David E. Kyvig, Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University, retired on May 15, 2010. A major scholar of twentieth-century United States history, Kyvig wrote or edited eleven scholarly books, including The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture since 1960 (2008), a Choice Outstanding Book for 2008, Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U. S. Constitution, 1776-1995 (1996), 1997 recipient of the Bancroft Prize, the Henry Adams Prize, and the Ohio Academy of History Publication Award, Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You, co-authored with Myron E. Marty, (third edition forthcoming, 2010) and Repealing National Prohibition (1979). He also published seven book chapters and twenty-three scholarly articles, eighteen encyclopedia articles, and more than forty book reviews or book review essays. He edited several volumes in the Community History Series and the Nearby History Series. He received numerous academic fellowships, among them from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. He also served as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Norway and as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. An active public intellectual, Professor Kyvig wrote or commented frequently for newspapers and on-line news services on issues relating to constitutional history, impeachment, and contemporary politics. He also served as President of the National Council for Public History, on the Nominating Committee of the Organization of American Historians, and on committees of a dozen scholarly organizations. During his eleven years at NIU, he taught graduate research seminars in American history, reading seminars in Modern American history, and undergraduate courses in U. S. Constitutional History, U. S. History since 1960, and the Survey of American History. Professor Kyvig also served on the NIU Press Board for nine years. His many friends at NIU will miss David Kyvig very much and wish him well in Washington, D.C. on his sabbatical of indeterminate duration.
Christine D. Worobec, Board of Trustees Professor and Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University, retired on July 1, 2010. A prolific researcher whose work addresses a variety of issues of imperial Russian cultural, social, and gender history, Professor Worobec has written, edited, or compiled seven volumes, as well as published twelve book chapters and eight articles thus far in her academic career. Along the way she has won numerous prizes for her work, which has been supported by multiple prestigious grants and fellowships. During the decade she spent at NIU, Professor Worobec played a very active role in both undergraduate and graduate education, teaching courses that included Russian imperial and Soviet history as well as women’s history. Collegial and hard working, she was called upon to serve the history department in numerous administrative capacities, including Director of Undergraduate Studies and Acting Director of Graduate Studies. The consummate bridge builder, Professor Worobec also undertook herculean service to the university where she has played an important role in building the University Press’ prestigious Russian series. Her many friends and colleagues throughout the university will miss Christine Worobec very much and wish her well in her new life in Washington, DC.
Barbara Posadas and Nancy Wingfield