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UW Trustees Approve Personnel Items


September 11, 2009 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees on Friday approved the following personnel items:

Faculty Appointments:

Academic Affairs

Gregory Kocken as assistant archivist of the American Heritage Center. Kocken received a B.A. (2007) in history and an M.L.I.S. (2009) from the University of Wisconsin.

College of Agriculture

Urszula Norton as assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. Norton received a B.S. (1988) and an M.S. (1990) in horticulture from Warsaw Agricultural University, and a Ph.D. (2000) in forestry from the University of Montana.

John Tanaka as head of the Department of Renewable Resources. Tanaka received a B.S. (1978) and an M.S. (1982) in rangeland resources from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. (1986) in range science from Utah State University.

College of Arts and Sciences

Ulrich Adelt as instructor in the American Studies Program. Adelt received a Magister Artium (2000) in language, literature and culture of North America from the University of Hamburg, Germany and an M.A. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2007) in American studies from the University of Iowa.

Diana Baumbach as assistant professor in the Department of Art. Baumbach received a B.F.A. (2003) from Washington University and an M.F.A. (2007) in printmaking and drawing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Shelby Shadwell as assistant professor in the Department of Art. Shadwell received a B.F.A. (2003) from Washington University and an M.F.A. (2006) in studio printmaking and drawing from Southern Illinois University.

Jason Lee as instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice. Lee received a B.F.A. (1995) in film and television production from New York University, an M.P.A. (2004) in public administration from the University of Idaho, and a Ph.D. (2009) in criminal justice from Washington State University.

Andrew Fitch as assistant professor in the Department of English. Fitch received a B.A. (1997) in African-American studies at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. (2008) in English from CUNY Graduate Center.

Erin Forbes as instructor in the Department of English. Forbes received a B.A. (2002) from Reed College, an M.A. (2005) and a Ph.D. (2009) in English from Princeton University.

Carl Legleiter as assistant professor in the Department of Geography. Legleiter received a B.S. (2002) in earth sciences from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. (2008) in geography from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Isadora Helfgott as assistant professor in the Department of History. Helfgott received a B.A. (1994) in history from Swarthmore College, and an A.M. (1997) and a Ph.D. (2006) in history from Harvard University.

JoAnna Poblete-Cross as assistant professor in the Department of History. Poblete-Cross received a B.A. (1997) in history from the University of California at Davis, and an M.A. (2002) and a Ph.D. (2006) in history from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Christopher Hall as assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Hall received a B.S. (1997) in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.A. (2000) and a Ph.D. (2003) in mathematics from Princeton University.

Rongsong Liu as assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Liu received a B.S. (1999) in computational mathematics from Henan Normal University, China, an M.S. (2002) in applied mathematics from Fudan University, China, and a Ph.D. (2006) in applied mathematics from York University, Canada.

Jason Williford as assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Williford received a B.A. (1998) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. (2004) in mathematics from the University of Delaware.

Rebecca Steele as assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Steele received a B.A. (2001) in business and economics from the Leibniz-Akademie, Hanover, Germany, and a Ph.D. (2003) in literature from Rutgers University.

Juan Valdez as assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Valdez received a B.A. (1993) in comparative literature from Hamilton College, an M.S. (2000) in education from the City College of New York, and a Ph.D. (2008) in Hispanic linguistics from the City University of New York.

Sean McCrea as assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. McCrea received a B.A. (1996) in psychology from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. (2002) in social psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Anna Zajacova as assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. Zajacova received a B.A. (1999) in psychology from Hunter College (CUNY), N.Y., and a Ph.D. (2006) in sociology and demography from Princeton University.

Michael E. Dillon as assistant professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Dillon received a B.S. (1998) in zoology from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. (2005) in biology from the University of Washington.

Jonathan Prather as assistant professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology. Prather received a B.S. (1995) in physics from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. (2001) in neuroscience from Emory University.

Thomas Seitz as assistant professor in the International Studies Program. Seitz received a B.S. (1988) in political science from the University of the State of New York, an M.A. (1989) in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and a Ph.D. (1997) in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Danielle Pafunda as assistant professor in the Women's Studies Program. Pafunda received a B.A. (1999) from Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., an M.F.A. (2002) from New School University, N.Y., and a Ph.D. (2008) in English literature from the University of Georgia.

College of Business

Nicole Choi as assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance. Choi received a B.A. (2002) in business administration, and an M.B.A. (2004) and a Ph.D. (2009) in finance from Washington State University.

Craig Sorochuk as instructor in the Department of Management and Marketing. Sorochuk received a B.S. (1995) in physics from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, an M.B.A. (2004) from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. (2009) in business administration from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

College of Education

Carmen Montecinos as associate professor in the Department of Professional Studies. Montecinos received a B.S. (1978) in psychology from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, and an M.S. (1985) and a Ph.D. (1989) in educational psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Larry Hatfield as professor in the Department of Secondary Education. Hatfield received a B.S. (1962) in mathematics from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. (1966) in mathematics from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. (1969) in mathematics education from the University of Minnesota.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jayanarayanan Sitaraman as assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Sitaraman received a B.Tech (1998) in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and an M.S. (2000) and a Ph.D. (2003) in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland.

College of Health Sciences

Douglas Petersen as instructor in the Division of Communication Disorders. Peterson received a B.A. (1999) in communicative disorders and deaf education, an M.Ed. (2002) in speech-language pathology, and a Ph.D. (2009) in speech-language pathology from Utah State University.

Steven L. Andersen as clinical assistant professor for the Family Practice Residency Program in Casper.

Kimberly R. Broomfield as clinical assistant professor in the Family Practice Residency Program in Cheyenne.

Susan H. Steiner as clinical associate professor in the School of Nursing.
Kathleen A. Hazlewood as clinical assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy.

College of Law

Sam Kalen as assistant professor. Kalen received a B.A. (1980) in history from Clark University, and a J.D. (1984) from Washington University School of Law.

Lawrence MacDonnell as professor. MacDonnell received a B.A. (1966) in political science from the University of Michigan, a J.D. (1972) from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. (1975) in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Noah Novogrodsky as associate professor. Novogrodsky received a B.A. (1992) in political science from Swarthmore College, an M.Phil (1994) in international relations from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. (1997) from Yale Law School.

Matthew Wilson as associate professor. Wilson received a B.S. (1995) in political science, a B.A. (1995) in Asian studies from the University of Utah, and a J.D. (1999) from Temple University School of Law, Pennsylvania.

University Libraries

Tamara Meredith as assistant librarian in the Learning Resource Center. Meredith received a B.M. (1998) in music performance from Central Washington University, an M.M. (2001) in historical performance from Indiana University, and an M.L.I.S. (2004) from the University of North Texas.

Melissa Bowles-Terry as assistant librarian in Science Reference. Bowles-Terry received a B.A. (2004) and an M.A. (2007) in English from Utah State University and an M.S. (2009) in library and information science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Academic Professionals:

College of Agriculture

Tara Kuipers as assistant extension educator in the Cooperative Extension Service. Kuipers received a B.S. (2000) in sociology from South Dakota State University and an M.S. (2002) in education from the University of Wyoming.

College of Arts and Sciences

Benedicte Sohier as assistant lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Sohier received a B.A. (2006) in French and geography from Stephen F. Austin State University and an M.A. (2008) in French literature from Indiana University-Bloomington.

College of Health Sciences

Cara Harshberger as assistant lecturer in the School of Pharmacy. Harshberger received a Pharm.D. (2005) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009

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