Carleton College Announces Faculty Promotions

May 23, 2017

The Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of four faculty members, from associate professor to professor, effective September 1, 2017.

Amy Csizmar Dalal, Professor of Computer Science, joined the Carleton faculty in 2003. She teaches a mix of courses ranging from design-based (software design, human-computer interaction) to systems-based (computer networks, computer security, computer organization and architecture). She also actively integrates academic civic engagement experiences into her work with students. Her research focuses on the end user quality of experience of Internet applications, making networks more responsive to end user needs and preferences. She has published numerous articles and has been awarded two patentes for her work. Outside the College, Csizmar Dalal works to broaden participation in computer science among traditionally underrepresented groups, including women in computing. Csizmar Dalal earned her MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and her BS in electrical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame. 

Andrew B. Fisher, Professor of History, teaches both survey and specialized courses in colonial and post-colonial Latin American history since coming to Carleton in 2003 as the College’s first full-time Latin American historian. In all of his courses, Fisher emphasizes the hands-on investigation of historical material, spanning from facsimiles of pre-Hispanic indigenous codices and declassified U.S. government records to original Mexican artwork and Chilean protest photography. He has conducted research in numerous archives and libraries in Mexico, Spain, and the United States in support of multiple projects including work funded by the American Historical Association and the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities. Fisher earned his PhD in Latin American history from the University of California, San Diego, and his BA in history and Latin American studies from Stanford University. 

David Liben-Nowell, Professor of Computer Science, joined the Carleton faculty in 2005 and teaches a wide range of courses in computer science, particularly courses in theoretical computer science related to mathematics, algorithms, and computability. His scholarly work largely focuses on the application of computational modeling and analysis to questions arising in the social sciences, publishing papers on behavioral questions through computational analysis of large-scale digital traces of human decision-making. He also works on problems in algorithmic game theory. In 2017 he will publish a textbook introducing mathematical content crucial to computer science. Liben-Nowell earned a PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from the University of Cambridge. His BA (summa cum laude) was earned in computer science and philosophy from Cornell University. 

David H. Ricks, Professor of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation (PEAR), first came to Carleton in 1993 to serve as an assistant coach for women’s cross country and track & field and as the interim head men’s track & field coach in 2004, later assuming a full-time faculty position in 2005 as the head men’s coach for cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field. Ricks is a stanch advocate of an “academics first” philosophy. His teams at Carleton have received All-Academic status every year since he has led a head coach and his teams are frequently ranked among the top 10 teams nationally in overall GPA. Ricks earned a BS in mathematics and a MS in computer science from Union College (Schenectady, NY). A student-athlete, he was All-American in track & field competing in the decathlon and still holds the school record more than 40 years later. Ricks earned a second MS in business administration from Minnesota State Mankato, where he did extensive graduate work in exercise physiology. 

For more information, contact Beverly Nagel, Dean of the College and Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Sociology, Science, Technology, and Society, at (507) 222-4303.