Tenure for 16 HWS Faculty Members - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Tenure for 16 HWS Faculty Members

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of President Mark D. Gearan, approved tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor to 16 faculty members.

Effective July 1, Assistant Professors Christopher Annear (Anthropology and Sociology); Brien Ashdown (Psychology); Elizabeth Belanger (American Studies); Kathryn Cowles (English); Hannah Dickinson (Writing and Rhetoric); Kendralin Freeman (Anthropology and Sociology); Christopher Hatch (Theatre); Beth Kinne (Environmental Studies); Charity Lofthouse (Music); Nicholas Metz (Geoscience); Mark Olivieri (Music); Jason Rodriguez (Anthropology and Sociology); Fernando Rodriguez-Mansilla (Spanish and Hispanic Studies); Leah Shafer (Media & Society); Maggie Werner (Writing and Rhetoric); and Chris Woodworth (Theatre) were elevated to the rank of Associate Professor.

Chris Annear Anthropology and Sociology Department PortraitAnnear, who joined the HWS faculty in 2011, holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Boston University. His primary research explores the relationship between an ethnically heterogeneous population and an ecologically dynamic fishery in South-Central Africa, with additional work on the politics of international food aid, Zambian historiography, and student research in pedagogy. His teaching focuses on cultural anthropology, the environment, critical issues in Africa, and food studies. A 2012-13 Fisher Center Research Fellow, he has received research and writing fellowships from Fulbright, Harvard University, the U.S. Department of Education and the Ford Foundation, and delivered dozens of lectures, conference presentations and media interviews around the world. From 1997 to 1999, Annear served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zambia and has returned to the country regularly to conduct field research. Annear’s scholarship has appeared in the Journal of Political Ecology and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, and in the anthologies, ​Africa’s Challenge, ​Best of Gastronomica, The Gastronomica Reader, and Living the End of Empire: Politics and Society in Late Colonial Zambia. He is embarking on culinary research in Vietnam (with Professor Jack D. Harris) as a complement to his fall 2016 study abroad directorship in the country.

Ashdown Brian Classroom-0052Ashdown joined the HWS faculty in 2011, after holding a position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He earned a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Weber State University, and a research-based M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Saint Louis University, where he began his research in Guatemala. He teaches a variety of courses, including introductory and cultural psychology, and has overseen many Honors projects, independent studies and summer research students. He has coauthored more than 20 peer-reviewed studies, book chapters and conference presentations, often collaborating with HWS faculty and students. Ashdown is the recipient of a Global Collective Faculty Fellowship grant from the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, focusing on indigeneity, sustainability and human rights. He has been recognized with awards from the American Psychological Association and Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR). He was recently elected as vice-president of SCCR, and will be the society’s president in 2019.

Belanger Beth 0005Belanger, who currently co-chairs the HWS American Studies Department, joined the faculty in 2013. Her courses explore the ways the U.S. has been shaped by gender, sexuality, culture, place, memory, art and race. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Brown University and a B.A. from Kenyon College. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Journal of the Civil War Era, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Journal of American History and The Public Historian, which awarded her the 2012 G. Wesley Johnson Award for the best article published in the journal that year. A regular presenter at national and international conferences, she has delivered talks, workshops and seminars in Geneva and the surrounding communities. Prior to joining the HWS faculty, she taught as Stonehill College and Brown University.

Kathryn Cowles leading a discussion in her Advanced Poetry Workshop.Cowles, who teaches courses in creative writing, poetry and women’s studies, is the author of the Brunsman Poetry Prize-winning book, Eleanor, Eleanor, Not Your Real Name. Her work has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Experimental WritingColorado ReviewDiagram, Free Verse, The Georgia Review, New American Writing, Pleiades, Verse, Witness, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-day. Cowles joined the HWS community in 2011. She has directed the Trias Writer’s Residency, advised several student Honors projects, co-edited the “Beyond Category” issue of Seneca Review dedicated to hybrid forms, and served on a number of campus and departmental committees. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Utah. She earned her Ph.D. in English, creative writing and poetry, with her dissertation “Maps and Transcripts,” also from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the Colleges, Cowles taught at Ohio Northern University and the University of Utah.​

Ristow Ben and Dickinson HannahCurrently serving as chair of the Writing and Rhetoric program, director of the Writing Colleagues program and coordinator of the Critical Social Studies program, Dickinson joined the Colleges’ faculty in 2011. Her teaching explores discourse analysis, linguistic diversity, multilingual writers and cultural theory, among other topics. Dickinson is co-author of the book, Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders. Her research—which examines the production and circulation of discourses about violence in higher education, as well as writing program administration, peer tutoring and composition pedagogy—has been published in a variety of journals, including Composition Studies, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, and Reading Research Quarterly, among others. The recipient of prizes, grants and fellowships for her teaching, research and scholarship, Dickinson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, her M.A. from the City College of New York and her B.A. from Haverford College.

