The School is happy to welcome our latest community members, who join this year's cohort of new faculty
. To read more about the School's hiring process, see the information below.
Agnes Bisselle will serve as a residential instructor during Fall Term and the beginning of Winter Term. A recent graduate of William Smith College with a B.A. in media and society, she will assist with coaching, residential house duty and coverage, and provide supervision for in-person classes when remote teaching is required.
Anna Dowell joins the School as a teacher of humanities. She received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University before pursuing a master’s in sociology and anthropology at the American University in Cairo. Her academic interests led her to Duke University, where she earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology this past May. Dowell has taught at Duke, the American University in Cairo, the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, and at the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Scholars Program based in Princeton.
Jonathan Edwards is no stranger to the SPS community, as he was a head of house last year. This year, he shifts his responsibilities to the Mathematics Department. Edwards is a graduate of Colby Sawyer College and Columbia University, where he received his master’s in biobehavioral sciences. A collegiate basketball player, Edwards went on to coach and teach math at several schools, including New Hampton, Fay, and most recently at Vermont Academy, where he served as a class dean and dean of students before moving with his family to St. Paul’s.
Jeffrey Hutter joins the faculty as a teacher of French. He received his bachelor’s in French language and literature and English literature from Loyola University in Chicago. He is currently enrolled in the master’s degree in Applied Languages Program at the Middlebury College School of French and will begin his studies in September 2021. He recently worked at the Lycee Pierre Mendes in France and previously at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University.
Sam Lovett joins the SPS community as assistant chaplain and teacher of humanities. Having received his bachelor of arts degree from Boston College, majoring in history with a minor in Africa and Africa Diaspora studies, Lovett also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University with a certificate in religion and conflict transformation. In his ongoing work in the area of restorative process, Lovett has also held positions as youth ministry administrator for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, as a graduate assistant in the Boston College Campus Ministry Office, and most recently, as assistant chaplain and director of Protestant ministry at the College of the Holy Cross. He has also served in various ministry roles in the United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., Boston, and Concord, N.H.
Marcus Mamourian joins as a teaching assistant in German and a residential instructor. He received a B.A. in comparative literature and German studies from Brown University before receiving an M.A. in comparative literature from Dartmouth. He then spent last year as a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, Germany. Mamourian will assist in teaching all German classes, provide residential duty and coverage, and coach two seasons this school year.
Paul Murray joins the faculty as a teacher of Chinese in the Languages Department. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in French. He then served in the Peace Corps, stationed in Senegal, working as a sustainable agriculture extension agent in the village of Boof Poupoui. After that, he went on to study and work in China for eight years, receiving the Senior Level ICA Chinese Teaching and Certification. Most recently, he served as a teacher of Mandarin at the Ross School.
Entering the 2020-21 school year, the St. Paul’s School faculty and administration is an increasingly diverse group – a result of the established goal to create a representative faculty and community. “All of this is a work in progress over a number of years,” says Vice Rector for Faculty, the Rev. Michael Spencer. “It involves collaboration with a lot of people who are invested in this work to build the ‘Beloved Community’ that Dr. King most often referred to in his vision for the future. This has certainly guided my thinking and work in this role.”
Some highlights and components of these initiatives include:
- Over the past six years, the School’s strategic plan for diversity in faculty recruitment increased the number of faculty of color on the grounds from 18 percent to 27 percent (as of 2019).
- The vice rector for faculty and department heads work together to align departmental requirements and needs with institutional priorities hiring goals.
- The percentage of Black and LatinX faculty of color mirrors the percentage among students for each of these groups.
- Affinity groups, events, and programs are in place and intended to attract and retain faculty of color.
- The School uses a unique assessment protocol designed to mitigate implicit bias in the hiring process. All faculty candidates are screened for prior professional development in the area of cultural competency.
- Yearly DEI professional development is a requirement for every faculty member.
- The School has retained DEI consultant Keith Hinderlie for a series of workshops designed to train faculty on responses to microagressions and concerns raised by the Black@ movement.
- A total of 38 SPS faculty have attended the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference (POCC) each year since 2017 – SPS sends one of the largest faculty cohorts to the conference every year.
- The School requires all faculty members to participate in immersive, off-campus diversity training by the summer of 2022. Nearly 70% have already met this goal, building a community of DEI allies to support this critical work.
This commitment persists in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has garnered the attention of the entire community as the School navigates a new normal on the grounds. “In reality, we are responding to twin pandemics – the coronavirus and the virus of systemic racism,” says Rev. Spencer. “There’s a sense of urgency to affirm our personal and institutional commitments to be part of building the Beloved Community. It is inspiring to see the faculty’s partnership in this work.”