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September 2008

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New faculty member profiles

David Bailey, who joined the St. Norbert College community last year as a visiting assistant professor, will continue in the biology discipline as an assistant professor of biology. He came to St. Norbert from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., where he served as a visiting research scientist and adjunct professor in the department of biological sciences.

Bailey received his Ph.D. and M.A. in psychology, with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience, from Michigan State University. He received his B.S. in biological sciences and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teaching and research interests include the physiology of body systems, neuroendocrinology and behavioral neuroscience.
Christina (Teena) Carroll, assistant professor of mathematics, will begin her duties in the spring semester of 2009. She received her Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received an award for excellence in teaching. Her dissertation is titled “Enumerative Combinatorics of Posets.” Additional areas of mathematical interest are discrete math, algorithm design and Markov chains. Carroll received her M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was on the planning committee for the Undergraduate Conference for Women in Mathematics.

Carroll and her husband, David, both received B.A. degrees in mathematics from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Both choral musicians, they are looking forward to singing with local groups.

Ashley Hill-Söderlund joins the college as assistant professor of psychology. She majored in both psychology and history at Southern Methodist University, completed her M.A. in psychology at the University of West Florida and earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Notre Dame, where she received an award for excellence in teaching.

Hill-Söderlund’s dissertation focused on social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she continued her research on social and emotional development. She was then appointed as a research associate at the center. While at UNC at Chapel Hill she was also assistant visiting professor at UNC Greensboro.

Hill-Söderlund and her husband, Martin, love outdoor activities, especially hiking and golf. They also enjoy traveling, reading and trying new recipes.

Brandon Hofstedt has accepted the position of teaching fellow in sociology for 2008-09. His specialties include the study of social movements, urban and community sociology, complex organizations, and political sociology. His dissertation, which combines several of these fields, is a comparison of three community “smart growth” movements, with particular emphasis on the ways that they attempted, with various degrees of success, to mobilize community capital.

Hofstedt completed his undergraduate degree at Augsburg College, where he was the recipient of the Marina Christensen Justice Award in 2002. He participated in three research projects on community capital, social movements, business networks and economic vitality; two funded by the National Science Foundation and the Fund for Rural America. He has made 16 conference presentations on his work. His Ph.D. in sociology from Iowa State University is expected this calendar year.

Kim Kaczmarowski, who graduated with high honors from St. Norbert College and took her M.S.W. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has accepted the academic staff position of instructor and director of the human service program within sociology. Kaczmarowski has served as a counselor for a firm in De Pere and as program coordinator for the Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic in Green Bay, and most recently has served as a caseworker and mediator in custody cases for the Oconto County Department of Human Services. She has also taught courses, including Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Psychology and Diversity Studies, at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis.

St. Norbert College’s human services concentration and minor within sociology, already well established by the work of our colleague Nicole Schneider, will now be taken through its next stages of development under Kaczmarowski’s direction.

Leanne Kent will be joining the philosophy discipline as a visiting instructor of philosophy. Kent specializes in both theoretical and applied ethics (including business and medical ethics). The focus of her teaching at St. Norbert will be courses in ethics.

Kent expects to complete her Ph.D. in philosophy at Bowling Green State University in the fall. Her dissertation is entitled “Tragic Dilemmas, Virtue Ethics and Moral Luck.” She has won several awards for her graduate work at Bowling Green. Kent completed her M.A. at the University of Alberta and her B.A. (Honors) at the University of Regina. She is a native of Canada.

John Ochsner is joining the chemistry discipline as chemical hygiene officer. He returns to St. Norbert after working as a full-time chemistry instructor at the College of Menominee Nation from 2005-08. He received his M.S. in chemistry from Washington State University in 2000 and his B.S. in chemistry, with an emphasis in environmental chemistry and a minor in speech communication, from Humboldt State University in 1998.

