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Beloit College Faculty Members promoted


        Ron Nief
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        Beloit, Wis.–The Beloit College Board of Trustees, at their mid-winter meeting, approved the promotion of five Beloit College faculty members to associate professor with tenure. In related actions, the board also promoted three faculty to the rank of full professor.
        The five promotions to associate professor with tenure were granted to Lee Fishman in the department of English; Chris Johnson in the department of theatre arts, Catherine M. Orr,  in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Warren B. Palmer in the department of economics and management; and George Williams, Jr., Department of art and art history.  The trustees also promoted Marion Field Fass in the department of biology;  J. Patrick Polley in the department of physics and astronomy; and Linda L. Sturtz in the department of history to the rank of full professor.
        In announcing the promotions, Beloit College President John E. Burris called the group “an extraordinary assemblage of teachers and scholars dedicated to advancing the ideals of this College and to enhancing the academic life of this community. Each has made a special contribution to our students through outstanding teaching skills both in and beyond the classroom.”
        Prof. Fishman received her B.A. in English from Michigan State University-Lansing, her M.F.A. in creative writing-poetry from Western Michigan University, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah-Salt Lake City.  Her courses include British Romantic Poetry, Death and Dying in the Literary Imagination, Documentary Literature, Jewish Literature, and Manifesting Creativity: Interdisciplinary Workshop in Visual, Verbal and Physical Arts, among others.  She is an accomplished poet; her second book, DEAR, READ, was published in 2002 by Ahsahta Press. She has been the chair of the journalism program since 2000.
        Prof. Johnson has a B.A. in dance from Luther College, a  M.A. in dance from California State University, and a M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois-Urbana. She served as a visiting dance instructor at Beloit College from 1991 to 1995, and after obtaining her M.F.A., returned as adjunct assistant professor of dance in 1997.  She became a tenure-track member of the faculty in 2001.  Her courses include Composition, Ballet, Choreography, Body Therapies, Dance Kinesiology,  Jazz and modern technique, and dance history.  She is the director of the Student Dance Company and she directs Chelonia, a student designed, choreographed, and executed yearly dance concert.  She continues to work as a choreographer as well, both in the professional and the collegiate world.  Her 2002 Wreath of Memories dance piece, originally performed at Beloit College, was presented at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.  She has collaborated with Beloit College directors on several theatrical pieces, the latest being “Jesus Christ Superstar.”  Chris was the recipient of the 2002 Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
        Prof. Orr, joined Beloit College in 1998 as assistant professor of women’s studies.  She received her B.A. in speech communication from the California State University, Fullerton, her M.A. in rhetorical and cultural studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph. D. in communication studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Prior to coming to Beloit, she taught as an instructor in the Women’s Studies Program of Century College.  Her courses at Beloit include, Feminist Theory, International Perspectives on Women and Gender, Women and U.S. Popular Culture: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Incarnations; and Women, Race, and Class;. Her research focuses on academic activism, interdisciplinarity, and global citizenship in a feminist context.  Catherine has served as co-chair of the women’s and gender studies program and on the ACM Committee on Women’s Concerns.
        Prof. Palmer, received his M.A. in economics from the University of Montana and his M.S. and Ph. D. in comparative economic systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has taught at Beloit College since 1992, first as a visiting assistant professor then as adjunct assistant professor of economics.  He became a tenure-track faculty member of Beloit College in 2001.  He has taught Chinese Economy & Economic Reform, Comparative Economic Systems, and Business Finance, among others.  His research focuses on Chinese economy and on liberal education and employment outcomes.  He also administers the department’s computer resources and the Kemper Computer Lab.                                                                   Prof. Williams, has a B.F.A. in illustration from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and a M.F.A. in painting from Claremont Graduate University.  Prior to coming to Beloit, he was visiting assistant professor at Pomona College.  At Beloit, he teaches Introduction to Visual Arts and various levels of Painting, Drawing, and Computer Art.  He has participated in a number of group and solo exhibitions; the most recent one, Cleansing, opened in the fall of 2003 at the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator. He has served as chair of his department since his first semester at Beloit College. In 2001, he was awarded the Phee Boon Kang ‘73 Prize for Innovation in Technology-Based Instruction. 

      Prof. Field Fass, earned her B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Sc.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Marion’s teaching and research activity includes developing courses that make science accessible and relevant to non-science majors, enhancing course and co-curricular activities that deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and community health research in the Beloit area.  She came to Beloit in 1991 as visiting assistant professor of biology.  She became adjunct associate professor of biology in 1997, then assumed the tenure-track position of associate professor of biology in 1998 and received tenure in 2002.  She has chaired the health care studies program since 1994. Her commitment to international, interdisciplinary and experiential education manifests itself in many activities: this year, she is chairing the African studies program and the Health Professions Advisory Committee, serves on the International Studies Committee, and is the president of the Beloit College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. .

        Prof. Polley, has a B.A. from St. Joseph’s College and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida-Gainsville. He came to Beloit in 1990 as associate professor of physics; in 1993, he was appointed as associate professor of classics as well.  He was granted tenure in 1993.  He has taught a wide range of courses from General Physics to Quantum Theory, from Greek language courses to Roman Art and Archeology, and a number of Russian studies courses.  For the past five years, he has served as chief reader for the Advanced Placement Physics Program as a member of the Test Development Committee.  His most recent research project examines the trajectory of the atomic bomb project in Nazi Germany and the subsequent claims of moral superiority by the German Scientists who worked on it. He chaired the physics department from 1994 to 2001.
        Prof. Sturtz,  received a B.A. in history from Carleton College, a M.A. from the College of William and Mary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Washington University.  Since her arrival at Beloit in 1992, she has taught courses in Colonial American history, Caribbean history, women’s history and film studies.  She received tenure in 1998.  Her research centers on colonial history.  Her monograph, Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia, was published in 2002.  Linda has co-chaired the American Studies Program and served as acting chair of the history department.  She has served as Beloit College faculty liaison to the ACM Newberry Library research program.


February 16, 2004

Jenny Kilcoyne
Office of Public Affairs
Beloit College
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Beloit, WI 53511
Phone: (608) 363-2625
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