faculty achievements

Professor Laura-Gray Street publishes chapbook of poems

Laura-Gray Street

Randolph English professor Laura-Gray Street recently published a collection of poems in the chapbook, Shift Work. Printed by Red bird Chapbooks, the publication explores the often overlooked role of women and femininity in the historical struggle for dignity in work. In addition to her writing accomplishments, last fall Street received Randolph’s Kathryn Graves Davidson Service... READ MORE >>

Randolph chemistry professor co-authors paper in Chemical Communications

Jesse Kern

Chemistry professor Jesse Kern co-authored a paper that was published this month in the journal, Chemical Communications. The paper is titled “Catalytic Aziridination with Alcoholic Substrates Via a Chromium Tetracarbene Catalyst” and gives examples of aziridination catalysis with a chromium complex. Kern began his research on the topic as a post-doctoral research associate at the... READ MORE >>

Deetz to speak at 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book

Kelley Deetz

Kelley Deetz, a visiting sociology professor at Randolph, will speak about her new book, Bound to the Fire, at the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book that takes place March 21-25 in Charlottesville, Va. The annual event is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and draws more than 20,000 people from around the... READ MORE >>

Randolph music professor to perform at Covenant College

Emily Yap Chua

  Emily Yap Chua, pianist and Randolph music professor, will perform alongside soprano Katherine Jolly in a special concert at Covenant College Thursday, Jan. 25. The concert is part of Covenant’s John Hamm Performing Arts Series. Chua has performed in multiple concerts both at Randolph and off-campus during the 2017-18 academic year. In September, she... READ MORE >>

Penn co-authors paper in Journal of Algebra

Michael Penn

Randolph mathematics professor Michael Penn co-authored a paper that will be published in the February 2018 issue of the Journal of Algebra. The paper concludes a series of four articles—three co-authored by Penn—which examine the principal subspaces of level one standard modules of twisted affine Lie algebras using vertex algebraic techniques. Vertex algebras are a... READ MORE >>

Deetz’s Bound to the Fire named among Smithsonian’s best books about food

Kelley Deetz

The Smithsonian has named Kelley Deetz’s book, Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine, as one of its 10 Best Books About Food of 2017. Deetz is a Randolph visiting sociology professor. Bound to the Fire draws upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study... READ MORE >>

Gary Dop announces second book of poems, Earth Never Settles

Gary Dop

Gary Dop, English professor and director of Randolph’s M.F.A. program in creative writing, has announced that his second book of poems, Earth Never Settles, will be published by Red Hen Press. The title for the book, which will be released in 2020, is inspired by the final line of one of Dop’s poems. He is... READ MORE >>

Music professor Emily Yap Chua to perform at Otterbein University

Emily Yap Chua

Randolph music professor Emily Yap Chua is the featured pianist in a recital this Sunday, Oct. 1 at Otterbein University in Ohio. The event will take place at 2 p.m. in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center. Chua will perform works by Handel, Brahms, Lutoslawski, and Liebermann. Prior to the concert, she will... READ MORE >>

Kern brings computational chemistry experience to Randolph faculty

Jesse Kern

When students think about chemistry, they don’t typically consider the creative aspects of the subject. New chemistry professor Jesse Kern is hoping to show another side of the chemistry to his students. “I want to bring an open-minded, softer, and more flexible approach to studying chemistry,” Kern said. “It’s not necessarily all about the exact... READ MORE >>

Gauthier to present paper, serve as panelist at International Small Cinemas Conference

Jennifer Gauthier

Communication studies professor Jennifer Gauthier will present her paper, “Indigenizing Sci-Fi: Native Women Filmmakers Decolonize a Genre,” at the Annual International Conference on Small Cinemas at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. She will also serve on a panel with colleagues from New Zealand, California, and New York. In its eighth year,... READ MORE >>