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Cedar Crest College Promotes, Grants Tenure to Professors

Allentown, Pa. (April 16, 2010)—Cedar Crest College held its promotion and tenure ceremony on April 15, during which Amy J. Reese, Ph.D., was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of biological sciences and granted tenure, and Michael Donovan, MBA, associate professor of business management and economics, was granted tenure.


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Reese, of Allentown, has served as an assistant professor of biological sciences at Cedar Crest since 2004 and health professions advisor since 2005. During this time, she has taught courses primarily in the areas of biology and microbiology. Her general research interests include understanding fungal biology and medical mycology at the molecular level, microbial forensics, and general fungal ecology.

Reese is currently co-principal investigator of a four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct collaborative research with undergraduate students. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed publications including Molecular Microbiology and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. She has shared her expertise at venues that range from neighboring universities, such as Kutztown and Wilkes, to international meetings in Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia.

Reese earned her B.A. in chemistry from The College of Wooster and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, and did her postdoctoral training in the department of molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine.

“I accepted the position at Cedar Crest College because of its focus on undergraduate education in the liberal arts tradition, a strong biology department with many faculty, and excellent equipment resources,” she said. “I have stayed at Cedar Crest College because I have made contributions that have been appreciated, and I can be involved in the life of a college in which I believe. Most of all, it brings me joy to inspire young women to get excited about science and learning.”

Donovan, also of Allentown, began at the College in 2004, serving as department chair during his first year. He has had a diverse career and, as such, teaches a wide range of courses, including business ethics; international business; principles of finance; and a public policy course for business students.

Author of the study guide for Operations Management 10th Edition published by Prentice Hall, Donovan has presented extensively at local, national and international conferences, including such venues as the Business & Economics Society International Conference and the Institute for Management Accountants Conference. Focusing on urban and regional development, his research interests emphasize the intersection of economics, political science and sociology.

He has served as executive director of the Greater Portland Economic Development Council, and his private sector experience includes stints at AT&T Communications, Data General Corporation and the Valcom Business Center, where duties included quality control systems, cost-behavior analysis, business-plan development and more. In the field of finance, Mr. Donovan has served as an international investment officer and municipal finance consultant for the Bank of Boston.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars awarded him a Fulbright grant in 2005 to lecture in Chisinau, Moldova, on the development of capitalistic fitness and entrepreneurialism, though he was unable to accept due to family circumstances.

In addition to his teaching, Donovan has been active in local politics, and currently serves as vice president of Allentown City Council. He earned his B.A. in government and legal studies at Bowdoin College and his M.B.A., with honors, in operations/cost control from the Columbia Business School. He also completed all but his dissertation in public policy at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School.

“Cedar Crest College is a gem and a vital asset for the women of the Lehigh Valley, the nation, and beyond,” Donovan said. “Its faculty has educated my two stepdaughters with care and diligence. I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful group of scholars.”

Cedar Crest College Provost Carol Pulham said both Donovan and Reese have been great assets to the campus.

“Michael Donovan and Dr. Amy Reese are both excellent teachers and scholars. Hundreds of students have experienced their positive influence, both inside and outside the classroom,” she said. “I am pleased that the College is awarding tenure to Associate Professor Donovan, and that the College is promoting Dr. Reese to associate professor and awarding her tenure.”



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