Celebrating Faculty Accomplishments

Four Mount Holyoke faculty members will be honored for outstanding teaching and scholarship on Tuesday, February 28, when the College community gathers to celebrate their professional accomplishments. The recipients will give brief speeches at the awards ceremony, which begins at 4:15 pm in the Morrison Room in the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center.

Megan Núñez, associate professor of chemistry, and William Quillian, Professor of English on the Emma B. Kennedy Foundation, will receive the Mount Holyoke College Faculty Award for Teaching. Jessica Sidman, associate professor of mathematics, and Kenneth Tucker, professor of sociology, will receive the Meribeth E. Cameron Faculty Award for Scholarship.

Núñez, who has taught at MHC since 2003, uses atomic force microscopy to examine two biological systems of interest: nucleic acid structure and bacterial predation. Her work has been supported by a National Science Foundation grant that allowed the College to purchase an atomic force microscope, which she and her students use to study how some predators alter the membrane structures of bacteria on which they prey and how some bacteria adhere to protozoans.

Quillian, who joined MHC in 1975, teaches courses in twentieth-century British literature, contemporary fiction in English, and literary criticism and theory, as well as the first-year seminar Never Again ... A Single Story, an introduction to the experimental narratives and multiple 'stories' of contemporary fiction. His research interests include cyberpunk science fiction, the American novelist Cormac McCarthy, and the English novelist and critic John Berger.

Sidman’s research explores combinatorial algebraic geometry and computational commutative algebra. She was named an American Mathematical Society Project NEXT fellow in 2003 and a National Science Foundation mathematical sciences postdoctoral research fellow in 2002–2003. She is a frequent contributor to mathematics journals, and she speaks at national and international conferences and seminars.

Tucker is the author of Workers of the World Enjoy! Aesthetic Politics, Public Life, and Social Movements, which was published in 2010 by Temple University Press. His previous book, Classical Social Theory: A Contemporary View (2001), explores the contemporary relevance of classical social theory by examining the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and other theorists. Tucker's articles have been published in Current Perspectives in Social Theory; Sociological Theory; Theory, Culture, and Society; and Critical Studies in Mass Communications, among other scholarly journals.

Recent faculty publications will be on display at the reception that follows the award ceremony.