At its winter meeting, Jan. 28-30, the Colby College Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of President David A. Greene and Provost Lori Kletzer, awarded tenure to six accomplished professors who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College.
“This is a group of exemplary scholars and teachers,” Greene said. “Their dedication to their students, involvement in the College community, and their own scholarly achievements reflect why Colby is known for outstanding faculty who connect with students in ways that ultimately transform lives.”
Colby’s new tenured faculty members are Syed Tariq Ahmad, biology; Annie Kloppenberg, theater and dance; Jennifer Coane, psychology; Keith Peterson, philosophy; Winifred Tate, anthropology; and Stephanie Taylor, computer science.
Syed Tariq Ahmad
Tariq Ahmad, who joined the Colby faculty in 2009, is a molecular neurophysiologist. His research is focused on two areas: the molecular and genetic basis of neurodegenerative disease, and genetic and chemical modifiers of circadian rhythms. He has published seven articles and an invited book chapter, involving students in five of those publications. He holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India, an M.S. in medical biotechnology from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, India, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
Jen Coane is a cognitive psychologist with primary research interests in memory and language and work focusing on the ways people learn and retain information. The recipient of a prestigious and competitive James. S. McDonnell award in support of her research, she emphasizes writing and research skills in her courses. She has been called the driving impetus for the founding of a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin conference called “Mainely Data,” held each year since 2010 and providing an opportunity for students and faculty to present research in progress. She earned a B.A. and an M.S. in psychology from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ann Marie Kloppenberg
Annie Kloppenberg is a performer of dance and a choreographer who has raised the profile of the dance program as an academic area at Colby. Her creative research includes pieces she has choreographed for other dance companies as well as her own, her own performance in other people’s companies, and her improvisational work. She also teaches professional-level workshops in Boston. As a teacher, she is known for her devotion to writing as a discipline that harmonizes with movement, and she extends that philosophy into all of her courses. She earned a B.A. in dance and American civilization, with a minor in French, from Middlebury College, and an M.F.A. from the Ohio State University.
Keith Peterson’s areas of specialization are continental philosophy and environmental philosophy. His large body of work includes journal articles and book chapters on the German philosopher Nicolai Hartmann, as well as a recently published edited volume called New Research on the Philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann (De Gruyter, 2016). He has also translated F. W. J Schelling and Hartmann, and his work on Hartmann brings this neglected figure back into the philosophical dialogue. He is currently finishing a book on environmental philosophy called A World not Made for Us: Topics in Critical Environmental Philosophy. At Colby he has taught 12 new courses, and he contributes to several interdisciplinary programs including Science, Technology, and Society; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Environmental Studies; and Integrated Studies. He holds a B.A. in anthropology from Kent State University, an M.A. in philosophy from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. from DePaul University.
Winifred Tate is a political anthropologist and a nationally and internationally recognized scholar with important contributions to the anthropology of human rights and the anthropology of public policy. Her first book, Counting the Dead: The Politics and Culture of Human Rights Activism in Colombia, appeared in the University of California Press Public Anthropology series in 2008 to laudatory reviews. Her second book, Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: U.S. Policy Making in Colombia, was recently published by Stanford University Press. Reviewers note that her work as an “engaged” activist or “embedded” ethnographer is methodologically path-breaking. She holds a B.A. in Latin American studies from Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University.
Stephanie Taylor is a computational biologist whose research agenda is in the mathematical modeling of biological processes, attempting to understand the neural networks that require circadian rhythms. One reviewer called her work with a metric called the velocity response curve (VRC) “a fundamental contribution to our field.” She was a participant in a large NIH grant, and two of her published articles have Colby students as coauthors. Taylor holds a B.S. from Gordon College and earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.