A big step for American Studies

Dr. Busch receives an inaugural endowed professorship in American Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch is the Director of American Studies as well as the Co-Director of the Center for American Studies which she co-founded with Dr. Nathan Busch in 2007. She was recently awarded the Inaugural Walker Endowed Professorship in American Studies, a major accomplishment in her field.

“The newly endowed professorship is named in honor of Laura and Pete Walker. The Walkers were inspired to provide the lead gift due to their daughter’s close relationship with the American Studies program,” Busch said. 

Their daughter, Rachel Walker-Kulzick, graduated from the program in 2009. “After graduation, Dr. Rachel Walker-Kulick earned her Ph.D. at Purdue University.  Pete Walker is the president of P.V. Walker, Inc., an accounting firm based in Front Royal, Virginia, and serves on the CAS Board of Advisors,” Busch added.

Dr. Busch has had a very successful career path on her way to receiving this Professorship. She and her co-director have raised $3 million to support the Center for American Studies’ programs. They have also received multiple awards to help contribute to their efforts. She was also awarded Christopher Newport University’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2012, the university’s most prestigious award given to one faculty member annually.

Not only has she had an exceptional career and shown her passions for American Studies, she also has a passion for being a professor and teaching here at CNU. She says that her favorite thing about being a professor here is simply the students.

“I have met amazing young adults who make it a joy to come to the university every day,” Busch said. “Moreover, a liberal arts environment is the ideal one for cultivating and mentoring the individual growth of students.”

She says she doesn’t see teaching as a job, but as a way of life.

“I am also fortunate to be a member of a community that values the right kind of education, and that encourages academic entrepreneurship and creative inquiry to cultivate the young minds that will shape the future.”

~Taryn Hannam-Zatz, News Editor~


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