Marietta College grants tenure to seven faculty members

Marietta College's Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that seven professors received tenure, and six were promoted from assistant professors to associate professor.

The recently tenured professors are Dr. Bill Bauer, professor of education; Dr. David Brown, professor of biology and environmental science; Dr. Richard Danford, professor of modern languages; Dr. Jack Hillwig, chair of communication and media studies; Dr. Dennis Kuhl, chair of physics, Dr. John Tynan, professor of mathematics, and Dr. Ryan May, professor of psychology.

Hillwig was already a full professor before receiving tenure.

The Marietta College Faculty Handbook explains tenure as something "awarded after at least five years of experience which may be a combination of years teaching at Marietta as well as at other institutions. During that time the faculty member is reviewed several times to make sure they are doing the job they were hired to do."

The review process entails the professor being observed by department chairs, the provost, and the college's Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (RTP). Student evaluations are also taken into strong consideration. And, the faculty member being reviewed is also required to prepare a portfolio including student evaluations, course materials, research and committee work.

Dr. Sue DeWine, provost, explained that receiving tenure is a long and difficult process and those who achieve it have made significant contributions to the college and to their students.

Hillwig joined Marietta in the spring of 2005 as part of the Communication and Media Studies department. He has more than 30 years of experience as a college professor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication and English from Bethany (W.Va.) College. Hillwig also earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in visual communication from The Ohio State University.

Bauer chairs both the Hartel Fellows program and the Master of Arts in Education program. He received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's in special education from Ohio University. He also earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation services, both from Ohio State.

Brown earned is a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and Master of Science in microbiology from Ohio University. He continued his education at Duke where he was awarded a Ph.D. in cell biology. Prior to joining Marietta, Brown was the president and Founder of Coastal Explorations Inc. in Beaufort, N.C. The company created 10 instructional programs about marine environments, which were incorporated into North Carolina science curriculum requirements.

Danford is the director of Marietta's Study Abroad Program. He is also preparing a Portuguese language program for Marietta students at the Granbery Institute in Juiz de Fora, Minas in Brazil. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology before switching his focus toward modern languages. He earned both a master's degree and Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics from Ohio State.

Kuhl arrived at Marietta in the fall of 2002 with Ph.D. in surface physics. Before his arrival, Kuhl worked with the Center for Science and Mathematics Teaching at Tufts University. Following his time at Tufts, Kuhl also taught workshops for in-service schoolteachers of science at Bridgewater (Va.) State College.

Tynan received both his master's degree and Ph.D. from Ohio University. At Marietta, he has taught a wide variety of mathematics courses. Tynan is an avid member of the Mathematical Association of America and a National Project NExT Fellow. In the fall of 2007, he will also take over part-time responsibilities as the College's Registrar.

May oversees the internship program for the College's psychology department. He has played a key role in developing the Master of Arts in Psychology program, which began in the fall of 2003. May earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology from Anderson (Ind.) University before obtaining a master's and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Memphis.

Along with the seven faculty members granted tenure, four were promoted to full professors. Those selected were Dr. Mary Barnas, professor of psychology; Dr. Debra Egolf, professor of chemistry; Grace Johnson, professor of accounting; and Dr. Almuth Tschunko, professor of biology and environment science.