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HAMILTON TRUSTEES APPROVE TENURE

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Posted March 25, 1997
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Nine Hamilton faculty members were recently approved for tenure by the college's Board of Trustees. They are: Douglas Ambrose, history; David Bailey, geology; Sally Cockburn, mathematics; Ella Gant, art; Martine Guyot-Bender, French; Cheng Li, government; Gregory Pierce, psychology; Edith Toegel, German; and Edward Wheatley, English. Appointments and promotions from assistant to associate professor will become effective July 1.

Douglas Ambrose, History

A member of the Hamilton faculty since 1990, Ambrose earned his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, his master's degree from the University of Rochester and his doctorate from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Ambrose's articles have been published in several anthologies, and he is the author of Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South. In 1992 he received a Mellon Summer Research Fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society. The 1996 recipient of Hamilton's Excellence in teaching Award, he specializes in early American history, biography and the Old South.

David Bailey, Geology

Bailey joined the Hamilton faculty in 1990. He graduated with high honors from Bates College, received his master's degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was awarded his doctorate from Washington State University. A specialist in chemical signatures of volcanic rocks, he recently co-authored a National Science Foundation grant, "Enhancement of the Undergraduate Science Curriculum at Hamilton College through the Addition of an X-Ray Microanalysis System" that resulted in a $97,060 award to the college.

Sally Cockburn, Mathematics

Cockburn, a former secondary school math teacher in Botswana, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, and her doctorate from Yale University. A specialist in linear algebra, she joined the Hamilton faculty in 1991. She is a past presenter at the Mathematics Association of America annual meeting, and her work has been published in the Journal of Algebra.

Ella Gant, Art

Gant has been a member of the Hamilton faculty since 1991. She received a B.S. in art education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an M.F.A. in studio photography from the University of Texas at Austin. A specialist in conceptual art and media, her video Get it Girl was screened at International Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals in the U.S. and Europe. Her newest video Dead Bees Buzzing was recently installed at the University of Texas at Austin.

Martine Guyot-Bender, French

Guyot-Bender, a specialist in 20th century French literature and Magh-rebi literatures and cultures, joined the Hamilton faculty in 1991. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Metz in France, and her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Oregon. Guyot-Bender has presented papers at the annual conference of the French Professors of America, the Berkshire Conference on Women's History and the Twentieth-Century French Studies Colloquium. Her work has appeared in Homemaking: The Poetics and Politics of the Home in Women's Writings.

Cheng Li, Government

As a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, Li recently returned to Hamilton after spending two years in China studying the political economy of the coast of China. Prior to joining the Hamilton faculty in 1991, he completed medical training at the Jing An Medical School in Shanghai and was a practicing physician for several years. He received a master's degree in comparative literature from East China Normal University and holds a master's degree in Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's degree and doctorate in political science from Princeton University. Li was the 1993 recipient of Hamilton's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Gregory Pierce, Psychology

Pierce, who specializes in social and personality psychology, has had articles published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. He also authored and co-authored chapters for The Communication of Social Support: Messages, Interactions, Relationships and Community. A Hamilton faculty member since 1991, Pierce received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington.

Edith Toegel, German

Born in Vienna, Austria, Toegel studied at the University of Vienna and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Tufts University and her doctorate from the University of Washington. She has been a Hamilton faculty member since 1993, specializing in 19th and 20th century German and Austrian literature and culture. Her articles have appeared in German Life and Letters, Oxford German Studies, Forum for Modern Language Studies and others. Her critical biography of the life of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, a 19th century Austrian writer, is forthcoming.

Edward Wheatley, English

Wheatley received his bachelor's degree from Rhodes College. He holds a master's degree from the University of York and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia. A spec

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