St. Norbert College welcomes new faculty

From St. Norbert College, August 27, 2009
by Brian Curran, brian.curran@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College welcomes the following new faculty and staff members for the 2009-2010 academic year:

April Beiswenger
Beiswenger joins St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of theatre studies. Beiswenger earned her M.F.A. in theater, with an emphasis on design, this spring from West Virginia University. Her M.A. in theater arts is from Villanova University.

Kristee Boehm
Boehm rejoins the St. Norbert college community as a visiting instructor of modern languages & literatures after a five-year absence, during which she was a senior lecturer and coordinator of the 2nd-year Spanish program at the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously at St. Norbert College she served as an assistant professor of modern foreign languages from 1996-2004 and was tenured in 2000. Boehm received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and her B.A. in Spanish and business administration from Alma College, Michigan.

Jason R. Bowers
Bowers is the assistant professor of military science in St. Norbert College's Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Bowers holds a Bachelor's Degree in history from Michigan State University and a Masters in leadership studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. Bowers commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Defense Artillery Branch in 2002. Assignments included being a platoon leader, executive officer, and battery commander of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado. During this assignment, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon completion of the advanced course at Fort Bliss, he was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Bowers held various positions on the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team staff including assistant operations officer. Bowers deployed with the brigade to Iraq and served as the assistant civil affairs officer for the duration of the 15-month deployment.

Emanuel Castro de Oliveira
Oliveira joins St. Norbert College as adjunct instructor of economics. Oliveira recently finished working on his Ph.D. from Kansas State University, specializing in macroeconomics, international economics and econometrics. He received his M.B.A. from Kansas State University and his B.A. from Licenciatura, corporate management, University of Coimbra.

Chris Dalton
Dalton joins St Norbert College as an adjunct instructor of history for the fall semester. Dalton is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in East Asian studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dalton received his M.A. in East Asian studies from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and his B.A. in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Leanne Kent
Kent will continue in the philosophy discipline as an assistant professor of philosophy. Kent joined St Norbert College last year as a visiting instructor of philosophy. Kent recently earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Bowling Green State University. Kent completed her M.A. at the University of Alberta and her B.A. (honors) at the University of Regina.

Linda McKeag
McKeag is a visiting instructor of accounting. KcKeag received her M.B.A. in finance from the University of St. Thomas and her B.S. from University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Christopher Meidl
Meidl joins St. Norbert College as a visiting assistant professor of education. Meidl earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction; early childhood education from Pennsylvania State University, his M.A. from the university of New Orleans, and his B.A. from St John's University, Minnesota.

Tynisha Meidl
Meidl joins St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of education, specializing in literacy and reading. A recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Meidl earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction: language and literacy education. Her M.E. is from the University of Texas, Pan-American, and her B.S. in Spanish is from Pennsylvania State University

Jason Mills
Mills joins St. Norbert College as a visiting instructor of biology. Mills received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Kevin Murphy
Murphy is an assistant professor of mathematics. Murphy recently received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Iowa and his B.A. from Augustana College.

Tanya Randle
Randle joins St. Norbert College as a teaching fellow of philosophy. Randle recently finished working on her Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta. She received her M.A. in philosophy from Emory University, and a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in psychology from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

Beth Tarasawa
Tarasawa will be joining St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of sociology. Tarasawa took her Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology at Emory University in Atlanta, and her B.S. at Portland State in sociology with women's studies minor. Tarasawa has put her quantitative training to use co-writing, with associate professor Regina Werum at Emory University.

Nicolas (Nick) Winter
Winter joins St. Norbert College as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in chemistry. Winter has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2006 and subsequently completed a three-year research postdoctoral position. While at UC Santa Cruz Winter received both the chemistry department and campus-wide outstanding teaching assistant awards. During his postdoctoral at Northwestern University, he completed the graduate teaching certificate program offered through the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence.