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Nine F&M Faculty Members Earn Promotions

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Nine members of the Franklin & Marshall College faculty have received promotions in advance of the 2012-13 academic year.

Kim Armstrong of the Department of Spanish, Tony Chemero of the Department of Psychology and Abby Schrader of the Department of History were granted promotion to full professor from associate professor, effective July 1. To earn the rank of professor, faculty members must serve as associate professor for a minimum of six years and demonstrate continued excellence in teaching, scholarship, curriculum development, advising and governance, said Provost and Dean of the Faculty Ann Steiner.

“Promotion to full professor is a significant landmark in a faculty member’s career,” Steiner said. “Associate professors often explore new areas of research, serve on a College governance committee, or serve as department chair while remaining excellent teachers and productive scholars.”

Five F&M faculty members have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, with tenure. They are:

  • Michael Anderson, psychology
  • Daniel Ardia, biology
  • Lee Franklin, philosophy
  • John Modern, religious studies
  • Richard Reitan, history

Dennis Deslippe, a member of the Department of American Studies who already held the rank of associate professor, also earned tenure.

Earning tenure is the first important goal for tenure-track faculty members joining the College, reflecting their accomplishments as scholars and teachers, Steiner said.

“Our group of newly tenured faculty has demonstrated extremely high-quality teaching and research,” Steiner said. “They are stellar teachers and scholars who are deeply committed to the values of a liberal arts college. Each of them met not only our rigorous internal standards but those of established scholars outside of F&M, leaders in their fields.”

Steiner carries out several reviews with the faculty member and his or her department chair in the years prior to the tenure decision, assessing the professor’s teaching record and scholarship to provide feedback on progress toward tenure. An important review at the midpoint of the pre-tenure period undertaken by the Professional Standards Committee—chaired by Steiner—provides crucial feedback as well, she said.

“Mentoring junior faculty members in this way is one of the most rewarding parts of my job as provost,” Steiner said.