May 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Westminster College Catalog 
  
2021-2022 Westminster College Catalog

The Faculty, 2021-2022


The listing that follows includes full-time members of the faculty and certain admin­istrators who hold faculty rank. The date in parentheses is the year of initial appoint­ment as a full-time faculty member.

ANDREW W. ADE, Professor of English; English/Art/Theatre Chair (2003) B.A., Northwestern University; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

MICHAEL E. ALEPRETE JR., Professor of Political Science (2007) B.A., Duquesne University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

KRISTEN M. AMICK, Associate Professor of Microbiology (2018) B.S., Penn State Erie; Ph.D., The George Washington University

ROBERT BADOWSKI, Associate Professor of Business; School of Business Chair (2016) B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Ph.D., Robert Morris University

JOSEPH M. BALCZON, Associate Professor of Biology (1997) B.S., The Penn­sylvania State University at Erie, Behrend College; M.S., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

JEFFREY T. BERSETT, Professor of Spanish (2002) A.B., Washington University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

KEITH B. BITTEL, Assistant Professor of Business (2015) B.A, Westminster Col­lege; M.S., M.B.A., Duquesne University; C.P.A. (Pennsylvania)

ADAM BLUMENTHAL, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathemat­ics (2020) B.S., M.S., Auburn University; Ph.D., Iowa State University

JOHN P. BONOMO, Professor of Computer Science; Mathematics/Computer Science/Physics Chair (1998) B.S. and M.S., Catholic University; Ph.D., Purdue University

HELEN M. BOYLAN, Professor of Chemistry; Gibson Drinko Chair; 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award (2001) B.S., Westminster College; Ph.D., Duquesne University

1DEANNE M. BUFFALARI TENNANT, Associate Professor of Psychology (2014) B.S., Allegheny College; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

CRAIG L. CAYLOR, Associate Professor of Physics (2001) B.S., Kansas State Uni­versity; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

JAMIE J. CHAPMAN, Assistant Professor of Sociology (2014) B.A, M.A., Edin­boro University; Ph.D., The University of Akron

2PATRICIA G. CLARK, Associate Professor of History (2004) B.A., Michigan State University; M.S., A.M., Ph.D., University of Illinois

JOSHUA C. CORRETTE-BENNETT, Associate Professor of Biology (2001) B.S., Bates College; Ph.D., Brandeis University

KEITH F. CORSO, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (2004) B.A., Westminster College; M.A., University of Akron; Ph.D., Capella University

TRISHA M. COWEN, Assistant Professor of English; Heritage Chair in the Hu­manities (2018) B.F.A., Emerson College; M.A., Ph.D., Binghamton University

JONI L. DARBY, Lecturer of Nursing (2019) B.S., Penn State University; M.S.N., Robert Morris University

GWENDOLYN K. DEGER, Assistant Professor of Education (2021) B.S.E., Millersville University of Pennsylvania; M.Ed., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

KERRI CORNELL DUERR, Associate Professor of Biology (2010) B.A., Hartwick College; M.S., Villanova University; Ph.D., University of Vermont

CHARLENE KLASSEN ENDRIZZI, Professor of Education (1993) B.A., M.A., Fresno Pacific College; Ph.D., University of Arizona

MEIREL RODRIGUEZ FEBUS,Visiting Lecturer of Spanish (2015) B.A., University of Pittsburgh; B.A., M.S.Ed., Youngstown State University

ERIC C. FIELDS, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience (2021) B.A., B.S., Middle Tennessee State University; M.S., Ph.D., Tufts University

NATACHA C. FONTES-MERZ, Associate Professor of Mathematics (2004) B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University

MARIAN M. "MAROSH" FURIMSKY, Associate Professor of Biology; Biology Chair (2006) B.S., Ph.D., University of Ottawa

ERIC A. GABER, Lecturer of Business; Scheller-Edwards Entrepreneur in Resi­dence (2018) B.S., Clarion University; M.B.A., E.M.B.A., Indiana University

