7/01/2014 Peter Durantine

Nine Faculty Members Earn Promotions

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Nine members of the faculty at Franklin & Marshall College have received promotions in advance of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Peter Fields and Robert Jinks of the Department of Biology as well as Stephen Medvic (Government) Nicholas Montemarano (English) and Shawn O'Bryhim (Classics) 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 Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty Joseph Karlesky.

“Full professor is a career milestone for faculty members,” Karlesky said. "They will serve as department chair or on a governance committee while exploring new areas of research and maintaining their excellence as teachers."

Four F&M faculty members also were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, with tenure. They are:

Sylvia Alajaji, Music

Jaime Blair, Biology

Janna Iyengar, Computer Science

Kate Plass, Chemistry

“Achieving tenure is the first important goal in joining the College, and it demonstrates that the faculty member has an exceptional quality for teaching and research," Karlesky said. "These candidates chose to pursue their career at a liberal arts college rather than a research institution, which shows a commitment to the liberal arts as well as to F&M."

F&M awards tenure on the basis of teaching effectiveness, scholarship, curricular contributions, advising and governance. 

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