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Eight professors joined the College's faculty in 2008 and received
tenure this year. They are, from left: Dr. Brian McCadden, dean of
the School of Professional Studies, Dr. Christopher Bloom,
associate professor of psychology, Dr. Matthew Eriksen, professor
of management, Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, associate professor of
political science and director of the Black Studies Program, Dr.
Robert Streeter, associate professor of English, Eric Sung, associate
professor of photography, Dr. Christine Earley, professor of
accountancy, and Dr. Sang Woo Kang, associate professor of music.

Faculty Promotions, Retirements Honored

Providence College officials recently celebrated faculty promotions and tenure as well as the retirement of five faculty members whose careers have spanned decades.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, was held in the Slavin Center’s ’64 Hall.

Dr. Richard H. Connelly, assistant professor of computer science, accepted a gift after 20 years of service, and Dr. A. Cemal Ekin, professor of marketing, received one for 36 years of teaching. The retiring faculty member honored for the longest service was Dr. Raymond W. Lavallée, assistant professor of French, who taught at PC for 49 years.

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 told the audience that the occasion reminded him of a passage from the book What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain.

Rather than the traditional dichotomy of research and teaching, institutions should think of themselves as concerned with the learning of both faculty, in terms of research, and students, Bain wrote. That requires recognition that efforts to foster learning in others can stimulate our own greater understanding, Father Shanley said.

“I think what we celebrate here today is the commitment of these faculty and the rest of us who are here to sustaining and building a community of learners,” Father Shanley said. “What we model for our students is a commitment to lifelong learning.”

The learning celebrated at the ceremony benefits not only teachers but also the students, he said.

“I am grateful for your learning, I am grateful for what you do for our students, and I look forward to an ever-deepening, richer commitment to learning on this campus,” Father Shanley said.

All promotions and retirements listed below took effect July 1.

Faculty retirements:

  • Dr. Richard H. Connelly, assistant professor of computer science
  • John DiCicco, assistant professor of art
  • Dr. A. Cemal Ekin, professor of marketing
  • Dr. Raymond W. Lavallée, assistant professor of French
  • Dr. Craig B. Wood, professor of natural science in biology

Faculty promoted to professor:

  • Dr. Peter R. Costello, professor of philosophy
  • Chard deNiord, professor of English
  • Dr. Leo H. Kahane, professor of economics

Faculty promoted to associate professor:

  • Dr. Angela K. Dills, associate professor of economics
  • Sang Woo Kang, associate professor of music
  • Eric Sung, associate professor of photography
  • Dr. Arthur P. Urbano, Jr., associate professor of theology
  • Dr. Marcy B. Zipke,  associate professor of education

Newly Tenured Faculty:

  • Dr. Christopher Arroyo, associate professor of philosophy
  • Dr. Christopher M. Bloom, associate professor of psychology
  • Dr. Mark P. DeFanti, associate professor of marketing
  • Dr. Dana L. Dillon, assistant professor of theology
  • Dr. Christine E. Earley, professor of accountancy
  • Dr. Matthew Eriksen, professor of management
  • Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, associate professor of political science and director of the Black Studies Program
  • Sang Woo Kang, associate professor of music
  • Dr. Katherine M. Kranz, associate professor of social work
  • Dr. Nicholas V. Longo, associate professor of public and community service studies and director of the Global Studies Program
  • Dr. Brian M. McCadden, associate professor of education and dean of the School of Professional Studies
  • Dr. Edgar Mejía, associate professor of Spanish
  • Rev. R. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., assistant professor of theology
  • Dr. Robert E. Stretter, associate professor of English
  • Eric Sung, associate professor of photography
  • Dr. Tuire M. Valkeakari, associate professor of English
  • Dr. Marcy B. Zipke, associate professor of education
 
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