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Colby-Sawyer College Grants Faculty Tenure, Promotions

The Board of Trustees at Colby-Sawyer College granted tenure and approved faculty promotions at its May meeting. It also voted to confer the status of professor emeritus on retiring Professor of Social Sciences and Education Joe Carroll, Ph.D.

Michael Jauchen, Ph.D.; Joan Loftus, D.N.P.; and Harvey Pine, Ph.D., were promoted to the rank of associate professor and earned tenure.

Associate Professor of Natural Sciences Christine Bieszczad, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education Kathleen Farrell, Ph.D., were granted tenure.

The Board of Trustees grants tenure to longstanding faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, service to the college, and scholarship. According to Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Deborah A. Taylor, Ph.D., the decisions of the Board of Trustees “acknowledge and support the collective excellence of our faculty now and in the future.”

Professor of Humanities Michael Jauchen teaches creative writing, American literature and experimental fiction. At Commencement on May 9, he received the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching—the college's highest faculty award—and delivered the commencement address. Professor Jauchen's poetry, fiction and non-fiction has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books and numerous print and online journals. He earned a B.A. from Wheaton College (Ill.) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette before joining the faculty in 2009. Professor Jauchen is a resident of Newbury, N.H.

Professor of Environmental Studies Harvey Pine is an expert in climate change, geology and aquatics. He engages his students in active learning, from observing the formations of the White Mountains National Forest to researching the diverse marine species of Martha's Vineyard. Professor Pine's service in the Peace Corps in rural Zambia informs his role as adviser to Colby-Sawyer's African Student Association. A resident of Andover, N.H., Professor Pine joined the faculty in 2008 and received the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. He earned a B.S. from Muhlenberg College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Auburn University.

A registered nurse, Professor of Nursing and Public Health Joan Loftus specializes in adult health, geriatrics and end-of-life care. She also advises Colby-Sawyer's chapter of the National Student Nurses' Association, which offers nursing students opportunities to gain experience in their field while developing professional connections. Outside the classroom, Professor Loftus has presented at regional and national nursing conferences. She earned a B.S.N. and a D.N.P from Wilkes College and an M.S.N. from Georgetown University. Before joining the faculty in 2008, she worked as an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Professor Loftus is a resident of Hanover, N.H.

Professor Christine Bieszczad is an expert in anatomy and physiology, cancer biology, and pharmacology and toxicology. She advises Colby-Sawyer's Biology Major Club and collaborated with other Colby-Sawyer faculty to present a session at the 2011 New England Faculty Development Consortium. Professor Bieszczad earned her B.S. from Saint Joseph College, where she also taught as an adjunct faculty member, and her Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School. A resident of Grantham, N.H., she joined Colby-Sawyer in 2008.

Professor Farrell is a scholar in sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and popular culture. Committed to studying and alleviating social inequalities, she leads students in initiatives that support LGBT members of the Colby-Sawyer community. She is a member of the Diversity Steering Committee and received the college's Gown Award in 2012 for her role on the steering committee that organized The New Hampshire's Women Caucus. Professor Farrell, a resident of Webster, N.H., has taught at Colby-Sawyer since 2009. She earned a B.A. from Trinity College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University, as well as a graduate certificate in women's studies.

The status of professor emeritus is granted to individuals whose service to the college has been both long and distinguished. The Board of Trustees conferred this honor upon Professor Carroll in recognition of his exceptional 38 years of service as a professor of social sciences and education. A Fulbright Scholar, Professor Carroll joined Colby-Sawyer in 1977 and was instrumental in developing the college's sociology major. He served as a member of the Diversity Steering Committee and as academic dean from 2005 to 2007.

- Jaclyn Goddette '16

Jaclyn Goddette is an intern with Colby-Sawyer's Office of College Communications.

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