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Three SoHE Faculty Earn Tenure

Three faculty in the School of Human Ecology have recently earned tenure for their outstanding accomplishments both within and beyond SoHE. We are thrilled for Marianne Fairbanks of Design Studies, Dr. Fenaba Addo, of Consumer Science, and Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis, of Civil Society and Community Studies.

Carolee Dodge Francis headshotCarolee Dodge Francis, Professor

Dr. Dodge Francis joins the School of Human Ecology’s Civil Society and Community Studies department this spring from Las Vegas, where she served as executive director of the American Indian Research and Education Center since 2006 and taught in the School of Community Health Sciences at University of Nevada–Las Vegas since 2008. Prior to entering academia, she spent more than 25 years as a health consultant and evaluator for Tribal communities nationwide. Her research focus areas over this time have included youth suicide prevention, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, Type 2 diabetes (youth-elder population), obesity, and health disparities of both reservation and urban Native American populations. Dr. Dodge Francis is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation and grew up on the Menominee Reservation.

Fenaba AddoFenaba Addo, Associate Professor

Dr. Fenaba R. Addo is the Lorna Jorgensen Wendt Professor of Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) in the School of Human Ecology’s Department of Consumer Science. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Financial Security, Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Demography and Ecology,  La Follette School of Public Affairs, and Department of Sociology. Her research agenda examines the role of debt and increasing wealth inequality over the past 40 years within communities of color, among economically vulnerable populations in the U.S., and across the life course. I am a social policy researcher whose work is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of family and social demography, economics, and policy analysis. She is currently on leave from UW–Madison for the 2019-2020 academic year, serving as a visiting professor at her alma mater Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Marianne Fairbanks headshotMarianne Fairbanks, Associate Professor

Marianne Fairbanks, of Design Studies, has been a maker for more than 20 years, and her work has come to span three key areas: her solo work, her research into emerging textile technology, and her social practice work, including her Weaving Lab and her accessible weaving project Hello! Loom—all of which inform and support one another. Whether engaging poetic and aesthetic pleasures, utilitarian applications, or political and critical discourse, the unified focus of her work is textiles and the role they will play in the future of our society. She earned her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.