Board Of Trustees Grants Tenure, Promotion, and Emeritus Status

03/17/2005

Contributed by David Maley

At its February meeting, the Ithaca College Board of Trustees awarded emeritus status to retired professors William Bergmark, Willard Ticknor Daetsch, and Jack Pavia. The board also granted tenure to three faculty members and both tenure and promotion to another 13.

Emeritus
William Bergmark,
who retired in 2003 after a 35-year career at Ithaca College, has been named professor emeritus of chemistry. He came to the College as an assistant professor in 1968, was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in 1970, and was promoted to full professor in 1973. He taught chemistry at the introductory and advanced levels, as well as courses for non-science majors.

Bergmark’s belief that hands-on research by undergraduates was the best way for them to become contributing scientists was apparent in the number of his publications which listed undergraduates as coauthors. His work appeared in peer-reviewed journals specific to his area of interest, such as The Journal of Photochemistry, as well as in publications relevant to the broader chemistry community, including the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Journal of the American Chemistry Society. The recipient of many grants and awards, he was an NSF-Science Faculty Fellow, an Ithaca College Dana Research Fellow, and a participant in the NSF “U.S.-Japan Program in Photosynthesis/Photoconversion” at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
In addition to his strong teaching and research performance, Bergmark established an admirable service record at the College, serving for many years as chemistry department chair as well as on the Premedical Sciences Advisory Committee and the Tenure and Promotion Committee. He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Willard Ticknor Daetsch, who retired in 1995 after three decades of teaching in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has been named professor emeritus of modern languages. He joined the College in 1965 as an associate professor of German, and was promoted to associate professor and tenured in 1971. An excellent teacher of German and a strong promoter of the use of technology in language teaching, he founded Ithaca College’s Technology Interest Group. Since 1995 he has served as secretary on the board of the International Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO).

The coauthor of an elementary German textbook, Daetsch published a number of articles in the CALICO Journal. He also developed technology software for German instruction using Dik Browne’s comic strip Hagar the Horrible, and presented papers at national and international conferences on such topics as “Intelligent Use of Computer-Assisted Instruction Using Interactive Laser Disc, CD Rom, and other Hypermedia” and “Advertisements and Cartoons, Avenues to Cultural and Linguistic Understanding Through Use of Hypermedia.”

While at Ithaca College, Daetsch served as one of the first two faculty representatives on the board of trustees, chaired the Faculty Council, directed the Center for Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies, and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Middle States evaluation of the College. Following retirement he served on the Advisory Board of the Gerontology Institute, and he continues to participate on the Ithaca College Veterans Committee and on the board of the Ithaca College Protestant Community. His numerous contributions to the larger Ithaca community have been recognized with the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Ithaca-Cayuga Rotary Club and Senior Citizen of the Year award from the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. He received his A.B. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, his M.A. from the University of Buffalo, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Jack Pavia, who retired in 2003 after teaching in the Department of History for 34 years, has been named professor emeritus of history. He joined the College in 1969, after stints at Adirondack Community College and the University of Maryland overseas extension program in Japan. Known for his enthusiasm for the classroom, he brought collaborative learning techniques to his classes and was a pioneer in team teaching a cross-disciplinary course on Japanese culture with Nancy Brcak of the art history department. Pavia and Brcak collaborated on the topic of Japanese-American war art from World War II for over a decade, presenting papers at numerous conferences throughout the United States and Canada.

Among Pavia’s many publications are “Images of Asians in the Art of the Great Pacific War, 1937-45” in Global Goes Local: Popular Culture in Asia, and “A Distant Conflict: Thoughts on Naval Warfare, Then and Now” in A Shared Heritage: The Historic Legacy of Sackets Harbor and Madison Barracks. He was a consultant to a History Channel project on “The Invasion that Never Was,” about the planned invasion of Japan during World War II, and from 1990 to 1995 he organized the annual Ithaca College History Fair. His professional affiliations have included the Association for Asian Studies and Society of Architectural Historians.

In addition to chairing the history department, Pavia had served as interim associate dean and assistant dean for academic advising in the School of Humanities and Sciences. He designed and implemented the school’s summer orientation program as well as the advising program for exploratory students, and for nearly a decade he served as faculty advisor to the Oracle Honor Society. He received his A.B. from Lehigh University and his A.M. from Clark University.

Tenure
G. Scott Erickson, Richard Faria, and Granger Macy were granted tenure.

Erickson, associate professor in the Department of Business Administration, taught in the School of Business from 1992 to 1996, then returned to the business faculty in 2002. He received his B.A. from Haverford College, M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, M.I.M. from American Graduate School of International Management, and Ph.D. from Lehigh University.

Faria, associate professor in the Department of Performance Studies, came to the School of Music to teach clarinet in 1995. He received his B.M. at Ithaca College, M.M. from Michigan State University, and B.M.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Macy, associate professor in the Department of Business Administration, joined the School of Business in 1995. He received his B.B.A. from Pace University, his M.B.A. and M.Q.S. degrees from Arizona State University, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Tenure and Promotion
Margaret Arnold, Charis Dimaras, Valère (Chip) Gagnon, David Gatten, Scott Hamula, Jeff Houck, Timothy Johnson, Ron Jude, Ann Lynn, Bruce North, Alexander Shuhan, Robert Sullivan, and Susan Waterbury were promoted from assistant to associate professor and granted tenure.

Arnold, Department of Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services, came to the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance in 2003. She received her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire at Durham, M.S. from Florida State University at Tallahassee, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dimaras, Department of Performance Studies, joined the piano faculty in the School of Music in 1999. He holds a diploma from the Royal College of Music in London, M.M. from the Juilliard School, and D.M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music.

Gagnon, Department of Politics, came to the School of Humanities and Sciences in 1996. He received his B.S.F.S. degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Gatten, Department of Cinema and Photography, joined the Roy H. Park School of Communications in 1999. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hamula, Department of Television-Radio, joined the Roy H. Park School of Communications in 1999. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Houck, Department of Physical Therapy, joined the faculty of the Rochester campus in 1999. He received his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa at Iowa City.

Johnson, Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition, joined the School of Music in 1998. He received his B.M. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, M.M. from the University of Connecticut, and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Jude, Department of Cinema and Photography, joined the Roy H. Park School of Communications in 1999. He received his B.F.A. from Boise State University and his M.F.A. from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.

Lynn, Department of Psychology, came to the School of Humanities and Sciences in 1995. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ohio State University at Columbus and her Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

North, Department of Art, joined the School of Humanities and Sciences in 1999. He received his B.P.S. from the State University of New York Empire College and his M.F.A. from Vermont College.
Shuhan, Department of Performance Studies, has taught horn in the School of Music since 1998. He received his B.M. from the Eastman School of Music.

Sullivan, Department of Speech Communication, joined the School of Humanities and Sciences in 1996. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Emerson College and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Waterbury, Department of Performance Studies, joined the violin faculty in the School of Music in 2000. She received her B.M. degree from Ohio State University and holds M.M. degrees from both the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

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