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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: Nirajan Dhakal

Spelman Professor Nirajan Dhakal Nirajan Dhakal, Ph.D., assistant professor of Environmental and Health Sciences, is an earth and environmental scientist specialized in water resources engineering. His research focuses on improving the fundamental understanding of how the interplay of human and natural forces shapes water availability and distribution on watershed-to regional scales. 

During his years at Spelman College, Dr. Dhakal, whose two primary areas of research are hydroclimatology and surface and subsurface hydrology, has published six peer-reviewed articles (one single authored and five co-authored).

Awards

Dr. Dhakal has been awarded $589,357 in external research grants and is the principal investigator on two grants. In one of his projects, "HBCU-Excellence in Research: Improved Understanding of the Changing Seasonality and Magnitude of Precipitation Extremes in the Eastern United States," Dr. Dhakal developed and applied innovative statistical approaches to estimate the frequency, magnitude and seasonality of extreme precipitation events over the eastern United States.

What Others Have to say About the Impact of Dr. Dhakal's Work

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Dr. Dhakal has shown both depth and breadth in his research. In my opinion, his records exceed that of typical associate professor at other comparable colleges.

"An often-overlooked component in a strong candidate for tenure or promotion is evidence of mentoring students in research. Dr. Dhakal has demonstrated excellence in this respect, supervising 19 student research projects resulting in 16 local/regional conference presentations."

"Not only are his publications of the highest quality, but some of the journals in which he has published are among the top in the field. Another important aspect of his publications is his research findings have been published in diverse venues. Which

End of Quote means that his research has been broadly recognized for its quality and promise.

 

 

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
Spelman College
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Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
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