Esteemed Educators Celebrated as Endowed Faculty Chairs

The Ellis School is pleased to announce the appointment of three distinguished Endowed Faculty Chairs. A mark of professional distinction, the Endowed Faculty Chair appointees display a resolute commitment to academic excellence and The Ellis School’s teaching philosophy and mission.
Endowed Faculty Chair in History: Susan Corbesero, Ph.D.
The distinction of Endowed Faculty Chair in History is awarded to Susan Corbesero, Ph.D., History Department Chair and Global Initiatives Coordinator. Committed to cultivating global competency and awareness in students as they navigate today’s increasingly interconnected world, Dr. Corbesero employs a wide range of digital and innovative pedagogies, such as digital storytelling, gamification, and history crowdsourcing, in her classroom.

In honor of former Head of School Mary H. Grant, the Mary H. Grant Endowed Faculty Chair was established as a lasting tribute to her accomplishments during her seven years of leadership. 

Endowed Faculty Chair in Arts: Linda Tonetti Dugan
The distinguished honor of Endowed Faculty Chair in Arts is entrusted to Linda Tonetti Dugan, Visual Arts Department Chair and Teacher. A vibrant leader of the Visual Arts Department, Ms. Tonetti Dugan teaches Middle School students the crucial role art plays in their world by introducing alternative mediums, exploring design careers, and fostering community connections through art in her studio.

Alumna Kathleen OLIVER Parker ’43 made the creation of the Endowed Faculty Chair in Arts possible. Kathleen’s passion for the arts, particularly in architectural design, and her commitment to The Ellis School were the impetus behind the endowment. A stalwart supporter of all-girls education, Kathleen believes that Ellis’ strong and positive educational experience enhances girls’ lives in every way.

Endowed Faculty Chair in English: Anna Redcay, Ph.D.
The Endowed Faculty Chair in English is bestowed upon Anna Redcay, Ph.D., English Department Chair and Upper School English Teacher. Dr. Redcay empowers her students to find threads between literature and the wider world in order to draw conclusions that deepen their analysis of critical texts and their love of reading.

The Endowed Faculty Chair in English was established by The Ellis School and several anonymous donors to honor former Head of School Helen Mason Moore’s leadership and commitment to the study of literature.