North Central College - Naperville, IL

Francine G. Navakas

Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities

Francine G. Navakas holds the Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities endowed chair at North Central College. She is a professor of English and associate academic dean with more than 30 years of service at the College.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Chicago; a master of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

She has written and published critical essays and has received four National Endowment for the Humanities grants. In 2000, Navakas was named the eighth recipient of the Harold and Eva White "First Citizen of the College" Award during commencement ceremonies at North Central College. She has received three Dissinger awards, annually given in recognition of outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to the College. Navakas is director of Integrative Programs and Interdisciplinary Studies; was coordinator of the History of Ideas program; founded the College's Gender and Women's Studies program; and has been an active member of the Association for Integrative Studies, serving on its board and editing its Issues publication.

She is the first recipient of the Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities endowed chair, which was established in 1992 by John D. Bramsen in honor of his parents. A North Central College trustee since 1991, John Bramsen graduated from the College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics. He earned a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Colorado for many years before leaving to pursue post-doctoral studies in mathematics and statistics. By 1982, he was working for Spraying Systems Company in Wheaton, Ill., a company founded by his father, that manufacturers spray nozzles and accessories. Though retired, he continues to be engaged in research and writing in mathematics and sociology.