JOHN C. GARRISON, Associate Professor/Serials and Electronic Resources Li­brarian (2012) B.A., The College of Wooster; M.S., University of Michigan School of Information

JOHN W. GEIDNER, Lecturer of Accounting (2014) B.S, M.B.A., Indiana Uni­versity of Pennsylvania; C.P.A. (Pennsylvania and Ohio)

REBECCA N. GRAHAM, Assistant Professor/Instructional Design and Technol­ogy Librarian (2020) A.A., Black Hawk College; B.A., Western Illinois University, Quad Cities; M.L.I.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

3R. TAD GREIG, Professor of Music; Director of Bands (1995) B.M., Grove City College; M.M., Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Kent State University

KANDICE A. HARTNER, Lecturer in the School of Communication (2020) B.A., Westminster College; M.A., M.F.A., Chatham University

LOREEN HUFFMAN, Lecturer in Psychology (2020) B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

KRISTIANNE KALATA, Associate Professor of English, All-College Honors Pro­gram Director (2005) B.A., Westminster College; M.A., Ph.D., Duquesne Univer­sity

4JAMIE P. KOHLER, Associate Professor/Collection Management/Cataloging Librarian (2011) B.A., Juniata College; M.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh

PATRICK D. KRANTZ, Associate Professor of Environmental Science (2002) B.S., West Virginia University; M.S., Northwest Missouri State University; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

PATRICK E. LACKEY, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2016) B.S., Duquesne University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina

ANGELA M. LAHR, Associate Professor of History (2013) B.A., University of Evansville; M.A., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

JESSE R. LIGO JR., Professor of Accounting; William McKee Chair (2008) B.A., Westminster College; M.B.A., Bowling Green State University; C.P.A. (Pennsylva­nia)

MATTEO LUISI, Assistant Professor of Physics (2021) B.S., Dipl.-Inq., Graz University of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., West Virginia University

RUSSELL E. MARTIN, Professor of History; History/Philosophy/Religion Chair (1996) B.A., University of Pittsburgh; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

JAMIE G. McMINN, Professor of Psychology; Vice President for Academic Affairs (2003) B.A., Emory & Henry College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

COLLEEN M. MERRICK, Associate Professor of Communication Studies; School of Communication Chair (2002) B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Duquesne University

DEBORAH C. MITCHELL, Professor of English and Film Studies (1992) B.A., M.A., Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

HEATHER M. MUCHOWSKI, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Engineering (2021) B.S., Marist College; M.S. Iowa State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University

DIANA I. ORTIZ, Associate Professor of Biology (2014) B.S., Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico; M.S., Jackson State University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

KRISTIN PARK, Professor of Sociology; Vira Heinz Chair (1993) A.B., Colgate University; M.A. Certificate in Latin American Studies, M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

SHERRI P. PATAKI, Professor of Psychology (2004) B.S. Al­legheny College; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University

DANIEL E. H. PERTTU, Professor of Music; School of Music Chair (2008) B.A., Williams College; M.M., M.A., Kent State University; D.M.A., The Ohio State University

MELINDA H. CRAWFORD PERTTU, Associate Professor of Music (2011) B.S., Duquesne University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

BRIAN A. PETRUS, Assistant Professor of Business Administration (2014) B.S, Westminster College; M.B.A., Youngstown State University

RENÉ A. PICÓ II, Associate Professor of Education; School of Education Chair (2017) B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

JOEL T. POSTEMA, Associate Professor of Spanish; Modern Languages Chair (2005) B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Western Michigan University; Ph.D., Washing­ton University

DIANA M. REED, Lecturer of Education (2012) B.A., Grove City College; M.A.T., University of Pittsburgh

KAREN K. RESENDES, Professor of Biology; Director of the Drinko Center (2009) B.S., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., Brown University

JAMES C. RHOADS JR., Professor of Political Science; Criminal Justice/Sociol­ogy/Political Science Chair; LawPac Coordinator (1992) B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University

JESSICA D. RHODES, Assistant Professor of Psychology (2016) B.A., D'Youville College; M.A., Ph.D., University at Buffalo

PAMELA A. RICHARDSON, Professor of Mathematics (2006) B.S., Bowling Green State University; Ph.D., University of Virginia

JOHN C. ROBERTSON, Associate Professor of Biology (2000) B.S., University of Massachusetts; M.S., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., Arizona State University

BRITTANY A. ROWE-CERNEVICIUS, Assistant Professor of Public Relations (2010) B.A., M.A., Edinboro University; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

TRICIA L. RYAN, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Nursing Chair (2016) B.S.N., The Pennsylvania State University; M.S.N., Ph.D., Robert Morris University

JESSICA L. SARVER, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2016) B.S., Penn State Behrend; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

ERIN T. SMITH, Associate Professor; Chief Information Officer (2002) B.S., M.S.I.S., University of Tennessee

PETER M. SMITH, Professor of Chemistry; Biochemistry/Chemistry Chair (2002) B.S., Ph.D., University of Tennessee

SHANNON ISHIYAMA SMITHEY, Professor of Political Science; First Year Pro­gram Coordinator (2003) B.S., B.A., Southern Methodist University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

TIBOR SOLYMOSI, Lecturer of Philosophy (2019) B.A., Allegheny College; M.A., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

TAMMY L. SWEARINGEN, Professor of Physical Education; Assistant Athletic Director; Head Women's Volleyball Coach (1993) B.S., Youngstown State Universi­ty; M.S., University of Akron

DAVID G. SWERDLOW, Professor of English (1990) B.A., University of Mary­land; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio University

MILAGROS Z. SWERDLOW, Lecturer of Spanish (1997) B.A., Westminster Col­lege; M.A.T.L., University of Southern Mississippi

ANN E. THROCKMORTON, Professor of Biology (1990) B.S., B.A., Hastings College; M.S., Fort Hays State University; Ph.D., Florida State University

BRADLEY L. WEAVER, Lecturer of Broadcast Communications (2000) B.A., Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.) College; M.S., University of Kansas

SHANNON WHITCOMB, Lecturer of Nursing (2018) B.S., Lock Haven University; M.S., Iowa State University

ERIN E. WILSON, Associate Professor of Chemistry (2015) B.A., Kenyon College; Ph.D., University of Michigan

TIMOTHY D. WINFIELD, Associate Professor of Music (2014) B.S, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.M., Ithaca College; D.M.A., University of Southern California

JOHN C. WINTERS, Visiting Assistant Professor of History (2021) B.A., Rowan University; M.A., George Mason University; M.Phil., Ph.D., City University of New York

ANDREW WITHINGTON, Assistant Professor of Music (2019) B.M., Ph.D., University of Canterbury; M.M., University of Auckland

SUMMER E. ZICKEFOOSE, Assistant Professor of Art; Art Gallery Director (2010) B.F.A., B.A., The University of Iowa; M.F.A., The University of Florida

LATIFA ZOULAGH, Lecturer of Modern Languages (2020) B.A., DESA, Uni­versity of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah; M.A., North Carolina State University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

ROBERT H. ZULLO, Associate Professor of Business (2017) B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., University of Georgia


1 On sabbatical leave, fall semester 2021

2 On sabbatical leave, AY 2021-2022

3 On sabbatical leave, fall semester 2021

4 On sabbatical leave, spring semester 2022

 

Emeriti

DAVID A. BARNER, Professor of Broadcast Communications Emeritus, 2020 Dis­tinguished Faculty Award (1981-2020) B.S., M.S., Shippensburg University; Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh

MONIKA A. BECKER, Professor of Biology Emerita (1980-2001) B.A., Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

DORITA F. BOLGER, Professor, Librarian Emerita (1981-2013) B.A., The Penn­sylvania State University; M.S.L.S., Clarion University

CAROL M. BOVÉ, Professor of French Emerita (1984-2010) B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York, Binghamton

