COLA Connections Newsletter: October 2014

New Faculty & Staff Welcomed into the College of Liberal Arts

The 2014 faculty and staff fall semester kickoff meeting proved to be an inspiring end to a successful orientation week.

In addition to the over 125 new first-year and transfer students entering the College this fall, we welcomed 18 new faculty members and 12 new staff members into our community. These new faculty members come from all over the globe and bring an incredibly impressive amount of expertise to the college. Each of them carry a variety of degrees from top schools and are involved in countless projects that are bringing fresh perspectives to their area of study.

Ann Howard, our Senior Associate Dean who led the meeting, said this was a “very exciting group of new scholars” in her introductory remarks. The list includes Eddery Lam and Nikolaus Robalino in Economics, Katherine Morrissey and Emily Prud’hommeaux in English, Phil Shaw in the University Writing Program, Michael Brown and Mary Beth Kitzel in History, Zhong Chen, Solene C. Inceoglu, and Kévin Le Blévec in Modern Languages & Cultures, Rebecca DeRoo and Juilee Decker in Performing Arts & Visual Culture, Hun Chung and Ryan Johnson in Philosophy, A. Eleanor Chand-Matzke and Paula Chase in Psychology, Nathan Fisk in Public Policy, and finally Courtney Kurlanska in Sociology & Anthropology.

Furthermore, we also welcomed several new staff members into the College. Leslie Weber is a Sr. Staff Assistant in the Dean’s Office, while Kelly Ditzel and Rita Miccichi joined the Office of Student Services as Sr. Staff Assistant and Sr. Scheduling Assistant, respectively. The Department of Criminal Justice welcomed seven new staff members, with Jeff Clark, Lisa Clark, Michelle Comeau, John Huntzinger, Ed Minardo, Jessica Nahil, and Ashley Vasquez all taking on roles with the Center for Public Safety Initiatives. Charlene Reagan recently started as the Program Assistant for the Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), while Jennifer Weil acts as the program’s Director.

Finally, we introduced two faculty in their new roles as department chairs. Jeff Wagner is now the Chair of the Department of Economics, while Uli Linke chairs the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, which houses the Sociology & Anthropology and International & Global Studies degree programs, as well as countless minors and immersions. The College of Liberal Arts is in great shape to provide some fresh expertise in its many departments. We’ve never looked better!