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New faculty brings 'wealth of experiences'

08/22/2017
MONMOUTH, Ill. – The Monmouth College community welcomes a team of 24 new faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year, bolstering an already strong faculty.

“We are quite fortunate this year to have a very talented, excited and well-trained group of new faculty joining us,” said Dean of Faculty David Timmerman. “They bring a wealth of experiences, significant diversity and a strong desire to be integral members of our community. I look forward to working with them and watching them work with our students and the rest of our campus community.”

Three of the new faculty members already have Monmouth ties. Richard Harrod, a part-time professor teaching integrated studies, is a 2007 Monmouth graduate. Assistant professors Tamara La Prad of educational studies and Ron Zank of theatre were visiting assistant professors at Monmouth last year.

After graduating from Monmouth, Harrod received a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Chicago. He is the founder of and a contributor to “Al-Tārīkh Blog: A Blog on Modern Middle Eastern History.”

Zank earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s degree in theatre from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a doctorate in theatre from the University of Missouri.

La Prad earned her bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University and a master of education degree in social foundations from the University of Virginia.

Also new in La Prad’s department is Jennifer Dickens, who will serve as assistant director of teacher education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in literacy education from Northern Illinois University. Prior to coming to Monmouth College, she was an ESL kindergarten teacher in the Monmouth-Roseville school system.

The music department welcomes two sets of married couples, Andrew Dziuk and Stacy Dziuk, who join the faculty after working at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Tom Clark and Solee Lee-Clark, who come to Monmouth from Muskegon (Mich.) Community College.

The Dziuks earned their bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Andrew also holds a master of music-trumpet performance from Indiana University and a doctor of musical arts degree in trumpet from the University of Minnesota. Stacy, who will serve as director of instrumental activities, earned her master of music degree and a doctor of musical arts degree in bassoon performance/music education and woodwind pedagogy from the University of Minnesota.

Tom Clark received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Mansfield (Pa.) University and a master of music in choral conducting from Central Michigan University. Solee, who will serve as a piano instructor and staff accompanist, earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Kangnam University in South Korea, a master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California and a doctor of musical arts degree from West Virginia University.

The modern languages, literatures and cultures department has three new members. Visiting Assistant Professor Francisco Ángeles and Assistant Professor Jennifer Thorndike both did their undergraduate work in Peru and hold master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Ángeles earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and has his graduate degrees in Hispanic studies. Thorndike earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising at Instituto Peruano de Publicidad and has graduate degrees in Hispanic and Portuguese studies. Last year, she was an Hispanic and Portuguese department instructor the University of Pennsylvania, while Ángeles was a lecturer at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) College.

Wenhong Teel earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature and a master’s degree in East Asian languages and cultures from the University of Illinois. She also teaches Chinese and Japanese at Western Illinois University.

The psychology department has three new members. Assistant Professor Tara McCoy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State (Minn.) University. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from the University of California-Riverside. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she was a visiting assistant professor at Metropolitan State.

Assistant Professor Kateryna Sylaska received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in general psychology from Northern Arizona University. She also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology with an emphasis on social psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Last year, she was a visiting assistant professor at Reed (Ore.) College.

Visiting Assistant Professor William Zingrone earned an associate degree in chemistry from McHenry County (Ill.) College, then studied at Northern Illinois University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree and doctorate in psychology. Most recently, he served as an assistant professor at Murray State (Ky.) University.

Monmouth’s art department welcomes Scott Page and Janis Wunderlich from Ashland (Ohio) University. Page earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Utah State University and a master’s degree in photography from The Ohio State University. Wunderlich, who will serve as an assistant professor, received a bachelor of fine arts degree in ceramics from Brigham Young University and an master of fine arts degree in ceramics from The Ohio State University.

Assistant Professor Robert Hinck and part-time instructor Sara Kitsch have joined the communication studies department from Texas A&M University, where they were graduate teaching assistants. Hinck has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese relations from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in communications from Central Michigan University and a doctorate from Texas A&M. Kitsch received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in speech communication from Central Michigan University. She holds a doctorate in philosophy from Texas A&M’s Department of Communication.

The College’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has two new assistant professors – Trevor Richards and Robert Utterback. Richards, who comes from Washington and Lee (Va.) University, studied at the University of Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate, all in mathematics. Utterback earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Truman State (Mo.) University. He received a doctorate in computer science from Washington (Mo.) University.

There are also two new assistant professors in Monmouth’s Political Science Department – Andre Audette and Michael Nelson. Audette earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, justice and peace studies from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and his master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Notre Dame. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Notre Dame during the 2016-17 academic year.

Nelson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California-San Diego and his master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of California-Berkeley. He served as chair of the African Studies Department at Wesleyan (Conn.) University prior to coming to Monmouth.

Also new to the faculty are Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Ermine Algaier and Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics Jennifer Martinez-Morales.

Algaier earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Youngstown (Ohio) State University, his master’s in philosophy from Brock (Ontario) University and a doctorate in religious studies from Temple (Pa.) University. He comes to Monmouth from Harvard Divinity School, where he was a postdoctoral fellow.

Martinez-Morales earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Puerto Rico and then studied at the University of Liverpool (England), where she received a master’s degree in archaeology and a doctorate in classics and ancient history. Most recently, she was a university teacher in Liverpool’s Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology Department.