Four faculty members earn tenure and promotions

Tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor

Ole J. Forsberg, Mathematics; Statistics Chair

Forsberg earned a doctorate. in Statistics from Oklahoma State University while also holding a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee. He received his BS in Mathematics from the University of Portland. With a diverse background in applying statistics to understanding our world, Forsberg’s research topics cover a range of interests from political polling and forensic analysis of past elections to political analysis. education and literacy. He is the author of the book Understanding elections through statistics: polls, predictions and tests (2020) and his recent papers include “A comparison of priors when using Bayesian regression to estimate the slope of oral reading fluency” in Assessment for Effective Intervention (2021) and “US Election Polls: A Quick Post Mortem”, in Importance (2021). His teaching areas cover elementary mathematics and statistics, applied calculus, linear models and advanced statistics courses. He served his colleagues on the Curriculum Committee, Honors Board, and as Faculty Secretary and played a major role in the creation of our new Data Science major.

Joan Huguet, Music

Huguet holds a doctorate. in Music Theory from the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music and earned her BA in Music and French Literature from Rhodes College. Placing her research and her teaching in a broad liberal arts perspective, she is a specialist in music theory, in particular the relationship between musical structure and musical meaning. His research examines the forms of musical tradition in common practice in the 19th century; she also developed a research interest in the structure of Broadway musicals. She has published an important translation by Jean-Jacques Nattiez Musical analyzes and musical exegesis: The shepherd’s melody in Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde (2021). She also has research interests in music pedagogy that inform her teaching. Her teaching expertise includes foundation courses in the music theory sequence, the 19th century common practice European musical tradition, and she has taught on the Broadway musical. In addition to her important contributions to the redevelopment of the music curriculum, she has served her colleagues as a member of the curriculum committee and as faculty secretary.

Jennifer McCarthy Foubert, Educational Studies

Foubert obtained his doctorate. in curriculum and teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BAEd. in Special Education from Gonzaga University. Her research interests focus on parental engagement in public schools, examining public school-school partnerships, and the persistent influence of race in these partnerships. She is the author of “The Still Restrictive Equality in Shared School Governance: Black Parents’ Experiences of Engagement and the Persistence of White Supremacy in a Liberal Public School District,” published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (2020) and “Damned if you do, damned if you’t: Black parents’ racial realist parent engagement”, published in Ethnic race and education (2019). Her teaching areas include primary teacher education, with particular attention to issues of diversity and inclusion. She was awarded the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Award for Excellence in Teaching for Non-tenured Faculty in 2021. She has served her colleagues as a member of the Cultural Events Committee, Anti-Racism Task Force , Faculty Resources Committee and Faculty Member. board committees.

Mandate and promotion to the rank of full professor

Nick Gidmark, Biology

Gidmark earned his degrees in biology from Brown University, where he earned his Ph.D., and the University of Minnesota, where he earned his BS Specialist in Biomechanics and Morphology, he has research interests in many techniques of Morphological scanning and modeling of vertebrates and marine fauna. Recent peer-reviewed publications include “The relationship between bite force and gap as a pathway of biomechanical adaptation to trophic niche in two salmonid species”, Journal of Experimental Biology (2020) and “XROMM and diceCT reveal a hydraulic mechanism of retraction of the base of the tongue during swallowing”, Scientific reports (2020). In addition to his contributions to the introductory biology sequence, his teaching areas include field marine biology, comparative anatomy of vertebrates, physiology and biology of fish. He also regularly accompanies students for summer studies at the Shoals Marine Lab in Maine. His service record includes major contributing roles in Scripps Foundation and National Science Foundation grants as well as his efforts to bring to Knox the 55-foot fin whale skeleton that currently hangs at the Umbeck Science and Math Center.

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