Seven Gettysburg College faculty earn tenure

Seven Gettysburg College professors—with expertise on topics ranging from gender and work-life balance, to World War II-era music history, to teacher training and pedagogy—have recently been granted tenure. These promotions follow a thorough review of their individual scholarship, teaching, and service activities, and were announced by Provost Zappe at the February 6, 2014, faculty meeting.

“Through their enriching and rigorous interactions with our students both within and outside the classroom,” said Zappe, “these seven outstanding faculty members exemplify our institutional commitment to enhancing the intellectual climate of our campus.”


Josef Brandauer Josef Brandauer is a professor in the health sciences department whose courses cover topics such as human anatomy, physiology, and statistics. His research focuses on the effects of exercise, obesity, and aging on muscle biology, and during his time at the College, he has mentored student research on the topic. Dr. Brandauer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and conducted postdoctoral research at Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard Medical School. He has taught at Gettysburg College since 2008 and spent the 2012-2013 academic year as a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Shelli Frey Shelli Frey is a biophysical chemist in the chemistry department who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2008. Her current research explores Huntington’s disease, the interactions between nanoparticles and cell membranes, and the use of proteins in crop protection; undergraduate student mentorship is central to her research and pedagogy. Dr. Frey has been active in the application and implementation of Gettysburg’s 2012 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and through this initiative teaches two new interdisciplinary courses that integrate biology, physics, and chemistry: The Physics of Life and The Life of Chemistry.


Alexander Kahn Alexander Kahn is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. He conducts the College’s 70-piece Symphony Orchestra, and teaches courses in music history, theory, and conducting. In addition to his position at Gettysburg, Dr. Kahn is the Founder and Music Director of the Metta Ensemble, a former Cover Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony, and a Staff Conductor for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. He earned a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kahn has lectured and published on topics such as World War II-era music history, film music, and the history of amateur music-making in America.


Salma MonaniWith advanced degrees in creative writing (M.A., University of Colorado – Boulder), geology (M.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison), and science and technical communication (Ph.D., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities), Salma Monani brings an interdisciplinary background to Gettysburg’s environmental studies department. Her research explores the interconnections between culture and nature—in particular, how various cultural media shape and are shaped by environmental issues. Dr. Monani teaches courses and mentors student research on topics such as environmental humanities, film, writing and journalism, food and sustainability, natural catastrophes, and geologic hazards. She also advises the College’s Gettysburg Environmental Concerns Organization and Farmhouse Theme House, is Moderator and Founding Member of Ecomedia Studies, and is a former Officer and active participant in the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment’s Diversity Caucus.


Joanne MyersA professor in Gettysburg’s English department, Joanne Myers received her B.A. in English from the Tutorial College of Ohio University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Her teaching interests include the literature and culture of the eighteenth century in Britain, the history of the novel, and literature and philosophy. Dr. Myers has published articles on the body’s place in sentimental culture and on the role of enthusiasm in works by Daniel Defoe, Mary Astell, and Damaris Masham, and her current research focuses on the relative secularity of the Enlightenment in Britain. She has overseen student research on topics such as the architecture in Austen’s fiction, the rise of domestic fiction, and the sacramental poetry of Christopher Smart. Before coming to Gettysburg, Dr. Myers was a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Valparaiso University.


Heather Odle-DusseauHeather Odle-Dusseau holds degrees in Applied Psychology (M.S.) and Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Ph.D.) from Clemson University. As a professor in Gettysburg’s management department, she teaches courses in organization theory; work, life, and family balance; research methods; and gender and organizations. Dr. Odle-Dusseau’s research focuses on the interactions among work and family domains, and actively collaborates with students for her research. Her recent work includes an organizational intervention study aimed at increasing family-supportive behaviors of supervisors, family life and psychological well-being in military personnel, and research on perceptions of work-family balance for low-wage employees. Since coming to Gettysburg, she has co-authored 8 peer-reviewed journal articles and a book chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well-Being.


David PowellEducation professor David Powell holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His scholarship focuses on teacher education and pedagogy, the history of education, and education politics—particularly on how teaching and learning have been designed to promote various definitions of citizenship, and how teachers respond to ever-changing policy expectations and frameworks. Prior to joining Gettysburg’s faculty, Dr. Powell was a high school social studies teacher in suburban Atlanta, where he was certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; he also holds teaching certificates in secondary social studies and English from the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Powell played a central role in the College’s successful application to the NEH’s Landmarks of American History and Culture program; in Summer 2014, he will direct two weeklong workshops on the Battle of Gettysburg and its legacy for schoolteachers from across the country. 

Their tenure and promotion to rank of associate professor will go into effect in September 2014.


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Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014

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