The Colorado College Board of Trustees approved promotion to full professor for four faculty members at their final meeting of the academic year, held June 13-15. Associate professors promoted to full professor include Tamara Bentley, Art; Genevieve Love, English; Gail Murphy-Geiss, Sociology; and Rebecca Tucker, Art.
- Tamara Bentley, Art
Bentley earned her B.A. in history and her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has taught Introduction to Asian Art; Art of China and Art of Japan, as well as Art and International Trade 1550-1800, Print Culture and International Exchange in Early Modern Art, and a first-year experience course, Conflict and Confluence in Asian Culture. Students describe Bentley as “an exceptional professor” who has “incredible knowledge and a genuine desire to help students learn. As one student wrote, she is “an encyclopedia of everything art (and even more, Asian art.) Her ability to answer questions that lead to extensive discussions is unmatched.” Echoing her peer, another student observed, “She seemed to know absolutely everything about what she was teaching. You could ask any specific question and she would respond with an answer and supporting anecdote and article.”
Bentley’s scholarly work includes “The Rhetoric of Emotion in 17th Century China and Japan” in Concepts and Categories of Emotion in East Asia; a book, “The Figurative Works of Chen Hongshou (1599-1652): Authentic Voices/Expanding Markets”; and an article currently under review in an edited volume.
Bentley has served on the Humanities Executive Committee since 2016, and as co-chair of the Art Department from 2012-2015. She is an active participant in the Asian Studies program and helped plan the college’s Semester in Asia and Semester in Singapore programs. In 2014, she co-organized an interdisciplinary symposium, “Picturing Commerce: Visual Forms in Motion in and from the Asian Maritime Circuits, 1550-1800,” on the Colorado College campus. In 2017, she and two CC colleagues prepared a keynote panel for the Consortium of Independent Colleges’ teaching workshop on developing informational literacy.
- Genevieve Love, English
Love earned her B.A. in English, with high honors, from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in English language and literature from Cornell University. Love teaches Introduction to Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Tragedies on Film, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Renaissance Drama, Introduction to Poetry, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Literature. One alumnus wrote, “Her genuine enthusiasm for my work was infectious and encouraging, her guidance and feedback were invaluable and I will always be thankful that I was able to learn from her. Professor Love is a strong, reliable educator, a boundless resource and above all a wonderful and caring person.” A student who took three of Love’s courses referred to these classes as “among the most rewarding I took in my four years at CC.”
This year Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare will publish Love’s book, “Early Modern Theatre and the Figure of Disability.” She also prepared the introduction to “The Fair Maid of the Exchange,” an edited volume to be published by Routledge in 2019. Her record of scholarship includes eight other essays, chapters, or entries, and she has presented at 18 conferences since receiving tenure and promotion in 2008. She has served as Book Review Editor of the Shakespeare Bulletin and as a member of The Hare’s editorial board.
At Colorado College, Love currently serves on the Curriculum Executive Committee, a committee she chaired from 2011-13 during a previous term. She chaired the English Department from 2012-15, served on the Rhodes Scholarship Committee from 2010-16, and has mentored several pre-tenure colleagues in recent years.
- Gail Murphy-Geiss, Sociology
Murphy-Geiss earned her Ph.D. in religion and social change at University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology and became an assistant professor at Colorado College in 2004. She teaches Gender Inequality, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Family, Research Design and Thinking Sociologically. She also teaches courses in the Feminist and Gender Studies program and has taught the course, Contemporary French Society in Lyon, France. One student described Murphy-Geiss’s teaching as follows: “She worked to provide an alternative to the narrative that permeates our culture — the idea that everything around us can be traced back to individuals and their psychology, rather than social forces. At its core, this required constant (and frequently uncomfortable) critical thought. Given the nature of sociology, this also required us to think critically about our own lives and social positioning. It takes a special person to cultivate such a space for this. She always contextualized the need for such critical thought, as well.”
Since earning tenure in 2010, Murphy-Geiss has authored or co-authored three journal articles and two book chapters. The most recent article, “One Size Does Not Fit All: A Case Study of an Alternative Intimate Partner Violence Court,” was published in Feminist Criminology. A second article, “Married to the Minister: The Status of the Clergy Spouse as Part of a Single Two-Person Career” was published in Family Issues, and a chapter, “From Side Street to Main Street: American Methodism in Social Context,” appeared in the 2012 edited volume, Women, Church, and Leadership: New Paradigms in the 21st Century.Murphy-Geiss currently chairs the Curriculum Executive Committee and has served as associate chair of the Sociology Department since 2014. She also has served as co-director of the Feminist and Gender Studies program, and as a member of the Diversity and Equity Advisory Board and the Faculty Executive Committee, which she chaired from 2013-15.
- Rebecca Tucker, Art
Tucker earned her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her A.B. in the history of art at Bryn Mawr College. She joined the Art Department in 2003 and received tenure in 2009. Tucker has taught Introduction to Art History, Renaissance Culture, The High Renaissance and After: Italian Art of the 16th Century, Art of the Dutch Republic, and Art of the Baroque: Art and Empire in the 17th Century, History of Collecting, and Introduction to Museum Studies. One student described Tucker as “an outstanding professor that does a wonderful job of engaging students with thoughtful, probing questions. She is extremely approachable and has consistently good rapport with students. She makes for a comfortable learning environment where students can ask hard questions and push the content of the class,” this student wrote. Another recalled, “Professor Tucker encouraged us to think of artworks in terms of movements, social contexts, and exchange within a larger matrix of geopolitical, aesthetic, religious, and social issues, and demonstrated how art historical practice fits into a larger understanding of the world.”
Tucker’s scholarship includes “Urban Planning and Politics in the City Center: Frederik Hendrik and The Hague Plein” in Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, and “The Politics of Display at Honselaarsdijk,” published in Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek. Her book manuscript, “Prince Frederik Hendrik and the Golden Age of Dutch Art,” is in preparation.
Currently Tucker is museum director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. She was the Schlosser Professor in the Arts from 2014-17, and has served as director of the Crown Faculty Center and as a member of the Humanities Executive Committee, a committee she chaired from 2012-14. She also has served on advisory committees for the Crown Center, IDEA, and Southwest Studies. She has been a member of the Front Range Art History Committee since 2002.