Eilene Hoft-March and Judy Sarnecki, members of the Lawrence University French department, have been promoted to the rank of full professor while Jeffrey Clark and Brigetta Miller have been promoted to associate professor and granted tenured appointments by the college’s Board of Trustees.
Hoft-March joined the Lawrence faculty in 1988. A specialist in modern French novels and autobiographies, her scholarship also includes literature about children and the Holocaust. In addition to the French department, Hoft-March also teaches courses for the gender studies major. She was a recipient of Lawrence’s Outstanding Young Teacher Award in 1991 and received the college’s Freshman Studies Teaching Award in 1997. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.
A member of the Lawrence faculty since 1985, Sarnecki’s research interests focus on 20th-century French cinema and literature, women authors and gender issues. She served as editor of and contributor to the recently published book, “Subversive Subjects: Reading Marguerite Yourcenar” (2004 Fairleigh Dickinson Press), a collection of essays on the acclaimed French novelist. In 1996, Sarnecki founded Lawrence’s Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal, a 10-week program on Western African culture. She earned her doctorate in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Clark, a fluvial geomorphologist specializing in the study of how human activity alters the characteristics of rivers, joined the Lawrence geology department in 1998. He has conducted more than a dozen research trips to Puerto Rico, where he has worked with the International Institute of Tropical Forestry and is currently involved with on-going student research on the impact on Apple Creek on Appleton’s north side as the area shifts from agricultural use to residential development. He was cited in 2001 with Lawrence’s Outstanding Young Teacher Award. Clark earned his Ph.D. from John Hopkins University.
Miller, a native of Tigerton and a 1989 graduate of Lawrence, returned to her alma mater in 1996 as a member of the conservatory of music faculty. A flutist by training, Miller is the conservatory’s director of music education, specializing in music methodology for early childhood. A member of the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe, Miller is in the process of completing a book of Native American lullabies that have been shared generationally through oral tradition but never written in standard musical notation. She earned a graduate degree in music education with a Kodaly emphasis from Silver Lake College.