New tenure-track positions

The faculty committee on academic policies and planning produced at the end of the last academic year a list of eight proposed new tenure-track positions, the first step in implementing the president's initiative to lower the student/ faculty ratio to 10:1. With encouraging news from the president about the budget, the committee has authorized four tenure-track searches that will begin immediately in anthropology (focusing on the anthropology of China), sociology (involving a substantial commitment to the sociology of race and ethnicity in an American context), creative writing (poetry), and religion (focusing on African American religion). The faculty will most likely recommend four additional faculty positions next year.

Reed's new faculty members gather on campus

Front Row, left to right: JIM FIX, assistant professor, mathematics; EVGENI BERSHTEIN, assistant professor, Russian; SYLVIA FRANKEL, visiting assistant professor, religion; LUIS PEREZ, visiting assistant professor, Spanish; NAN CURTIS, visiting assistant professor, art; STEPHEN YEZERINAC, visiting assistant professor, biology; MARIA LUISA FISCHER, visiting associate professor, Spanish; MICHAEL FEENER, visiting assistant professor, religion and humanities; CATHERINE KEANE, visiting assistant professor, classics and humanities. Back Row, left to right: HUGH HOCHMAN, assistant professor, French; LESLIE ARMIJO, visiting associate professor, political science; BENJAMIN DAVID, visiting assistant professor, art history and humanities; JAY MELLIES, assistant professor, biology; ARTHUR McCALLA, visiting assistant professor, religion and humanities; MATTHEW NOVAK, visiting assistant professor, psychology; ANTHONY LACCARINO, visiting assistant professor, history; PAULA DESPINS, visiting assistant professor, economics; MICHAEL IRMSCHER, visiting assistant professor, German and humanities. Not Pictured: JAMES BERNHARD, visiting assistant professor of mathematics.


  • 337 freshmen and 49 transfer students
  • From 44 states, D.C., and 10 foreign countries
  • Most from the Northeast, then from the Northwest, and then from California
  • 54% female freshmen; 52% female transfers
  • 19 freshmen valedictorians in their high schools, 50% from top 10 percent of their class, 73% from top 20% of their class
  • Average GPA is 3.7
  • Average combined SAT score is 1345
  • 39 freshmen and 7 transfers are students of color, and 3 are African or African American
  • 58 are the first person in their families to attend college
  • 26 have family ties to Reed

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