Tenure and Promotion Congratulations

Dear Knox Community,

It gives me very great pleasure to announce formally that at its recently concluded June meeting, the Knox College Board of Trustees accepted my recommendations and awarded tenure to two faculty members: Cyn Fitch, English/Creative Writing, and ​​Jeff Grace, Theatre. It was my privilege to bring these valued colleagues forward to the Board upon the recommendations of the Faculty Personnel Committee and Dean Behling. In addition, ​​Linda Dybas​ ’64​, Watson Bartlett Professor of Biology​,​ was ​awarded emeritus status as she concludes a faculty career at Knox that began in 1977.

Cyn Fitch, English/Creative Writing, earned her M.F.A. degree from Spalding University and her B.A. from Knox. Her teaching interests include creative writing, beginning to advanced fiction and non-fiction taught in a workshop setting, composition and rhetoric, and modern and contemporary American literature with an emphasis on Southern writers. An accomplished writer, Fitch has published more than 10 short stories and essays in her time at Knox, in publications including: ​​The Louisville Review, the Menda City Review, Midwestern Gothic, and ​in ​anthologies ​​Motif3: All the Livelong Day (Motes Books) and ​​Hard to Parent, Easy to Love (DRT Press). In 2010, she published her collection of short stories, ​​Ten Tongues: stories. (Louisville: MotesBooks; paperback 2012). She also was an invited participant in the Wet Mountain Valley Writer’s Workshop in 2013 and named a Top Ten Finalist in 2009 ​South Million Writers Award. Current projects include ​​Rainy Moon Rising, a novel; ​​The Angry Chick’s Guide to Survival, a collection of essays; and an untitled in-progress collection of essays on the intersection of the Divine and self. Fitch has served on the Committee on Faculty Resources, the Off-Campus Studies Committee, and in the English Department, serves as faculty advisor for Milk Route Senior Reading Series and ​​Cellar Door, both outlets for students to present their work.
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Jeff Grace, Theatre, earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University, his M.S. in Education, also from Indiana, and his B.A. from Brigham Young University. His teaching interests include theatre history, directing, American alternative theatre, gay and lesbian theatre, postmodernism, historical Off-Off-Broadway, rise of the modern director, drag narratives and the performed body. In 2012, he received the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Excellence in Teaching for Tenured Faculty. A creative and accomplished director, Grace’s ​many ​credits include: ​​The Caffe Cino Project, Next Fall, The Causasian Chalk Circle, Under Construction, and ​​The Serpent, and ​​The Secret in the Wings, as part of Repertory Term Winter 2016. In addition, Grace’s scholarly includes work on Caffe Cino, the 1950s-60s outside/underground theatre in New York world that came to be known as “Off-Off Broadway”; ​his ​publications include “Coming Out at the Caffe Cino: Emancipation from the Dramatic Closet,” (Public Theatre and Theatre Publics). ​His conference presentations have focused on re/visioning homosexual stage characters, camp performance at the Caffe Cino, and analysis of various plays performed at the Caffe Cino. Grace’s service at Knox has included Academic Standing Committee, the Diversity Committee, and ​many ​search committees​, including, most recently the search for the Vice President for Student Development. ​He also has served as a co-chair for the Mid-American Theatre Conference.

​Please join me in congratulating each of these members of the Knox faculty on this milestone in their careers and in thanking our newest Emeritus Professor for ​her years of distinguished service to Knox.

Best,

Teresa

Post-Board Forums, June 7, 9

Dear Knox Community,

Please join us for one of two opportunities this week at which we will share with you news and updates from the June Board of Trustees meeting.

Our June post-Board forum will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at noon and again on Thursday, June 9, at 8:00 a.m. Both forums will be held in the Trustees Room (Room 302) in Alumni Hall. The agenda will include a brief presentation on the Board meeting, followed by a question and answer session with members of the President’s Council.

We look forward to seeing you at either of the sessions.

Best,
Teresa

Dining Services Announcement

Dear Knox Community,

Last summer we entered into a one-year contract with Bon Appétit for the management of our dining services operation. The decision to partner with Bon Appétit to provide a quality dining experience for our campus community was supported by the majority of students, faculty, and staff. Changes implemented over the past year, however, have proven challenging for some of our students, dedicated dining services employees, and other members of our campus community. We recognize that this transition could have been handled more effectively, and we very much regret any miscommunications that may have exacerbated the problems.

We have worked to correct these missteps and address the concerns raised by various constituents across campus and in the greater Knox community. We have listened to all the questions and concerns raised in open forums, on social media, and in meetings with various groups across campus, including the Student Dining Services Committee, Student Senate, Student Life Committee, the Alliance for Peaceful Action, and others. We have seen significant progress in many areas in response to the concerns raised about labelling, food variety and quality, working conditions, and staff morale, and are committed to continuing this work as we move forward.

Given this progress and responsiveness, we are pleased to announce that Knox College will be signing a Letter of Intent with Bon Appétit to begin negotiations on a formal long-term agreement for the management of dining services. The five-year agreement will include:

Investments in improvements to the Hard Knox Café,

Additional Knox College and Bon Appetit staffing,

Fair and respectful treatment of all Knox Dining Services employees under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement,

Ongoing training for both Knox and Bon Appétit dining staff, and

A promise of a quality dining experience for our students.

While we understand that not everyone will agree with this decision, we hope that the community will join together to support this partnership as we move forward. We will welcome your feedback and input as we implement the new agreement.

Thank you,

Keith Archer

Post-Board Open Forum Invite

Dear Knox Community,

Please join us for one of two opportunities next week at which we will share with you news and updates from the June Board of Trustees meeting.

Our June post-Board forum will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at noon and again on Thursday, June 9, at 8:00 a.m. Both forums will be held in the Trustees Room (Room 302) in Alumni Hall. The agenda will include a brief presentation on the Board meeting, followed by a question and answer session with members of the President’s Council.

We look forward to seeing you at either of the sessions.

Best,
Teresa