2015 Tenured Faculty

This October 2015, the College of Arts & Letters recognized 8 new tenured faculty at the University Promotion and Tenure Ceremony Dinner. Please join us in congratulating these great scholars.

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Candace Keller-Claytor
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Associate Professor

Candace M. Keller is an Africanist art historian with a joint appointment in the College of Arts & Letters and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. Since 2001, her research has focused on photographic practice in Mali, West Africa, which has been supported by Fulbright-Hayes, the British Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently using a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize 100,000 original black-and-white negatives from som eof Mali’s most important photographers, dating from the 1940s. Keller’s research and courses center on issues of identity, personhood, and complex agency; globalization and the flow of material culture; nationalism and post colonialism; and the power of art and aesthetics in international contexts.
 


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Jon Frey
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Associate Professor

Jon Frey is a classical archaeologist with a research focus on Greek and Roman architecture, the practice of architectural reuse, and the application of digital technologies to archaeological research and classroom instruction. He is field coordinator at The Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia in Greece and research associate at the U.C. Berkeley Excavations at Nemea in Greece, where he leads a study abroad program each summer. He is the recipient of a NEH Digital Humanities Start up grant and an NEH Digital Humanities Implementation grant for his work on building a digital repository / virtual research environment that provides access to digital copies of archaeological records from previous excavations.
 
 


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Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Associate Professor

Paul Kotula is a recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is widely recognized for his ceramic tableware situated at the intersection of art and design. His studio research has been featured internationally in solo and group exhibitions and is included in such public collections as the Detroit Institute of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, and MSU’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Kotula also has more than 25 years experience as a gallery director in metro-Detroit and New York City.  He has created exhibitions on contemporary art of local, national and international interest. His two-part exhibition, ‘Conversations Around the Table: An American Experience,’ was recently featured at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. In 2011, he was honored to serve as one of nine jurors for the Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale, the world's largest ceramic competition. 


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Therèsa M. Winge
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Associate Professor

Therèsa M. Winge is an Associate Professor in Apparel and Textile Design in the Art, Art History, and Design department. A common thread that weaves together her research and creative scholarship is a focus on the construction and deconstruction of cultures and subcultures within visual and material design. She draws inspiration from a bricolage of subcultural identities for her conceptual designs, utilizing traditional and innovative technologies and methodologies, such as 3D printing and illumination. Winge’s ethnographic research into the subculture of modern primitive body modification was published in her book Body Style (Subcultural Style), (Berg/Bloomsbury, 2012). This October, Winge is showing her fashion design, Chute—made from a vintage British pink parachute that is 29 feet in diameter—at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
 


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Karin Zitzewitz
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Associate Professor

Karin Zitzewitz is a specialist in the modern and contemporary art of India and Pakistan. Her book, The Art of Secularism: The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India, was published by Hurst & Co and Oxford University Press in 2014. It won the Edward C. Dimock Prize in the Humanities from the American Institute for Indian Studies and was named a best book of the year for global issues by the New Republic magazine. Karin also recently curated solo exhibitions of Pakistani artist Naiza Khan and Indian artist Mithu Sen for the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State.

 
 


allison.jpgAlison Dobbins
Department of Theatre
Associate Professor

Alison Dobbins is the creator and director of Theatre Engine and the Media Theatre Laboratory. Both entities explore mobile applications through performance to create fully interactive media experiences involving collaborators from dance, design, education, computer science and engineering from institutions throughout the United States. Her innovative research focuses on new ways to engage audiences in live performance, and her work has recently been performed at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also been active in the outreach mission of the university, having created an interdisciplinary project entitled Dancing Computer that focuses on developing methods to teach dance and computer literacy to elementary school students.

 


patty.jpgPatti Spinner
Department of Linguistics, German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Associate Professor

Patti Spinner's primary research interests are in the second language acquisition of grammar, particularly the acquisition of features such as grammatical gender, case, number, and tense. She has investigated language learning in English, Italian, German, Spanish and Swahili. Spinner has also developed music-based lessons for English as a second language grammar instruction, including Betty Azar's English Grammar series and L-Pop: Real Music for English Language Learning. Her work has appeared in journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, Applied Linguistics, and Language Learning. With Paula Winke, she is currently working on compiling the MSU Less Commonly Taught Language Database for use as a worldwide resource.

Says Spinner, "It's an honor to be at one of the top programs in second language studies in the world, and to work with students and colleagues at the top of the field. It's also wonderful to be involved with such a large and diverse international student population."


suzanne.jpgSuzanne Wagner
Department of Linguistics, German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Associate Professor

Suzanne Wagner is a sociolinguist interested in the extent to which individuals do or do not participate in ongoing community linguistic change across their lifespans. She is particularly interested in the period between late adolescence and early adulthood. Professor Wagner is currently finishing the inaugural volume of Studies in Variation and Change, a co-edited new series with Isabelle Buchstaller for Routledge Studies in Language and Change. Dr. Wagner is a co-investigator on a NSF research grant with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania entitled The Effect of Higher Education on Phonology. She is co-editor with Erez Levon of the sociolinguistics section of the new Mouton online journal Linguistics Vanguard.

Says Wagner, "I'm honored to have been granted tenure alongside so many creative and talented MSU faculty. Finding out more about our cohort at the recent ceremony for tenure awardees was fascinating and humbling.”