Three Faculty Awarded Tenure
The Wesleyan University Board of Trustees
affirmed the promotion with tenure, effective July 1, 2008, of the following
members of the faculty:
Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance, was appointed as an
assistant professor of dance at Wesleyan in 2001. Prior, she was a visiting
assistant professor and interim chair at Antioch College, an adjunct
assistant professor at Hunter College and a graduate teaching fellow at Ohio
State University. Kolcio was awarded a University Fellowship and was honored
for Top Graduate Research in the Fine Arts at Ohio State University and has
been the recipient of numerous grants including an artist-in-residence grant
from the Kobzarska Sich Ukranian Bandura Music Summer Program. A presenter
of many invited lectures, panels and performances, she has also conducted
choreographic research at Wesleyan, the Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors La
Casita Festival, Wittenberg College, and Duke University, in addition to
Kolcio's scholarship is focused on social somatic theory, the role of
somatic creative experience in practices of knowledge production, namely
pedagogy, research methodology and technology.
Having earned certificates in both Ukrainian Studies and Ukrainian Dance,
Kolcio then received an M.A. in political science at the University of
Georgia, an M.A. in dance and a Ph.D. in cultural studies/somatics at the
Ohio State University.
Edward Moran, associate professor of astronomy, joined the Wesleyan
faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor of astronomy. Previously, he
served as a Distinguished Visitor at the Yale Center for Astronomy and
Astrophysics, a Chandra Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the
University of California, Berkeley, an IGPP Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and as an engineer in the Space
Science Division of the Perkin-Elmer Corporation. Moran has received many
Telescope Time Awards including 12 orbits (19 hours) on the Hubble Space
Telescope, two nights on the Kitt Peak 4m telescope, and 29 nights on the
MDM 1.3m telescope. A member of the American Astronomical Society, the High
Energy Astrophysics Division of the AAS, and of the Astronomical Society of
the Pacific, Moran has presented research talks at a number of institutions
including the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia and Harvard
Universities, the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Cruz), the
University of Maryland and California Institute of Technology.
His area of specialization includes cosmic x-ray background radiation,
obscured active galactic nuclei, black holes in the nuclei of dwarf
galaxies, and the nature of power source in LINER galaxies.
Moran earned a B.S. in astronomy/physics at the Pennsylvania State
University, an M.A. in astronomy and a Ph.D. in astronomy at Columbia
ClŠudia Tatinge Nascimento,
associate professor of theater, has been an
assistant professor of theater at Wesleyan since 2001 and affiliated with
Wesleyan's Latin American Studies Program since 2002. Among her most recent
awards, Nascimento received a Consulate General of Brazil in New York Arts
Grant for her professional staging of Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues'
short stories in that city. She is a recipient of research fellowships from
Wesleyan University's Center for the Humanities and Freie Universitšt
Berlin, and a member of the American Society for Theater Research, the
International Federation for Theater Research, the Latin American Studies
Association, and the Brazilian Studies Association.
Her teaching, directing and scholarly research interests lie in
intercultural and avant-garde performance, the intersection of ritual and
performance, and in Brazilian theater.
Nascimento earned an Acting Conservatory Degree at Casa das Artes de
Laranjeiras, a B.A. in acting at Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, an M.A. in
theater arts from the University of Akron and a Ph.D. in theater and drama
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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