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Four Faculty Members Receive Tenure; Anthropologist Granted Emerita Status

Four Colorado College assistant professors have been granted tenure and promotion to associate professor, beginning with the 2013-14 academic year. President Jill Tiefenthaler commended each for their excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, noting that they are dedicated members of the Colorado College faculty.  Additionally, one faculty member has been granted emeritus status. Those receiving tenure are:

  • Megan Anderson, assistant professor of geology. Anderson started at CC in 2005 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and her B.A. from Carleton College. One of her recent articles, “Crustal Structure of the Eastern Sierras Pampeanas of Argentina Using High Frequency Local Receiver Functions” was published in Tectonophysics. She teaches Catastrophic Geology, Geologic Evolution of South America, Introductory Geophysics, and Regional Geology. Anderson has received support from the National Science Foundation and contributes to the First-Year Experience program.
  • Steven Hayward, assistant professor of English. Hayward started at CC in 2008 after teaching at John Carroll University. Hayward, who received a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from York University, is the author of “Don’t Be Afraid,” “The Secret Mitzah of Lucio Burke,” and “Buddha Stevens and Other Stories.” He teaches Introductory and Advanced Fiction Workshops, Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Canadian Literature, Introduction to Shakespeare, and Major British Writers. He serves as co-director of the Visiting Writers Series and as liaison to KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-member station.
  • Miroslav Kummel, assistant professor of the environmental program. Kummel received a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His publications include “The Local Climate-Development Nexus: Jatropha and Smallholder Adaptation in Tamil Nadu, India,” published in Climate and Development, and “How the Aphids Got Their Spots: Predation Drives Self-Organization of Aphid Colonies in a Patchy Habitat,” co-authored with CC colleagues and forthcoming in Oikos. Kummel teaches Ecology and the Environment, Water, Environmental Inquiry, and Introduction to Global Climate Change.
  • Jane Murphy, assistant professor of history. Murphy received a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her peer-reviewed publications include “Locating the Sciences in Eighteenth-Century Egypt” in the British Journal for the History of Science and “Ahmad Damanhuri (1689-1778) and the Utility of Early-Modern Expertise in Ottoman Egypt” in Osiris. Murphy teaches Magic, Science, and Religion in the Mediterranean, Civilization in the Middle East, Imagining Jordan: Myth, History and Identity, and Islamic Empires and Their Discontents.

Additionally, Laurel Watkins was granted emerita status, becoming Adjunct Emerita Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics. Watkins, who has 33 years of service at Colorado College, is an internationally renowned expert on Kiowa language. She serves as a linguistic consultant to both the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Department of Anthropology Native Language Program. In addition to publishing numerous articles, Watkins authored “A Grammar of Kiowa” and co-authored “Mirrors and Microparameters: Phrase Structure Beyond Free Word Order.” Her ongoing research on Kiowa and Tewa languages reflects her enduring fascination with Native American languages.