Annual Provost’s Luncheon Honors Recent Retired Faculty

Provost Michael Quick hosted the annual Retired Faculty Retirement Luncheon in Town and Gown on Monday, November 9. Retired faculty were honored for a cumulative 1766 years of service from 61 faculty who served an average of 27 years at USC. The longest serving faculty this year is Professor Gregory Davis of Earth Sciences who served 53 years.Retiree Class of 2014-15

The annual Paul Hadley Award for Service to USC was presented to Professor and Dean Emeritus, Robert R. Scales from the School of Dramatic Arts.scales-cropped

Professor Emeritus Robert R. Scales, Ph.D. is a fellow of USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) and has held full-time positions in consulting and/or technical production and lighting design at professional theatre organizations including Theatre Projects Consultants, McCallum Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Stratford Festival Theatre of Canada, and Guthrie Theatre. He has taught at Yale University, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, Hardin-Simmons University, Banff School of the Arts, University of Missouri at Kansas City and Pueblo, CO High School. He serves on the Boards of Theater LA, the 24th Street Theater and Starlight Theater in San Diego.

Following his retirement as Dean and Professor from the School of Dramatic Arts in 2003, Dr. Scales served the university as the Emeriti College Director until 2008 and has served as volunteer Associate Director for the Emeriti Center for the past 7 years. In his role as College director, he doubled the number of presentations in local communities. Throughout the past 12 years, he has served as a leader on the Emeriti Center’s executive committee, restructured and supported the Center’s data collection procedures, created and conducted numerous surveys, served on the RFA board, supported senior housing initiatives and hearing loop technology advocacy, and served as data manager, strategy and advisement support for (Association of Retirement Associations in Higher Education) a nonprofit housed at the Emeriti Center. In the past year, Dr. Scales has been a key leader and supporter during the Center’s transition and its new location at the University Religious Center.

The next big event for the Retiree Community is the Holiday Breakfast in Town & Gown on Friday, December 4 at 8:30 a.m. The breakfast is free for those who are active members of the RFA (Retired Faculty Association) and SRA (Staff Retirement Association).