Two new professors join STIA, two more to be hired

The Science, Technology, and International Affairs major in the School of Foreign Service has hired two new professors in the past two years and will be looking to hire two more full-time professors.

“[STIA] is expanding for a couple of reasons. One is that it seems to be a growth area for the SFS and the University, combining science and technology with international affairs … and we’ve also grown to be the second largest major in the SFS, and that is with a relatively small faculty,” STIA Program Director Tim Beach said.

According to Beach, the hires come on the tail of losses of core STIA faculty.

“We lost a remarkable man, Carl Dahlman, who left us last year, but he’s gone on to be head of research for the BRICS at the OECD in Paris, so it was a loss for us but a gain for the world, the way I see it,” remarked Beach. According to Beach, Professor Charles Weiss, distinguished professor and core faculty of STIA for over fifteen years, will also be retiring from full-time teaching after the spring.

Professors Mark Giordano and Emily Mendenhall joined STIA this year, raising the core pool of STIA faculty to six. Giordano taught his first course, STIA-330: Green Revolutions, this fall, and Mendenhall will teach her first course, STIA-341: Global Health Politics and Policy, in the spring.

“I think [Georgetown] is a good fit … there hasn’t been a global health person previously in the SFS,” Mendenhall said. “Global health exists at Georgetown but in a sort of decentralized way. It exists in the biology department, it exists in the NHS… I’m hoping that we’ll provide opportunity to [unify it].”

The two fields Beach seeks to further hire faculty in are innovation and climate change, for both of which STIA has already been interviewing candidates.

Beach noted that STIA will continue to rely on adjunct professors as key members of STIA.

“The model has been to decrease the number of adjuncts. … We’re doing that to some degree, but given the incredible resources of this region, it would be a mistake to not be able to utilize those resources,” Beach said.

“In many cases, we have the idea that adjuncts are people who are trying to piece together a whole bunch of jobs just to give themselves enough money to live,” he added. “But the folks [in STIA] we’re talking about, none of them need to teach. They [teach] because they want a connection to students.”

Additional reporting by Kenneth Lee

Photo: Jordan Smith/Georgetown Voice

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