Four Hamilton faculty members were approved for tenure by the College’s Board of Trustees during a recent meeting. The board awarded tenure to Robert Knight, art; Chinthaka Kuruwita, mathematics; and Xavier Tubau, Hispanic studies. With the granting of tenure comes the title of associate professor.
Professor of Art History Scott MacDonald was also awarded tenure.
The granting of tenure is based on recommendations of the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, and the committee on appointments, with the president of the college presenting final recommendations to the board of trustees. The tenures are effective July 1.
Robert Knight joined the Hamilton faculty in 2011. He uses photography, audio, video and installation to explore his research on the relationship of contemporary culture to the domestic.
Knight’s recent three-year project, In God’s House, examines the changing nature of structures used for ritual gatherings, focusing on religious spaces that represent a state of transition in some way.
His work has been exhibited in the Boston area at Gallery Kayafas, Alpha Gallery and The Danforth Museum of Art, and nationally at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Jen Bekman Gallery, and the Houston Center for Photography, among other places.
Knight received a master of fine arts in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and a bachelor of arts from Yale.
Chinthaka Kuruwita was appointed to the faculty in 2011. His research is focused on new regression models. In the U.S. he was involved in developing a new modeling strategy to assess suicidal risk of adolescents, work that was published in Journal of Adolescent Health (2009).
Kuruwita received a bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and came to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in 2005. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate in mathematical sciences with a concentration in statistics from Clemson University.
At Hamilton, Kuruwita teaches mathematical statistics and applications, and
senior seminar in statistics.
Xavier Tubau’s current research explores different types of political propaganda during the empire of Charles V. At Hamilton, he teaches courses on contemporary and early modern Spanish literature and culture.
He received his doctorate in Spanish literature from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2008 and was a “Ramón y Cajal” Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona before coming to Hamilton in 2013.
At Hamilton, Tubau teaches Conquest and Colonialism in the Americas, Early Modern Spanish Drama: Aesthetics, Ideology and Society, and Exploring Hispanic Texts. During the past year he presented papers at the 48th annual conference of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and the 63rd meeting of the Renaissance Society of America.
Named an Academy Scholar by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2012, Scott MacDonald is the author of 15 books, including A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers (5 volumes), and has done numerous essays and interviews.
At Hamilton he teaches Introduction to the History and Theory of Film, Facing Reality: A History of Documentary Cinema, and Major Figures in Cinema.His newest books are American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn (essays) and Avant-Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema (interviews). He has curated and presented film events for the Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard Film Archive, the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and elsewhere. MacDonald received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.