Advisory Board

Randall (Randy) Bass

Randy BassRandy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), where he continues as a Senior Scholar for Pedagogical Research. 

He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for twenty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. In January 2009, he published a collection of essays and synthesis of findings from the Visible Knowledge Project under the title, “The Difference that Inquiry Makes: A Collaborative Case Study on Technology and Learning, from the Visible Knowledge Project,” (co-edited with Bret Eynon) in the digital journal Academic Commons (January 2009).

From 2003-2009 he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education. Bass is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and electronic projects, including recently, "Disrupting Ourselves: the Problem of Learning in Higher Education" (Educause Review, March/April 2012). He is currently a Senior Scholar with the American Association for Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). 


Rebecca Bushnell ‘74

Rebecca BushnellRebecca Bushnell is the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1982. She received a BA from Swarthmore, an MA from Bryn Mawr, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, Her books include Prophesying Tragedy: Sign and Voice in Sophocles' Theban Plays; Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought & Theater in The English Renaissance; A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice; and Green Desire, a study of early modern English gardening books. She has also recent published A Companion to Tragedy and Tragedy: A Short Introduction. She has received an ACLS research fellowship and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, as well as an NEH grant for Teaching with Technology. Bushnell served as Associate Dean for the Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences from 1998-2003, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003-2004, and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2005-2013. She is currently the President of the Shakespeare Association of America. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Library Company of Philadelphia and Princeton Day School, and a member of the Advisory Board of Overseers of the Morris Arboretum.


Rebecca Chopp

Rebecca ChoppRebecca Chopp is the 18th chancellor of the University of Denver. She served as president of Swarthmore College from 2009 to 2014 where she passionately upheld the College's longstanding commitment to admitting the most highly qualified students without regard for their financial circumstances. Before joining Swarthmore, Chopp served as president of Colgate University, where she led a comprehensive strategic plan that expanded the university's academic space, strengthened academic programs and developed new interdisciplinary centers. She also served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University and as a dean at Yale University.

Chopp is a widely published author and editor. Her six books include Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (2013), which she co-edited with Haverford College President Dan Weiss. Her other notable publications are The Praxis of Suffering: An Interpretation of Liberation and Political Theologies (1986) and The Power to Speak: Feminism, Language, God (1989).

Chopp is the immediate past chair of the Centennial Conference President's Council. Previously, she served on the governing boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the National Survey of Student Engagement. Chopp has also served as a member of the executive committee of the Annapolis Group and the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and president of the American Academy of Religion.

Chopp received a BA from Kansas Wesleyan University, a M.Div. from St. Paul School of Theology, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.


James (Jim) B. Lovelace ‘79

Jim LovelaceJim Lovelace is a Senior Vice President and portfolio counselor of Capital Research Global Investors, a division of Capital Research and Management Company, with responsibilities for The Investment Company of America (ICA), Capital Income Builder (CIB), American Mutual Fund, and American Funds Insurance Series - Blue Chip Income and Growth. Jim is also Vice Chairman, Principal Investment Officer, and a Director of CIB; Vice Chairman, Co-Principal Investment Officer and a Director of ICA; Principal Investment Officer of the American Funds Target Date Retirement Series; and a Senior Vice President of AMF.

Professionally, Lovelace is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts and the AIMR. Philanthropically, he serves on the Boards of the California Institute of the Arts, the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, Swarthmore College and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Lovelace holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College.


Laura McGrane

Laura McGraneLaura McGrane is Associate Professor of English and Koshland Director of the Hurford Center for the Arts & Humanities at Haverford College. She studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received her PhD from Stanford University in English and American Literature. Her scholarship and teaching focus on eighteenth-century print culture and digital media, integrating theoretical work on interface and coding into discourses on the history of the book. She has led national initiatives on Humanities Labs and is a co-adviser for Re: Humanities, a national undergraduate conference on digital humanities. She is on the editorial board of 18thConnect and serves as District IV Rhodes Secretary, running the selection process in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. As Koshland Director, she oversees the Haverford Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and Mellon Creative Residencies program, and she is co-lead on Haverford's new Visual Culture Arts and Media facility.


Robin Feuer Miller ‘69

Robin Feuer MillerRobin Feuer Miller is the Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities and Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University. She served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis from 1994-2000. Miller received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013-2014 to begin work on a new project, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and the Small of This World. Her books include Dostoevsky’s Unfinished Journey (Yale University Press, 2007) and a second edition of The Brothers Karamazov: Worlds of the Novel (Yale University Press, 2008) and Dostoevsky and The Idiot: Author, Narrator and Reader (Harvard University Press, 1981) as well as numerous edited and co-edited volumes. She is currently also at work on an archival project, tentatively entitled Kazuko’s Letters from Japan, focusing on the letters written by a remarkable woman in post-war Japan over a period of decades.


Robert (Bob) Root-Bernstein

Bob Root-BernsteinBob Root-Bernstein is a scientist, humanist, and artist at Michigan State University. He earned his A.B. in Biochemistry with a minor in Science in Human Affairs and a Ph.D. in History of Science from Princeton University. He then did his post-doctoral research in Theories in Biology and autoimmune disease research with Jonas Salk at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. A MacArthur Fellowship (1981-1986) encouraged his multidisciplinary activities. He is currently a Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University where he studies the evolution of metabolic control systems, autoimmune diseases, drug development, and the creative process in the sciences and arts. He exhibits his artwork both in group and solo shows and collaborates with the transmedia artist Adam Brown. They are currently exhibiting a sculptural installation-performance piece called “Origins of Life 1.x” that doubles as a working scientific experiment.

In addition to being on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, Root-Bernstein is an editor for LEONARDO, the journal of The International Society for Science, Technology and the Arts, for whom he edits a regular section on ArtScience. ArtScience explores the intersections of artistic and scientific practice from personal, methodological, historical and cultural perspectives. He also writes a blog on creativity in art and science with his wife Michele Root-Bernstein called “Imagine That!” on the Psychology Today website.

Root-Bernstein has written four books, including Discovering and, with Michele, Sparks of Genius. He is at work on two more, one on artists and musicians as scientists and inventors, and the second on modern scientists as visual artists.