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Western Maryland College announces new undergraduate, graduate faculty


Western Maryland College welcomes 10 full-time and one half-time undergraduate and graduate faculty for the 2000-2001 academic year, according to Samuel Case, interim dean and provost of the college.

The college also has hired one adjunct undergraduate faculty member, as well as a number of professors who will serve one-year appointments.

New full-time members are:

Lt. Col. Donald Craig, professor and chair of military science. The new leader of the Army ROTC Green Terror Battalion comes to WMC from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he was division chief for the Leader Development Division in the Center for Army Leadership. He earned his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his master's degree in human resources from Troy State University. He has a three-year appointment.

Sharon Craig, instructor in education. Coordinator of Continuous Improvement in the Integrated Arts Programs in Carroll County public schools since 1998, Craig will teach reading methods at WMC. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, her master's in reading from WMC, and her doctorate in education from the University of Maryland.

Roxanna Harlow, instructor in sociology. Harlow, who earned her doctorate from Indiana University in May with a dissertation on the effect of race on faculty perception, will teach several courses, including social foundations of education. She earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Northwestern University and her master's degree from Indiana University.

Eddy Laird, assistant professor of education. Laird, who will teach in the deaf education program, has more than 25 years of experience, including serving as superintendent at the Indiana Deaf School. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Gallaudet University, his master's degree in special education from the University of Tennessee, his master's degree in educational administration and supervision from California State University, Northridge, and is working on his doctorate in deaf education/deaf studies at Lamar University.

Jeffrey Marx, assistant professor of physics. Specializing in physics education, Marx earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While at WMC, he hopes to institute his Renaissance Physics program, which helps nonmajors learn the basic science and mathematics requirements of physics.

Margaret McDevitt, assistant professor of psychology. An experimental psychologist, she has taught at other universities and has clinical experience with developmentally disabled and emotionally disturbed populations in California. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at California State University, Stanislaus, and master's and doctoral degrees at the University of California, San Diego, where she won the Teaching Assistant and Development Award.

Kevin McIntyre, assistant professor of economics and business administration. McIntyre, who specializes in international finance, monetary economics and economic history, earned graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia, and his bachelor's degree from Grinnell College. He also studied at the London School of Economics and the Institute of European Studies.

Janet Medina, assistant professor of education. She has served as coordinator of learning and support services at Harford Community College since 1997. Specializing in educational foundations and disability support services, she earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Montana, master's degrees from St. Bonaventure and Alfred, and her doctorate in school psychology from Alfred.

Debra Miller, associate professor of education. A reading specialist, Miller worked most recently in Howard County public schools. She also was a summer reading clinic coordinator and adjunct faculty member at WMC, teaching current issues in reading, reading assessment, and planning and creative teaching of language arts. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Frostburg State University, and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland.

Marcia Virts, assistant professor of education. Virts has been an adjunct instructor in the deaf education program at WMC since 1978. She also was a teacher at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick. She will teach English as a second language to deaf students as part of the deaf education program's recent $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Washington College and her master's in deaf education from Western Maryland College.

Also serving full-time with one-year appointments are Nicholas Boer, visiting lecturer in exercise science and physical education, and Psyche Forson, the Jessie Ball duPont Visiting Scholar in English. Teaching for the fall semester only is Jakub Zejmis, visiting lecturer in history.

Boer, who replaces Case in the department while he serves as provost and dean, is an exercise physiologist and member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Loyola College, and two master's degrees and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

Forson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, is the first visiting scholar at WMC funded through a 1999 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund aimed at increasing faculty diversity at three Maryland institutions. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and his master's degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland.

Zejmis, who is teaching for a faculty member on fall sabbatical, is working on his doctorate in Russian and East European history at Georgetown University. He earned his bachelor's of science from Georgetown, and master's degrees from Columbia University and the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a certificate in advanced Soviet studies from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.

The newest half-time faculty member is Olivia Myers, lecturer in social work.

The new adjunct undergraduate faculty are: Cherie Black, lecturer in sociology; Gregory Bricca, lecturer in education; Emily Brown, lecturer in chemistry; Luciana Cecille-Wiley, lecturer in music; Roberta Daniels, lecturer in education; Bernice De Bells, acting coordinator in education; Robert Garman, lecturer in theater arts; Hector Guzman, lecturer in foreign languages; Edwin Hostetter, lecturer in philosophy and religious studies; Shelley Ni Tuama, lecturer in philosophy and religious studies; Barbara Pickholtz, lecturer in education; Alberto Reluzco, lecturer in foreign languages; Loretta Roult, lecturer in education; and Sharon Schaeffer, lecturer in education.

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