Monmouth College officially welcomed new personnel at the start of the fall semester, including 15 full-time faculty.
Full-time faculty members who are beginning tenure track positions as assistant professors at Monmouth this fall include:
• Erika Buhring is a new member of the educational studies department. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College. Her master’s degree and Ph.D. are from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
• Tim Gaster will work in the modern foreign languages department as a professor of Spanish. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ohio State University and his Ph.D. earlier this year from the University of Illinois-Chicago .
• Anika Hagley, who earned her undergraduate degree in England, has joined the political science department. She recently received her Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo, which is where she earlier received her master’s.
• Diana Ruggiero will teach Spanish. She earned all three of her degrees, including her Ph.D. this year, from Ohio State University.
• Brice Seifert is another new member of the educational studies department. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois, his master’s at Northwest Missouri State University and his Ph.D. at Washington State University.
• Tim Stiles, who joins the physics department, also studied at Grinnell. He earned his bachelor’s degree there in 1998 and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
• Carmen Turner, the third new member of MC’s educational studies department, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University in 1990 and 2003, respectively. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Memphis last year.
• Kate Zittlow Rogness has joined the communication studies department. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her Ph.D. from the University of Denver.
Faculty members hired as leave replacements or in non-tenure track positions include Christopher Annear (sociology and anthropology); Eleanor Beach (philosophy and religious studies); Don Blaheta (mathematics and computer science); Ben Costello (classics); Erin Kennelly (modern foreign languages); Tim Lacy (history); and Lee Miller (political economy and commerce).
New or recently added full-time members of Monmouth College’s staff include: Cindy Beadles, counseling; Patricia Cook, office services; Rudy Cope, admission; Lonnie Giddings, trades; and William Trimble, Jr., physical plant.
The newest member of MC’s staff will start on Sept. 27. Hannah Reagor has accepted the position of assistant director of annual giving. One of her main duties will be to manage the college’s team of phonathon callers, who are a key component of raising money for the annual fund.
Currently employed by the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation, Reagor is a 2007 graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in event planning and marketing/management.