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News Marlboro College Announces New Faculty Hires

MARLBORO, VT—(June 2, 2008) — Marlboro College is pleased to announce the appointment of nine new faculty and visiting faculty members, as well as fellows in the fields of Arabic and Mathematics.

Thomas Means has been hired for a tenure-track position in Applied Linguistics and European Language. Tom completed a BA at Rutgers College in Italian and English, an MA in Italian Literature and a PhD in Italian and Second Language Acquisition at Rutgers University. Tom has taught courses in Italian language and founded, in 1999, the Means Language Center, which offered French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and ESL language programs to a diverse organizations and individuals. Tom's language abilities include near-native fluency in Italian, fluency in Spanish, and conversational German and French.

William Edelglass has been appointed to the tenure-track position in Philosophy. William completed a BA at St. John's College and an MA and a PhD in Philosophy at Emory University. His areas of specialization include History of Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, post-Kantian Continental Philosophy and Buddhist Philosophy. In addition to extensive teaching experience at Colby College, William has also be a lecturer in the Emory Tibetan Studies program in Dharamslala, India and a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics also in Dharmaslala.

Grant Li has been hired as the Chinese language professor, beginning in the fall of 2008. Grant received his PhD from the University of California at Irvine and has most recently been teaching Chinese at Smith College.

Erin Benay will be teaching one course each semester in Renaissance and Baroque Art History. Erin has an M. A. in Art History from Rutgers University, where she is working on her Ph.D. She has been a Teaching Assistant and Instructor at Rutgers in Art History and their Expository Writing program, and an Instructor at Drew University. Her areas of specialization include 17th century Italian painting and drawing, and her dissertation research focuses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art incorporating the Doubting Thomas sacred theme.

Jennifer Sime has been appointed Visiting Professor of Anthropology. Jennifer has an M.A. and M. Phil. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Columbia University, from where she expects to receive her Ph.D. this fall. In addition to teaching courses at Columbia, she has taught at the School of Arts of the Dublin Business School, San Diego State and San Diego Mesa College. Her research interests focus on examining pilgrimages through ethnographic and historical lenses, incorporating analysis of print and film, archival work, and participant observation.

Jeffrey Ward has been hired as the Visiting Professor of Spanish Language and Latin American literary studies. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish (Hispanic Literature) from Indiana University in 2004, and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at Willamette University since 2005, teaching classes in Spanish composition, conversation, Hispanic civilization and literature. He has a particular interest in Mexican literature and Spanish American literature and culture.

James Schweppe, Marlboro College class of 1999 will be joining the faculty in the fall as Visiting Professor of Chemistry. Jim has his PhD in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, where he served as both a teaching and research assistant. Most recently Jim has been a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he has been working on a project to determine the role of a highly conserved RNA element found in the SARS viral RNA genome.

Jonathan Franklin, Marlboro College class of 2003, will be joining the faculty as the Visiting Professor of Physics. He completed his M.Sc. in the Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts in 2005 where he taught and analyzed submillimeter water emission from star forming regions of our galaxy.

Jonathan Mack has been hired as the Visiting Professor of Psychology and Education. Jonathan received his Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University, and has extensive teaching experience. For the past seven years, Jonathan has been employed in the information technology field as a systems architect, but has maintained connections to the academic community, teaching as an adjunct professor, writing articles on community and cross-cultural psychology, and consulting on issues in psychology and education.

Ahmed Salama will be joining Marlboro in the fall as Marlboro’s third Fulbright Fellow in Arabic. Ahmed hails from Al Mahalla Al Kubra, Egypt. He received his B.A. in Education and English from Al Azhar University in Cairo in 2005, and has been teaching English since then at both the Modern Age School and the Computer Training Center of Al Mahalla Al Kubra. He has a special interest in using information technology in teaching.

John Arhin will be joining Marlboro as the new Math Fellow. John has a PhD from the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London. His teaching experience includes positions as Maths Tutor for the School of Mathematical Science and the School of Biological Sciences, both at Queen Mary, University of London. John's research interests include combinatorial designs, finite partial geometry, computational design theory and applications of group theory to combinatorial designs.

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Celebrating its 60th commencement in 2008, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.



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