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New Faculty Roll Call 2010-2011

Publication Date: 8/23/2010

Mark Carl Behr joins the Department of English as associate professor. He is a novelist whose work has been translated into ten languages and has received awards in Africa, Europe and the U.S. He holds a B.A. in English and B.A. in politics (honors) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He received an M.A. in international peace studies and English literature as well as an M.F.A. in literature and fiction writing from the University of Notre Dame. In 2005, he received the Manuel Lujan Sr. Award for Excellence in Academics and Teaching at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has for the past eight years served as associate professor of world literature and fiction writing. He serves annually as visiting writer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Erin Bodine joins the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as assistant professor. She received a B.S. in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College and is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at the University of Tennessee. Her dissertation topic is “Optimal Control of Species Augmentation.” Her teaching and research interests include mathematical biology and ecology, optimal control and applied mathematics.  She has taught courses in computer literacy for mathematics, mathematical reasoning, and math for life sciences.

Michael Collins joins the Department of Biology as assistant professor. He received his B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona, M.S. in biological science from Florida State University, and Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Tennessee. He most recently served as assistant professor at Hampden-Sydney College.

Liz Daggett joins the Department of Art as assistant professor. She holds a B.A. in communications from The University of Memphis and an M.F.A. in radio, television, and film (documentary production) from the University of North Texas. In addition to her responsibilities as assistant professor of art, she will remain the director for the Center for Outreach and Development of the Arts (CODA) at Rhodes.

Donald Jellerson joins the Department of English as assistant professor. He received his B.A. in English literature from the University of Washington and M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation was titled “Ghost Complaint: Historiography, Gender, and the Return of the Dead in Elizabethan Literature.” Jellerson’s teaching interests include early modern literature, gender and sexuality, and film.

Stephanie Moussalli joins the Department of Economics and Business as assistant professor. She received her B.S. in anthropology from the University of Oregon; B.S. in business administration-accounting, B.A. in French education, M.S. in public administration, and M.A. in history from the University of West Florida; and  Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Mississippi. Her dissertation was titled “Accounting for Government on the Frontier From the Late 19th to the Early 20th Centuries: A Study of the Fiscal and Accounting Effects of Statehood in Arizona and New Mexico.” She most recently served as assistant professor of accounting at the University of South Alabama.

Mark Newman joins the Department of Philosophy as assistant professor. He received his B.A. in philosophy from California State University, Sacramento and M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. His dissertation was titled, “Beyond Structural Realism,” and he is currently working on a unified theory of scientific progress. His areas of specialization include philosophy of science, epistemology, and metaphysics of science. He most recently served as assistant professor of philosophy at University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Brad Osborn joins the Department of Music as assistant professor. He received his B.S. in music education from Missouri State University and M.M. in music theory from Florida State University. He received a Ph.D. in music theory in Spring 2010 from the University of Washington. His dissertation topic was “Beyond Verse and Chorus: Epterimental Formal Structures in Post-Millennial Rock Music.” He has taught courses in music theory and aural skills.

Margaret McColley joins the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as visiting assistant professor. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. in French and history from Rutgers University and M.A. in French language and literature from the University of Virginia. Her areas of specialization are 19th and 20th  century French and Francophone literature and culture, and her teaching and research interests include travel writing and transnational identity, colonial Studies, and environmental studies. She most recently served as visiting assistant professor of French at the College of William and Mary. 

Evelyn Perry joins the Department of Anthropology and Sociology as assistant professor. She received her B.A. in sociology from Colorado College and M.A. in sociology from Indiana University, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology. Her dissertation is titled, “Race in Place: Evaluating the Promise of Residential Integration.” Her teaching and research interests include community and urban sociology, culture, social theory, and racial and ethnic relations.

Vanessa Rogers joins the Department of Music as assistant professor. She received her B.M.E. in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University and M.A. and Ph. D. in music history and literature from the University of Southern California with a dissertation titled, “Writing Plays ‘In the Sing-Song Way’: Henry Fielding’s Ballad Operas and Early Musical Theater in Eighteenth-Century London.” She served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford, and she most recently was an assistant professor of music at Wabash College. She currently is working on a book on ballad opera and early English musical theatre, for which she received a Folger Library Fellowship in 2007.

Seth Rudy joins the Department of English as assistant professor. He received his B.F.A. in film and television production and M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from New York University. His dissertation was titled, “The Circle of Arts, the Compass of Nature: Generic Change and the Pursuit of ‘Complete’ Knowledge in Britain 1620-1798.” 

David Rupke joins the Department of Physics as assistant professor. He received a B.S. in physics from Calvin College and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland. He most recently served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. His teaching and research interests include quantum mechanics, relativity, electricity and magnetism, mechanics, gravity and nuclear physics.

Roberto de la Salud Bea joins the Department of Chemistry as assistant professor. He received his B.S. and M.S. in organic chemistry from the University of Valencia, Spain and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Nebraska. He most recently served as postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at University of Michigan.

Steven Samaras joins the Department of Economics and Business as assistant professor. He received his B.B.A. in managerial accounting from Loyola University of Chicago, MBA in strategic management from Northern Illinois University, and Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Nebraska. His dissertation was titled, “Competing Upstream: Inbound Logistics as a Source of Competitive Advantage.” He most recently served as assistant professor at Longwood University where he taught courses in business policy, business ethics, and entrepreneurship.

Valerie Smith joins the Department of Chemistry as a visiting assistant professor. She received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Clemson University and B.S. in chemistry from Wheeling Jesuit University. She most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Imaging Probe Development Center.

Francesca Tronchin joins the Department of Art as assistant professor. She received her B.A. in ancient studies and archaeology from Smith College and M.A. and Ph.D.in art history from Boston University. Her dissertation was titled, “An Eclectic Locus Artis: The Casa di Octavius Quartio in Pompeii.” Her research interests include ancient Roman collecting practices as well as domestic architecture and decoration in the Roman world.” She served as visiting assistant professor at The Ohio State University where she taught Art of the Ancient World, Classical Archaeology, Roman Sculpture and Topography of Augustan Rome.

Jui-Chien (Grace) Wang joins the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as an instructor. She holds an M.Ed. in pedagogical studies, physical education from National Taiwan Normal University and TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) from the Chinese Language Education Association. She was previously a visiting foreign language teaching associate at Rhodes, sponsored by ALLEX (Alliance for Language Learning and Educational Exchange) and IIE (Institute of International Education).

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