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New Faculty and Staff Join St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, October 5, 2015
by Mariah Doughman, mariah.doughman@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College is welcoming more than 20 new faculty and staff members for the 2015-16 school year. The newcomers are as follows:

Susan Bacos joins the college as an adjunct instructor of teacher education. She received her B.S. in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and her M.E. in curriculum and instruction from Lesley College in Boston, Mass. Bacos has taught in elementary and middle school classrooms for 35 years.


Judy Cervantes joins the college as a visiting assistant professor of Spanish. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of California Riverside. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside this summer.


Kathryn (Katie) Dunn comes to St. Norbert as an assistant professor of biology. She received her B.S. in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and went on to receive her Ph.D. in physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Kameko Halfmann comes to St. Norbert as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. She earned her B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College, graduating cum laude. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in neuroscience (cognitive track) from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.


Ann Hintz joins the college as director of academic advising. Prior to this position, Hintz served as the dean of education for the Globe Education Network Family of Schools, Appleton campus, since 2010. She previously served as the assistant registrar at St. Norbert from 2007 to 2010.


Valerie Kretz comes to the college as an assistant professor of communication and media studies. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Drury University, Springfield, Mo. Kretz earned her M.A in mass communication from Marquette University and her Ph.D. in communication arts (communication science track) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kretz's scholarship focuses on the socializing effects of entertainment media and advertising.


Justin Krueger returns as an adjunct assistant professor of music. He holds a D.M.A. from West Virginia University, an M.M. from Wichita State University and a B.A. from St. Norbert College. He is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Wisconsin Music Teachers Association (WMTA) and the Fox Valley Music Teachers Associations (FVMTA) organizations.


Debbie Kupinsky joins the college community as an assistant professor of art. Kupinsky earned her B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute and went on to earn her M.F.A. from Louisiana State University.


John-Gabriel Licht comes to St. Norbert as an assistant professor of business administration. He graduated cum laude with his B.A. in psychology from the University of North Dakota and his Ph.D. from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.


Jason McFarland joins the college as an assistant professor of theology and religious studies. He graduated from the University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude) and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance. McFarland received his M.A. and Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the Catholic University of America, where he worked as both a teaching fellow and lecturer in the School of Theology and Religious Studies.


Kris Peters is the new visiting associate professor of computer science. Previously, she taught mathematics and computer science at Ripon College. She received her B.S. from Ohio State University and her M.S. from Purdue University.


Michelle Schoenleber serves as an assistant professor of psychology. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Marquette University, and graduated cum laude. She moved to a pre-doctoral residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center and then on to receive her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Sarah Schuetze comes to the college as a visiting professor of English. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee magna cum laude, her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and her M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky.


Siobhan Shay returns to the college as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. Siobhan started with St. Norbert last spring and is returning for another year. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and taught at their Lyman Briggs STEM College for one year before joining us.


Erica Southworth serves as an assistant professor of teacher education. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, her master's in education from Viterbo University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Erica's content analysis research focuses on women's agency in textbooks and religion.


Matthew Sprague joins St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of chemistry. He received his B.A. with honors in physics and his B.S. with honors in chemistry from Ithaca College. Sprague earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).