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Eight Professors Granted Tenure

With grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health, degrees from prestigious universities like Brown, Yale and Princeton, and participation in a wide range of community endeavors, eight HWS faculty members were recently granted tenure by the HWS Board of Trustees and given the rank of associate professor, effective July 1, 2010. Additionally, retired HWS librarian Paul “Bill” Crumlish was awarded emeritus status by the Board.

“The academic program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has indeed been bolstered by the impressive contributions these eight faculty members have made,” said Teresa Amott, provost and dean of the faculty. “Individually, their scholarship and teaching are indeed notable; together, they represent the Colleges’ unwavering commitment to attracting and nurturing a talented faculty body passionately dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge and sharing that knowledge with their students in and out of the classroom.”  

Stina Bridgeman joined the HWS Mathematics and Computer Science Department in 2004. She earned her B.A. with highest honors in computer science from Williams College and both her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University.  Before coming to HWS she taught for several years at Colgate University.  During her studies, she earned a Brown Dissertation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. She has been invited to speak at Williams College, Middlebury College and Colgate University.  As an active member of the HWS faculty, she has mentored several students with summer research projects.  In addition to teaching a variety of computer science classes and a first-year seminar, she has been published in several peer reviewed journals and has coauthored a book chapter.

Anna Creadick first joined the HWS English Department in 2001, and has also taught for the Writing and Rhetoric, Women’s Studies, and American Studies programs. Her research and teaching focus on 20th -century U.S. literature and culture. Creadick earned her B.S. in English and secondary education and graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in English from Appalachian State University.  She went on to earn her M.A. in American Studies from Boston College and her Ph.D. in English/American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  As a graduate student, she earned teaching fellowships and, while working towards her Ph.D., earned teaching assistantships and a University Dissertation Fellowship.  Since her arrival in the HWS community, Creadick has been granted a faculty research grant and was recently honored with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Service.  Her scholarship has appeared in MOSAIC, English Journal and Appalachian Journal, among others.  Her book titled “Perfectly Average: The Pursuit of Normality in Postwar America” will be released this summer by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Leah Himmelhoch has been teaching in the Classics Department at HWS since 2003.  After earning her B.A. in classics from Yale University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from the University of Texas at Austin, she taught at Wesleyan University and Colgate University.  Himmelhoch is a connoisseur of all things ancient Greek and Latin.  She teaches the Greek and Latin languages while encouraging students to learn more about the ancient cultures and way of life.  She has had many papers, reviews and translations published and is currently working on a book titled, “Chariots of Song: the Poetics and Politics of Kleos,” which has been accepted for publication by the University of Texas Press.

Kristy Kenyon joined the HWS Biology Department in 2003.  Kenyon earned a B.A. from Colgate University and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University.  She has taught at Brandeis University, The George Washington University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.  During her career at HWS, she has received grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation and an Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Grant.  She has conducted research at the Department of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the Society for Developmental Biology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Genetics Society of America and National Science Teachers Association.  She has published in Developmental Cell, Developmental Biology, International Journal of Developmental Biology, Development and Experimental Neurology.

Erika King joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Department in 2001. King graduated cum laude with an A.B. in mathematics from Smith College and went on to earn both her M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University. At HWS, King has taught students a variety of mathematics courses, as well as mentored several honors students. Her research interests are in graph theory, in particular the areas of well-covered graphs, domination theory and graph labeling. She has spoken at various conferences on these topics and has published articles in Ars Combinatoria and Congressus Numerantium. She is also a member of the American Mathematical Society, Association of Women in Mathematics, Council on Undergraduate Research and Mathematical Association of America.

Eric Klaus joined the HWS German Area Studies program in 2001, teaching courses in German language and the culture and literature of German-speaking Europe, as well as a first-year seminar.  Klaus earned his B.A. in German from Dickinson College, his M.A. in Germanic Studies from the University of Maryland, and his Ph.D. in German Studies from Brown University.  As the coordinator of the HWS German Area Studies Program, Klaus has overseen several independent studies and developed a minor for the program.  He has been published or has work forthcoming in Seminar, Modern Austrian Literature, German Studies Review, The German Quarterly and Germano-Slavica. Klaus was awarded a Faculty Research Award in 2009 to conduct research in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  He is a member of the American Association of Teachers of German, the Modern Language Association, German Studies Association and Europäische Totentantz-Vereinigung.

Helen McCabe has been an HWS faculty member since 2004, working primarily in the Education program but also affiliated with the Asian Languages and Cultures department.  McCabe earned her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Middlebury College, her M.A. in East Asian studies from Washington University and her Ph.D. in international education policy studies and special education from Indiana University.  Her specific teaching interests include international/comparative issues in special education, family and disability, education and disability policy and practice in China and the United States, and autism.  Throughout her professional and academic careers she has been awarded a research grant from the Harvard Project on Disability, and has been named a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  She has taught at Indiana University and a variety of preschools, elementary schools and special needs schools, both domestically and abroad.  She has been published in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Teacher Education and Special Education, among many others.  She is the co-founder of a non-profit organization, The Five Project, which helps people with disabilities in China. She has given countless presentations in China and the U.S., and is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, Comparative and International Education Society, Council for Exceptional Children, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and TASH.

Justin Miller joined the HWS Chemistry Department in 2004. Miller earned his A.B. in chemistry from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At HWS, he routinely teaches different levels of organic chemistry.  He has received grants and awards from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army, among others, to fund his research in chemical processes and cancer.  Miller’s research in cancer began with a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research.  A member of the American Chemical Society, Miller has published in Organic Letters, the Journal of American Chemical Society, Biochemistry and Angewandte Chemie International Edition, among many others.  He has served the HWS community by helping to initiate the Chemistry Teaching Fellows program, mentoring multiple students. He is on the HWS Health Professions Advisory Committee and the Committee on Standards.

Paul “Bill” Crumlish served as director of the Hobart and William Smith Library for nearly 35 years before his retirement in 2007.  After Crumlish’s move to HWS from Fordham University in 1972, the HWS library moved from Demarest Hall to the new Warren Hunting Smith Library (1976), and under Crumlish, the library grew from a 128,000 collection to more than a half million volumes, tens of thousands of microfilms and a vast number of periodicals and videos.  During Crumlish’s tenure, HWS became the first private college in the nation to join the OCLC interlibrary loan service.  Crumlish is a past president and active member of the New York State Library Association and has served on the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Science.  He has served as vice chair of the Regents Commission on Libraries and is a consultant to several college libraries in New York State.  A military historian, Crumlish has also written several books on nuclear proliferation.