Faculty

Study with Experts, Educators and Practitioners

Colby-Sawyer's social sciences and education professors are trained experts, educators and practitioners who have spent years studying, researching and working with groups and individuals. They have published and presented on a variety of significant cultural topics and issues including developmental disabilities, criminology, gender and sexuality, addiction, abuse, poverty and economic inequality — and they invite you join in their research while encouraging you to make your own discoveries in subject areas that matter to you. Small classes help faculty get to know you as they advise you in academics as well as career planning and graduate school options.

  • Eric Boyer

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3432 | eboyer@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Boyer joined faculty in 2008. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He formerly served as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota and as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Saint Thomas University. read more…

  • R. Todd Coy

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3636 | rcoy@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Coy joined the faculty in 2005. He earned his Ph.D. from Tufts University and his B.A. from the University of Houston. His teaching areas include biological psychology, drugs and behavior, human sexuality, research methods and statistics. His general research interests include the biological basis of behavior and psychopharmacology including nicotine and caffeine. read more…

  • Kathleen P. Farrell

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3660 | kfarrell@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined the faculty in 2009. Honors B.A. in sociology from Trinity College; M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University. Professor Farrell's primary research and teaching interests include gender and sexualities, with an emphasis on inequality studies. In her courses, Professor Farrell focuses on the interdisciplinary and practical implications of sociology. read more…

  • Lynn J. Garrioch

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3638 | lgarrioch@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined faculty in 2001. Honors B.A. in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A. and Ph.D. in applied social psychology from the University of Victoria. Professor Garrioch has a special interest in social psychology, personality psychology, and the psychology of women. Her teaching philosophy centers on student involvement and is extremely proactive in incorporating the young men and women during class time. Teaching interests include social psychology, introduction to psychology, adolescence, cross-cultural psychology and psychology and the law. Research interests include eye-witness testimony and jury deliberations. read more…

  • Randall S. Hanson

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3657 | rahanson@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined faculty in 1996. B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis; M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. Areas of teaching include modern Mexico, U.S. history, America in the 1960s, and revolutions and revolutionaries.

    Professor Hanson has presented a number of conference papers on such topics as the Catholic church in modern Mexico, the Harry S. Truman presidency and Latin American women's studies. read more…

  • Kraig Larkin

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3640 | kraig.larkin@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined faculty in 2011. A.B., from University at Albany; M.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University. Professor Larkin teaches courses in European and American history, the history of consumerism and public health, and popular culture. His research explores the connections between public health and consumer culture in modern Germany and America, with a particular emphasis on cigarette smoking. He also is conducting research on the presence and impact of Nazi figures and symbols, and the history on American popular culture. read more…

  • Amy Lyon

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3658 | amy.lyon@colby-sawyer.edu

    Joined the faculty in 2018 and landed her dream job of being a full-time professor at her alma mater. She earned her Master’s degree at Dartmouth College and her doctorate in Educational Leadership at New England College. After working for thirty-three years in the public school setting, she is now “teaching teachers,” and is able to share her wealth of practical knowledge and experience with her students. While conducting research for her dissertation, she stumbled upon Angela Duckworth from UPenn, and her concept of “grit.” That led Professor Lyon to develop three years’ worth of curricula designed to teach grit and other character virtues, such as optimism, self-control and hope. She is currently interested in researching the passion part of grit. read more…

  • Darcy Mitchell

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3743 | darcy.b.mitchell@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Mitchell joined the faculty in 2010. She holds a doctorate in applied developmental psychology and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    Prior to coming to Colby-Sawyer, Professor Mitchell was project manager on a longitudinal research study investigating the needs of children with disabilities and their families at Boston College. She also taught a number of courses in education and psychology at Boston College's Lynch School of Education and was adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Education of the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

    Professor Mitchell's research interests cover a range child and family topics, including children with special needs, families in poverty, family cohesion and parental stress, as well as bringing the knowledge and resources of the college to help meet community needs. read more…

  • Meaghan Pilling

    Assistant Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3652 | meaghan.pilling@colby-sawyer.edu

    Dr. Pilling joined faculty in 2018 with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England; M.A. from Saint Michael's College; B.A. from Colby-Sawyer College in 2008. Dr. Pilling teaches courses related to clinical theory and practice at the undergraduate and graduate level.

    Dr. Pilling is especially interested in exploring the relationship between attachment theory and clinical practice, and has expertise in understanding interpersonal trauma and its influence upon attachment security. Dr. Pilling teaches and practices psychotherapy with marginalized populations using evidence-based practices, working with children, adolescents, emerging adults and their families. Dr. Pilling also has expertise in group theory and practice, as well as with psychological assessment. read more…

  • Kate Turcotte

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3750 | kate.turcotte@colby-sawyer.edu

    Professor Turcotte joined the Social Sciences and Education department in 2013. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and teaches Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, Social Theory, Sociology Through Film and Race and Ethnic Relations.

    Professor Turcotte's areas of interest include poverty, issues associated with economic and social inequality, as well as individual and community well-being.