Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:45

Seven Assumption Faculty Promoted, Four Earn Tenure

Represent Assumption’s Tradition of Academic Excellence

Seven Assumption College faculty members were recently promoted and/or were granted tenure.

“I am pleased to announce the tenure awards and promotions of this esteemed group of educators and scholars—faculty members who are engaged and committed to the success of each Assumption student,” said Assumption College Interim Provost Louise Carroll Keeley. “They represent the teacher-scholar model that Assumption looks for in its faculty, providing their students with an exceptional learning experience.”

The following faculty were promoted:

James Lang, Ph.D., professor of English: The director of the Assumption College Center for Teaching Excellence, supplying faculty with resources to assist and promote their efforts, Professor Lang is a nationally recognized scholar, author and writer. A former director of the College’s Honors Program, he joined the faculty in 2000. A monthly columnist covering teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Professor Lang has published four books, including Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, published in 2013 by Harvard University Press. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, a M.A. from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where he served as assistant director of its Searle Center for Teaching Excellence prior to his appointment at Assumption.

Elizabeth Colby Davie, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry: A member of the faculty since 2007, Professor Colby Davie holds a B.A. from Macalester College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also taught prior to her arrival at Assumption. The recipient of two graduate research fellowships and a postdoctoral fellowship, Professor Colby Davie received a $50,000 new investigator grant in 2008 from the American Chemical Society-managed Petroleum Research Fund. She has published articles in highly regarded scientific journals, presented in her field, served Assumption as an advisor and mentor, and is a visiting faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

Anthony Traylor, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy: Professor Traylor was appointed to Assumption’s faculty in 1998, after previously teaching at Morehouse College and Emory University. He earned a B.A. from George Mason University, an M.A. from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. from Emory. Professor Traylor has taught courses such as “God and the Philosophers,” “Existential Thought” and “Metaphysics.” He has published several articles in scholarly journals and has made many presentations in his field. 

The following faculty were granted tenure and promoted to associate professor:

Maria Parmley, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology: A social psychologist, Professor Parmley has taught at Assumption since 2004 and joined the full-time faculty in 2008. She previously lectured at Wellesley College. A two-time Assumption faculty development grant recipient, she has widely published and presented in her field and served as a faculty advisor for several student presentations at Assumption’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. She earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Alison Cares, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology: Professor Cares joined the faculty in 2011 after previously teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Central Connecticut State University. She holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. The recipient of an Assumption faculty development grant in 2012, Professor Cares developed a new course, “Victimology,” which has been taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the classroom and online. She has published articles in scholarly journals and made many presentations at professional conferences. 

Christian Göbel, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy: A member of the faculty since 2008, Professor Göbel studied in Paderborn and Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy; Cambridge, United Kingdom; and Leiden, Netherlands; and holds PH.Ds. in philosophy and theology. Prior to joining the faculty at Assumption -- where he also teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies program -- Professor Göbel taught at the Pontifical Lateran University and the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. He has held visiting positions in Boston; Sonada, India; Eichstaett, Germany; and Rome. Professor Göbel has published six books and over 60 articles. Fluent in four languages, he has served Assumption as a mentor, advisor, and as a member of various committees to advance Assumption’s mission. Professor Göbel also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the German Army Reserve. 

Carl Keyes, Ph.D., associate professor of history: Professor Keyes joined Assumption’s faculty in 2008. He is the College’s specialist in colonial and Revolutionary American history, currently working on a book about advertising practices and consumer culture in 18-century America. Professor Keyes has published and presented widely on commerce and culture in early America. In addition to early American history, he teaches courses on slavery, women’s studies, public history and Native American studies. In 2013, the American Antiquarian Society granted Professor Keyes scholar-in-residence status. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from The American University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews