancellor and dean for graduate education, acting as the chancellor’s chief deputy and working to develop strategic initiatives across the units of the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and the Division for Student Life.    Dr. Lerman brings to GW more than 35 years of experience as a leader and scholar at one of the nation’s most prestigious research universities. He began at MIT as a student, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Analysis. He joined the faculty in 1975 as assistant professor of civil engineering and rose through the ranks, serving twice as chair of the faculty and then as dean of graduate education since 2007 and as vice chancellor since 2008. His awards and honors have included the Advisor of the Year Award from the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, the Maseeh Teaching Award for best departmental teacher and the Class of 1922 Distinguished Professorship.

GWU Membership election approved by MIT PBK Chapter, June, 2010.


Maria Frawley
Executive Director, University Honors Program
Professor of English
The George Washington University

Maria Frawley became the Executive Director of GW University Honors Program in July 2009.  Her tireless efforts to make the curriculum more flexible, recruit outstanding new faculty members, and enhance the course offerings to include courses taught by University Professors have enabled the program to attract outstanding new students and dramatically increase the retention of current students in the program.   Professor Frawley’s research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, social history, and print culture. Her earlier work on the culture of invalidism led her to an interest in “transient illnesses” of Victorian Britain and to histories, narratives, and representations of institutional care (e.g., workhouses, asylums) in this period. She is currently working on a book titled Keywords of Jane Austen’s Fiction as well as on a variety of shorter projects related to her interest in Victorian women and social reform.


(1991) Ph.D., University of Delaware
(1985) M.A., University of Delaware
(1983) B.A., Bucknell University

GWU Membership election approved by Bucknell PBK Chapter, June, 2010.