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Ohio Wesleyan University Promotes Eight Faculty Members


April 30, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University has promoted two associate professors to full professors and six assistant professors to associate professors for the 2007-2008 academic year.

University President Mark W. Huddleston, Ph.D., said the promotions are based on each faculty member’s “strong record of ability and commitment in the areas of teaching, professional growth, and community service.”

Faculty members promoted to full professor are:

  • Scott W. Calef, Ph.D., philosophy. Calef, who joined the university in 1995, specializes in ancient philosophy and applied ethics. He also serves as chair of the philosophy department.
  • Sean I. Kay, Ph.D., politics and government. Kay, who joined Ohio Wesleyan in 1999, specializes in NATO and international security issues. He also serves as director of the International Studies Program.

Faculty promoted to associate professor are:

  • Julian Arribas, Ph.D., modern foreign languages. Arribas, who joined the university in 2000, specializes in 16th century Spanish literature. He is acting chair of the modern foreign languages department and director of the Salamanca program in Spain.
  • Ramon A. Carreno, Ph.D., zoology. Carreno, who joined Ohio Wesleyan in 2002, specializes in parasite research, including the evolution of lung worms. He also serves as the university’s pre-veterinary medicine program adviser.
  • James C. Franklin, Ph.D., politics and government. Franklin joined the university in 2000. His research interests include political repression, political dissent, and democratization.
  • Judylyn S. Ryan, Ph.D., English. Ryan joined Ohio Wesleyan in 1998. Her specialties include African American literature, black feminist theory, and black women’s cinema.
  • N. Kyle Smith, Ph.D., psychology. Smith joined the university in 2001. His research interests include people’s tendency to allocate more attention to negative information than positive information.
  • S. Christopher Wolverton, Ph.D., botany-microbiology. Wolverton joined Ohio Wesleyan in 2002. His research interests include how plants integrate signals such as light, touch, and gravity to influence growth and development.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.