Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 2/21/02Two Marlboro Faculty Members Earn Tenure

Photo of Cathy OsmanMARLBORO, VT - At its February board meeting, the trustees of Marlboro College voted in as tenured faculty Cathy Osman and John Sheehy.

Osman, who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, has been teaching art at Marlboro since 1997. After earning her bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from the University of California at Berkley, Osman began a career in New York City, primarily painting and selling her work. From there she went on to teach at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges. According to Dean of Faculty John Hayes, Osman "has done wonders working with other arts faculty to restore and enhance Marlboro's visual arts program." Paramount to her teaching style, says Osman, is the belief that "students need to be given solid skills in perception, close observation and careful analytic thinking."

Before coming to Marlboro in 1998 to teach literature, Sheehy helped to run the writing center at his alma mater, the University of Washington, where he tutored students, trained writing tutors, taught composition and literature and, in many of his courses, used computers as tools for helping students develop both writing and reading skills. Since arriving at Marlboro, Sheehy has "become a backbone ofPhoto of John Sheehy Marlboro's writing requirement," says Hayes, who describes Sheehy as an "exemplary professor." According to Sheehy, "I believe in helping students determine the strengths of their writing and then capitalize on them, using them as a basis for improving all facets of their writing." Sheehy lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused in Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro's nearby Brattleboro-based Persons School features four master's degree programs -- Systems Integration Management, Internet Strategy Management, Internet Engineering, and Teaching with Internet Technologies. The Brattleboro campus is located in the Marlboro College Technology Center, which brings together education and entrepreneurship, while offering technology resources to the community.

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