Promotions Recognize Faculty Across the Disciplines
At the February meeting of the Board of Managers, five faculty members were approved for promotion.
Three faculty members received tenure and two were promoted from assistant to associate professor:
Mathematician Ralph Gomez’s teaching and research focuses on geometric structures on spaces and how these structures can help us learn more about the space itself. Specifically, he is interested in the construction of geometric structures on spaces related to and sometimes inspired by theoretical physics.
Artist Logan Grider’s teaching and practice interests include painting and drawing. His work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group shows. Selected awards and honors include a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant; a Skowhegan Fellowship, Yale University; The Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship, Yale University; the Harry Harris Prize in Painting from the 72nd Woodmere Juried Exhibition; and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation nomination.
Anthropologist Christy Schuetze has lived and conducted ethnographic field research in central Mozambique for more than seven years at different periods since 1998. Her teaching and research focuses on the anthropology of southern Africa, anthropology of religion, medical anthropology, anthropology of international development, health and society, environmental anthropology, and post-colonial economics and gender. Her book manuscript Spirit Wives and Church Mothers: Marriage, Social Healing, and Survival in Mozambique is currently under review.
The Board approved the promotion of two faculty members from associate to full professorship:
Physicist Catherine Crouch’s teaching and research interests include protein-cell membrane interactions, nanoparticle physics, and physics education. She is the author of numerous journal articles and the principal investigator of Swarthmore’s part in a nine-institution National Science Foundation grant for evaluation and dissemination of physics curriculum. In 2016, she was selected as an “Outstanding Referee” by the editors of Physical Review.
Psychologist Jane Gillham's research and applied interests lie at the intersection of clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and education. She is particularly interested in the ways in which schools can promote well-being in children, adolescents, and young adults. Gillham's work focuses on developing, evaluating, and disseminating programs designed to promote social and emotional well-being and prevent common psychological difficulties such as depression. She is an author of more than 60 scientific papers, one book (The Optimistic Child), and several well-being programs that are used in schools and other community settings throughout the world.