New faces at Colby

This academic year, Colby welcomes 41 new faculty members to Mayflower Hill. They represent 23 different departments, come from all over the world, and have had countless experiences that influence where they are today and the work in which they engage. The Echo was lucky enough  to pick the brains of 12 of these professors, each of whom were willing to share their wealth of knowledge with us. Make sure to say hello the next time you see them around!

Name: Amanda Lilleston

Department: Art

Why Colby? I am interested in using studio art as a method of transforming ideas into visual work, and a liberal arts institution like Colby is a great place for experimental ideas and expansive artwork.

Something I’m looking forward to is… exploring Colby’s impressive print collection with students at the Colby College Museum of Art.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick… Biology

 

Name: Bess Koffman

Department: Geology

Why Colby? I am so excited to be here! This really is my dream job. I attended a small liberal arts school (Carleton), and I’m from Maine. When this opportunity opened up, I knew it felt like the right job for me!

Something I’m looking forward to is… working with excellent students both in the classroom and on hands on research, whether in the field or in the lab. I’m looking forward to all these aspects of my career at Colby.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick… Environmental Studies.

Name: Chris Moore

Department: Biology

Why Colby? I had a wonderful interview! Each member of the faculty, staff, and student body with whom I interacted was pleasant and engaging.

Something I’m looking forward to is… conducting student research. The scientific endeavor asking meaningful questions and creatively testing hypotheses is quite the adventure, and I’m eager to expose and guide students through the process.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick… Physics

 

Name: Damon Mayrl

Department: Sociology

Why Colby? I was excited by the possibility of developing close and sustained mentor- ing relationships with Colby’s bright, motivated students.

Something I’m looking forward to is…thinking deeply about complex social and political problems with my students and colleagues.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick… History.

 

 

Name: Elizabeth Seto

Department: Psychology

Why Colby? Colby has a reputation for collaborative learning experiences and seems to truly value a mentorship model. I wanted to teach at Colby because I believed it would give me an opportunity to become a dedicated teacher and mentor to students.

Something I’m looking forward to is… interacting with students both inside and outside the classroom.

If you were the host of a television talk show, your first guest would be… Ryan Gosling or Philip Zimbardo.

 

Name: Luke Parker

Department: German and Russian

Why Colby? A love of liberal arts colleges (I moved from Oberlin College) and a sense of excitement around the future of the place.

Something I’m looking forward to is… the people. Living in a small community can be a dream or a disaster, depending on how people relate to one another. I love the bond between faculty and the opportunities to work so closely with students on what I am most passionate about.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick… East Asian Studies

 

 

Name: Bonnie Paige

Department: Colby Libraries

Why Colby? Colby students are curious, driven, and engaged with the world.

Something I’m looking forward to is…seeing all of the amazing speakers Colby brings to campus.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick…Computer Science to build myself a robot officemate!

 

Name: Justin Becknell

Department: Environmental Studies

Why Colby? I have always been interested in institutions which take teaching seriously. A few years ago, I spent a year as a visiting professor at a Colby sized liberal arts college in Minnesota and I loved it. That experience made me want to find a permanent position at similar school.

Something I’m looking forward to is… getting to know the Colby College students and, in the future, working with them on forest research projects.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick… Art

 

Name: Yannick Marshall

Department: Anthropology and African-American Studies

Why Colby? I taught at Bates last year and very much liked the idea of continuing to teach in the liberal arts tradition of open inquiry and radical curiosity.

Something I’m looking forward to is… being around students and faculty who consider activism and public intellectual life to be as important as their scholarship– and the dining halls.

If you were the host of a television talk show, your first guest would be… Thandiswa Mazwai.

 

Name: Caitrin Eaton

Department: Computer Science

Why Colby? When I first met the members of the Colby CS dept., I started to worry that I would not be able to find a kinder, more dedicated group of faculty anywhere else. When I had lunch with Colby students during the interview process, I got to hear first hand how engaged and curious the students are.

Something I’m looking forward to is… working with students who place a greater value on breadth of experience and creativity in problem solving. I’m very excited to see what Colby’s fantastic students come up with.

If I could switch departments for a day, I would pick… Art in a hot minute.