EVA H. CADWALLADER, Professor of Philosophy Emerita (1973-1996) B.S., Bucknell University; M.A., University of Louisville; Ph.D., Indiana University

AMY H. CAMARDESE, Professor of Education Emerita, 2019 Distinguished Fac­ulty Award (2001-2020) B.S.Ed., Ohio University; M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., Kent State University

A. DWIGHT CASTRO, Professor of Classics Emeritus, 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award (1970-2015) B.A., Gettysburg College; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

EDWARD S. COHEN, Professor of Political Science Emeritus (1996-2019) B.A., Brooklyn College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

CAROLYN K. CUFF, Professor of Mathematics Emerita, 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award (1989-2020) B.S., Westminster College; M.S., Ph.D., Case Western University

TIMOTHY CUFF, Professor of History Emeritus (2000-2020) B.A., Westminster College; M.A., Bowling Green State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pitts­burgh

BEVERLY WHITE CUSHMAN, Associate Professor of Religion and Christian Education Emerita (2004-2015) B.A. Stetson University; M.Div., M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

DAVID O. CUSHMAN, Professor of Economics Emeritus (2005-2015) B.A., Stet­son University; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

ANN MURPHY DAMMRON, Associate Professor of French and Spanish Emerita (1995-2020) B.A., Clark University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

NANCY J. DeSALVO, Associate Professor of Music Emerita (2000-2020) B.M., Youngstown State University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; D.M.A., The Cleveland Institute of Music

LINDA P. DOMANSKI, Professor of Education Emerita (1996-2013) B.S., M.Ed., Slippery Rock University; Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh

JACOB ERHARDT, Professor of German Emeritus (1968-2004) B.A., Bald­win-Wallace College; M.A., Middlebury College; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

BARBARA T. FAIRES, Professor of Mathematics Emerita, 2001 Distinguished Fac­ulty Award (1971-1972; 1976-2009) B.S., East Carolina University; M.S., Universi­ty of South Carolina; Ph.D., Kent State University

SAMUEL A. FARMERIE, Professor of Education Emeritus and Curator of Cultural Artifacts (1966-1996) B.S.Ed., Clarion University; M.Ed., Westminster College; D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University

J. PHILIP FAWLEY, Professor of Biology Emeritus (1972-2005) P.S., M.S., Ph.D., Kent State University

DANIEL E. FISCHMAR, Professor of Economics Emeritus, 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award (1975-2017) B.A., M.A., Roosevelt University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

ELIZABETH A. FORD, Professor of English Emerita, 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award (1989-2005) B.A., M.A., Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Kent State University

JOSEPH B. FUSCO, Professor of Physical Education Emeritus (1968-2000) B.A., M.Ed., Westminster College; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

ALAN G. GITTIS, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award (1976-2011) B.A., Temple University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State Univer­sity

DAVID B. GRAY, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, 2003 Distinguished Faculty Award (1965-2003) B.A., Westminster College; M.Div., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

S. KIPLEY HAAS, Professor of Physical Education Emerita (1970-2005) B.S., M.Ed., Slippery Rock University

CLARENCE E. HARMS, Professor of Biology Emeritus, 1993 Distinguished Fac­ulty Award (1969-2003) B.A., Tabor College; M.A., University of Kansas; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

WARREN D. HICKMAN, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, 1998 Distinguished Faculty Award (1968-2008) B.S., Capital University; M.S., Case Western Reserve University; Ph.D., Kent State University

G. EUGENE HILL, Associate Professor of Education Emeritus (1974-1998) B.S., M.A., West Texas State College; M.A., Ed.D., University of Denver

FREDERICK D. HORN, Professor of English Emeritus, 1997 Distinguished Faculty Award (1966-2002) A.B., Lycoming College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Delaware

DARWIN W. HUEY, Professor of Education Emeritus, 1994 Distinguished Faculty Award (1977-2017) B.A., M.Ed., Westminster College; Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh

NANCY E. JAMES, Professor of English Emerita (1965-1990) A.B., Waynesburg College; M.A., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

