September 27, 1999 Geneva, NY — The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees approved the promotion of five professors to the rank of full professor at their July, 1999 meeting. Those promoted include Scott Brophy, Catherine Gallouët, JoAnna Isaak, David Ost, and James Ryan.
Brophy, professor of philosophy, joined the faculty in 1982. His areas of specialization include the philosophy of law, ethics and public policy, and the philosophy of education. Brophy graduated magna cum laude from Hobart College and received the M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Rochester. He and his family live in Geneva.
Gallouët, professor of modern languages, came to the Colleges in 1989 after brief teaching appointments at Calvin College and Kalamazoo College. She resides in Geneva with her two children.Gallouët received the B.A. degree from Hope College and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her publications in international journals are primarily on French 18th-century fiction and North African literature.
Isaak is a professor of art who received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and, before joining the HWS faculty in 1984, taught at a number of institutions, including Bryn Mwar and Washington College. She is the author of The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter and teaches courses in the women's studies department as well as in the art department at the Colleges. Ost joined the HWS faculty in 1986 to teach political science. He received the B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Ost is a scholar of the politics of Central Europe. He is the author of a highly regarded book on solidarity and of several articles on post-communist politics, focusing on the role of labor. He spent the 1998-99 academic year in Poland on a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching at Warsaw University and Central European University.
Ryan, professor of biology, came to the Colleges in 1987. He earned the B.A. at SUNY Oswego, the M.S. at the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts. His research includes efforts to conserve mammalian biodiversity in Africa. He is a co-author of a college textbook on mammalian biology. He and his family live in Geneva.
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