Faculty & Administration

Janelle A. Schwartz

Janelle A. Schwartz

Founder & General Director

Janelle Schwartz founded the Hamilton Adirondack Program in 2013 and now serves as both its General Director and one of its two faculty members. Schwartz has published articles, essays and blogs on literature and ecology, cabinets of curiosity, pedagogy and more. She wrote Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism (2012, University of Minnesota Press), which focuses on the intersection of invertebrate zoology during the 18th and 19th centuries with the poetry and prose of Romanticism. Her next research project involves the work and life of Adirondack painter and woodsman Don Wynn. She earned her doctorate in literature and the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she is a Class of 1997 Hamilton alumna. She taught English literature and environmental studies at Loyola University New Orleans before returning to Hamilton to teach literature and environmental studies. And she is proud to now call the Adirondacks home.

Herm Lehman

Herm Lehman

Faculty-in-Residence (Fall2019)
Professor of Biology

Herm Lehman's research is focused on the development and function of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are molecules released by neurons and mediate communication throughout the nervous system; thus, the proper expression and maintenance of neurotransmitter levels is a critical, yet largely unknown, aspect of the metabolism of the neuron.

Maurice Isserman

Maurice Isserman

Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History

Maurice Isserman's new book, Continental Divide: A History of American Mountaineering, has just been published by Norton to favorable reviews. A former Fulbright grant-winner, his prize-winning books include The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, and his co-authored book Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes. He is co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, and wrote On the Hill: A Bicentennial History of Hamilton College. He also has published Cronkite's War: His World War Two Letters Home, co-authored with Walter Cronkite IV '11. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Bill Pfitsch

Bill Pfitsch

Faculty-in-Residence (Fall 2017)
Associate Professor of Biology

William Pfitsch studies how plants meet the challenges of living in potentially stressful conditions. Of particular interest are the interactions with soil microorganisms that help plants meet those challenges. In recent years, research in the Pfitsch lab has also focused on the ecological implications of invasive plants in local forests in terms of community composition and ecosystem structure and function. He earned his doctorate in botany at the University of Washington.

Seth Major

Seth Major

Faculty-in-Residence (Fall 2016)
Professor of Physics

Seth Major's research is in quantum gravity, a field of theoretical physics devoted to finding the deep structure of spacetime, and in the phenomenology of quantum geometry. Recently Major has focused on possible observable consequences of quantum gravity, particularly on how granular spatial geometry might be indirectly observed. He has worked on the quantum deformation of quantum gravity, causal sets, operators in quantum gravity and modified dispersion relations. Major was a Lise Meitner Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Vienna and taught at Swarthmore and Deep Springs colleges. He earned a doctorate in theoretical physics from Pennsylvania State University.

Onno Oerlemans

Onno Oerlemans

Faculty-in-Residence (Fall 2015)
Professor of English

Onno Oerlemans has published articles on the form and function of lyric in Whitman, Milton and Wordsworth, on literary theory and Henry James, and on animal rights and taxonomy in romanticism. Oerlemans’ book Romanticism and the Materiality of Nature examines the ways in which romantic-period authors explore and represent the physical presence of the natural world. He recently published articles on the representation of animals in Coetzee and Gowdy, the romantic origins of environmentalism and architecture in romantic period writing. Oerlemans is writing a book about the representation of animals in the history of poetry. He was the first faculty-in-residence for Hamilton’s new Academic Program in the Adirondacks. He earned his doctorate from Yale University.

Affiliated FacultY

Dave Bailey, Professor of Geosciences

Joyce Barry, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

Kate Brown, Assistant Professor of Physics

Peter Cannavò, Associate Professor of Government and Director of Environmental Studies

Katheryn Doran, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Cynthia Downs, Assistant Professor of Biology

Steve Ellingson, Professor of Sociology

Courtney Gibbons, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Lydia Hamessley, Professor of Music

Stuart Hirshfield, Stephen Harper Kirner Chair of Computer Science

Betsy Jensen, Professor of Economics

Robin Kinnel, Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

Herm Lehman, Professor of Biology

Heather Merrill, Professor of Africana Studies

John O'Neal, Professor of French

Ann Owen, Henry Platt Bristol Professor in Public Policy

Patrick Reynolds, Stone Professor of Natural History

Andrew Rippeon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature

Jane Springer, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing

Katherine Terrell, Associate Professor of English

Andrea Townsend, Assistant Professor of Biology

Jason Townsend, Supervisor of Introductory Laboratories

Ernest Williams, Jr, William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus

Affiliated Staff

Frank Coots, Director of Campus Safety

Brian Hansen, Director of Environmental Protection, Safety and Sustainability

Wayne Gentile, Assistant Director of Campus Safety

Travis Hill, Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Life

Andrew Jillings, Director of Outdoor Leadership

Mike Jones, Assistant Director of Campus Safety

Alfio LaRocca, Assistant Director of Business Operations (Facilities Management)

Reid Larson, Research and Digital Initiatives Librarian

Mike Neidhart, Mechanic Foreperson (Facilities Management)

Carolyn North, Assistant Dean of Off-Campus Study

Hillary Joy Pitoniak, Greenhouse and Invertebrate Care Technician (and Certified Primitive Life Skills Instructor)

Anthony Scalise, Campus Safety Investigator

Yvonne Schick, Print Shop Supervisor

Abby Taylor, Director of Employer Relations (Career Center)

David Walden, Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and Lecturer in Psychology

Contact Information

Janelle A. Schwartz, Ph.D.

General Director
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