September 27, 2010

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Twelve new tenure-track faculty members joined Bucknell's ranks this fall. || New full professor profiles || New associate professor profiles

"Again, this year, we were successful in a competitive job market, and we are delighted with the new additions to the faculty," says Provost Mick Smyer. "We know the faculty play a major role in determining the quality of the Bucknell experience for all of our students."

The 12 positions are the result of both regular replacement of professors who have retired or left the University for other reasons, and Bucknell's re-instatement of a leave-replacement program. New tenure-track positions were provided to departments that have consistently needed to hire visiting professors to fill gaps left by sabbaticals, junior faculty leaves or other temporary vacancies.

Soundness of judgment
"Even in very difficult economic times, we strategically made the decision, with the endorsement of the Board of Trustees and the support of the Committee on Staff Planning, to stay in the job market," says Provost Mick Smyer. "It was our assessment that we could make terrific hires if we did that, and this year's group reflects the soundness of that judgment."

As the new assistant professors prepare their courses, they will find support at the University's Teaching and Learning Center. The center offers workshops, mentoring services, discussion groups and other resources to help new faculty hit the ground running.

"The Teaching and Learning Center is an important resource for our faculty," Smyer says. "They use it not only right before classes start, but throughout their first year. There is an ongoing series of conversations between and among experienced faculty and new faculty about teaching approaches, understanding Bucknell students, and understanding how to engage them in the important academic work of the University as fully as possible."

Follow the links below to read each of their stories. || All student, faculty and alumni profiles

Morgan Benowitz-Fredericks
Department of Biology

Logan Connors
Department of French

Ramona Fruja
Department of Education

Cynthia Guthrie
Department of Management

Will Kerber
Department of Chemistry

Brian R. King
Department of Computer Science

Eric Martin
Department of Management

Kate McCoy
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Seth Orsborn
Department of Management

Jennie Stevenson
Department of Psychology

Wendy Wright
Departments of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

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