Three Faculty Awarded Tenure

Posted 06/25/08
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 other venues.

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 University.

Cláudia 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 Universität 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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