New faculty join Roanoke College

Salem, Va.--The mornings are cooler, the bookstore is restocking its shelves and students are beginning to arrive on campus. Classes at Roanoke College begin next week.

This fall, the following faculty members will join the College's teaching ranks.

Business Administration & Economics

Richard Bond, who has a long history of working in the banking industry, will teach corporate and personal finance courses as a visiting instructor. He also will be the faculty advisor for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. Bond received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Arnica Mulder, a graduate of Old Dominion University, will teach accounting and finance courses as a visiting instructor.


Dr. Stephanie Livingston, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Vermont, will work as a teaching associate. She previously was a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Roanoke.

Gwen Sibert, a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Hollins University, is a new visiting instructor of chemistry.

Dr. Egidijus Zilinskas is a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. In addition to earning his Ph.D. from Montana State University, Zilinskas received two master's degrees from Michigan State University and Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania.

Fine Arts         

Dr. Leslie Warden is a new assistant professor of art history and archaeology. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Warden taught at West Virginia University and Temple University.       


Dr. Jesse Bucher is an expert in South African studies, and in 2011, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Bucher received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is an assistant professor of African history. 

Dr. Kelley Deetz-Hercules is an archaeologist who specializes in African American history, particularly the social and cultural history of enslaved people in Virginia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is an assistant professor of public history.           

Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics                           

Dr. Daniel Robb is an assistant professor of physics. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Brian Gentry will teach physics as a visiting assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig in Germany.  

Modern Languages                 

Alison Clifton will teach French courses as a teaching associate. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Roxana Martínez de Candia and Sarah Hord will both teach Spanish classes. Martínez de Candia, a visiting instructor, spent a year teaching Spanish in Peru, in addition to teaching at the University of Idaho. She received her master's degree from the University of Oregon.

Hord, a graduate of Virginia Tech and Pennsylvania State University, is a visiting instructor of Spanish.

Public Affairs

Dr. Whitney Court is an assistant professor of political science. She received a master's degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and then she earned another master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.


The Religion and Philosophy Department has hired three visiting faculty members, who will teach while some faculty members are on sabbatical.

Drs. Michael Valco and Katarina Valcova, a couple from Slovakia, are returning to Roanoke College after co-teaching theology courses in the fall of 2010 at the College. Michael and Katarina both received their doctorates from the Lutheran Theology Seminary in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Maria Kulp, a 2005 Roanoke graduate, is a visiting instructor of philosophy. She has a master's degree from Loyola University.


Dr. Lane Destro, who received her Ph.D. from Duke University, is a new assistant professor of sociology. Her research and teaching interests include social policy, data analysis and poverty and inequality, with a focus on gender and race.           

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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Released: August 23, 2012
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