Freeman KendralinFreeman’s scholarship, teaching and service activities explore the intersection of race, education and society. Before joining the HWS faculty in 2011, Freeman earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University, and her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. She has overseen student Honors and independent study research, and has served on numerous departmental and campus-wide committees. Her research has been published in the journals Race and Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly and Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change, among others. Freeman has collaborated with students on community based research projects involving the Geneva Business Improvement District, Geneva High School and the Geneva Human Rights Commission. She has coordinated events which brought to campus national experts on criminal justice reform, race and cultural privilege, to engage with HWS students, faculty and staff.

Shakespeare Acting Class Final ScenesA member of Actors’ Equity Association, Hatch has extensive stage experience, acting in professional productions with companies such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Lyric Opera, among others. Prior to joining the HWS faculty in 2010, Hatch earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He earned a certificate from the Stage Internazionale Di Commedia Dell’Arte in Italy, and has taught at Indiana University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. At HWS, he teaches a wide range of courses in the Theatre department including a study-abroad program in Bali. He also teaches a course on baseball and American culture in the American Studies program and has presented twice at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Hatch has directed a number of campus productions, including Twelfth Night, Boeing Boeing, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

KinneA member of the American Bar Association and associate editor of the quarterly State and Local Law newsletter, Kinne is licensed to practice law in the states of Colorado, Washington and New York. She holds a B.A. from University of Virginia, an M.S. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. and LL.M in Asian and Comparative Law from the University of Washington, as well as a certificate in Chinese language from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Since joining the HWS faculty in 2008, she has taught courses in business law, environmental law, natural resource law and environmental studies, among others. Previously, she served as an associate attorney in Colorado, where she practiced land use, municipal, and water law. She has presented her work in the U.S. and China, serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Youth Science Foundation and recently organized the Finger Lakes Institute’s Environment and Development Conference, which focused primarily on hydrofracking. Her book, Beyond the Fracking Wars: A Guide for Lawyers, Public Officials, Planners and Citizens, was published in 2013 by the American Bar Association.

11-0399, Brad Umble and Grace Gist work on music theory in Professor Charity Lofthouse's classLofthouse, who joined the Colleges in 2011, is a music theorist specializing in musical form and teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, form and analysis, film music and women in music, among other topics. She holds a B.M. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has published and forthcoming work on formal processes in 20th-century symphonies and on film music, and has presented at international conferences in Austria, Estonia and Russia, and at conferences across the U.S. and Canada, including the Sentiments & Declarations series hosted by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in conjunction with HWS. A singer, composer, and keyboardist, Lofthouse continues to perform throughout the U.S. She has previously taught at Baruch College, Hunter College and Oberlin Conservatory.

Metz NickMetz has expertise in multiple areas of high-impact weather, including large-scale weather systems and patterns affecting the Finger Lakes and Great Lakes regions. Since joining the HWS faculty in 2011, Metz has taught a number of courses focused on specialized areas in meteorology, including hydrometeorology and weather analysis, as well as a first-year seminar exploring climate change and the intersection of science and politics. Metz has overseen many student research projects, led the HWS weather forecasting team in the national Weather Challenge competition, and taken students to Hawaii and the Midwest to learn about various weather phenomena. Metz and his collaborators, including HWS faculty and students, have obtained funding from the National Science Foundation to study numerous aspects of lake-effect snow, among other projects. Metz holds a B.S. from Valparaiso University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University at Albany. His research has been published widely in scientific journals.

