Faculty promotions approved by Board of Trustees

Five promoted to associate professor; click on image to expand gallery

 

The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of faculty members to new ranks for the 2011-12 academic year:

• Promoted to associate professor with tenure: Keith Brouhle (economics); Brigittine French (anthropology); and Lee Emma Running (art). Background information about these newly tenured faculty members is attached.

• Promoted to associate professor: Heather Benning (physical education) and Brian Jaworski (physical education). Background information about these faculty promotions is attached.

• Moving from active teaching to senior faculty status: Gail Bonath (library).

• Moving from senior faculty status to professors emeriti: Michael Cavanagh (English); Charles Duke (physics); Diane Robertson (biology); and Bruce Voyles (biology).

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

Background information for tenure promotions:

Keith R. Brouhle, associate professor of economics. B.A., Grinnell College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois.

Keith Brouhle joined the economics department in 2005, after serving as assistant professor at the University of Alberta. Brouhle is a noted innovator in the use of teaching technologies, including interactive “games” and concrete applications to reinforce abstract concepts. His primary area of scholarship is empirical environmental economics, and his work has appeared in a range of well-respected journals in his field. His additional interest is the influence of voluntary programs on the environmental behavior of firms in the United States and Canada. On campus, Brouhle has been a member of the Rosenfield Committee, the campus plan update task force, the admissions board, and committees for scholarship, faculty recruiting, the environmental studies and policy studies concentrations, and the Social Studies Division for technology and pedagogy. At a national level, he is a reviewer for eight scholarly journals in economics.

Brigittine French, associate professor of anthropology. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa. Brigittine French came to Grinnell in 2003 as a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in linguistic anthropology. French’s research is focused on the relation between language and political power; specifically, language and ideology, nationalism, and the role of language in the formation of ethnic identity. She has worked in both Guatemala and Ireland on these issues and on the constructions of gender expectation through linguistic discourse. Her book, “Maya Ethnolinguistic Identity: Violence, Cultural Rights, and Modernity in Highland Guatemala,” was published in 2010 by the University of Arizona Press. French has served as chair of the linguistics concentration and the Peace Studies program, and on the teacher education committee, the admission board, and the Watson Fellowship committee. Nationally, she was elected to a two-year term as social science representative to the executive board of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and is chair of the James F. Donnelly Prize for Outstanding Book in the Social Sciences.

Lee Emma Running, associate professor of art. B.F.A., Pratt Institute; M.S., M.F.A., University of Iowa.

Lee Emma Running joined the studio art faculty at Grinnell in 2005 from the University of Iowa, where she was a lecturer and sculpture research assistant. She teaches classes in drawing and sculpture at all levels, as well as a new introduction to studio art she helped design. In her scholarly work, Running engages in both individual and group projects, typically in the form of drawings and installations. She has shown her work at many nationally recognized galleries and recently signed a long-term contract with Olson Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines. She is also engaged in fulfilling a public art commission for the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. In addition to her solo work, she is a member of The Moving Crew Artist Collective, a group of international artists who develop collaborative projects that engage ideas of community, movement and transformation. Running has served on the Expanding Knowledge Initiative advisory board, the convocation and public events committees, and has been active in the early career faculty group.

Background information for promotions to associate professor:

Heather Benning, associate professor of physical education. B.A., Grinnell College, M.A., University of Iowa.

Heather Benning has been a member of the physical education staff in a variety of capacities since her Grinnell graduation in 1996. She became head women’s soccer coach in 1998, was assistant track coach from 2000 to 2007, and became assistant professor in 2001. In 2002, she was named senior woman administrator for the athletics program, and since 2007, she has also been assistant athletic director. Benning was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2006; her teams have been conference champions four times, appeared in NCAA national tournaments four times, and since 2003, have been named All-Academic teams every year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She recently published a peer-reviewed article in Soccer Journal, as part of a series authored by prominent international coaches. Benning has an extensive record of committee service for the NCAA and Title IX Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Woman. Locally, she has served as faculty advisor to the Stonewall Resource Center, and on committees for student life, President’s Medal selection, accessibility, college hearing board, and health services.

Brian J. Jaworski, associate professor of physical education. B.A., DePauw University, M.Ed., Indiana State University.

Brian Jaworski joined the Grinnell faculty in 2004 after an extensive coaching career in Indiana. He serves as head coach for men’s soccer and golf, and was previously assistant track coach. Jaworski was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, the same year the men’s soccer team won the conference and qualified for NCAA nationals for the first time in the college’s history. His soccer teams have been consistently recognized as National Soccer Coaches Association of American Academic Teams. He is the author of several highly regarded articles on coaching technique. Since 2005, Jaworski has been the director of the college’s summer sports camp, and he is in demand as a leader of soccer clinics around the state. He has been a member of the college’s hearing board and currently serves on the judicial committee, while serving as NCAA representative for the Midwest Regional Golf Committee.

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Five promoted to associate professor; click on image to expand gallery
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Grinnell, IA
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Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 19:00
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Faculty promotions approved by Board of Trustees
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