In January Provost and Vice President for Faculty Lori G. Kletzer announced honors given to faculty members L. Sandy Maisel and Tanya Sheehan. Both scholars received new titles: Maisel was appointed the Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government and Sheehan the William R. Kenan Jr. Associate Professor of Art.

Sandy Maisel is a renowned expert in party politics and elections and was previously the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government. Maisel joined the Colby faculty in 1971 and has taught and mentored hundreds of students who, as Colby alumni, cite him as a guiding influence in their careers. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 18 books and numerous other publications. This new title recognizes his accomplishments as a teacher-scholar. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Harvard University.

​Tanya Sheehan is an accomplished scholar of American art and visual culture from the 19th century to the present and an expert in the history of photography and the representation of race in American art. She joined the Colby faculty in 2013 and has helped Colby students make connections between art and social issues that inspires them to look at the world in new ways. She is the author or editor of four books and many articles, and, since 2015, has served as editor of the Archives of American Art Journal, a publication of the Smithsonian Institution. She previously taught at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Columbia University. She earned a Ph.D. from Brown University and a B.A. from Georgetown University.