Committed Teachers and Scholars
Faculty are at the core of Lafayette. They are noted scholars and researchers on the frontier of learning, and have dedicated their lives to teaching and actively working with undergraduates. They inspire their students to a lifetime of learning and leading through intense personal mentoring in the classroom, in the field or laboratory, and beyond.
Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci did not always want to be a teacher. “When I started college, I majored in economics and Spanish with the idea of becoming some sort of international financier,” says the associate professor of foreign languages and literatures. It was not until Geoffrion-Vinci served as a teaching assistant for a Spanish class that she [...]
With a single witticism, any who dared overstep the bounds of conformity were summarily cast back to their proper place in society. A withering comment on yesterday’s political blog? A snarky Facebook posting circa 2011? No, it’s the writings and sayings of 17th century France, the milieu of Roxanne Lalande, professor of foreign languages and [...]
If given the choice offered to Neo in The Matrix, Gary Gordon, professor of mathematics, would likely choose the blue pill. He appreciates a finely constructed matrix, thank you very much. Gordon’s upcoming book, tentatively titled Matroids: A Geometric Approach, examines matrices, networks, and their points of connection. Written in collaboration with Professor Jennifer McNulty [...]
Retiring faculty members William J. Collins, associate professor of computer science, and Ann V. McGillicuddy-DeLisi, Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Psychology, have been elected to emeritus status and will be recognized at the 176th Commencement on May 21. Read more Commencement coverage Collins, who served as head of computer science from 1990 through 2004, has [...]
For David Nice, associate professor of physics, passion for his field came naturally. “I’ve always been interested in how things work and physics is all about how things work at the most fundamental level,” he says. “I love astrophysics research in particular because it often involves simple, straightforward physical ideas, but we can learn fundamental [...]