The Colleges’ departments of mathematics and English both lose well-respected members to retirement
May 9, 2003 Geneva, NY – Each spring Hobart and William Smith Colleges bids a fond farewell to members of the faculty who retire. This year, two faculty members, each with more than 30 years tenure at the Colleges, will leave to pursue their retirement dreams. Claudette Columbus and Ann Oaks have both announced their retirement will begin at the end of the school year.
Columbus, of Geneva, has been with the Colleges’ Department of English since 1969. Her interests, and hence her teaching, include the study of late 18th and 19th century authors such as Ruskin, Dickens and Browning. She is also interested in the culture and art of South America. Her articles, published in a number of professional journals, range from essays on major figures in the English Romantic and Victorian periods to essays on Latin American subjects, on which she has authored two books. She twice received senior Fulbright research grants to study in Peru and also has led several semesters of study off campus, to both London and Ecuador. She is this year’s recipient of the HWS Faculty Prize for Teaching. Columbus received her B.A. from Bucknell University, her M.A., with high honors, from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Oaks began her tenure at the Colleges as an adult student, graduating magna cum laude from William Smith, and returned as an HWS faculty member in 1979. She is nationally known for her work in math education, and the influence of cognitive and emotional processes and gender on learning mathematics. She was the 2002 recipient of the HWS Faculty Prize for Teaching and in 1994 received a special citation from the Alumnae Association of William Smith and the Alumni Association of Hobart for her exemplary and sustained volunteer service to the Colleges. Oaks received an M.A. in mathematics, and M.S. in education, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Rochester. She and her husband live in Oaks Corners.
“While it is abundantly sad to watch great teachers, teachers who bring years of experience and talent to our students, leave our classrooms, we wish these two fine teachers and scholars the very best in the future,” said Hobart and William Smith Colleges president Mark D. Gearan.
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