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Three Hamilton College Faculty Earn Tenure

By Holly Foster  |  Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted March 12, 2000
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Three Hamilton College faculty members were approved for tenure by the college's Board of Trustees during their recent meeting at the college. They are: Lucy Ferriss, English; Ian Rosenstein, Chemistry; and George Shields, Chemistry. Lucy Ferriss, English Ferriss joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1995 as assistant professor of English and Creative Writing. Prior to that she taught at Hollis College and Tufts University. She earned a Ph.D. and master's degree in English and American literature from Tufts University, a master's from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's degree from Pomona College. Ferriss completed a Fulbright Lectureship at Universite Libre de Brucxelles and Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, in 1999, where she taught American Literature: Wilderness as Metaphor, to undergraduate and graduate students in Anglophone literatures. At Hamilton she has directed the Visiting Writers series, Intercollegiate Reading Series and Creative Writing Senior Program. She has written several novels, The Misconceiver (1997); Against Gravity (1996); The Gated River, which was a Critics Choice paperback in 1997; and Philip's Girl (1985). Ferriss has written numerous stories that have appeared in such publications as the Missouri Review, American Literacy Review, Carolina Quarterly and The Southern Anthology. She has delivered many public lectures and fiction readings and written essays, and literary reviews for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Washington Post BookWorld and Boston Magazine. Ferriss received the New Millennium award for fiction in 1999, a National Book Award nomination for The Misconceiver, a Redbook Fiction Award, Best American Short Stories distinguished story, and Southern Writers Association Award.

Ian Rosenstein, Chemistry Rosenstein joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor of chemistry. Previously he was a research associate and instructor of general chemistry and organic chemistry at Duke University. Rosenstein earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Duke University, and his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received several fellowships and awards in his field, including the Burroughs-Wellcome Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, the Paul M. Gross Award, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Stipend and the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Institute Faculty Travel Grant Award to attend the National Organic Symposium. He also received the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund Type G Grant and a Pew-New York State Cluster Faculty/Summer Research Program grant. He has published and presented a number of professional papers, and is a member of the American Chemical Society and Phi Lambda Upsilon. In May, 1999 Rosenstein received one of Hamilton's highest awards for teaching, the John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award. It supports an annual prize for a tenure-track faculty member who has been employed by the college for fewer than five years, and who has demonstrated superior teaching, high-quality scholarly research and a significant and positive impact on students. >p>

George Shields, Chemistry Department chair and professor of chemistry George Shields earned a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before coming to Hamilton in 1998, Shields was chair of the chemistry department at Lake Forest College. He also spent three years as a postdoctoral associate at Yale University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Shields was recently one of six recipients nationwide of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow Program for Undergraduate Institutions. The program is designed to reward faculty with successful student-centered research programs and to allow a recent Ph.D. to spend two years at an undergraduate institution learning how to balance the demands of teaching and research with undergraduates. Shields has written several science education book chapters, and participated in extensive undergraduate research direction, professional workshops and conference poster presentations. He received the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science Fellowship Award, a Conoco/DuPont Fellowship, and received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center and Research Corporation. Shields has written extensively for professional journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Journal of Molecular Modeling and Journal of Quantum Chemistry. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, Council on Undergraduate Research, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

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