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5 Faculty Members Receive Tenure; Retired Dean Granted Emeritus Status

The Colorado College Board of Trustees approved tenure and promotion to associate professor for five faculty members and emeritus status for a retired dean of the college during their annual February meeting.
Marie Davis-Green, Theatre and Dance; Emilie Gray, Organismal Biology and Ecology; Andreea Marinescu, Spanish; Jared Richman, English; and Sanjaya Thakur, Classics, were approved for tenure. Richard Storey, retired dean of the college and professor of biology, was granted emeritus status.

  • Davis-Green received her B.A. in dance performance studies from Colorado State University and her M.F.A. in set and costume design from Yale University. Among the courses she has taught at CC are Intermediate Performance Design, Fundamentals of Performance Design, Environmental and Community Design, Violence by Design, and Fundamentals of Technical Theatre. Students value her quick mind and creative problem-solving skills, as well as her capacity to motivate and challenge them.
  • Gray received her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on eco-physiology from the University of California-Irvine. She also holds an M.S. in environmental studies from the French Institute for Research and Development, Orleans, and National Agronomic Institute in Paris, France. She teaches Biology of Animals, Ecology, Comparative Animal Physiology, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Biology of Disease Vectors. Gray studies the thermal acclimation and environmental adaptations of mosquitoes, and is highly regarded for her interesting and engaging assignments and tests, plentiful and detailed feedback, and well-executed field trips.
  • Marinescu holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Michigan, where she also received her B.S. as a double major in Spanish and cellular and molecular biology. She teaches an array of classes at CC, including Spaces of Memory in Post-Dictatorship Chile, Roberto Bolano: The Social Life of Literature, Latin American Film, and Modern Hispanic American Literatures and Cultures. Marinescu is passionate, jovial, and imaginative in her use of educational approaches, and is especially adept at supervising theses and independent research and providing constructive feedback on students' work.
  • Richman received both his Ph.D. in British literature and his A.M. in British and American literature at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.A. in British literature and art history from the University of York. Among the courses he teaches are British Romantic Poetry, The Eighteenth-Century Novel, Introduction to Poetry, Jane Austen in Context, and Milton and Modernity. Students regard him as a dedicated teacher and tough grader who provides careful criticism on the quality of their papers and class participation.
  • Thakur, who came to CC as a Riley Scholar, holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan, where he also earned an M.A. in classical art and archaeology and Classical Studies. Additionally he hold a B.S. in biology and Latin from the University of California-Los Angeles. Thakur teaches introductory and advanced Greek and Latin, Classical Literature and Archaeology, Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity, Roman Civilization and History (in Italy), and Field Archaeology (in Spain). Students appreciate his hard work and devotion to teaching, successful application of multiple teaching styles, high standards and expectations, and his approachability and accessibility in and outside the classroom.
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