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Six Faculty Members Join Tenure Track at HWS

October 4, 2000 Geneva, NY-Six full-time faculty members have joined Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Eva Sheppard, assistant professor of history, was formerly a member of the history department at Harvard University. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Her latest research regards slavery and Reconstruction in Virginia, and her teaching will broaden an already robust history curriculum.

Mary Salibrici is assistant professor of writing and rhetoric. Before coming to HWS she was an assistant professor of English field placements and writing at Syracuse University. She has a bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., a master's degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University. Salibrici will teach “An Anatomy of Class” and a writer's seminar. Her research includes adolescent and young adult social and critical literacies and theories of rhetoric and writing.

Stanley Mathews, assistant professor of art, formerly taught art and architectural history at Oberlin College. He has a bachelor's degree from Beloit College, Beloit, Wis., a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctoral degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He is a registered architect, and studies the history and theory of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American and European architecture. The Colleges offer a degree in architecture and a 3+4 joint degree program with Washington University in St. Louis.

Theodore Allen is assistant professor of physics. He was previously an assistant professor at the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica. He has a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, and his current research areas are quantum field theory, and the application of relativistic QCD string models to meson spectroscopy. His courses include introductory physics and modern physics.

Christine de Denus is assistant professor of chemistry. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Winnipeg, and a doctorate from the University of Manitoba, both in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She has researched end-functionalized polyphosphazenes, cyclic phosphazene trimers, and organic-phosphazene block copolymers, and she joins a chemistry department which offers many opportunities for students to do undergraduate research with faculty members.

Biman Basu, assistant professor of English and Comparative Literature, was assistant professor in the humanities department of the Illinois Institute of Technology before coming to HWS in 1998. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India, a master's degree from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. His research interests include African-American, post-colonial, and 19th and 20th century American literary theory and literature, and globalism and cultural studies, and his courses add both depth and breadth to the vibrant English department.

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