New Faculty Arrive at Roanoke College

SALEM, VA — Nineteen professors have joined Roanoke College’s faculty for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The new faculty members include: Ms. Maria Alonso, visiting instructor of Spanish; Dr. José Bañuelos-Montes, assistant professor of Spanish; Dr. Lisa Brevard, visiting associate professor of English; Dr. Heath Brown, assistant professor of public affairs, Dr. John Creasy, assistant professor of health and human performance; Dr. Matthew Fleenor, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Mark Grinshpon, visiting assistant professor of mathematics; Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris, visiting assistant professor of religion; Dr. Sandee McGlaun, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center; Dr. Dorothy Belle Poli, assistant professor of biology; Ms. Jennifer Ruhland, teaching associate in theatre; Dr. Catherine Sarisky, assistant professor of chemistry (from January 2007); Mr. Morgan Scott, teaching associate in criminal justice; Mr. Michael Smith, visiting assistant professor of business administration; Dr. Mary Tam, visiting assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Monica Vilhauer, visiting assistant professor of philosophy; Ms. Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, assistant professor of history; Dr. Justin Wolff, the Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo assistant professor of art history; Ms. Stella Xu, assistant professor of history.

Alfonso received a B.A. from the University of Valladolid (Spain) and a M.A. from University of Kentucky. She has been a teaching assistant in the department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Bañuelos-Montes holds a B.A. from California State University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of New Mexico. He has been teaching Spanish since 1990. He has been involved in research and has experience with study abroad programs.

Brevard graduated with honors from Smith College, Northampton, Mass. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in African-American Sacred Music and Literature and Women’s Studies from Emory University. She is an author of numerous publications in the field of gender and racial issues.

Brown earned a B.A. from Guilford College and a M.A. in international affairs and Ph.D in philosophy and public policy from George Washington University. He has extensive research experience in public policy and public administration, including a position as director of research and policy analysis in the Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, D.C.

Creasy has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in education, curriculum and instruction with a concentration in sport performance from Virginia Tech. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Roanoke College since 2004.

Fleenor received a B.S. and M.S. from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also holds a M.S. in applied physics from the University of Massachusetts and Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of North Carolina. He has conducted astronomical research on radio imaging of galaxies.

Grinshpon holds a M.S. from Moscow State University (Russia) and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Virginia Tech. He is a native Russian speaker with teaching experience both in Russia and in the United States. His research interest includes cohomology, branch algebras and modules and ring theory.

Larson–Harris earned a B.A. from Reed College. He received a M.A. in English, a M.T.S. in theology and a Ph.D. in religion and literature from Boston University. He has been an adjunct instructor at Roanoke College since 2004. He has experience as a teacher and editor both in the United States and Japan.

McGlaun received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. She was an associate professor of English at North Georgia College and State University. She has publications on writing program administration, composition theory and theatrical studies.

Poli holds a B.S. from the University of Pittsburg and a Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of Maryland. A member of many scientific organizations, she has had various instructional positions as well as a post doctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland.

Ruhland has a B.S. from Radford University and a M.F.A. from University of Virginia. She has taught costume design at Hollins University and at U.Va. as a teaching assistant.

Sarisky earned a B.A. from the New College of the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. in chemistry from California Institute of Technology. She previously has taught at Virginia Tech and Radford University.

Scott earned a B.A. from University of Arizona and a J.D. from College of William and Mary. He was the first assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia and served in that role from 1975 until his recent retirement.

Smith graduated form Roanoke College with a B.B.A. in finance and a concentration in human resource management. He received his M.B.A. from Virginia Tech and is a Ph.D. candidate there. His teaching interests include organizational behavior, management, marketing and leadership.

Tam earned a B.S. from Frostburg State University. She received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2006.

Vilhauer received a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York. Vilhauer’s research interests include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, ethics and feminist philosophy. Her current work is on the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer, father of contemporary Hermeneutics.

Wallace Fuentes earned a B.A. from Southwestern University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Duke University. Her area of specialization is Latin American history.

Wolff received a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has taught art history at Harvard, Princeton, Pace University and U.C. San Diego. He has numerous publications and experience as museum curator. 

Xu earned a B.S. from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (China). She received a M.A. from Korea University (South Korea) and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. Xu has research and teaching experience in Korean and Chinese history and culture. She is proficient in Chinese, Korean and has knowledge in Japanese.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

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