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Colleges Welcome New Faculty Members

Four departments will see new faces this fall, each new faculty member bringing new scholarly and teaching excitement to campus

(August 7, 2003) Geneva, N.Y. — Even before the students arrive at the end of August, new faces will be seen in and around the academic buildings on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. A number of professors will be joining the faculty—four of them in tenure-track positions. The new faculty members infuse the campus community with new energy, in addition to bringing their scholarly and teaching expertise. This year positions were filled in biology, classics, English and comparative literature and history.

Kristy Kenyon will join the biology department. Kenyon received a B.A. from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at George Washington University. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School before accepting the position at the Colleges. Her previous teaching experience includes lecturing at GWU and as an adjunct professor at Brandeis University. Kenyon’s research primarily focuses on the development of the visual system in multicellular organisms and she has frequently been published on this topic. She says her primary goal as an educator is to convince students that learning biology can be a rewarding experience that will serve them well regardless of their later professions or interests.

Leah Himmelhoch returns to the classics department after two years teaching at Colgate University. Himmelhoch was a visiting professor at the Colleges in 1999-2000. She has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and at Wesleyan University. Her special interests include Greek poetry, ancient gender roles, archaic and classic culture and Latin poetry. She received a B.A. from Yale University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Laurence Erussard joins the HWS English department following teaching positions at SUNY New Paltz and at the Universidad de Murcia, Spain. She is particularly interested in English literature, medieval English literature, and French literature. Erussard is currently involved in a five-year research project studying the cognitive linguistics applied to the study of English as a second language. She received bachelor’s degrees in both Spanish and French, as well as an M.A. in English literature, at SUNY New Paltz. She did Ph.D. coursework in Spanish and received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Murcia.

Joining the history department is Lisa Tetrault, who received her B.A. at Iowa State University and her M.A. and (anticipated) Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. Tetrault was a finalist in the Organization of American Historians’ Louis Pelzer memorial Award for best article by a graduate student and, as a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in the history department. She was recently an historical editor/consultant on Scribner’s “Dictionary of American History.” Tetrault’s areas of expertise include women’s suffrage and women’s rights and she has given numerous presentations on suffragist history.

Patricia Stranahan, provost and dean of faculty, noted that from a strong pool of applicants the Colleges were able to garner excellent new faculty members. “I am always filled with positive anticipation of what the new faculty members will bring to the Colleges and to the academic arena here,” she said. “These new members to our community will surely enhance the experience of the students at the Colleges.”

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