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BC Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members for 2012-13


Bridgewater College welcomes 13 new full-time faculty members for the 2012-13 academic year. The faculty members, who will arrive on campus in late-August for faculty meetings prior to the start of classes on Aug. 28, will join the departments of biology, economics and business administration, education, foreign languages, health and human sciences, history, mathematics and computer science, music, philosophy and religion, and physics.  

The new faculty members, announced by Carol A. Scheppard, vice president and dean for academic affairs, are as follows:

Tamara Johnstone-Yellin joins the biology department as assistant professor. She received a B.S. in biology from the University of Puget Sound and an M.S. in natural resource science and a Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource science from Washington State University.

Karie Barbour joins the department of economics and business administration as assistant professor of economics. She earned B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Tennessee.

The department of education welcomes Jennie Carr as assistant professor of elementary education, and Joe Hill as instructor of education. Carr earned a B.S. in liberal studies from Bridgewater College, a master of education in elementary curriculum and instruction from Eastern Mennonite University and Ed. D. in curriculum and teaching from Northcentral University. Hill received a B.S. in secondary education and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction, both from West Virginia University.

Joining the department of foreign languages as instructor of Spanish is Mahan Ellison. He received a B.A. in Spanish from Furman University and is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky.

Donna Hancock joins the department of health and human sciences as assistant professor. She earned her B.S. in agriculture economics and business management and an M.S. in community and leadership development, both from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in child and family development from the University of Georgia.

The department of history welcomes two new members – Michelle Brock as assistant professor of European history and Christopher Versen as assistant professor of U.S. history. Brock received a B.S. in humanities and western civilization from the University of Kansas and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas. Versen earned a B.S. in political science and history and an M.A. in European intellectual history, both from James Madison University, and a Ph.D. in American intellectual history from Florida State University.

Joining the department of mathematics and computer science are Vincent Capaccio as visiting professor of computer science and Vickie Denlinger as instructor of mathematics. Capaccio earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from James Madison University. Denlinger received a B.S. in elementary education from Bridgewater College and a master of education in mathematics education from James Madison University.

John McCarty joins the department of music as assistant professor and director of choral music. He received a B.A. in vocal music education and performance from the University of St. Thomas, a master of music in choral conducting from the University of Minnesota and a doctor of musical arts, choral conducting pedagogy and literature from James Madison University.

Joining the department of philosophy and religion is Nancy Klancher as assistant professor. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Boston University and a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

The department of physics welcomes Aaron Miller as assistant professor. He earned a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in physics from The Pennsylvania State University.

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