Faculty Tenure Decisions Announced at Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Four faculty members at Holy Cross have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

Mary E. Hobgood, of the religious studies department, earned a bachelor's degree from Fordham University, a M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Temple University. A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1994, Hobgood has served on the Committee for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies and the Committee on Faculty Affairs.  She is also a member of the faculty/student/chaplain advisory committee of the New England Welfare Reform Initiative (NEWRI), housed at Holy Cross.  Hobgood is the author of the forthcoming Dismantling Privilege: An Ethics of Accountability (Pilgrim Press, 2000) and Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Theory: Paradigms in Conflict (Temple University Press, 1991) and co-editor of Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques (Pilgrim Press, 1999).  She is a resident of Cambridge.

Jane M. Van Doren, of the chemistry department, received a bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She conducted post-doctoral research at Boston College and Awrodyne Research Inc.; she also was an Air Force geophysics scholar at Phillips Laboratory and a research chemist (on contract) at Hanscom Air Force Base.  Van Doren is the recipient of several awards and fellowships.  A member of the Holy Cross faculty since 1993, Van Doren has served on several committees at Holy Cross, including the Committee on Fellowships, Research and Publication, the Environmental Studies Minor Committee and the selection committee for the Avon Scholarship.  She resides in Acton.

Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., of the history department, earned his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.  He received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, a Licence en Philosophie from the Institut Supérieur de Théologie et de Philosophie de la Compagnie de Jésus, Paris, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Weston School of Theology.  Fr. Worcester was one of five co-curators of the recent exhibition at Boston College, Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image.  An assistant professor at Holy Cross since 1994, he is active in several professional associations.  Fr. Worcester is the author of Seventeenth-Century Discourse: France and the Preaching of Bishop Camus (Mouton de Gruyter, 1997).  He is a resident of Worcester.

De-Ping Yang, of the physics department, earned his bachelor's degree from Nanjing University, China, and both a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.  Before joining the faculty at Holy Cross in 1994, he was an assistant professor in residence at the University of Connecticut's department of pharmaceutical sciences.  He is a member of the American Physical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students.  He is currently a member of the Study Abroad Committee and has served on the Committee on Faculty Affairs.  He resides in Auburn.