Ochsner will also be working as a chemistry instructor for classes such as Introduction to Chemistry and Applications of Chemistry. He is married to assistant professor of chemistry Cyndi Ochsner and the couple has two daughters.

Katharine Ourada joins the Communication and Media Studies department as a visiting instructor in communication. Ourada received her B.A. in communication from St. Norbert in 2005. She completed her M.A. in communication (2007) and is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University.

Her research interests include persuasive strategies on adolescent sexual health issues, health campaigns theory and pedagogy, and parasocial relationships. She also served as the project coordinator for the Indiana Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Project in West Lafayette, Ind. Katie and her husband, Ryan, were married in July at Old St. Joseph Church.

Karen Park Koenig rejoins the religious studies discipline as an assistant professor of religious studies, after having taught as an adjunct assistant professor in 2005-06. Koenig is a Wisconsin native and graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wis. She received her B.A. in English from Lawrence University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, where she was a recipient of the Martin Marty dissertation fellowship. From 2006-08 she was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence University, where she taught classes on American and European Christian history.

Her research interests include early modern theological history,  and Catholic devotionalism, particularly the veneration of the infant Christ. She is also interested in women's convent writing. Her current research focuses on the ways in which the advent of the Reformation forced Christians to re-evaluate not only their understanding of Mary, but of her infant son as well.

Benjamin Prince joins St. Norbert College as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the chemistry discipline. He recently finished his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University, where he received honors that included a research and teaching excellence award. Prince obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry from Illinois College.

Some of his research interests focus on the use of computational chemistry to provide a novel method for students to observe “how things work” on a molecular level, without the need to understand all of the principles behind quantum mechanics. His hobbies include playing bass trombone, amassing a large quantity of trivia knowledge and reading.

Christina Ritsema comes to St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of business administration. Ritsema joins the college from Hope College, where she taught as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Arkansas and her B.S. from Miami University.

Her teaching responsibilities will include auditing, financial and intermediate accounting. She is an active researcher and looks forward to becoming involved in faculty/student projects.

Shane Rocheleau, assistant professor of art, is welcomed by the art discipline as a photographer-educator. He joins the college from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., where he served as an adjunct assistant professor (Digital Photography, Contemporary Issues in Photography and Film). He earned his M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, his post-baccalaureate certificate (Fine Arts) from Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, Md.) and his B.A. from St. Michael’s College (Colchester, Vt.).

Rocheleau’s teaching duties will include photography, history of photography, and new media. His most recent work, (two-way mirror portraits, has been exhibited at the ANJPPE '08 show (the Artspace National Juried Printmaking and Photography Exhibition) and the New Waves 2008 show at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.
Joshua Schulz is welcomed by the philosophy discipline as a full-time visiting instructor. In 2007-08 he was an adjunct instructor at St. Norbert College and at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He earned undergraduate degrees in both philosophy and English from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was named the best 2003 graduate in each program. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Marquette University. Schulz will be teaching courses in Philosophy of Human Nature and Modern Philosophy.
Larry Waggle joins St. Norbert College as a visiting assistant professor of philosophy. Larry received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2003, with his dissertation titled “Just friends: an analysis of justice and friendship in the social theories of Aristotle and Epicurus.” His area of specialization is ancient Greek philosophy and ethics, and he is currently working on a book on environmental ethics.

Waggle comes to St. Norbert from Illinois State University, where he worked for the last six years. Representative publications include: “Epicurean Hedonism — Ethical or Psychological?”, “Aesthetic Survey of Concrete Bridges in the Mid-West” (co-authored with Kimberly Kramer), “Aesthetics of Concrete Structures — Beauty is in the Mind of the Beholder” (co-authored with Kimberly Kramer), “Plato’s Doctrine of Recollection: What Are We Supposed to Learn From the Experiment With the Slaveboy?”, “Epicurean Primitivism” and the introductory chapter for “A Refutation of the World’s Non-Reality Syllogism.”

In his free time, Waggle enjoys rock and coin collecting, and foreign languages.

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