New Hires and Appointments in the School of Arts and Humanities Announced

History

Dr. Kate Mulry, Assistant Professor of American History, joins us with a specialty in Atlantic Studies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton University, and then went on to New York University, where she received her PhD in 2014. Her teaching and research fields include Early American History, Atlantic History and Environmental History. She now joins us from Haverford College, where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Dr. Stephen Allen, Assistant Professor of Latin American History, specializes in sport and masculinities in Mexico. His Bachelor of Science degree was in Communication Disorders, while his master of arts was in history at Temple University. He received his doctorate from Rutgers University and was most recently a Visiting Lecturer at Boise State University.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Dustin Knepp, Associate Professor of Spanish, will come in as both the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and as Interim Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Angelo State University, a Master of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Culture from the University of Texas at San Antonio and doctorate in Spanish, Latin American, Caribbean and US Latino Cultural Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. He comes to us from the University of Central Arkansas, where he was the program director of Latin American and Latino Studies.

Dr. Debra Jackson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, will assist Dr. Knepp by coordinating the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies. Debra provides historical background for the INST program having taken the lead in the Q2S transformation of the INST curriculum. With a research specialty in feminist philosophy, she has taught in and been an advocate for the program since 2002 when it was simply called “Women’s Studies.” She has served as the coordinator of the WGS program, as faculty advisor for Club GEN, and has organized the Gender Matters Symposium for which she received IRA grants in 2013 and 2014.

Sharon Haynes, Administrative Assistant for Modern Languages and Literatures, will also serve as the assistant for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Teresa Fernandez-Ulloa has stepped down from the Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures to concentrate on her scholarship and teaching. I am thankful to Dr. Fernandez-Ulloa for her dedication and hard work in the transformation of curriculum for the semester conversion, as well as her consistent determination in constructing and completing valuable assessments for the Spanish programs. I am sure she will be a valuable resource for the incoming interim chair.

Dr. Dustin Knepp, Associate Professor of Spanish, will serve as the Interim Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Music

Dr. Angel Vazquez-Ramos, Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education, is our new Choral Director. He has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Music Education and a doctorate in Choral Music Education from Florida State University. He comes to us from Chapman University, where he has been Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Music Education since 2010.

Philosophy

Dr. Nate Olsen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, brings us to a specialty in applied ethics. He has a bachelor of arts in Philosophy from Georgetown University. He comes to us after serving as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Thinking Matters Program at Stanford University.

Associate Dean

Dr. Liora Gubkin, recently promoted to Full Professor of Religious Studies, is the new Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities. Her bachelor of arts is from the University of Missouri, her master of arts from Temple University and her PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from University of Southern California. For the last two years she has served part-time as the dean’s associate position in which she has been highly effective in several areas, including curriculum and scholarships.

“I think you will agree that we have an exciting array of talent for the coming years,” said Richard Collins, Dean of Arts and Humanities. “The School of Arts and Humanities is looking forward to adding such an outstanding group of new staff and faculty to our already impressive roster.” 

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