Ten members of Franklin & Marshall College’s faculty were promoted prior to the start of the 2009-10 academic year.
Scott Lerner of the Italian Department, Katherine McClelland of the Sociology Department, Ben McRee of the History Department and Iwan Praton of the Mathematics Department moved from associate professor to full professor. The College reserves the rank of professor for those who continue to distinguish themselves in teaching, scholarship and service in the years after they achieve tenure. Faculty must serve at the rank of associate professor for a minimum of six years before being considered for promotion.
“Promotion to full professor is a very significant moment for faculty, and it requires an impressive dossier to achieve it,” Provost and Dean of the Faculty Ann Steiner says. “The criteria for promotion require faculty to continue to teach and carry out scholarship in the years following tenure, when they must assume a heavy burden of faculty governance. The promotion requires the ability to balance demands and to perform at a high level.”
Five faculty members were named associate professors, with tenure. They are:
- Michael Clapper, Art and Art History;
- Edward Fenlon, Chemistry;
- Jerome Hodos, Sociology;
- David Merli, Philosophy; and
- Jennifer Morford, Chemistry.
The College grants tenure on the basis of teaching effectiveness, scholarship, curricular contributions, advising and governance contributions. Qualifying faculty members must show excellence in teaching and the ability to engage Franklin & Marshall students in the pursuit of knowledge through study and research, and must establish a record of publications and/or presentations that have been thoroughly reviewed by their peers both within and outside the institution.
“Achieving tenure is the first important goal for a faculty member joining the F&M community,” Steiner says. “As provost, one of my most important obligations is to support faculty through their probationary period, which varies in length from four to six years, to a successful tenure decision. I am delighted for these individuals and for the faculty they are joining.”
In other faculty news, John Carbon in the Department of Music was appointed to the Barshinger Chair in Music. Ann and Richard Barshinger ’43, longtime benefactors of the College, endowed the chair. An endowed chair is the highest rank a faculty member at Franklin & Marshall can achieve.