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Two awarded tenure at Beloit College

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Beloit College board of trustees approved the tenure and promotion of two faculty members during its spring meeting on Friday, Feb. 6.

Kathryn Johnson and Diep Phan are both active scholars, celebrated teachers and advisers, as well as professors who have been highly involved on campus and in the Beloit community. In order to gain tenure at Beloit, faculty are evaluated on their teaching and professional development (including publications, research and scholarship). Unlike at other institutions, Beloit candidates for tenure are also evaluated on their work advising students and other contributions made to the college and community.

More on Drs. Johnson and Phan:

Kathryn Johnson, associate professor of biology, earned her B.S. in chemistry at Beloit College and her Ph.D. in molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt University. Since joining the faculty, she has taught courses in human biology, zoology, neurobiology, and human anatomy and physiology. Her physiological research, which examines how hormones regulate blood glucose levels in healthy and obese animals, has been published in a number of scientific journals.  

Johnson is also active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and her work in this field has received national awards through the American Physiological Association. On campus, she has taken a leadership role in promoting community-­based science education. In addition to revitalizing the Girls and Women in Science program, a week long science conference for local sixth grade girls, their parents and teachers, Johnson is the founder of Family Discovery Night.  With primary sponsorship from the Kerry Corporation, this annual event brings more than 1,000 members of the community --children and adults-- to campus for an evening of science learning and fun.

Diep Phan, associate professor of economics, holds a B.A. in economics from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to principles of economics, Diep teaches the economics of globalization, economic development, international business, trade, and finance, and Southeast Asian economies. Phan’s scholarly research looks at the impact of distortions in factor markets (land, capital and labor) on human capital returns and investments, such as education. She focuses on the economy of Vietnam, where despite reform and liberalization of many output markets, the government continues to control factor markets. Her work has been published in several economic journals.  

Last summer, Diep, along with four Beloit College student researchers, traveled to Mai Chau, Vietnam, to study the impact of community tourism on poverty and inequality. Closer to home, Diep has made a significant contribution to the quality of life on campus and in our community through her leadership in the founding and running of the Little Turtles Playhouse Daycare Cooperative.