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Eskew, Porter Receive Tenure and Promotion

Professors Nita Eskew and Traci Porter have received tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor at Salem College, according to Ann McElaney-Johnson, dean of the college and vice president for academic and student affairs. Eskew, associate professor of chemistry and director of the Women in Science and Mathematics...

Professors Nita Eskew and Traci Porter have received tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor at Salem College, according to Ann McElaney-Johnson, dean of the college and vice president for academic and student affairs.

Eskew, associate professor of chemistry and director of the Women in Science and Mathematics (WISM) Program at Salem, earned her bachelor’s of science degree and her doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before entering academic life as an assistant professor at Salem in 2001, Eskew held increasingly responsible supervisory and laboratory positions with the Bayer Corporation in Goose Creek, SC. While at Salem she has taught on topics such as organic and biochemistry, medicinal plants, spectroscopy, green design and chemistry and art. Her research currently focuses on the biochemical properties of American ginseng, a medicinal plant native to North Carolina. A member of the American Chemical Society, she won Salem’s H. A. Pfohl Award in 2008 for teaching excellence. She has presented at professional meetings and published papers. She has also served on numerous College committees, including the Faculty Advisory Board, Coordinating Committee, Academic Council and Graduate Programs study group, along with serving as the faculty sponsor of the Salem College chapter of SAACS (Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society) since 2005.

Porter, associate professor of biology, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and her doctorate in biopsychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She did postdoctoral research jointly at the Department of Biology of the University of Maryland at College Park, and the Conservation Biology Department of the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. She joined Salem College as assistant professor in 2002. Before coming to Salem, she taught at schools including the University of Maryland at College Park; the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md; and the University of Wisconsin−Madison. Her current research addresses reproductive and pollination behavior in bats. Her membership in professional societies includes the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the Animal Behavior Society and the Botanical Society of America, and she acts as Salem’s faculty sponsor for Beta Beta Beta (biological honor society). While at Salem College she has served on various committees including Academic Council, Faculty Advisory Board and Coordinating Committee. Her articles have been published in periodicals such as the Journal of Zoology and the American Journal of Primatology.