Four Faculty Members Earn Tenure in 2013

The Bowdoin College Board of Trustees voted Feb. 8 to promote four Bowdoin faculty members to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2013. Those faculty members are: Sarah Conly (philosophy), Mark Foster (English), Doris Santoro (education) and Jill Smith (German).





About the promoted faculty members:

Sarah Conly

Sarah Conly

Sarah Conly, a philosophy scholar specializing in ethics and moral psychology, is the author of Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and is at work on another, One Child: Do We Really Have a Right to More? She has published widely in scholarly journals, including the articles “The Right to Procreation: Merits and Limits” in American Philosophical Quarterly, April 2005; “Seduction, Rape, and Coercion” in Ethics, October 2004; and several other peer-reviewed articles.

Having earned her B.A. at Princeton and her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Cornell, Conly now shares her expertise with Bowdoin students through courses such as Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Utilitarianism and its Critics, Bioethics, The Good Life and Moral Problems.

Conly is the recipient of several fellowships including a Faculty Research Fellowship at the University of St. Andrews Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs; Harvard University Faculty Research Fellowship at the Safra Center for Ethics, and National Institute for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, among others.

She has served on the College’s Recording Committee and Judicial Board, and has contributed to interdisciplinary collaborations among various departments and programs.


Mark Foster

Mark Foster

Mark Foster, a scholar of 20th Century American, African American, and gay and lesbian literature, also delves deeply into interracial narratives and literary memoirs.

He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and chapters in edited volumes, and a book manuscript in progress, Waking Up with the Enemy: Postwar African American Literature and the Ethics of Interracial Intimacy.  Foster is also a published creative writer, with a volume of short stories in press.

Foster earned his B.A. at Wheaton College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Brown. His courses include African American Writers and the Short Story, James Baldwin, African American Fiction: (Re) Writing Black Masculinities, Interracial Narratives, The Real Life of Literature and Introduction to LGBTQ Fiction.

Foster is the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, the Joe Weixlmann Award for the Year’s Best Essay in 20th Century African American Literature in African American Review, and Bowdoin research and leave fellowships, among others.

Foster has been elected to the College’s Governance and Faculty Affairs Committee, appointed to the Advisory Committee for a Diverse Community and the Fellowships and Scholarships Committee, and has contributed to interdisciplinary program committees.


Doris Santoro

Doris Santoro

Doris Santoro specializes in the experiences of teachers and teacher motivation; the moral, ethical, and political implications of particular pedagogical stances such as social justice education and student-centered teaching. She is the author of many peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals, as well as a book chapter and numerous refereed conference papers. Santoro’s works in progress on teacher resilience and on teaching as a feminized profession have already generated scholarly attention.

She earned her B.A. at the University of Rochester and her Ed.D. at Columbia. Her courses include Educating All Students; Adolescents in School; Contemporary American Education; Education and the Human Condition; Gender, Sexuality and Schooling; Student Teaching Practicum; and Senior Seminar: Analysis of Teaching and Learning.

Santoro is the recipient of several Bowdoin research and leave fellowships, a FAME Faculty Fellowship from the Maine Campus Compact, and a William H. Kilpatrick Award in Philosophy and Education, among others.

Santoro has been appointed to numerous College committees, including the Curriculum Implementation Committee, Research Oversight Committee, Student Affairs Committee and the Health Professions Advising Committee. She has also contributed to the Gender and Women’s Studies Program Committee.


Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is a scholar of 19th- and  20th-century German literature, intellectual history, and culture; German-Jewish studies; fin-de-siècle Berlin and Vienna; and the  popular fiction, art, and film of the Weimar Republic. She is the author of the forthcoming book Berlin Coquette: Prostitution, New Womanhood and Desire in the German Capital (Cornell University Press) and several articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous book reviews, conference presentations, and colloquia.

She earned her B.A. at Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Indiana University. Smith’s courses include German Language and Literature courses; From Flowers of Evil to Pretty Woman: Prostitutes in Modern Western Culture; Berlin: 1918 to the Present; German Literature and Culture since 1945; Global Germany?; and Introduction to German Literature and Culture.

Smith received the 2010 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, a Fulbright Junior Research Grant to Berlin, several Bowdoin research and leave fellowships, and a Women in German Dissertation Prize, among other honors.

Smith has served on the College’s Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee and has contributed to the German Department’s “Do Deutsch” program as well as to interdisciplinary programs.


  1. Christopher Hanks '68 says:

    Based on Cass Sunstein’s extended and carfeful review of Professor Conly’s book,,
    it sounds like Professor Conly has constructed a very clever way to defend the idea that, when considering the proper role of government, the ends can justify the means.

    Let’s hope there are students at Bowdoin who are debating among themselves (and with Professor Conly) about whether her ideas really do hold water.

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