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East Wheelock Residential Cluster Will Enter Second Decade with a New Faculty Associate, Professor Susan J. Brison

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 02/09/06 • Contact Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

Ten years ago, Dartmouth established a new residential option for undergraduate students known as the East Wheelock Residential Cluster, envisioned as an experience that would bring student and teacher together within the context of a shared community to foster intellectual discussion, social relationships and a shared sense of purpose. The role of Faculty Associate was created to provide on-site faculty guidance and mentoring to students, as well as to develop programs specifically designed to encourage intellectual discourse outside the traditional classroom.

Susan J. Brison
Professor Susan J. Brison (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Susan J. Brison, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth, will help lead the East Wheelock Cluster into its second decade following her selection as the next Faculty Associate for the facility. Brison will succeed Professors Ivy Schweitzer and Thomas Luxon of the English Department, who have decided to return to their home in Norwich, Vt. at the conclusion of this academic year following completion of their fifth year as Faculty Associates for the East Wheelock Cluster.

Dean of Residential Life Martin Redman announced the appointment following a search process initiated during the fall term to identify a new Faculty Associate.

In addition to the Faculty Associate, the cluster leadership is composed of a Dean from the First Year Office and various members of Dartmouth's Office of Residential Life including a resident Community Director. Others who have served in the Faculty Associate role prior to Schweitzer and Luxon include Redman, Professor Cleopatra Mathis, and Professors Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer.

"The work of Professors Schweitzer and Luxon can only be categorized as truly outstanding," said Redman. "Their dedication to the students and the goals of the cluster, like that of their predecessors, has allowed the program originally envisioned by former Dean of the College M. Lee Pelton to flourish. The breadth and depth of opportunities offered to residents includes poetry readings, discussions facilitated by various faculty and campus visitors, numerous events highlighting the arts, receptions, dinners, and informal conversations around dessert or pizza at the house. During their tenure as Faculty Associates, interest in the cluster has risen significantly. Currently, room exists for only half of those students who would like to reside in this distinctive environment."

Once Schweitzer and Luxon announced they would be leaving the cluster after the completion of the current academic year, letters were distributed to the Dartmouth faculty soliciting interest and a committee was formed to assist the Office of Residential Life in identifying the next Faculty Associate. "Another testimony to the wonderful work of Ivy and Tom is the fact that a record number of individuals applied for this position," said Redman. "Upon review of the applicants and interviews with a select number of applicants, Susan Brison was felt to be an ideal person to succeed Ivy and Tom."

Brison has been a member of the Department of Philosophy at Dartmouth since 1985. She also teaches in Dartmouth's Program in Women's and Gender Studies and is active in legal studies teaching and programming at the college. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her areas of academic interest and specialization include philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, ethics, and trauma theory.

Brison has received numerous awards for her work and has authored many publications covering her areas of interests. Her book Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self, is available in three languages. Her next book, Speech, Harm and Conflicts of Rights, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.

In addition to her work in philosophy, Brison has been involved in a number of areas that impact students' lives outside the classroom. She is currently a faculty advisor to the women's hockey team, a member of the Tucker Council and the Tucker Foundation's Hurricane Katrina Executive Committee, faculty advisor to the Dartmouth Civil Liberties Union and Dartmouth Undergraduate Law Journal and has been an active participant in the college's Sexual Abuse Awareness Program for more than fifteen years.

Brison has made her home in Thetford, Vt. for the last twelve years and will be moving into the Faculty Associate home in the East Wheelock Cluster late this summer. She will reside there with her husband Thomas Trezise, a professor of French at Princeton University, and their eleven-year-old son Gabriel.

Redman said, "Ivy Schweitzer and Tom Luxon have firmly established the Faculty Associate position as one that makes a difference in students' lives at Dartmouth. I am forever in their debt for the work that they have done, but more importantly I am very proud of relationships that they have fostered with the students in East Wheelock. While their presence will be missed, I am thrilled that Susan Brison has accepted our offer to serve in this role. She and her family will undoubtedly continue the excellent tradition that has been established while adding her experience and expertise to ensure that East Wheelock remains the vibrant community that it is. All of us associated with the cluster look forward to welcoming Susan and her family over the next several months as they move into their home and the life of the cluster."

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