Mark Olivieri Assistant Professor of Music office in Gearan Center for Performing ArtsOlivieri, who joined the Colleges’ faculty in 2010, holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, a M.M. from Ithaca College Music Conservatory, and a B.M. from Heidelberg College. Prior to arriving at the Colleges, he served as composer-in-residence in the Department of Dance at The College at Brockport. A productive composer, Olivieri receives numerous commissions, performances, and recordings of his work from artists throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has played and composed internationally for luminaries such as Jose Limon, Sean Curran, Doug Varone and Smith Dance Companies. In 2015, Olivieri had his Carnegie Hall debut when his composition, Hommage á Trois for solo piano was performed by Richard Steinbach. His triple concerto, Open Secrets, for piano, viola and flute premiered in Medellín, Colombia in the spring of 2016. His teaching spans music composition, theory, history and performance. On campus, he has served on the Committee on Faculty and as coordinator of the Guest Artist Concert series. He also directs the Colleges’ jazz ensemble.

Rodriguez JasonRodriguez’s ethnographic research explores Buddhism and development in the Indian state of Bihar, as well as inequality along the U.S.-Mexico border and cultural movements responding to consumerism. His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in City & Society, Review of Radical Political Economics, Whiteness and Education and others. A 2007-08 Fulbright Fellow, Rodriguez holds a B.S. from Texas Wesleyan University, an M.A. from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Since joining the faculty in 2011, he has taught courses that explore the junctures of politics, culture, capitalism, feminism and anthropology. Since 2013, he has served as the chair of the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Social Justice. He has delivered more than a dozen presentations to conferences across North America and in India, exploring Buddhism, non-governmental organizations, development policy, globalization and more.

Rodriguez-Mansilla FernandoA member of the HWS faculty since 2010, Rodríguez-Mansilla is an expert on Spanish Golden Age narratives and poetry, picaresque novels and Spanish philology. The author of several books, including Picaresca femenina de Alonso de Castillo Solórzano (2012), and numerous peer reviewed articles and book reviews, Rodríguez-Mansilla holds a Licenciatura in Hispanic literature from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; and a Ph.D. in Spanish philology from Universidad de Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain. He has delivered lectures and presentations to conference and university audiences around the world. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as at universities in Peru and Spain. His article “La media rota de Alonso Quijano” received the Luis Andrés Murillo Award for the best article of 2014 from the Cervantes Society of America. He is board member of the Society of Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. In addition to Spanish literature, Rodríguez-Mansilla teaches courses at HWS on Spanish language, grammar and composition, as well as in issues in Hispanic media.

Shafer LeahShafer’s courses explore the culture and history of media, including television, film, advertising and the Internet. Her criticism has been widely published and anthologized, and appears in journals including FLOW: A Critical Forum on Television and Media CultureAfterimage and Film Criticism. Shafer has helped organize local and national workshops on media studies pedagogy and has presented widely at conferences and symposia. Her scholarship on media studies pedagogy has appeared in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and Teaching Media Quarterly, and she was a guest-editor for a volume of Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier. An HWS faculty member since 2008, she has served on many institutional and departmental committees. She holds an A.B., M.A. and a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and has taught at Ithaca College and for the Bard Prison Initiative, where she served as campus coordinator. A scholar/artist, she was recently awarded a research residency with the experimental media art collaborative Signal Culture, and her experimental documentary Declaration of Sentiments Wesleyan Chapel has screened in juried film festivals and is cited in the recently published volume Networked Cinemas.

Maggie WernerWerner, who joined the faculty in 2011, teaches in the Writing and Rhetoric program. Werner specializes in sexuality studies and rhetorical criticism, and studies the communicating erotic body, particularly in contested sites of women’s sexuality. She has overseen independent studies and Honors projects and taught courses with a focus on analysis, argumentation and style. Werner earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. and B.A. from Illinois State University. Her scholarship and criticism has been published in Rhetoric Review, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric, Feminist Formations and edited collections. She has delivered dozens of presentations exploring sexuality, pedagogy and interdisciplinary learning. On campus, she has served as faculty adviser for the Pride Alliance (2012-17), is heavily involved in committees, and is a member of the Conference on College Composition and Communications, National Council of Teachers of English and the Rhetoric Society of America, among others.

Woodworth ChrisWoodworth, who is affiliated with the Women’s Studies and American Studies programs, joined the HWS faculty in 2013, teaching courses exploring theatre history, African American theatre, feminist theatre and criticism. She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. from Indiana University, and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University. Previously, she was a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Lock Haven University. Her co-edited book, Working in the Wings: New Perspectives on Theatre History and Labor, was published in 2015. Her scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Theatre Symposium, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Annual, as well as several anthologies. Her criticism has appeared widely in national journals. Her extensive work as a director includes, professional, community, and youth theatre productions, many in the Geneva area. She is a full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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