Nov 30, 2022  
2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog

The Faculty, 2022-2023


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

1JEFFREY 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

1HELEN M. BOYLAN, Professor of Chemistry; Gibson Drinko Chair; 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award (2001) B.S., Westminster College; Ph.D., Duquesne University

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

1CRAIG L. CAYLOR, Associate Professor of Physics (2001) B.S., Kansas State Uni­versity; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

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

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

JENNA M. COPPER, Assistant Professor of Education (2022) B.A., M.Ed., Slippery Rock University; Ph.D., Robert Morris University

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

ROBERT B. CRAVEN, Assistant Professor of English (2022) B.A., Westminster College; M.A., Duquesne University; Ph.D., University of Oregon

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

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)

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

TIMOTHY R. GRIEVE-CARLSON, Assistant Professor of Interfaith Studies (2022) A.B., Drew University; M.A., Ph.D., Rice 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

RYAN A. KEELING, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities (2022) B.A., West Liberty State College; M.M., East Carolina University; D.M.A., West Virginia University

JAMIE 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

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 (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

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, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Biochemistry/Chemistry Chair (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 (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

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

1DAVID 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

JENNIFER WALDO, Instructor of Finance (2022) B.A., Westminster College; M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.Ed., Seton Hill 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; School of Music Chair (2014) B.S, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.M., Ithaca College; D.M.A., University of Southern California

SUMMER E. ZICKEFOOSE, Associate 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, spring semester 2023

 

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

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

DEBORAH C. MITCHELL, Professor of English and Film Studies, 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award (1992-2022) B.A., M.A., Youngstown State University; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

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

BRYAN S. RENNIE, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, 2021 Distinguished Faculty Award (1992-2021) 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 (1983-2021) 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)