Dana Professors

The Dana Endowment at Ithaca College

1n 1973 the Dana Foundation provided Ithaca College with an endowment to encourage and reward academic excellence. The Dana Professors are chosen for excellence in teaching and research. The Dana Student Internship Program provides internship funding to students on the basis of academic excellence and financial need.

Current Dana Professors

Michael Malpass, Anthropology (2008-)
Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences

Michael Twomey, English (2007-)
Charles A. Dana Professor of Humanities/Arts

Dana Wilson, Music Theory, History, and Composition (1994-2016)
Charles A. Dana Professor of Music

Previous Dana Professors

Raquib Zaman, Business Administration (1987-2014, Dana Professor Emeritus)

Humanities /Arts:
Nancy Ramage, Art History (2001-2007; Dana Professor Emerita)
John Harcourt, English (1977-1985; Dana Professor Emeritus; deceased)

Natural Sciences /Mathematics:
Vicki Cameron, Biology (2003-09; Dana Professor Emerita)
Imre Tamas, Biology (1996-2002; Dana Professor Emeritus; deceased)
Robert F. Pasternack, Chemistry (1977-1983)

Social Sciences:
Joel Savishinsky, Anthropology (1997-2008; Dana Professor Emeritus)
Harvey Fireside, Politics (1977-1996; Dana Professor Emeritus; deceased)

Pamela Gearhart, Music (1977-1993; Dana Professor Emerita)

The Dana Foundation at a Glance

The Dana Foundation
505 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Current mission:

  • To support neuroscience by sharing knowledge; by publishing books, journals, an annual progress report about brain research, and a newsletter; by sponsoring the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives; by providing news releases to journalists; by sponsoring lectures, forums, workshops, and podcasts on neuroscience; by providing science and health grants to researchers and science teachers.
  • To support the arts and education by sponsoring lectures, forums, workshops, and podcasts on arts and education; by fostering professional development for teachers of performing arts in public schools; by providing free publications, books, and articles on arts education; by organizing conferences; by providing links to resources about arts education on its web page; by providing grants for curricular development in arts education.

Fast Facts:

  • Founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, New York State legislator and one-time president of the Dana Holding Corporation of Toledo, OH.
  • Provides major funding for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
  • Current chairman and president (2016) is Edward F. Rover.