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Faculty Earn Full Professorship, Emeriti Status

At the spring meeting of the HWS Board of Trustees, five faculty members were elevated to full professor and another five were granted emeriti status.

Effective July 1, Etin Anwar (Religious Studies), Mary Coffey (Spanish and Hispanic Studies), Eric Klaus (German Area Studies), Darrin Magee (Environmental Studies) and Patricia Mowery (Biology) will hold the title of professor.

David Craig (Chemistry), Marilyn Jimenez (Africana Studies), Juan Liébana (Spanish and Hispanic Studies); Craig Rimmerman (Public Policy); and David Weiss (English), who are all retiring at the end of the 2019-20 academic year, have been recognized as professors emeriti.

“Day after day, semester after semester, our faculty reveal their exceptional devotion to their research, their pedagogy and, importantly, the connection between the two,” says HWS President Joyce P. Jacobsen. “The scholars, scientists and artists who comprise our esteemed faculty make vital and lasting contributions to their fields and to the students they inspire. On behalf of the entire HWS community, I am proud to congratulate my colleagues earning full professorship and am exceptionally grateful for the decades of remarkable service of our retiring professors emeriti.”

Etin Anwar

Etin Anwar

An expert on the intersections of Islam and gender, Anwar is the author of two books, A Genealogy of Islamic Feminism: Pattern and Change in Indonesia and Gender and Self in Islam. She has also written chapters in many textbooks and contributed to encyclopedias and journals such as The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, Islamic Studies and Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations. Since joining the HWS faculty in 2006, Anwar has taught courses on gender and Islam, Islamic mysticism, and Islamic environment. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the State Institute for Islamic Studies in Bandung, Indonesia, a master’s from McGill University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton, where she also earned a certificate in feminist theory.

Mary Coffey

Mary Coffey

Coffey, who serves as HWS Provost and Dean of Faculty, is an expert on 19th and early-20th century Spanish literature and culture. She joined HWS in 2019, after serving as Senior Associate Dean at Pomona College, where she was a tenured member of the Department of Romance Languages and Literature. The recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Research Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, among other awards, Coffey is co-editor of Imagined Truths: Realism in Modern Spanish Literature and Culture and author of Ghosts of Colonies Past and Present: Spanish Imperialism in the Fiction of Benito Pérez Galdós. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, master’s from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Eric Klaus

Eric Klaus

Klaus, who joined the faculty in 2001, is chair of the Colleges’ program in German Area Studies and helped develop the program’s academic minor curriculum. Focusing on 18th to 20th-century literature and intellectual history of German-speaking Europe and German modernism, Klaus’s monograph Somnambulistic Lucidity – the Sleepwalker in the Works of Gustav Meyrink was published in 2018. He has also published scholarship in peer-reviewed journals such as Seminar, Modern Austrian Literature, and is an outside reviewer for The German Quarterly. He is a member of the American Association of Teachers of German, the Modern Language Association, German Studies Association. Klaus earned his B.A. from Dickinson College, his M.A. from the University of Maryland, and his Ph.D. from Brown University.

Darrin Magee

Darrin Magee

A specialist on environmental issues in China, Magee has lived and worked in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. His research and teaching address water, energy and waste issues including large-scale hydropower and other water infrastructure. His scholarship has appeared in a number of journals, including Water, Ecology and Society and Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, as well as in books such as Sustainability: Global Issues, Global Perspectives and Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects. Magee holds a B.S. and B.A. from Louisiana State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He joined the HWS faculty in 2008.

Patricia Mowery

Patricia Mowery

Mowery has devoted her research to bacterial sensing and motility and anti-cancer agents. From studies of a grapevine bacterial pathogen to the evaluation of the anti-cancer compounds, her work has appeared in journals such as Molecular Plant PathologyMolecular Plant Microbe Interactions, and Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Since joining the HWS faculty in 2007, Mowery has regularly taught introductory biology on the topic of HIV, as well as microbiology, immunology, and senior seminars on viruses. Currently the chair of the Biology department and co-chair of Biochemistry, she holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and M.A. from Yale University in sociology, plus a B.S. from Indiana University and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in biochemistry.

