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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Welcome New Faculty Members

Geneva, N.Y.—Each year Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcome new faculty to its community, and again this year there is a large group of talented scholars and teachers due to converge on campus in August.

The faculty search committees worked diligently throughout the spring and summer months to find the best teachers and scholars to enhance the experience of Hobart and William Smith students. Patricia Stranahan, newly appointed provost and dean of faculty, remarked that she believes that this outstanding group of new faculty will only add to the excellent reputation and distinction of the Colleges' existing faculty.

This year there were nine new hires in tenure-track positions, and 17 others in ongoing full-time or part-time positions.

The full-time professors in tenure-track positions are:

Nan Arens, Geoscience: B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University. Research interests: evolution of terrestrial environments and the use of modern analogs in refining interpretation of ancient plants and plant communities.

Lara Blanchard, Asian Studies/Art: B.A., The College of William and Mary; Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (expected 2001). Area of specialization is Chinese art history; research interests include pictorial construction of gender, text/image relationships, and Chinese theories of representation.

Tara Curtin, Geoscience: B.A., Colgate University; M.S. University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign; Ph.D., University of Arizona-Tuscon. Research interests: sedimentology, geolimnology, paleoclimatology, sedimentary geochemistry.

Karen Feasel, Psychology: B.A., Butler University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Research interests: culture and self-efficacy, cultural influences on personality, personality assessments, especially across cultures.

Cedric Johnson, Political Science: B.A. Southern University; M.A., Ohio State University; Ph.D., University of Maryland. Research interests: Black Power Movement, New Left Movement, welfare reform, race and environmental politics

JoBeth Mertens, Economics: B.A., University of Arkansas; M.A., Duke University; Ph.D., Emory University. Her major areas of study are tax policy, economic policy in developing countries, regional economic development, and tax reform in transition economies. (currently teaching at the Colleges but this year entering a tenure-track position)

Alejandra Molina, Modern Languages/Spanish: B.A. and M.A., University of Texas; Ph.D., Cornell University. Areas of special interest include Spanish medieval literature, Spanish American colonial literature, and Latin American literature. (currently teaching at the Colleges but this year entering a tenure-track position)

Paul Passavant, Political Science: B.A., University of Michigan; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Primary fields: law and politics, American institutions, socio-political theory. (currently teaching at the Colleges but this year entering a tenure-track position)

Erin Pelkey, Chemistry: B.A., Carleton College; Ph.D., Dartmouth College. Primary research interests pertain to cultural influences on personality, individual development, and group functioning; especially cross-cultural variations in how individuals view themselves.

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