The scope and intensity of academic inquiry that the new faculty members bring to Dartmouth become clear as the scholars talk about their work—whether it is a chemistry professor describing the vastness of protein structures or a music professor talking about the significance of viral YouTube videos.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Mastanduno, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, says he is delighted about the passion and breadth of knowledge that these scholars have brought to the College.
“This is an extraordinarily talented group, with research interests and expertise that will surely engage and challenge Dartmouth students,” Mastanduno says.
The specialties the professors bring to the College span the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professional fields. They come to teach Dartmouth students about the fields they love, says Mastanduno.
Zenovia Toloudi, assistant professor of studio art, says her work draws on a spectrum of disciplines. “I am fascinated by how architecture as a field of knowledge gives the opportunity to creative thinkers to cultivate and combine multiple skills and interests towards a vision that aims to improve people’s surroundings,” she says.
Robert St. Clair, an assistant professor of French, says both teaching and learning a foreign language can be transformative. “In other words, if we accept that it’s largely by and through language that we are constituted, or undone, as subjects, then an apprenticeship in foreign languages is anthropological to the core, if not the very core of what it means to study the humanities at a university,” he says.
Many of these professors are excited about bringing their students into their research as they strive to find ways to improve the world. “In the classroom my main focus is how to teach students to think in sophisticated ways about image making in conversation with the contemporary art world, this through a medium that is in constant flux and is tangled up with infinite facets of culture,” says Christina Seely, an assistant professor of studio art. New faculty at Dartmouth, 2014-15 Arts and Sciences
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