Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements 2009-10
A Note from the Dean of Faculty

2009-10 was a busy and exciting year for all things academic at the College and 2010-11 promises to be no different.

This past year, we completed the College's academic and staff strategic plans. These plans will provide a rigorous framework for the College's academic growth for the next five years. They foster academic excellence within a context of environmental sustainability and meaningful and academically grounded local and global engagement. They also further the expressed interests of faculty, students and staff to build a community with intellectual vitality and cultural richness.

The fruits of this intellectual vitality are evident this year as Pitzer students have enjoyed tremendous success in winning post-graduate fellowships, including 23 Fulbright Fellowships, one Kemper Scholarship, three Japan Exchange and Teaching Awards and one Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Behind this impressive record of student achievement lies a remarkable Study Abroad staff and a an outstanding faculty and staff infrastructure led by Professor Nigel Boyle. Professor Boyle and his team work tirelessly each year to turn the rich international and domestic study experiences that our students enjoy at the College into clear, focused teaching and research proposals.

In the summer of 2010, Pitzer was recognized as the ninth most selective liberal arts college in the United States by U.S.News & World Report, and for the fourth consecutive year, Pitzer College is included among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the nation. These and the many other accolades the College has received could not have happened without the efforts of our accomplished faculty.

In 2010-11, we welcome four exceptional new individuals to our faculty: Geoffrey Herrera, Fletcher Jones Associate Professor of Political Studies; Michelle Berenfeld, Assistant Professor of Classics; Sarah Gilman, Assistant Professor of Biology; and Patrick Ferree, Assistant Professor of Biology.

In the upcoming academic year we will be conducting searches for tenure track faculty in each of the following field groups: English and World Literature, Media Studies and Asian American Studies. We will also be conducting a search for the founding faculty director of the Institute for Global-Local Action and Study (I-GLAS).

This year, Pitzer will complete the final phase of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process. In this phase, known as the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER), the College will demonstrate its educational effectiveness in three areas: co-curricular programming that links the academic with campus life; academic program review, through which field groups reflect on their curricula, pedagogy and student learning outcomes; and curricular and research initiatives that forge connections between global processes and local communities.

My best to all for the 2010-11 academic year,

Alan Jones
Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs