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New scholars join R-MWC faculty

8/28/2003 12:38:50 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Office of the Dean of the College has announced the appointment of three new tenure track members and two visiting international scholars to the ranks of Randolph-Macon Woman's College's faculty at the beginning of the 2003-2004 academic year.

Tenure track appointments are as follows:

•Keli Braitman has joined the psychology department as an assistant professor. She earned her bachelor's degree at Frostburg State University and her master's and doctorate at the Southern Illinois University.

•Deborah Denvir is the newest assistant professor of mathematics. She holds a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and doctorate from the University of Georgia.

•Katherine Schaefer has been appointed as an assistant professor of biology. Ms. Schaefer received her bachelor's degree from DePauw University and her doctorate from the University of Dayton.

R-MWC alumna Lye Tuck-Po is this year's William F. Quillian, Jr., Visiting International Professor. Lye, a native of Malaysia and member of the Class of 1989, returns to the College as the eighth Quillian scholar since the program began in 1995. After graduating with honors from R-MWC with degrees in both English and philosophy, she earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii. Her area of specialization is environmental anthropology.

In addition, Zhang Junhuan, a visiting professor from the University of Nanjing, will be offering an interdisciplinary course on contemporary China. Zhang holds a master's degree from the University of Nanjing.

Other new adjunct faculty include Adrienne Bird, instructor in Russian studies; Anne Chamberlin, Sharon Lane, and Fred Conner, instructors in education; Doyle Gentry, professor of psychology; James Hutchison, assistant professor of psychology; Rhonda Miller, instructor in Spanish; Mitra Nafissian-Rash, instructor in political science; Ann-Riely Popper, instructor in dance; Dorothy Smith, assistant professor of theatre; and Bonnie Stewart, instructor in sociology.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations