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Faculty Update: Spring Semester 2022

From Interim Provost Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.
December 30, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you have been able to rest and renew during the winter break.

The sharp rise in positive cases of the COVID-19 virus has prompted Spelman and AUCC leadership to determine how best to approach the spring semester return to campus.

We ended the fall semester with much to be proud of when it comes to our health and safety protocols. The policies that we put in place, and that our community adhered to, resulted in one of the lowest positivity rates on a college campus in the country.

With the nationwide spread of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus over the past two weeks, we are developing plans to continue to limit the spread of the virus among the members of our community, as we enter the spring 2022 semester.

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Celebrating Spelman's Recently Tenured and Promoted Faculty

The Office of the Provost and the entire Spelman College community would like to recognize and congratulate its recently tenured and promoted faculty: Drs. Leyte Winfield, Deanna Kortesky, Kimberly Jackson, Danielle Dickens, Nirajan Dhakal and Dorian Crosby for their excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.

Promoted Faculty 2021: Deanna Kortesky

Spelman College Professor Deanna KoretskyDeanna Kortesky, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English and Carnegie Corporation and Rockefeller Foundation Distinguished Research Scholar at Spelman College. Her scholarship and teaching focus on British, U.S., and Afrodiasporic literatures in English of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, critical race and feminist studies, and anti-racist pedagogies. Her work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and UNCF-Mellon.

A founding member of the Bigger 6 Collective and co-chair of the Race and Empire Caucus of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Dr. Kortesky's current research interests include horror, early cinema, and post-Soviet immigrant identity.

Her book, "Death Rights: Romantic Suicide, Race, and the Bounds of Liberalism," traverses disciplinary methodologies and temporalities. Reading across a range of historical and contemporary figures including Kurt Cobain, Olaudah Equiano, Victor LaValle, Mary and Percy Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and others, "Death Rights" shows how cultural representations of suicide inherited from the early nineteenth century continue to reinforce antiblackness in the modern world.

What Others Have to Say About the Impact of Dr. Kortesky's Work

Start of QuoteProf. Koretsky is the future of Romanticism.

"Dr. Koretsky’s book “will make an unmistakable and transformative contribution to the fields of eighteenth-century and Romantic literary studies that will change the way future generations of scholars approach questions of race and racism in British literary traditions.”

"Her book “creatively uses the work of contemporary Black philosophers to uncover new insights about literature written two hundred years ago.”

"The new caucus in the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, formed to focus on Race and Empire, was spearheaded by Dr. Koretsky. It was largely through her advocacy that such a proposal was even considered.End of Quote

COVID -19 Faculty Guidelines

Review faculty information about the fall 2021 semester. For information on vaccines, testing and the health protocols that apply to all Spelman College community members, additional details can be found on the AUCC website.

Spelman COVID-19 Faculty Guidance for Fall 2021


Interim Provost Dolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.

Dolores Bradley BrennanPresident Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., has appointed Dr. Dolores Bradley Brennan, who most recently served as vice provost for faculty and associate vice president for academic affairs, as Spelman College's interim provost. Dr. Bradley Brennan came to Spelman in 2001 under a joint appointment with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University. A distinguished scholar in visual perception and development, physiological optics and visual system anatomy, Dr. Bradley Brennan has published 22 papers and book chapters on visual development and processing, most recently focusing on identifying effective treatments for childhood visual disorders. She was promoted to full professor at Spelman in 2010, and in 2012 elected to Epsilon of Georgia, the Spelman chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Regann M. Anderson
Faculty Affairs Specialist
Office of the Provost
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