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Eleven Awarded Tenure

The Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees have granted 11 professors with tenure. Honored by the Board for their tireless work to their scholarly pursuits and their commitment to the Colleges, all have been given the rank of associate professor.


Associate Professor of Philosophy Eric Barnes. Barnes joined the faculty in 2004; prior to joining the Colleges, he served as a visiting assistant professor at Mount Holyoke College and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and as the director of the DEAL Program at MHC’s Weissman Center for Leadership. He earned his B.A. from Hampshire College in 1990, and went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 and 1998 respectively. Barnes specializes in ethics, political theory, public policy, medical ethics and rhetoric and debate. In 2004, Barnes founded the National Championship winning HWS Debate Team, which he continues to coach. At the Colleges, Barnes has served on numerous committees and boards.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies May Farnsworth. Farnsworth joined the faculty in 2007, and had previously served as a teaching fellow and lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and Latin American studies from the Evergreen State College in 1996, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish American literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and 2006. Farnsworth was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Argentina. On campus, she has acted as resident director for the HWS study abroad program in the Dominican Republic and was a member of the Fisher Center Steering Committee, the Latin American Studies Assessment Committee, and the Critical Social Studies Steering Committee.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Jonathan Forde. Forde joined the Colleges in 2007, and previously served as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Utah. In 2000, he received his B.A. in German and his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Forde earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2005. His research areas of interest include mathematical biology, ecology, immunology, linear stability analysis and existence of periodic solutions. Forde’s publications include articles in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and Mathematical Population Studies. On campus, he served as untenured faculty representative, a moderator for the Senior Symposium, and a Faculty Athletic Fellow.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Greg Frost-Arnold. A member of the faculty since 2009, Frost-Arnold previously served as a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1999, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and 2006. His areas of specialization are philosophy of science, history of analytic philosophy, and philosophical logic. Frost-Arnold authored the forth-coming book, “Carnap, Tarski, and Quine at Harvard: Conversations on Logic, Math, and Science,” and has published numerous articles in journals such as Philosophy of Science and the Journal of Philosophical Logic. He serves as associate editor for the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. On campus, Frost-Arnold is the philosophy department teaching fellow liaison and the faculty chair for student club Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Shalahudin Kafrawi. Kafrawi first joined the HWS faculty in 2008. Prior to joining the Colleges, he served as a professor at Moravian College. Kafrawi earned his B.A. from the State Institute for Islamic Studies in Bandung, Indonesia in 1991, and his M.A. from McGill University in 1998. In 2004, he received his Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture from Binghamton University. Kafrawi’s areas of specialization include Qur’anic studies, Islamic philosophy, and interfaith dialogue; his areas of interest also include Islamic thought, and philosophy of religion. He has written numerous articles, and his work has been published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World and Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of the Islam and Muslim World.

Associate Professor of Education Mary Kelly. Kelly joined the faculty in 2007, following work as an associate instructor of special education at Indiana University. She earned her B.A. in U.S. and Latin American history from the University of Illinois, then her M.P.H. in community health development and education from the University of Hawaii. In 2008, she received her Ph.D. in special education from Indiana University. At the Colleges, Kelly has instructed courses in “Diversity in Education,” “Technology and Children with Disabilities,” and “Teaching Elementary Students with Disabilities.” In addition to receiving the HWS faculty prize for Excellence in Community Service, Kelly has also published numerous articles and chapters in education and health journals. Kelly has also aided the Colleges in receiving a $10,000 Challenge America Fast-Track grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to support The Arts Experience: A Festival Celebrating Inclusion.

Associate Professor of Geoscience David Kendrick. Kendrick first joined the Colleges in 2001 as an adjunct assistant professor, becoming an assistant professor in 2008. He had previously served as a research associate at the UC Museum of Paleontology. Kendrick earned his B.S. in geology and geophysics from Yale University in 1986, and his Ph.D. in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University in 1997. His research interests include methods of teaching evolution, deep time and the process of science, stratigraphy and echinoderm evolution. Kendrick’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Paleobiology, Paleontological Society Special Publications, and the Geological Society of America Special Paper.

Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Kingery. Kingery joined the faculty in 2007. Prior to joining the Colleges, Kingery served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and as an affiliate faculty member at Loyola College. She earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond in 1997, and her Ph.D. from University of Maine in 2003. Kingery has been published in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, and the Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. Courses she has taught at HWS include “Research in Developmental Psychology,” “Child Psychology,” and “Adolescent Psychology.” At the Colleges, Kingery has earned numerous grants including a faculty research grant, funding for research assistants, and the Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Grant.

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee. Magee joined the faculty in 2008. He received his B.S. in mathematics and his B.A. in French from Louisiana State University in 1994, and his M.S. in China studies from the University of Washington in 1998. In 2006, Magee earned his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington. Courses taught by Magee include “Sustainable China,” “Geography of Garbage,” “and “Water and Energy in China.” Since 2007, Magee has also served as an adviser and consultant on China energy research at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Institute. He has presented his work at conferences and institutes throughout the world, including Oxford University, the University of Colorado, and the National Youth Science Foundation. In 2011, Magee was made the director of the HWS Asian Environmental Studies Initiative. On campus, Magee has served as an Honors faculty examiner and on numerous faculty committees; in the Geneva community, Magee has moderated environmental panels and addressed community organizations.

Associate Professor of History Colby Ristow. Ristow joined the Colleges in 2007. Prior to joining the HWS faculty, Ristow served as a visiting instructor at the University of California, San Diego, Carleton College, and Winona State University. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University in 1996 and 1998; he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2008. He regularly teaches courses on “Modern Mexico,” “Colonial Latin American,” “Gender and Nation in Latin America,” and “Human Rights and U.S. Intervention in Central America.” Ristow serves as the co-director of the Colleges’ Social Justice Studies Program, and has served on the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men Steering Committee.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Caroline Travalia. Travalia joined the faculty in 2007. She received her B.A. from The University of Notre Dame, M.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill, D.M.L. from Middlebury College and Ph.D. from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Travalia has taught in both the Spanish and Italian Language Schools of Middlebury College. Travalia’s research interests include dubbing, translation studies, phraseology, and colloquial Spanish. She also studies Italian language and Franco-provençal dialect. Her regular course offerings include “The Art of Translation,” “Literatura infantil,” “Introducción a la lingüística española,” and “Sounds of Spanish.” In addition to numerous articles published in refereed journals and reference books, Travalia has published the book El concepto de colocación en español: propuesta de una nueva taxonomía y delimitación de sus funciones and has translated two of the books from the popular Spanish series Manolito Gafotas into English. Travalia serves on the Committee for Global Education and also taught mini-college courses as part of Homecoming Weekend. She has worked in the Geneva community to revise Spanish language translations for various organizations.