faculty achievements

Amster’s essay published in new book, Shakespeare and the 99%

Mara Amster

An essay by Randolph English professor Mara Amster has been included in the new book, Shakespeare and the 99%: Literary Studies, the Profession and the Production of Inequity (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). Amster’s essay is entitled “’Instruct Her What She Has to do’: Education, Social Mobility, and Success.” Covering a range of topics from diverse positions... READ MORE >>

Professor Crystal Howell lectures at Indiana University education symposium

Crystal Howell

On Friday, February 15, Randolph education professor Crystal Howell delivered an invited lecture at the Curriculum and Instruction Research Creative Activity Symposium at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Howell’s lecture was entitled “Finding a job and finding your way: Navigating the transition from graduate school to the professoriate.” She was one of several faculty from... READ MORE >>

Sojka approved for tenure

Sarah Sojka

The Randolph College Board of Trustees recently approved Sarah Sojka, a physics and environmental studies professor, for tenure. She was also promoted from assistant to associate professor, effective July 1. Prior to coming to Randolph in 2013, Sojka received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies-public policy from Eckerd College and her master’s degree and Ph.D.... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor’s article in Good Beer Hunting inspires new brew

J. Nikol Beckham

Communication studies professor J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham continues to receive national recognition for her research on the craft brewing industry and her role as the first diversity ambassador for the Brewers Association. Most recently, her work inspired the creation of a new beer at a Charlottesville, Va. brewery. In December, Jackson-Beckham published a research-based article in... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor featured in New York Times for work as diversity ambassador in brewing industry

Janel Jackson-Beckham

J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, a Randolph communication studies professor, has made national headlines recently as the first-ever diversity ambassador for the Brewers Association. On January 11, Columbus Business First published an article about her keynote at the fifth annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference in Columbus, Ohio. And on January 14, she was featured in The New York Times... READ MORE >>

Warren appointed to 500-Year Forest Foundation Board of Directors

Karin Warren

Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Professor of Environmental Studies, will serve a 3-year term with the non-profit nature conservation organization.... READ MORE >>

Gauthier lectures at William & Mary, slated to lecture in France

Jennifer Gauthier

Communication studies professor Jennifer Gauthier has traveled extensively this fall, visiting and lecturing at various institutions and events across the nation and the world. On October 30, Gauthier was invited to the College of William & Mary to give a talk to students and faculty as part of a speaker series organized by the Native... READ MORE >>

Bessenger visits Bhutan for research on Tibetan Buddhist religious biographies

Professor Suzanne Bessenger in front of Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, Bhutan

This summer, religious studies professor Suzanne Bessenger traveled to Bhutan for research on the role of non-monastic Buddhist practices described in the 14th Century biographies of the female saint Sönam Peldren and her husband and scribe, Rinchen Pel. Bessenger consulted Tshering Dhendup, dean of academic affairs at the College of Language and Culture Studies in... READ MORE >>

Penn’s research published in Communications in Algebra

Michael Penn

Randolph mathematics professor Michael Penn recently co-authored a paper that was published in the academic journal, Communications in Algebra. The article is entitled “Z/2Z Invariants of the Free Fermion Algebra” and details the uncovering of an interesting connection between orbifolds of free field vertex algebras and affine W-algebras. Read the article in its entirety here.... READ MORE >>

Rumore published in top immunology research journal

Amanda Rumore

Randolph biology professor Amanda Rumore co-authored a paper that was published in Frontiers in Immunology, which is one of the top academic journals in the field. The article is titled “Innate Immunity Induced by the Major Allergen Alt a 1 from the Fungus Alternaria is Dependent Upon Toll-like Receptors 2/4 Lung Epithelial Cells” and was... READ MORE >>