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Ten Professors Recognized

The HWS faculty is one of many points of pride in the Colleges’ reputation. This year during the January and April meetings of the HWS Board of Trustees, members of the Board fortified the Colleges’ already stellar faculty by conferring tenure and the rank of associate professor to six faculty members; naming two faculty members to full professor; granting tenure to Professor of Art Patricia Mathews; and awarding Gebru Tareke the status of professor emeritus of history.

Effective July 1, 2009, the Board of Trustees granted tenure and the rank of associate professor to Laurence Erussard of the English Department, David J. Galloway of the Russian Area Studies program, Paul Kehle of the Education Department, Neil Laird of the Geoscience Department, Steve Penn of the Physics Department and Uta Wolfe of the Psychology Department.

Additionally, Board members have granted the promotion of Betty Bayer of the Women’s Studies Program and Sigrid Carle ’84 of the Biology Department. Mathews, who previously held the status of full professor, was also awarded tenure. After 31 years as one of the Colleges’ leading scholars in the History Department, Tareke was given emeritus rank.

To find out more about each of these outstanding professors and scholars, check out their biographies below:

Betty Bayer

Betty Bayer earned her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Carleton University. Serving the Colleges in the Women’s Studies Program, Bayer routinely teaches Women Studies Senior Seminar, Introduction to Women’s Studies, Peace, Research in Social Psychology and Psychology of Women.  Recognized for her outstanding teaching ability, Bayer received the Colleges’ prestigious Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award in 2009.  She has served as the chair of the Women Studies Program since 2001 and directed the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men from 2002 to 2009.  Recent publications include “Wonder in a World of Struggle” (Subjectivity), and “On Cultural History as Transformation-or, What’s the Matter with Psychology Anyway?”  Bayer also co-edited “Challenges to Theoretical Psychology” and “Reconstructing the Psychological Subject: Bodies, Practices and Technologies,” and has an upcoming book, titled “Threshold of Revelation: When Prophecy Fails, Psychology and Spirituality.” She has served on the editorial boards of the journals International Journal of Critical Psychology, Theory & Psychology, The History of Psychology and Psychology and Sexuality and has given dozens of conference presentations internationally.

Sigrid Carle

Sigrid Carle ’84 earned her Ph.D. from Florida State and her B.S. summa cum laude with honors from William Smith College and is a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. Carle, who regularly collaborates on research with Dr. Thomas Burr, the director of Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, routinely teaches Cell Biology, Introductory Biology, Senior Seminar in Biology and First-Year Seminars. Her research interests include plant-pathogen interactions, identification of bacterial pathogenic genes and factors that affect plant responses to pathogens. Her recent publications include “A gene cluster in Agrobacterium vitis homologous to polyketide synthase operons is associated with grape necrosis and HR induction on tobacco,” published in FEBS Microbiology Letters with co-authors Guixia Hao, Desen Zheng, Tamira Sanni-Sanoussi ’04, Michael J. Talarico ’10, Joshua S. Hilton ’10 and Thomas Burr, as well as “A luxR homolog, aviR, in Agrobacterium vitis is associated with induction of necrosis on grape and a hypersensitive response on tobacco,” published in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions with co-authors D. Zheng, H.S. Zhang, G. Hao, M.R. Holden and Thomas Burr.

Laurence Erussard

Laurence Erussard earned her Ph.D. in English and completed her Thesis in English (M.A. equivalent) from the University of Murcia in Spain. She also earned her M.A. in English Literature, B.A. in Spanish and B.A. in French from the State University of New York (SUNY), New Paltz. In addition, she received her Associate Degree in Science from the Ulster County Community College. At HWS, Erussard routinely teaches “Canterbury Tales,” “Troilus and Criseyde,” Medieval Romance, Medieval Drama, History of the English Language, King Arthur: Once and Future King, European Studies, Iconoclastic Women in the Middle Ages, Male Heroism in the Middle Ages and one comparative Medieval literature course, which changes content each semester it is taught. She also regularly co-teaches, with Associate Professor of Art Michael Tinkler, the course Art and Literature in the Middle Ages, which focuses alternately on the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and Medieval humor. Prior to teaching at HWS, Erussard taught at SUNY New Paltz and the University of Murcia. Her recently published works include the articles “Language, Power and Holiness in Cynewolf’s Elene,”  “TEAMS Middle English Texts and the Assignment of Multi-Genre Projects/Papers” and “Late Medieval Old French Farce: A Mirror of Society,” as well as an upcoming book, titled “Robert the Devil,” a translation of a 13th century Old French hagiographic romance with notes and introduction.

