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Trustees Approve Faculty Promotions

Long-time faculty members Julie Arnold, Joseph Beckmann, Myles McNally and William Palmer are awarded emeritus status.

<em>From left: Kate Blanchard, Nancy Dopke, Peggy Thelen.</em>From left: Kate Blanchard, Nancy Dopke, Peggy Thelen.

The Alma College Board of Trustees, meeting Feb. 3, approved faculty promotions effective with the 2017-18 academic year.

Kate Blanchard, associate professor of religious studies, was promoted to professor. Hired in 2006, she has a Ph.D. from Duke University. She has research and teaching interests in how contemporary American Christians integrate their theological understandings and their everyday lives, with a special interest in economic matters, social and environmental justice.

Nancy Dopke, assistant professor of chemistry, was promoted to associate professor. Hired in 2007, she has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has research and teaching interests that span from transition metal chemistry to the analysis of flavonoids in fruit using mass spectrometry.

Peggy Thelen, associate professor of education, was promoted to professor. Hired in August 2004, she has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She has research and educational interests in early childhood education, notably literacy development, and human growth and development across the lifespan.

Trustees also approved the awarding of emeritus status to Julie Arnold, professor of modern languages and a faculty member since 1984; Joseph Beckmann, professor of biochemistry, who joined the faculty in 1996; Myles McNally, professor of mathematics and computer science, who joined the faculty in 1992; and William Palmer, professor of English, who joined the faculty in 1977.

Story published on February 22, 2017