GRANVILLE, Ohio— Denison University’s Board of Trustees has awarded tenure to four members of the faculty. Those who have been granted tenure and will be promoted to associate professor in the fall are Brenda Boyle, HyeKyung Lee, Jonathan Walley and Lina Yoo.
Brenda Boyle joined Denison’s Department of English in 2003 and holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Boyle, who is director of Denison’s Writing Center, is interested in American literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special focus on issues of rhetoric, race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Her research and publications extend from the study of American masculinity’s formations in war, especially the Vietnam War, to representations of gender and sexuality through disability, to gender in “The Gilmore Girls.” Boyle teaches classes in composition and rhetoric, British and American modernism, the contemporary novel, fiction and nonfiction war narratives and academic writing. She published her scholarly book, “Masculinity in Vietnam War Narratives,” in 2009.
HyeKyung Lee joined Denison’s Department of Music in 2006 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches courses in music theory (various levels), orchestration, computer music, women in music and composition seminar as well as private lessons. Lee’s recent awards include the Uncaged Toy Piano Award, Renee B. Fisher Composers Award, Athena Chamber Music Award, and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Award among others. Her music has been supported by the Meet The Composer Grant and many artists’ residencies and she has been the composer-in-residence at many institutions. Her research interests are diverse; both as an acoustic and electronic composer, her works range from a composition for large orchestra, children’s choir and wind ensemble, to an experimental interactive piece for acoustic instruments with live-electronics.
Jonathan Walley joined Denison’s Department of Cinema in 2005 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses in film studies, including seminars on avant-garde cinema, documentary, and the horror film, as well as courses in film production and screenwriting. Walley’s primary research interest is avant-garde or experimental film, focusing in particular on "expanded cinema" (multi-screen works, film-based performance, film/video installation, and other variations on the theme of film). He is currently writing a book on the subject. Walley has published essays in the October journal, The Velvet Light Trap journal, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and the online journal Senses of Cinema and has contributed to several anthologies related to avant-garde film and the art world.
Lina Yoo joined Denison’s Department of Biology in 2005 and holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches courses that include introduction to the science of biology; cellular and molecular biology; immunology; and eukaryotic cell biology. As a cellular biologist, Yoo’s research focuses on a cancer gene called Pten, which is one of the most commonly mutated genes in human cancer. She is interested in identifying the molecular events, which occur when Pten is mutated, and to elucidate the signaling pathways which are affected.
“Professors at Denison are expected to demonstrate accomplishment in teaching, scholarship, and service to the college and to their profession,” said Denison President Dale Knobel. “Tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor are big steps in a faculty member's career. The women and men who have earned these distinctions have acquired the respect of colleagues and students on our campus and have passed a rigorous review that includes input from teacher-scholars at colleges and universities around the country. We welcome our newest associate professors into the tenured ranks of the Denison faculty.”
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.