The Office of the Dean has announced the hiring of six new faculty members in tenure-track positions for this academic year. They are:
Rosa E. Carrasquillo (assistant professor, history), earned her Ph.D. and master of arts degree in Latin American history at the University of Connecticut and her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Puerto Rico. Formerly, she taught history courses at Assumption College and the University of Connecticut. Carrasquillo was the recipient of a faculty development grant at Assumption College and The Ann Plato Fellowship, a predoctoral fellowship for minority scholars, from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. She is the author of Our Landless Patria: Marginal Citizenship and Race in Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1880-1910 (University of Nebraska Press, 2006).
Debra Gettelman (assistant professor, English), earned her Ph.D., master of education degree and bachelor of arts degree at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Her teaching interests encompass 19th-century British literature and culture, Romanticism, Modernism and 20th-century British fiction. She received the Bowdoin Graduate English Prize from Harvard University for her article, “Reading Ahead in George Eliot,” published in the fall 2005 issue of the critical journal, Novel: A Forum on Fiction.
Jack Mitchell (assistant professor, classics), earned his Ph.D. at Stanford (Calif.) University and his bachelor of arts degree at McGill University, Montreal. His professional interests include archaic Greek poetry, ancient criticism, performance theory, intertextual theory and translation theory. Mitchell is the author of The Roman Conspiracy (Tundra Books, 2005).
Sara Gran Mitchell (assistant professor, biology), is a geologist who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, her master of science degree at the University of Vermont and her bachelor of arts degree at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. Specializing in the evolution of landscapes, she has conducted field research in the Cascade Range of Washington state and in Israel, among other locations. Mitchell was awarded the Howard A. Coombs Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2005; additionally, she has contributed to a number of articles published in scientific journals, including Nature, Geology and Quaternary Research.
Sarah A. Petty (assistant professor, chemistry), earned her Ph.D. and master of science degree in chemistry at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She has written several articles concerning her research on peptides associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which have appeared in several publications, including The Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. Previously, Petty was a postdoctoral research fellow at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.
Bianca R. Sculimbrene (assistant professor, chemistry), earned her Ph.D. at Boston College and her bachelor of science degree at Xavier University. Most recently she was a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge—funded by the National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship and awarded to her in 2004. Her research interests include catalysts for phosphorylation and the development of other chemical tools for studying biological systems, on which she has published various articles.
The following two professors have taught previously at Holy Cross and now hold tenure-track positions:
Caroline E. Johnson Hodge (assistant professor, religious studies), earned her Ph.D. at Brown University, Providence, R.I., her master of theological studies degree at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, and her bachelor of arts degree at Pomona College, Claremont, Calif. She is the author of the forthcoming If Sons, Then Heirs: A Study of Kinship and Ethnicity in Paul’s Letters (Oxford University Press, 2007), and a range of articles in religious journals. Johnson Hodge has most recently taught as a visiting professor at Holy Cross, prior to which she was the Kraft-Hiatt postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Her teaching interests include the history of early Christianity.
Debra J. O’Connor (assistant professor, economics), earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her master of science degree in taxation at Bentley College, Waltham, Mass., and her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A visiting instructor at Holy Cross during the last academic year, she previously taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests include supply chain management, multi-criteria decision-making and nonlinear programming. O’Connor is a certified public accountant.