David Galloway

David J. Galloway earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Slavic Studies from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degrees in Russian and English from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He routinely teaches Beginning Russian, Russian Prison Literature, 19th century Russian Literature, and a first-year seminar (“Tales of the Village Idiot:  Russian and American Folklore”).  Galloway has been actively working with CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) for the past 10 years, primarily in the development and testing of Russian-language applications, and has presented papers on his work at numerous regional and national conferences. He served as principal investigator for competitive grants from the Center for Educational Technology and U.S. Department of Education, between 2005 and 2008, the product of which was a web-based, HWS-hosted application for teaching beginning Russian grammar. He has published articles in Slavic and East European Journal, Russian Review and Computer-Assisted Language Learning: An International Journal, and is a member of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and American Council of Teachers of Russian.

Paul Kehle

Paul Kehle earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University and his B.S. from Beloit College. Prior to his graduate studies and college teaching, Kehle taught mathematics at Westtown School in Pennsylvania, where he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship. His scholarly interests include mathematics education with a focus on effective teaching practices and authentic problem-based learning, computational discrete mathematics, and curriculum development. Currently, Kehle is part of a team writing a contemporary mathematical biology curriculum under a National Science Foundation grant to the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) and Rutgers University. He is an editor of the Math Today column for COMAP’s Consortium.  Kehle loves bringing students and ideas together in his classes and during HWS Summer Science program when he collaborates with students on research. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Psychology of Mathematics Education, the Mathematical Association of America/American Mathematical Society and the American Educational Research Association.

Neil Laird

Neil Laird earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. from SUNY Oswego. Prior to joining HWS in a tenure-track position, Laird served as a research assistant professor in atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a visiting professor of geosciences at Hobart and William Smith. His current scholarly interests include mesoscale meteorology and regional climatology with a focus on lake-effect snow storms and severe weather. Since returning to HWS in 2004, Laird has obtained more than $850,000 from the National Science Foundation to support his meteorological research and the study of the Finger Lakes. He has published numerous articles in prominent meteorological journals, such as the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Monthly Weather Review, and the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. Laird is a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union and Council on Undergraduate Research.

Patricia Mathews

Patricia Mathews received her B.A. from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She specializes in women’s studies in art history, 19th and 20th century women artists and critical theory. Mathews, who has been invited to give lectures at colleges and universities across the country, came to HWS after leaving her longtime post at Oberlin College. She was recently named as a new member of the Board of Directors for the College Art Association and has published numerous articles in such venerable periodicals as Art Bulletin, Women’s Art Journal, Art in America, The Art Journal, Art Criticism and Oxford Art Journal.  Her books include “Aurier:  Symbolist Art Criticism and Theory” and “Passionate Discontent: Creativity and Gender in French Symbolist Art”; and her newest book, “Speaking of Absence, Listening to Silence: The Art of May Stevens,” is now under review with Liverpool University Press. Mathews has received, among other prestigious awards, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and grants from Duke-UNC Women’s Studies Research Center and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Steve Penn

Steve Penn, who joined the faculty in 2002, earned his B.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught at the University of Washington and Syracuse University, where he is currently an adjunct research professor. In 2005, he was elected to the Executive Board of the APS Topical Group on Gravitation and, in 1992, received the Karl Taylor Compton Award for Overall Excellence. Within the past 10 years, Penn has received three grants from the National Science Foundation. He has been invited to give lectures around the world and has published in venerable science journals, including Classical and Quantum Gravity, Astrophysical Journal, Physical Review Letters and Review of Scientific Instruments. He has served on the APS Topical Group on Gravity and the NSF Grant Review Panel for Experimental Gravity, and currently serves on the LIGO Science Collaboration Publication & Presentation Committee and the LIGO Science Collaboration Council.

Gebru Tareke

Gebru Tareke, who joined the faculty in 1978, earned his Ph.D. from Syracuse University, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his B.A. from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He has penned articles for scholarly periodicals such as Journal of Developing Societies, Journal of Modern African Studies and International Journal of African Historical Studies.  His books include “Ethiopia, Power and Protest: Peasant Revolts in the Twentieth Century” and a new book, “The Ethiopian Revolution: War in the Horn of Africa,” to be released later this year from Yale University Press.

Uta Wolfe

Uta Wolfe completed her B.A. in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and her postdoctoral training at New York University. Prior to her current position at the Colleges, Wolfe was a non-tenure track assistant professor at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Her current academic interests include multi-sensory integration (the interaction between the senses) and visuo-motor control (the way our movements are guided by vision). Her research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke) and has been published in periodicals such as Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology and Perception and Psychophysics. Her recent discovery of a new multi-sensory illusion, first published in Perception and Psychophysics, has also been featured on several popular science blogs, such as The Cognitive Daily.