An Update from the
Office of the Dean of Faculty
Dear Eckerd Parents,
Now well into the first month of Spring semester, I'm pleased to share with you a few updates on our academic programs and faculty:
297 students participated in Winter Term study abroad courses this January! Study abroad for spring semester 2014, through affiliates and exchange partners, includes 34 students studying in 18 countries. In addition, 8 students will study at the London Study Center with Professor Zachary Dobbins; 23 will study at the United Nations in Geneva with Professor Bill Felice; and 14 will study in Greece with Professor Heather Vincent. Read more about Winter Term 2014, including blogs on France, London, Spain and Japan, here.
9 faculty were tenured and/or promoted at this month's Board of Trustees meeting: Nicholas P. Dempsey (sociology), tenured; Paige Dickinson (human development), tenured; Gregory L. Gerdeman (biology), tenured; Trevor M. Cickovski (computer science), tenured and promoted; Lauren E. Highfill (psychology), tenured and promoted; Paul R. Hindsley (environmental studies), tenured and promoted; Alexis E. Ramsey-Tobienne (rhetoric), tenured and promoted; Polina Maciejczyk (chemistry), promoted; and Alison Ormsby (environmental studies), promoted.
More than 20 grant applications have been submitted by faculty due to the hire of John Johnson, associate director of grant development, who has dramatically increased grant activity, including the College's first submission to the National Institutes of Health. We look forward to reporting on the outcomes of these grants.
Professor and Associate Dean Margie Sanfilippo appeared in the 20/20 episode, "Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special" on January 31. If you missed it, you may read the College's article here and view the episode here.
Best wishes to you and your students in this final semester of the 2013-2014 academic year!
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty