Our Faculty

Honors Convocation Faculty

Expertise, we’ve got it. Hartwick’s faculty members are specialists in their fields, enthusiastic collaborators, great teachers, and fine scholars.

Think of Thomas Travisano, professor of English, renowned scholar of the 20th century American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Think of Parker Troischt, associate professor of physics, who works with students to study galaxies more than 200 million light years away as part of the Arecibo Legacy Fast Arecibo L-Band Array program. Think of David Anthony, professor of anthropology, director of the Institute for Ancient Equestrian Studies, and researcher of prehistoric archaeology of North America, Europe, and the Eurasian steppes.

Hartwick’s faculty are exceptional members of a uniquely active learning community dedicated to melding the liberal arts with experiential learning.

Hartwick faculty are leaders in their fields, for instance:

Professor of Political Science Laurel Elder studies American politics, women and politics, political parties, elections, and public opinion. Her opinions have been quoted for the widely read Web site Politico.com, among other places.

Associate Professor of History Vicki Howard’s work includes research about American business history, women in American history, consumer culture, marriage, weddings, and the family.

Professor of Philosophy Stefanie Rocknak studies Hume’s epistemology and metaphysics, Quine, the philosophy of art and the philosophy of mind. In addition to being a philosopher, Rocknak is a National Association of Women Artists award-winning professional sculptor.

Professor of Biology Stanley Sessions’ areas of study include developmental and cytogenetic studies in amphibians, with focus on the natural causes of amphibian limb deformities. He is lead researcher for Hartwick’s National Science Foundation-funded Amphibian Research Laboratory.

Our faculty have received grants, fellowships, awards and prizes from some of the most prestigious supporters of higher education:

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Biographies Project, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Clark Foundation
  • Dean Graham Foundation
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institue at Harvard University
  • Guggenheim Foundation
  • Jerome Foundation
  • Leon Levy Foundation
  • Lynch Foundation
  • Mellon Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Research Corporation
  • United States Department of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory
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