Faculty promotions announced
Five distinguished faculty noted for excellence in teaching and advising are promoted to full professor effective Aug. 1, 2014.
Sharon Craig (Education) teaches and advises elementary education candidates and teaches in the Reading Specialist Literacy Leadership graduate program. Her “Mentoring Young Writers Study and Professional Development Project,” funded by a $105,000 grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, provided the research and instructional framework for two new graduate courses she designed on teaching narrative, informational, and argument writing. Craig has presented on authentic inquiry and disciplinary literacy for the International Interschool Collaboration in Ethiopia and is currently working on a distance coaching project with the school-based reading specialist. She earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland.
Jeffrey Marx (Physics), teaches physics classes at all levels, as well as courses outside his department including juggling and a marine biology Jan Term. In 2004, Marx was awarded the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award. Since 2005, he and chemistry professor Brian Wladkowski have taught various week-long summer science courses at McDaniel for talented high school students. Marx, who earned his Ph.D. from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, has two research areas: pedagogy and theoretical modeling. He recently developed a novel course for non-science majors on “The Nature of Science” with a $170,000 National Science Foundation Grant. Marx also works with undergraduate students developing theoretical models of physical systems, including areas such as astrophysics, electromagnetics and sports physics.
Gretchen McKay (Art and Art History), an expert in Early Christian and Byzantine art, also teaches 19th-century art and Roman art and architecture to students at McDaniel. Chair of her department, McKay not only brought the “Reacting to the Past” series, which immerses students in historical events through role-playing, to McDaniel, but also authored one of the series’ games, “Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89,” now in use in many colleges and universities nationwide. She earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia.
Catherine Orzolek-Kronner (Social Work) teaches social work practice, research, human behavior and field instruction and serves as director of field education and chair of her department. With her certificate in supervision, she provides consultation to professional social workers on complex clinical cases while pursuing her practice and research, often in collaboration with students. Orzolek-Kronner is interested in studying disabilities, death and dying, eating disorders, women’s issues and psychodynamically-informed clinical practice. She earned her doctorate from Smith College School of Social Work.
Susan Clare Scott (Art and Art History) specializes in East Asian art, specifically Chinese and Japanese, and Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. She also designed and teaches the department's Writing in the Discipline course. She spearheaded the establishment of the College’s Asian Studies major and minor, which she now coordinates while continuing her research in Asian art history. This frequently leads her to Japan and China, and often with students. Scott, who earned her doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University, is also a founding member of the Chinese Architectural History Society.