New Faculty Enhance MBC Programs
Seven new full-time faculty members join Mary Baldwin College in Health Care Administration, math, physics, psychology, business administration, and the MLitt/MFA graduate program. Their research interests and experience will encourage lively classroom interaction and discussion.
Matthew Davies was named instructor in the Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance program. Davies’ dissertation was titled “Essex and the history players: the historiographic dramaturgy of Hayward, Shakespeare, Chapman, and Daniel,” and his Shakespeare pedagogy includes working as director of text for Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Company and as associate director and actor for Actors from the London Stage. In spring 2009, University of Texas Press published Davies’ article, “‘Someone is looking at me still:’ The Audience-Creature Relationship in the Theater Plays of Samuel Beckett.” After earning his BA in English from Exeter University in the U.K., he moved to the U.S. to complete his studies. He earned a master’s degree in English at University of Texas at Austin and expects to complete his PhD in 2011 from the same university.
Paula Davis-Olwell joins Health Care Administration — the only endowed program of its kind in the nation — as assistant professor. Her research interests include public heath, the history of medicine, minority health, reproduction and kinship, and alternative and integrative medicine. Davis-Olwell has served as post-doctoral fellow at University of Virginia and assistant professor at University of Pittsburgh. She has been published in several journals and magazines, including Feminist Economics, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, and Africa Today, and she is currently conduction a systematic review of articles about the relationship between spirituality and depression. She received a BS in biology from Birmingham-South College, an MA in anthropology from University of Alabama, and a PhD in public health and anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.
Nadine Gergel-Hackett is MBC’s newest assistant professor of physics. Most recently, she worked to characterize novel electronic devices for improved performance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Gergel-Hackett has co-authored several journal articles focusing on molecular structure and energies. While working on her bachelor’s degree and PhD from University of Virginia, she focused her studies on electrical and computer engineering in the Charles L. Brown School of Applied Science and Engineering.
Matthew Hunsinger was named assistant professor of psychology at MBC. His research interests in prejudices, stereotyping, and intergroup relations have lead to several published articles. One of the most recent, “Fanning the flames of prejudice: The influence of discrete incidental emotions on implicit prejudice,” appeared in Emotion. In 2007 and 2008, Hunsinger taught introduction to psychology at University of Massachusetts, and he rejoined the staff of that university to tutor athletes with difficulties in psychology courses and to serve on the Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committee. He earned a BS in psychology from University of Mary Washington, his MS in cognitive science from Illinois State University, and his PhD in social psychology from University of Massachusetts.
Jodie Miller joins the math department as instructor of math. She comes to MBC from Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey, where she served as mathematics department chair and high school math teacher. She has served on the College Board as an AP statistics reader and workshop consultant and on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as an editorial panel member. While writing guidelines for mathematics authors and focusing on technology in mathematics, she published One-to-One in Algebra 1, a book aimed at helping math teachers. She earned a BA in theatre from Penn State University, later completing an MEd in mathematics education at Columbus State University.
Ashley Moses returns to MBC as assistant professor of mathematics. A former student in MBC’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, she continues the solid collegiate background she began at age 15. In June 2009, she presented her research findings for her PhD candidacy oral exam , titled “Linear Dependence of Translates.” Moses earned her BS in mathematics from Sam Houston State University and both her MA and PhD in mathematics from St. Louis University. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key national honor society.
Joseph Sprangel Jr. comes to MBC as assistant professor of business administration. Joining the faculty from Ithaca College, his focus is on sustainable development practices. Sprangel has authored several chapters in books, journal articles, and presentations on sustainability and environmental management. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the Organizations and the Natural Environment and Social Issues in Management Junior Faculty Consortium. Sprangel earned his bachelor