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Pomona College Faculty Promotions for 2012

This year, 13 Pomona College faculty members received promotions. They are: Gabriel Chandler,  Philip Choi, W. Bowman Cutter, JoAnne Ferguson, Malkiat Johal, Gizem Karaali, Susan McWilliams, Sandeep Mukherjee, Mary Paster, Alexander Rodriguez, Anthony Shay, Tomás Summers Sandoval and Friederike von Schwerin-High. All promotions were effective July 1, 2012.

Promotion to Full Professor

Malkiat Johal, professor of chemistry, joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches Chemistry of Nanomaterials, General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Advanced Physical Chemistry and Advanced Analytical Chemistry. His research focuses on molecular aggregation and interactions within ultra-thin nano-assemblies and investigating the fundamental interactions between charged surfactants and polyelectrolytes within multilayer assemblies. Among his publications is Understanding Nanomaterials (2011). He was twice awarded U.S. Department of Energy grants (2003 and 1999-2000) and received the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Award (2000).

Promotions to Associate Professor

Gabriel Chandler, associate professor of mathematics, joined the faculty in 2010. He teaches Introduction to Biostatistics, Statistical Linear Models and Statistical Theory. In 2010, he published "Order selection for heteroscedastic autoregression: A study on concentration" in Statistics & Probability Letters (Volume 80, Issues 23-24).

Philip Choi, associate professor of physics and astronomy, joined the faculty in 2007 and teaches Physics, Introductory Astronomy, Observational Astronomy, Life in the Universe Laboratory and Stellar Structure and Evolution. His primary research interests are observational studies of galaxy evolution, including both detailed studies of nearby galaxies as well as large infrared and optical surveys of distant galaxy samples. Among his publications, he co-authored “Star Formation Rates and Extinction Properties of IR-Luminous Galaxies in the Spitzer First Look Survey” in Astrophysical Journal, 637, 227 (2006). He is principal investigator for the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation program to develop "CCAO-Cam: A Remote-Access, Dual-Band (Optical/NIR) Adaptive Optics System for the Table Mountain 1-meter telescope," from 2010-2014.

W. Bowman Cutter, associate professor of economics, joined the faculty in 2008 and teaches Applied Regression Analysis and Environmental and Natural Resource Policy. His areas of research include political economy of environmental regulation; water supply and quality; urban land use; and incentive-based environmental regulation. He co-authored “Costs and benefits of capturing urban runoff with competitive bidding for decentralized best management practices,” in Water Resources Research (2008). He was awarded a University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Fellowship (2000-2002), and is on the board of Los Angeles and San Gabriel’s Rivers Watershed Council Southern California Watershed Assessment Framework technical advisory committee.

JoAnne Ferguson, associate professor of physical education and women’s softball coach, joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches Intercollegiate Athletics, Jogging/Running, Physical Education Activity, Beginning Tennis and Basic Weight Training. Her areas of expertise include weight training; speed and agility training; aerobic fitness: tennis; and softball. She is the chair of SCIAC Softball Coaches.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches Abstract Algebra I: Groups & Rings, Abstract Algebra II: Representation Theory, Calculus I, Calculus III, Introduction to Analysis and Linear Algebra. She co-authored "Life After Wolfram|Alpha: What You (and Your Students) Need to Know" in Loci (January 2010). Her research involves algebraic objects of Representation Theory (e.g. Lie algebras and superalgebras, Weyl groups, and Coxeter groups) and certain algebraic and combinatorial structures on them (e.g. r-matrices, Lie bialgebra structures, and Bruhat orderings), which have deep geometric significance. She received the 2011-12 National Security Agency (NSA) Young Investigator Award for continuing research on Yang-Baxter equations, super quantum groups and Hopf algebras.

Susan McWilliams, associate professor of politics, joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches American Democracy in Theory and Practice; American Political Thought; Classical Political Theory; Dangerous Books; Modern Political Theory; Politics and Literature; and Senior Seminar in Contemporary Politics and Theory. Her areas of research include, history of political thought, American political thought and politics and literature. She co-edited Redeeming Democracy in America by Wilson Carey McWilliams (2011) and The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader (2011). Among her awards are Pomona College’s Wig Distinguished Professor award for excellence in teaching (2009) and The Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History: Annual Fellowship (2008).

Sandeep Mukherjee, associate professor of art, joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches Directed Problems in Studio Art, Figure Painting, Painting I and Painting II. He makes drawings, installations and abstract paintings in which the tension between pictorial and sculptural space not only underscores the viewer’s physical presence but also activates the entire space in which both the artwork and viewer exist. His interest is in making the hybrid object–part painting, part drawing, part sculpture and part environment--much like grafting things together to create hybrid varieties.  His most recent exhibitions include “Lineamenta” at the Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles (May 12-June 24, 2012 and a 2010 solo exhibition “Sandeep Mukherjee: New Work” at Brennan & Griffin Gallery in New York.  His works are in public collections at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Peter Norton Collection, Santa Monica, CA; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC. Three artworks from 2008-09 were acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for their permanent collection.

Mary Paster, associate professor of linguistics and cognitive science, joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches Introduction to Linguistics, Language in the Field, Morphology, Phonology and Topics in Phonology.  Her areas of expertise include African languages; phonology and morphology. Her research focuses on describing poorly documented languages and demonstrating the theoretical importance of the linguistic phenomena found in those languages, particularly in their sound patterns. She co-authored "Optional multiple plural marking in Maay" in Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 310: Variation and Change in Morphology (2010) and authored "Explaining phonological conditions on affixation: Evidence from suppletive allomorphy and affix ordering" in Word Structure (2009).

Alexander Rodriguez, associate professor of physical education and head coach of the men and women’s water polo teams, joined the faculty in 2005 and teaches Swim Fitness, Physical Education Activity, Intercollegiate Athletics and Lifeguard Training/Red Cross Certification. Rodriguez was named the Coach of the Year in a vote of the nation's coaches in June. This is the second honor this academic year for Rodriguez, who was named the Men's Water Polo Division III Coach of the Year in the fall. In 2003, he was named CIF and Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year.

Anthony Shay, associate professor of theatre and dance, joined the faculty in 1997 and teaches History of Social Dance and Dancing in the Balkans. His areas of expertise include dance; folk dance; belly dancing; men and dance; Balkan dance; and dance in the Middle East. Among his research interests are dance as social phenomena, gender and sexuality, fine arts and popular culture, dance and ethnicity and nationalism. He co-edited When Men Dance: Dancing Across Cultural Borders (2009) and wrote Dancing Across Borders: The Americans Fascination with Exotic Dance Forms (2008). His honors include a fellowship for research in China from the Rockefeller Foundation Trust for Mutual Understanding (2008); a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage; and the Texas Folk Dance Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tomás Summers Sandoval, Jr., associate professor of history and Chicano/a Latino/a studies, joined the faculty in 2006 and teaches All Power to the People! Social Movements for Justice; American Inequality; Chicana/Latina Feminist Histories; Chicana/o and Latina/o Histories; and Latina/o Oral Histories. His areas of expertise include Chicano and Chicana histories; Chicano and Latino studies; social movements of communities of color; California and the West; Latina and Latino community and identity formation; immigration; and race and gender in 20th century U.S. His research interests are the history of race and racial inequality in the United States within the dynamic and interdisciplinary fields of Chicano/Latino studies and comparative ethnic studies. His forthcoming book is Latinos at the Golden Gate: Community and Identity in an Age of Empire, 1850-1970 (2013). He received Pomona College’s Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009).

Friederike von Schwerin-High, associate professor of German, joined the faculty in 2005, teaches Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced German; German Across Curriculum Language Composition; German Composition; Multicultural Germany; and Systems of Worldviews. Her research interests are translation studies; 20th-century fictional biography and theories of Otherness; Goethe; G. E. Lessing; intersections in narrative and philosophy; and Shakespeare reception in Germany and Japan. Her publications include Shakespeare, Reception and Translation: Germany and Japan  (2004); a translation from English to German, Kreuzwege der Kommunikation [Crossroads of Communication. Selected Texts] (1997); and Kaleidoskop, Test Bank (1998).

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