Promotions of Associate Professor of Music Robert Cowles and Clifton Hood, Associate Professor of History
(May 17, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.– Two Hobart and William Smith Colleges faculty were recently promoted to the rank of full professor by the Board of Trustees.
The appointments of Robert Cowles, associate professor of music, and Clifton Hood, associate professor of history, will be effective July 1, 2005.
The promotion follows a lengthy review process that begins with the formation of a departmental committee that includes a faculty member from another department and students. The committee evaluates the associate professor’s statement and materials pertaining to scholarship, teaching and community service, as well as gathering materials of their own.
The committee’s recommendation is passed on to the committee on tenure and promotion that evaluates the case. Its recommendation is submitted to the Provost and President. The Board of Trustees then votes on the recommendation of the President.
“This is, of course, a great honor. Like many people, I have a hard job, but it’s also a very rewarding job. I feel privileged to receive this kind of recognition for the work that I do, but moreover I feel privileged to have this ongoing opportunity to work with such wonderful students,” said Cowles.
“It’s awfully satisfying to have your efforts recognized and rewarded and it is also useful to have constructive criticism about what you do so you can make some mid-course corrections,” Hood said. “That kind of continual self-evaluation is the heart and soul of professionalism. And, in this case, your peers are participating in that process.”
Chair of the HWS Music Department, Cowles, who came to HWS in 1992, teaches music theory and conducting and is director of the Colleges Chorale and Cantori. He is also artistic director of the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble.
A Fulbright Scholar in Estonia in 2001-02, he taught choral music and conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music and led choral conducting master classes at the Sibelius Academy in nearby Helsinki, Finland.
Cowles, who resides in Geneva, earned his bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn; his master of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music; and his D. M. from Indiana University. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the International Federation of Choral Music.
Hood, who joined the HWS faculty in 1972, teaches American urban history, elites in America, Gilded Age through New Deal, world cities, U.S. environmental history, and U.S. ethnicity and immigration.
A Fulbright lecturer in 2001, Hood traveled to South Korea, where he taught at Seoul National University and Yonsei University.
Widely published, he is the author of “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York,” and is frequently cited in national and international media on the topic of the subways.
Currently, he is working on a second book, “Making and Unmaking New York: The Rise and Fall of the City's Economic Elites, 1754 to the Present,” and a historical atlas of the city with noted urban commentator and Columbia University Professor Kenneth T. Jackson.
He has also published extensively in academic journals on the social and cultural history of New York City.
Hood, who resides in Ithaca, graduated summa cum laude from Washington University and received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.
He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Columbia University Seminar on the City, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History and the Urban History Association. Additionally, he serves on the board of the New York Council for the Humanities and the editorial board of the New-York Journal of American History.
In July 2004, Hood was named a Steward of the Archives Partnership Trust of the New York State Archives, and he has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Humanities' Division of Access and Preservation.