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Skidmore welcomes 31 new faculty members

September 4, 2020
by James Helicke

Skidmore College is welcoming 31 new faculty members to campus for the 2020-2021 academic year as the College continues to deliver its liberal arts curriculum in person, online and through hybrid means.

The new faculty members include a documentary filmmaker, an accomplished novelist and chronicler of the African American experience, a historian of early medieval art, three chemists, three psychologists and a mathematician. Ten are tenure track. There are nine assistant professors, 12 visiting assistant professors, two artists-in-residence and a metadata librarian.

Their research has taken them from seafloors to distant archives; their areas of expertise range from late Roman and early medieval Chinese historiography to the ecologies of waste in contemporary global arts and literature.

“All of our new colleagues have demonstrated extraordinary creativity, dedication to their fields and commitment to the engaged teaching that is at the heart of Skidmore’s liberal arts mission,” said Michael Orr, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs. “Their passion for teaching and research is contributing to our broader efforts to deliver our curriculum in an environment shaped by a global pandemic. I’m very excited to welcome them to Skidmore.”

The new faculty, who were officially introduced at the first faculty meeting of the academic year on Sept. 4, add to the College’s efforts to deliver innovative approaches to teaching this fall despite challenges associated with COVID-19. Classes got underway Aug. 24.

They join colleagues in Skidmore departments and programs in Chemistry, English, Political Science, Theater, Classics, History, Mathematics and Statistics, Geosciences, Health and Human Physiological Sciences, Psychology, World Languages and Literature, Anthropology, Education Studies, American Studies, Neuroscience, Biology, Art History and Scribner Library.

New faculty members completed advanced degrees at respected institutions including Stanford University, the University of Oxford, the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison among other institutions.

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