Smith Board Approves Faculty Promotions,
Engineering Building and Affordable Housing Subsidy
-- At its February meeting, the Smith College Board of
Trustees approved proceeding with the design and financing
of a proposed engineering and science building, which is
expected to cost about $65 million. At the same time, they
allocated $3 million to an Affordable Housing Development
Fund that will subsidize projects aimed at replacing housing
in the Green Street neighborhood that will be eliminated
as Smith when the engineering and science building is constructed.
In other actions, which become effective July 1, 2004, the
board promoted 11 members of the Smith College faculty and
conferred emeritus and tenure status on four others.
Promoted to professor with tenure from associate professor
was James Hubbard, religion and biblical literature.
Promoted to full professor from associate professor were
A. Lee Burns, art; Andrea Hairston, theatre and Afro-American
studies; Patricia Skarda, English language and literature;
and Louis Wilson, Afro-American studies.
Promoted to associate professor with tenure from assistant
professor were Mlada Bukovansky, government; Susan Etheredge,
education and child study; Jonathan Gosnell, French language
and literature; Jeffry Ramsey, philosophy; and Cristina Suarez,
Promoted to senior lecturer from lecturer was Jonathan Hirsh,
director of the glee club and orchestra.
Granted tenure were associate professors Laura Katz, biological
sciences; Borjana Mikic, engineering; and Michael Thurston,
English language and literature.
Emeritus status was conferred upon Kathryn Burnett, associate
Following is additional information on the promoted faculty
members, listed in alphabetical order:
Mlada Bukovansky earned a bachelor's degree from Colorado
College and a master's and doctorate from Columbia University.
Prior to joining the Smith government faculty in 2001, Bukovansky
taught international politics at Dartmouth College.
Kathryn Burnett, earned her bachelor's degree from Oberlin
College and her master's degree from Smith College. She began
her career at Smith in 1952 when she was appointed assistant
music librarian. She later became associate librarian until
her retirement this year.
A. Lee Burns joined the art faculty at Smith in 1977 after
earning a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Master
of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa.
Susan Etheredge earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education
degrees from Smith College and a Doctor of Education degree
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before joining
the Smith College faculty as an instructor in 1991, Etheredge
taught for over ten years at the Smith College Campus School.
After formal training in 19th- and 20th-century French cultural
studies, Jonathan Gosnell obtained his doctorate from New
York University and has taught at Smith since 1996. He earned
his undergraduate degree from Brown University.
Andrea Hairston, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Smith College and a Master of Arts degree from Brown University,
first taught at Smith College from 1979 to 1984 as an instructor.
She returned to Smith in 1989 as an assistant professor in
theatre and was promoted to associate professor in 1996.
She is the artistic director and co-founder of Chrysalis
Theatre in Northampton.
Jonathan Hirsh graduated from Amherst College in 1986 and
received his master's and doctoral degrees in conducting
from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Smith in
1997, he taught at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington,
D.C.; Amherst College; the University of Michigan; the University
of California at Santa Cruz; and Tufts University.
James Hubbard, who joined the Smith College faculty in 1985,
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Webster University
and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of
Laura Katz, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard
College and a doctoral degree from Cornell University. She
has been a member of the Smith College faculty since 1997.
Borjana Mikic earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees
in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She joined
the faculty of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith in
2001. Before coming to Smith, she was an assistant professor
affiliated with the departments of orthopedic surgery and
biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia.
Jeffry Ramsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas
State University and a master's and a doctoral degree from
the University of Chicago. Before joining the Smith College
faculty in 2000, Ramsey taught at Oregon State University
and has held teaching positions at Rice University and the
University of Chicago, among other institutions.
Patricia Skarda earned her bachelor's degree from Texas
Tech after transferring from Sweet Briar College. She joined
the Smith College faculty in 1973 after earning her doctorate
at the University of Texas at Austin.
Cristina Suarez taught at Wellesley and Mt. Holyoke Colleges
before joining the chemistry faculty at Smith in 1997. She
earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University
of California at Davis.
Michael Thurston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the
University of North Texas and master's and doctoral degrees
from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He taught
at Yale University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
before joining the English faculty at Smith in 2000.
Louis Wilson, who joined the
Afro-American studies and African studies departments at
Smith in 1989, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California
State University and master's and doctoral degrees from the
University of California at Los Angeles.
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