WILLIAM L. JOHNSON, Professor of Physics Emeritus, 2007 Distinguished Fac­ulty Award (1971-2007) B.A., University of Southern Mississippi; M.S., Ph.D., U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

ALLEN C. JOHNSTON, Professor of Education Emeritus (1976-2001) A.B., Grove City College; M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

MARTHA R. KELLNER, Associate Professor of Chemistry Emerita (1993-2015) B.A., Greenville College; M.S., University of Illinois; Ph.D., University of Kentucky

PHYLLIS G. KITZEROW, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Emerita, 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award (1978-2012) B.S., University of Wis­consin; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

TERRI L. LENOX, Professor of Computer Science Emerita, 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award (1999-2018) B.S., Grove City College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

G. SAMUEL LIGHTNER IV, Professor of Physics Emeritus (1970-2008) B.S., Randolph-Macon College; Ph.D., University of Virginia

GARY D. LILLY, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies Emeritus (1977-2013) B.A., Westminster College; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State Univer­sity

ROBIN ANNA-KARIN LIND, Associate Professor of Music Emerita (2000-2014) B.A., College of Idaho; M.A., University of Oregon; Ph.D., University of Utah

KENNETH M. LONG, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, 2002 Distinguished Faculty Award (1962-2002) B.S.Ed., Goshen College; M.A.T., Michigan State University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

CAMILA BARI DE LÓPEZ, Professor of Spanish Emerita (1997-2014) Profeso­ra de Literatura, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina; Ph.D., University at Albany

NANCY A. MACKY, Associate Professor of English Emerita (1993-2003) B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University

JESSE T. MANN, Professor of French, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Emeritus (1984-2019) B.A., Washington and Lee University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

PATRICK C. McCARTHY, Professor of Biology Emeritus, 2008 Distinguished Faculty Award (1970-2008) B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Wayne State University

MANDY B. MEDVIN, Professor of Psychology Emerita (1992-2020) B.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., University of Washington

GAIL L. MILLER, Professor of Business Emeritus (1983-2013) B.A., Otterbein College; M.B.A., University of Georgia; D.B.A., University of Kentucky

M. EILEEN MORELLI, Associate Professor of Education Emerita (2002-2015) B.S., Youngstown State University; M.Ed., Valparaiso University; Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh

J. MILLER PECK, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus (1958-1962; 1963-1999) A.B., Harvard University; M.S., Carnegie Mellon University

JAMES A. PERKINS, Professor of English Emeritus, 2006 Distinguished Faculty Award (1973-2008) B.A., Centre College; M.A., Miami University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

BRYAN S. RENNIE, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, 2021 Distinguished Faculty Award (1992) B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland

D. SCOTT RENNINGER JR., Professor of Physical Education Emeritus (1978- 2014) A.B., Heidelberg College; M.S., Eastern Michigan University

DAVID C. SMITH, Associate Professor of Accounting Emeritus (2004-2016) B.S., Bucknell University; M.S., Robert Morris University; M.B.A., University of Pitts­burgh; C.P.A. (Pennsylvania)

MOLLY P. SPINNEY, Associate Professor, Head Librarian Emerita (1975-2012) B.A., Westminster College; M.L.S., University of Pittsburgh

RICHARD L SPROW, Professor of English Emeritus, 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award (1976-2016) B.A., St. Lawrence University; M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University

ROBERT L. VANDALE, Professor of Religion Emeritus, Director of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Center (1973-1998) B.A., Lawrence College; M.Div., Pitts­burgh Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Iowa

SANDRA K. WEBSTER, Professor of Psychology, 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award (1983) B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

R. THOMAS WILLIAMSON, President Emeritus (1997-2008) B.A., College of Wooster; J.D., University of Baltimore

ROGER T. WOLCOTT, Professor of Sociology Emeritus (1956-1993) B.A., Cor­nell University; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

PAUL G. WOZNIAK, Professor of Accounting Emeritus (1974-2008) B.S., M.B.A., Youngstown State University; C.P.A. (Pennsylvania)