10384483_10152305635336527_8006364191011215425_nCongratulations to Dr. Janine Utell, chair of the English department, on her promotion from Associate Professor of English to Professor of English! Faculty are evaluated by their colleagues in three categories–teaching, professional development, and academic citizenship. To achieve promotion to Professor candidates must be found excellent in each. Moreover, the Faculty Handbook stipulates that only the exceptional candidate will be promoted in his or her first year of eligibility (after five years since promotion to associate level), and Professor Utell’s colleagues at both the Humanities Division level and the College of Arts and Sciences level unreservedly found her to be so. Dean Sharon Meagher recently presented the promotion-and-tenure committees’ findings to the Board of Trustees who agreed and approved Dr. Utell’s promotion.

The English department is particularly proud of and grateful to Professor Utell, whose excellence is an inspiration to us all and whose leadership is unparalleled!