David Craig

David Craig

A widely published biochemist, Craig is a leading authority on interdisciplinary program development, particularly the integration of the sciences into health and wellness programs at the college and secondary school levels. He is co-director of the HWS Alcohol Education Project, which has twice been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a model program for preventing risk behaviors associated with alcohol tobacco and other drugs. This program has been implemented at secondary schools, colleges and universities, and U.S. Air Force worldwide. Craig is also principle investigator on a research project monitoring late night blood-alcohol concentrations of HWS students. His other research publications while at HWS were in the areas of nutrition, weapons in schools, bullying and violence prevention, mechanisms of enzyme action, and the biochemistry of host plant resistance. A member of the faculty since 1979, Craig earned his B.A. from California State University at Chico and Ph.D. from University of California at Riverside. He completed postdoctoral work at Cornell University.

Marilyn Jimenez

Marilyn Jimenez

Since joining the faculty in 1984, Jimenez has taught a range of courses in the Colleges’ Africana Studies and Media & Society programs; chaired academic programs and committees; and mentored students in media arts to success at film festivals and careers in Hollywood. Her scholarship has appeared in journals including West Virginia University Philological Papers and Critical Exchange as well as many reviews in World Literature Today. Jimenez — who holds a B.A. from Barnard College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University — earned the HWS Faculty Award for Service in 2001 for her contributions to the curriculum, service learning in Geneva and the vibrancy of the campus community.

Juan Liébana

Juan Liébana

Liébana, who co-founded the Spanish Program and the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department at HWS, has taught Spanish language and literature at the Colleges since 1987. He also established the “Making Connections” and “The Culture of Respect” first-year seminar courses. The editor of two books, El viaje a Itaca and Huellas de la Hispanidad en Estados Unidos, Liébana has authored dozens of articles, short stories, poems and film and book reviews in international scholarly journals and periodicals, including Diario Palentino, Tribuna UniversitariaPuente Atlántico, España Contemporánea and Cuadernos de ALDEEU. He has served on many departmental and institutional committees, coordinated international conferences and earned competitive research grants. He holds a Licenciado from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, M.S. from Florida International University and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Craig Rimmerman

Craig Rimmerman

Rimmerman, who has chaired the Colleges’ public policy program and taught courses in political science, LGBT studies and other programs, has been featured in national media outlets like the New York TimesWashington Post and CNN for his expertise on LGBT issues and their political implications. He is the author of several books, including The New Citizenship: Unconventional Politics, Activism, and Service, The Lesbian and Gay Movements: Assimilation or Liberation? and Gay Rights, Military Wrongs: Political Perspectives on Lesbians and Gays in the Military. He has also served as series editor for Westview’s Dilemmas in American Politics book series, and for Temple University’s series, Queer Politics, Queer Theories. Rimmerman, who holds a B.A. from Miami University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, joined the HWS faculty in 1986.

David Weiss

David Weiss

Weiss is the author of five books of poetry — Per Diem, Perfect Crime, Gnomon, The Fourth Part of the World and The Pail of Steam — as well as a novel, The Mensch. He is the editor of In the Act: Essays on the Poetry of Hayden Carruth and co-editor of The Poet’s Notebook, and has also published numerous essays on poetry. Weiss has served as editor of Seneca Review since 2006 and was the inaugural director of the HWS Trias Residency for Writers. A member of the HWS faculty since 1983, Weiss taught a wide range of courses, including “Post-Apocalyptic Literature,” “Hearts of Darkness,” “20th Century Central European Literature,” “Jewish-American Literature,” “Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost,’” “The Lyric: the Secret of Poetry” and a bi-disciplinary course on songwriting with Associate Professor of Music Mark Olivieri. Weiss holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.