Marietta College's board of trustees announces that four faculty members-Dr. Craig Howald, Marshall Kimball, Dr. Mark Schaefer and Bob Van Camp-will receive tenure.
They will officially become tenured on July 1 and become associate professors.
The trustees also approved the promotion of Miranda Collins from assistant professor to associate professor in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.
The Marietta College Faculty Handbook explains tenure as something "awarded after at least five years of experience which may be a combination of years teaching at Marietta as well as at other institutions. During that time, the faculty member is reviewed several times to make sure they are doing the job they were hired to do."
The review process entails the professor being observed by the department chair, the Provost, and the College's Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee. Student evaluations are also taken into strong consideration. And, the faculty member being reviewed is also required to prepare a portfolio including student evaluations, course materials, research and committee work.
Provost Dr. Rita Smith Kipp congratulates the faculty members granted tenure and thanks this year's RTP for its diligence in the essential task of peer review.
Howald earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Minnesota. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he published six papers as a graduate student. He has been at Marietta College since 2004. Working with student assistants, he has constructed a research laboratory at Marietta College for studying the electronic interactions between molecules and metal surfaces on the atomic scale.
Kimball earned both his bachelor of music and master of music from Ohio University. Kimball is the director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Marietta College, after completing a 30-year career as a band director in the Ohio public school system. Kimball's duties include: Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, all Small Instrumental Ensembles, Recital Attendance, Applied Percussion lessons, Instrumental Methods Courses, Advanced Instrumental Conducting, and Music Education Courses. He served two years on the Curriculum Committee and is a member of the college's Wellness Committee and serves as chair of the Technology Advisory Group Committee.
Schaefer has been at Marietta College since 2005. He teaches courses in International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Political Economy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Political Science at West Virginia University. He also earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from West Virginia University. Schaefer's research interests are in American grand strategy, alliances, and the causes of war. He is a co-sponsor of the Model UN team and the College's pre-law advisor. He is also the coordinator of the College's Pizza and Politics program.
Van Camp earned his bachelor of science from West Liberty State College. He then went on to earn a master of science at the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University. Previously, Van Camp held various positions at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, his most recent as a professor of computer science. He helps coordinate the new Information Systems major at Marietta College. He is also the principal investigator for an NSF grant in computational thinking.