Colleges Board of Trustees approves two promotions to full professor
May 9, 2003 Geneva, N.Y. – The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of two professors to the rank of full professor. Receiving the promotions were Jack Harris of the sociology department and Cynthia Williams of the dance department.
Harris, professor of sociology, came to the Colleges in 1974. He received his B.A. from Tulane University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. As director of the Public Service Minor at the Colleges, Harris is committed to engagement in service as a means of putting sociological methods to use. He co-founded and directs the Colleges men’s studies minor and directed the Vietnam and London Study Abroad Programs. Harris also created the Learning and Mentoring Program (LAMP) and Web of Service, a program initially funded through the New York State Department of Education aimed at researching and raising awareness of community-based service learning. His research interests range from Vietnamese masculinity, the management of information technology, and community revitalization.
Williams, the first full professor in the Colleges’ dance department, joined the faculty in 1986. Her scholarship takes many forms including choreography, written works, lighting design, dance performance, and pedagogical research. Current areas of research include Rommett Floor-Barre technique, Liz Lerman’s Creative Response Process, and gender issues in dance. Williams directed the Colleges New York City 2001 term and continues her work with the N.Y.-based Gender Project. Williams received her B.S. in psychology and her B.F.A. in modern dance, both magna cum laude, from the University of Utah, and her M.F.A. from Connecticut College.
Both Harris and Williams reside with their families in Geneva.
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