Dear Knox Community,
It gives me very great pleasure to announce formally that at its June meeting, the Knox College Board of Trustees accepted my recommendations and awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor to two faculty members: William Hope, Anthropology-Sociology and Helen Hoyt, Chemistry. I was honored to bring these valued colleagues forward to the Board upon the recommendations of the Faculty Personnel Committee and Interim Dean Schneider.
William Hope, Anthropology-Sociology, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A. from Winthrop University, and his B.A. from the College of Charleston. William’s teaching interests span such diverse topics as Music and Culture in the Americas, the Anthropology of the Senses, Sound Cultures, and the Global Dimensions of the Cuban Revolution. His research in Cuban popular music has resulted in his publication, “Controversia Cubana: The Poetic Politics of Punto Guajiro,” Latin American Music Review (forthcoming). He has also pursued new pedagogy and research interests in ecological design. He presented in this new area of research at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 2017, in his paper, “Knowledge Moves: Correspondences of Skill and Movement in Ecological Design.” He played a leading role in alumni and student trips to Cuba to share his interests broadly. In recognition of his innovative teaching, he received the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Excellence in Teaching for Untenured Faculty in 2015. He has been active in service to his colleagues as a member of the Curriculum Committee, Cultural Events Committee, Off Campus Study Committee, the President’s Sustainability Council, member of numerous search committees and director of the McNair Sophomore Seminar.
Helen Hoyt, Chemistry, earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from Knox College. Helen is an active and creative researcher in the field of “green chemistry,” the study of using readily available starting materials in chemical processes while minimizing the amount of wasteful byproducts. She was the lead author of “Aryl-Substituted BIAN Complexes of Iron Dibromide: Synthesis, X-ray and Electronic Structure, and Catalytic Hydrosilylation Activity.” Polyhedron 2016, 114(C), 403-413, a study completed with Knox colleagues and undergraduate researchers. She has also a co-author of “Establishing Groups in the College or University Classroom: Using VIEW to Form Better Cooperative Groups and Improve Learning Outcomes,” Educational Research Quarterly 2015, Vol. 39.2, 3-35. She has been a collaborator of two National Science Foundation Major Instrumentation Grants and received a grant from the American Chemical Society to support student researchers. She brought her passion for developing problem solving skills to her lectures and laboratories in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry and Physical Organic Chemistry, while also contributing to First Year Preceptorial. In 2017, she received the Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Excellence in Teaching for Untenured Faculty. Helen has served her colleagues on the Academic Standing Committee and Curriculum Committee, in leadership of the Knox chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and as a frequent contributor to Admission Office events and summer academic advising.