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 Richard Barlow, assistant professor of art, visual artist and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)/New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. 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.

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
  • Booth Ferris Foundation 
  • Clark Foundation
  • Dean Graham Foundation
  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute at Harvard University
  • Guggenheim Foundation
  • Kemper Foundation
  • Leon Levy Foundation
  • Mellon Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • PADI Foundation
  • Research Corporation
  • United States Department of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory
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