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12 Sep

New students aren’t the only ones trying to familiarize themselves with West Virginia University’s campus these days. The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce it has hired 21 new professors to help strengthen the WVU student learning experience. The 21 new professors represent 12 departments within the college, arriving from various universities around the country, as well as Canada and China.

These new professors are:

Sara Anderson, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Anderson received her bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, and her Ph.D. from Tufts University. Her research focuses on residential mobility and child development.

Cheryl Ball, an associate professor in the Department of English. Ball received her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University. Ball’s specializes in rhetorical activities and genres in digital media and publishing contexts. She emphasizes how users learn to analyze and produce them towards professional purposes.

Edward Chauca, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics” }}. Chauca earned his bachelor’s degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. Chauca’s specialty is in Andean studies, and Latin American literature and culture.

Julia Daniel, an assistant professor in the Department of English. She received her bachelor’s degree from Providence College, and her Ph.D., from Loyola University. She specializes in poetry.

Walter DeKeseredy, a professor and Anna Deane Carlson Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from York University. DeKeseredy specializes in criminology, and violence in families and intimate relationships.

Edward “Ned” Flagg, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, earned his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He specializes in the coherent control and decoherence of single semiconductor quantum dots in a microcavity.

Shauna Foley Fisher, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. She received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and her PhD from the University of Washington. She specializes in law and politics.

Elise Fullmer, a professor and director of the School of Social Work. Fullmer received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, and her Ph.D., from the State University of New York at Albany. She specializes in disenfranchised groups.

Matthew Jacobsmeier, an assistant professor in theDepartment of Political Science. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He specializes in American politics and comparative politics.

Erin Leatherman, an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics [Snippet Error: Invalid ID. Try editing the snippet again.]. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University, and her Ph.D., from The Ohio State University. She specializes in computer experiments, and predicting and designing simulators for physical experiments.

Charles Mackay, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of History. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He specializes in the French Revolution, and Napoleonic Europe.

Tamba M’bayo, an assistant professor in the Department of History. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Sierra Leone, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He specializes in colonial and post colonial French West Africa, and the political and social history of modern Africa.

Sean McWilliams, an assistant professor in in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He specializes in numerical relativity in vacuum with matter, and the gravitational wave source modeling of compact binaries.

Ren-Min Ma, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology in Beijing, and his Ph.D. from Peking University. He specializes in nanoscale lasers and physics.

John Navaratnam, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta, and his Ph.D., from West Virginia University. He specializes in phosphorus retention and transformation in floodplain forests in the southeastern United States.

Casian Pantea, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bolyai University, in Romania, and his Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin. He specializes in constructing and analyzing mathematical and computational models in biology.

Jason Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of History. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, and his Ph.D. from Rice University. He specializes in the Civil War.

Trisha Phillips, an associate professor in theDepartment of Political Science. Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, and her Ph.D. from Rice University. She specializes in moral philosophy, medical ethics, and social and political philosophy.

Felix “Julian” Schulze, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Ruhr-University in Germany. Schulze specializes in low temperature plasma physics.

Michele Stephens, an assistant professor in the Department of History. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutger’s University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. She specializes in the indigenous history of Mexico.

John “Ryan” Shackleton, an assistant professor in the Department of Geology & Geography. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the South, and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Shackleton specializes in developing geomechanical solutions to 3D geologic problems.

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