McCourt and Spigarelli are vying for rectorate. That’s when you vote and what do you have to do to win

 McCourt and Spigarelli are vying for rectorate.  That's when you vote and what do you have to do to win

Macerata – Theuniversity Preparing to pick a new Macerata superintendent Joe will replace Francesco Adornetto for the Sexenium 2022-2088. Two candidates: John Francis McCourt, Professor of English Literature and Director of the Department of Humanities, and Francesca Spigarelli, Full Professor of Applied Economics and the current representative of the Rector of the Third Mission.

Voting will take place on Wednesday from 9.30 to 12.30 via Polo Pantaleoni, Pescheria Vecchia. Two seats will be set up: in the blue room for full professors, researchers, student council members; In the green room for technical administrative staff and linguistic specialist colleagues. If the first vote is not successful, the second vote will be held from 3 pm to 6 pm.

For election, an absolute majority of those entitled to the first two votes is required. Otherwise, the next day there will be voting between only two candidates. 590 professors have the right to vote: 203 full professors, 83 researchers, 19 members of the student council, 285 members of the librarian techno-administrative staff, and linguistic specialist associates. The votes in this last category count up to 33%, so a total of 94 votes. Each voter can vote for only one candidate. The rector is elected from among full professors serving in Italian universities, holds office for six years and cannot be re-elected for a second consecutive term.

The candidate receiving the majority is declared elected by Dean Luigi Lachey, who is appointed by the Minister of University and Research and takes office at the beginning of the next academic year on 1 November 2022, in this case. John Francis McCourt is also the current Director of the Department of Humanities, President of the International James Joyce Foundation and a board member of the International Yates Summer School. Before arriving at Macerata, he taught at Roma Trey University, where he was director of the Interdepartmental Research Center for Irish and Scottish Studies, and at the University of Trieste, where in 1997 he co-founded the Trieste Joyce School, of which today He is the President. He has written several books on James Joyce and Irish and English literature in English and Italian. Francesca Spigarelli is the head of Unimac’s China Center, she is currently the Rector’s Representative for Self-Employment and Technology Transfer, for European Research Policy and for Research from 2021.

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Current positions include those in the European Commission’s working groups in research on issues of human resources, mobility and participation as the Italian reference designated by the Ministry of University and Research. He coordinated four projects within the 7th Framework Program and Horizon Europe. The programs of both the candidates are available on the website

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