Washington College Magazine

Six Faculty Are Granted Tenure

  • 2013 Washington College Graduation
    2013 Washington College Graduation
    Bill McAllen Photography
July 25, 2013
Recognizing their scholarship and inspired teaching that gets to the core of the liberal arts experience, six faculty members were extended tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in February.

anthropology: William Schindler focuses on the questions that arise from the study of paleohistorical tools, foodways and handicrafts. Or, as he confessed to the dean, “I have figured out how to make an academic career out of every 10-year-old boy’s love of making really dangerous weapons and shooting stuff.” He offers memorable experiences for students who catch his enthusiasm for hands-on learning.

economics and environmental studies: Brian Scott combines experimental and environmental economics to investigate the ways in which institutions can create more sustainable environmental outcomes. He draws his students into this research with the use of experimental software zTree, in which he creates a virtual market on a 29-laptop mobile lab.

history:Kenneth Miller’s first book, Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence, explores the hosting of British and German prisoners in the ethnically diverse wartime interior as a window onto early American identity formation. Miller is known for making history come alive, staging mock trials and town meetings. His students have hatched Latin American coups d’etat in cables to CIA station chiefs, and concocted witchcraft accusations for Puritan magistrates.

modern languages: Shawn Stein studies the presentation of gender and identity in the football fiction of Latin America and offers students a challenging, immersion-like learning environment within and beyond the classroom (see page 21).  

philosophy: Matthew McCabe’s scholarship advances research on the virtue ethics of care, particularly as it relates to the physician-patient relationship and punitive justice. He trains young minds to think about ideas from different points of view and to develop their intellectual capacity through writing, writing and more writing. 

political science: A prolific writer, Joseph Prud’homme is the founding director of the College’s Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics, and Culture. His scholarship focuses on the influence of religion on cultural and political affairs throughout history. Known for his relentless questioning and spirited conversations, Prud’homme inspires students to fall in love with the Great Ideas and to pursue the life of the mind.  

Last modified on Jul. 29th, 2013 at 11:25am by Kristen Hammond.