Colby has awarded tenure to three of its accomplished faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in their scholarship, and in service to the College.
Assistant professors Dean Allbritton (Spanish), David Angelini (biology), and Travis Reynolds (environmental studies) will be promoted to associate professor at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.
“Earning tenure is a very significant professional accomplishment,” said Provost and Dean of Faculty Margaret McFadden. “These three colleagues exemplify the excellence of the Colby faculty; they are inspiring and dedicated teachers, productive and influential scholars, and generous and effective contributors to the life of our community. I am delighted that they will be sharing their outstanding talents with us for many years to come.”
Allbritton, who came to Colby in 2011, is known for his innovative classes using Spanish cinema as a lens to understand culture, gender, and identity. He holds a doctorate in Hispanic languages and culture from Stony Brook University. During his time at Colby, Allbritton has authored numerous articles and book chapters and presented his scholarly work at many conferences, invited lectures, and symposia. He has also supervised student research as both advisor and outside reader and participated in numerous campus search and review committees. He has played a leadership role in the Center for the Arts and Humanities and been an active member of the Cinema Studies and WGSS Coordinating Committees. The recipient of several course development grants from Colby, Allbritton’s courses taught include “Censorship and Comedy” and “Gender, Sex, and the Spanish Body.” He holds an M.A. from Syracuse University and earned his bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia.
Angelini, who came to Colby in 2012, studies the evolutionary histories that have led to animal diversity. His research and courses explore genetics and development in insect models. Awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER grant in 2014, Angelini also shares with other Colby faculty an NSF grant to promote computational biology and computing across the curriculum. Having earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University, where he was an NSF Fellow, Angelini now runs a lab at Colby studying evolutionary wing changes in the red-shouldered soapberry bug. He has supervised significant student research, and his numerous published papers include many coauthored by Colby students. He holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College in Maryland and was a postdoctoral National Research Service fellow at the University of Connecticut.
A former Peace Corps volunteer and specialist in biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, Reynolds joined Colby’s Environmental Studies Program in 2011. He grew up on an organic farm in Vermont, and earned his Ph.D. in public policy and management from the University of Washington, where his work with C. Leigh Anderson garnered a $4.58-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As co-principal investigator on the grant, Reynolds continues to work on research projects in international development issues. Every year several Colby undergraduates participate in that work. He has also won significant NSF grant support for a signature project involving the so-called “church forests” of northern Ethiopia, where he guides Colby students conducting original research into these unique ecosystems. Reynolds has served on numerous Colby committees and initiatives, including the steering committee for the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium, which celebrates undergraduate research and scholarship. He earned his B.A. from Brown University.