Faculty Spotlight: Nicols, Calhoon honored at UCLA football game

UO profsessors John Nicols and Ken Calhoon earn shout out at game.

John Nicols    Kenneth Calhoon

Name: John Nicols

  •  UO Department: History
  •  At UO since: 1980
  •  Field: History and classics

Interesting Facts

  •  Favorite game-day food: Students know when I drink a glass of white wine during the second half of a UO game, the Ducks win. Some are skeptical. Just to show them, I sometimes do not drink the wine. After that, they believe!
  •  Game-watching ritual: Drinking white wine during the second half – when I am convinced the students believe “the force is with me!”

Academic Stat Sheet

Nicols received the 2010 Wayne T. Westling Award for University Leadership and Service. He has served as a visiting professor at the universities of Munich, Heidelberg, Cologne and Münster, and has received fellowships or research grants from organizations including the Fulbright Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served in many roles on the UO campus.


Name: Ken Calhoon

  •  UO Department: German and Scandinavian
  •  At UO since: 1987
  •  Field: Comparative literature  

Interesting Facts

  •  Last UO football game attended: This is my first in 23 years at the UO!
  •  Approach to football: There’s always a first time, and I am excited to be attending my first UO football game – appropriately, given that the team has just been ranked No. 1 for the first time ever!

Academic Stat Sheet

Calhoon received the UO's Thomas F. Herman Award for Distinguished Teaching for 2010. His research and teaching interests range from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries with particular emphasis on drama, early cinema, aesthetics, and the history of manners. He received his doctorate in 1984 from the University of California, Irvine.