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McDaniel welcomes new full-time faculty members

Elyzabeth Engle, McDaniel College
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Elyzabeth Engle, Stephanie Bettis Homan, Nicholas Kahn, Holly Martinson and Matthew Mongiello are now full-time faculty members at McDaniel College .

Engle, of Westminster, is a new assistant professor of environmental studies. Her interests include community food systems, environmental justice and sustainable development. She earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science and politics from Juniata College and both a master's degree and Ph.D. in rural sociology from The Pennsylvania State University , with a dual-title in human dimensions of natural resources and the environment.


Stephanie Bettis Homan, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, joins McDaniel as assistant professor of chemistry. She teaches general, physical and inorganic chemistry, as well as interdisciplinary courses in inorganic photophysics and materials for energy conversion. Homan holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Berry College and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina .

Nicholas Kahn, of Baltimore, is a former visiting assistant professor who has been promoted to assistant professor of economics and business administration. He has taught micro and macroeconomics, econometrics, statistics, labor economics and development economics. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from the College of Charleston, studied mathematics at Towson University and received a Ph.D. in economics from American University.


Holly Martinson, of Rockville, has been promoted from visiting assistant professor to assistant professor of biology. An ecologist with expertise in insect-plant interactions, food web ecology and global change ecology, she has taught ecology, botany, insects and society, introductory biology and related courses. Martinson has a bachelor's degree in biology from Duke University and a Ph.D. in behavior, ecology, evolution and systematics (BEES) program from the University of Maryland.

Matthew Mongiello, of Westminster, has been promoted from visiting professor to assistant professor of political science. He also serves as the pre-law advisor. He teaches topics including American politics, constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, social movements, race and gender politics, ethics and public policy, the presidency and interest groups. Mongiello received a bachelor's degree in political science, philosophy and psychology from Vanderbilt University , master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in political science from University of Pennsylvania .