Antioch College hires first faculty
- Published: March 30, 2011
Antioch College continues its forward motion toward admitting new students next fall, as leaders announced this week that the college’s first three tenure-track faculty positions have been filled, and that the college passed its first test on the road to gaining accreditation.
“This is very good news,” consultant Len Clark said, referring to the Ohio Board of Regents, or OBR, peer review team’s recommendation that the college be granted provisional approval as a degree-granting institution, pending the OBR chancellor’s official authorization.
The review team’s approval followed a January visit to Antioch during which team members interviewed college academic and administrative leaders, along with student support staff, regarding Antioch’s proposed curriculum and current financial status. While the review team could have required substantial changes to the curriculum that would have slowed the college’s momentum, they did not do so, according to Clark, the former provost and academic dean of Earlham College.
On Monday the college announced that the first three out of the college’s six tenure track positions have been filled. The new hires will begin July 18, according to Antioch College Communications Director Gariot Louima.
The new assistant professor of cultural anthropology is Kristin Adler, who will receive her Ph.D. in May from the University of New Mexico. Currently, Adler teaches parttime at that school. She is a Latin American specialist whose doctoral project focused on indigenous people in Mexico.
The college’s new assistant professor of philosophy will be Lewis Trelawny-Cassity, who will receive a Ph.D. from the University of Binghamton in May, and whose areas of interest include the history of philosophy, political philosophy and environmental ethics. He holds a bachelors in environmental policy from Warren Wilson College, a masters in political science from Boston University and a masters in philosophy from Binghamton.
The third position just filled is the associate professor of chemistry, who is David Kammler. Kammler taught at Antioch College for five years before the college closed in 2008, at which point he began teaching at Wilberforce University
The other remaining tenure-track positions, which are in Spanish, literature and 3-D art, should be filled by May, according to Louima.
For a more detailed article on the hirings and accreditation process, see the March 31 issue of the Yellow Springs News.