Seven faculty members win promotion to full professor
Seven faculty members were promoted to full professor by the College's Board of Trustees at its October meeting. They are:
Sarah Blick, who came to Kenyon in 1994 as a visiting assistant professor of art history. She has special interests in Asian and medieval art history, with particular focuses on sacred and secular art in Late Gothic Europe and pilgrimage art associated with the cathedral shrines of England. Blick is the author of Push Me, Pull You: Art and Devotional Interaction in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art, scheduled for publication in 2011. She earned a B.A. at the University of Akron, an M.A. at the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.
Scott Cummings, who joined the College's faculty in 1995 as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. A specialist in inorganic chemistry whose research interests focus on photochemistry, he received the Trustee Teaching Award in 1999. A graduate of Binghamton University, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester.
Dane Heuchemer, who came to Kenyon in 1995 as a visiting instructor of music. He specializes in music history and musicology and pursues research in German court music of the late sixteenth century. Heuchemer also conducts several instrumental groups at the College, including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He earned a B.Mus. at the University of Northern Colorado, an M.Mus. at Ithaca College, and a Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati.
Hewlet McFarlane, who joined the College's faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor of psychology. He focuses his research and teaching on the relationships between the brain and behavior, with special interests in such topics as autism, depression, and schizophrenia. A native of Guyana, he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Syracuse University, after which he conducted postdoctoral research in neuropharmacology at Case Western Reserve University.
Natalia Olshanskaya, who came to Kenyon in 1997 as an assistant professor of Russian. She offers courses in Russian culture, language, and literature, drawing on her expertise in cinema studies, stylistic analysis of texts and genres, and translation theory. Olshanskaya, who received the Trustee Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, earned her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Odessa State.
Joel Richeimer, who joined the College's faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor of philosophy. He has expertise in ancient Greek philosophy, philosophy of science, and theory of knowledge, with specializations in philosophy of perception, philosophy of psychology, and the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Richeimer also studied at the University of California at Berkeley and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.
Jan Thomas, who came to Kenyon in 1996 as a visiting assistant professor of sociology. She had previously worked as a counselor, educator, and administrator at women's health centers in Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado, as well as operating her own health-counseling practice in Denver. A specialist in issues of health and gender, Thomas earned a B.A. at Cornell College, an M.A. at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado.