Associate Professor of Religious Studies Etin Anwar and Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown were recently granted tenure. Given the rank of associate professor, each was commended by the HWS Board of Trustees for their scholarly pursuits and dedication to the Colleges.
“We are delighted to have both Professor Anwar and Brown as tenured members of the HWS faculty,” says Interim Provost and Professor of Economics Pat McGuire. “Both are excellent teachers, recognized scholars and committed and active community members. They already have had a very positive impact on our students, their profession and the entire community and we look forward to their continued contributions for many years to come. Please join me in welcoming these truly gifted young teacher-scholars to the HWS community.”
Anwar joined the faculty in 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from the State Institute for Islamic Studies in Bandung, Indonesia, and earned her master’s in Islamic studies from McGill University, and went on to receive her Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture from SUNY Binghamton, where she also received a certificate in feminist theory.
“Having tenure for me is both an invitation to become a better educator, scholar, and community member and an opportunity to contribute to what the Colleges’ community values,” says Anwar. “I am excited by the prospect to engage students with the learning process of a life of consequences, to pursue and expand my scholarly interest, and to engage locally and globally with issues that enhance our shared humanity.”
The author of “Gender and the Self in Islam,” which was published in 2006, Anwar is currently working on a manuscript about Islamic feminism in Indonesia, as well as contributing to a documentary titled, “Dating Muslims: American Stories.” Anwar has authored chapters in many textbooks, and has contributed to several encyclopedias and journals such as The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Islamic Studies, and The Journal of Oromo Studies. She has presented at conferences throughout North America, including Harvard and Syracuse universities.
Currently, Anwar teaches courses on gender and Islam, Islamic mysticism, and Islamic ethics and politics. Prior to teaching at the Colleges, she served as a lecturer at the State Institute for Islamic Studies, as well as a postdoctoral fellow at Hamilton College and an instructor at Binghamton University.
During her time at HWS, Anwar has been the recipient of several grants including four faculty research grants, an Asia Scholar Program grant and a teaching grant.
Brown also joined the HWS faculty in 2006. She received her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Michigan and her biology and general science teacher certification in the states of Michigan and Vermont. Brown holds a master and Ph.D. in water resources sciences from the University of Minnesota.
She has served as a Fulbright Junior Research Scholar at the CNR Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi in Pallanza, Italy, and as a zooplankton taxonomist for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Brown has published numerous peer reviewed papers in journals such as Journal of Paleolimnology, Limnology and Oceanography, and Journal of Great Lakes Research. She has presented her research at the Northeast Natural History Conference, as well as conference for the American Society of Limnology & and Oceanography and the Ecological Society of America.
In addition to her scholarly research, Brown has served as the co-director and faculty member of the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute since 2008, and aids in the training of K-12 teachers for the Science on Seneca program.
While at the Colleges, Brown has received several research grants including the Hatch Land Grant, which funded research of the ecological controls of lake-water clarity in Cayuga Lake, the Seneca Lake Watershed Characterization, which allowed her and her HWS colleagues to study watershed limnology, and a Great Lakes National Protection Fund grant to manage the invasive species European frogbit through education outreach.
Among Brown’s current scholarly interests are biological limnology, zooplankton dormancy and exotic species biology. She routinely instructs courses on conservation biology, aquatic biology and biology of exotic species.
“It is an honor to join the permanent faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” says Brown. “For me, earning tenure is both a praise of accomplishments and an expectation of continued growth as a teacher-scholar. I have learned a great deal since my arrival at Hobart and William Smith, and expect that my future years will be just as rich interacting with student and faculty colleagues.”