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Four Named to Full Professor

Colleges Board of Trustees approve the promotion of four to full professor.

May 13, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. – The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of four professors to the rank of full professor. Receiving the promotions were David Droney, Maureen Flynn, Susan Henking, and Elizabeth Newell. The Board also granted emerita status to Paula Winsor Sage and Beth Franks, both of whom recently left the Colleges.

Droney, professor of biology, is an evolutionary behavioral ecologist and a biostatistician, having received B.S. and M.S. degrees from SUNY Buffalo and his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1990. He joined the Colleges faculty in 1988 and has published many papers on the evolutionary mechanisms leading to animal social behavior. He is also a biostatistical consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), having published several papers on topics ranging from water-based pathogens in public water supplies to the health influences of toxic chemicals in groundwater surrounding Superfund clean-up sites. Droney currently lives in Varick.

Flynn, professor of history, received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She came to the Colleges in 1992, after teaching at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Georgia, and the University of Maryland. Her areas of specialty include medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation history, as well as family and popular culture. Her first book was titled Sacred Charity: Confraternities and Social Welfare in Spain, published jointly by Cornell University Press and Macmillan. Her new research focuses on a history of psychology in the Western world, titled Hearts Aflame: Emotional Transgression in the Middle Ages. Flynn and her family reside in Geneva.

Henking, professor of religious studies, also teaches in the women’s studies and gay, lesbian and bisexual studies programs. She joined the Colleges faculty in 1988. Her courses focus on the relationship between religion and the social sciences as well as on links between religion, gender, and sexuality. She is co-editor, with Gary David Comstock of Wesleyan University, of Que(e)rying Religion: A Critical Anthology, and has a chapter published in Mapping Religion and Psychological Studies. In addition to her scholarly work, Henking has been an active participant in the American Academy of Religion, where she currently sits on the Board of Directors and was recently elected secretary. She is also series editor for the Academy’s Teaching Religious Studies series. She recently served for three years as the acting provost and dean of faculty for the Colleges. Henking received her B.A. at Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is a resident of Geneva.

Newell, professor of biology, works in the fields of plant physiological ecology and tropical ecology. Since coming to the Colleges in 1988 she has completed research projects in Costa Rica and Panama. Closer to home, she and her students have been studying the physiology of plants in Zurich Bog. She has numerous journal articles published in the area of plant physiological ecology and has also written Web-based science education materials. In the coming year she will be working at the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Diplomacy Fellow. This fellowship is sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Newell received her B.S. from Bates College and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She lives in Oaks Corners.

Sage, associate professor of classics, took a leave from the Colleges two years ago to travel to and teach in Africa and will not return to her teaching position. Franks, associate professor of education, also left the Colleges to pursue other interests. Both were named professor emerita in honor of their long and dedicated service to the Colleges.

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