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St. Norbert College welcomes new faculty

From St. Norbert College, August 26, 2011
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College welcomes the following new faculty and staff members for the 2011-2012 academic year:

Brandon Bauer: St. Norbert College welcomes Brandon Bauer as assistant professor of art in new media and photography. Brandon is an award winning artist whose work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally. He received his B.F.A. in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and his M.A. and M.F.A. in intermedia from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Brandon received a graduate student fellowship for the completion of his master of fine arts thesis project and exhibition titled This Is What You Were Born For: Mapping Afghan History. Brandon joins us from Lawrence University where he was a lecturer in the department of art and art history.

Tomas Bogardus: Tomas Bogardus joins St. Norbert College as a teaching fellow of philosophy. Tomas received his B.S. in general biology, magna cum laude, from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas with his dissertation titled An Epistemological Approach to the Mind-Body Problem.

Mara Brecht: Mara Brecht joins the faculty of St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of religious studies. Mara received her B.A. in religion and history from Oberlin College, her master's of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and her doctorate in theology from Fordham University.

Erik Brekke: Erik Brekke comes to St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of physics. Erik received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joins us from Wheaton College where he completed a two-year visiting position.

Shan Bryan-Hanson: St. Norbert College welcomes Shan Bryan-Hanson as curator of art galleries and collections of art. Shan received her B.A. from Anderson University and her M.F.A. from the University of Montana-Missoula. She joins us from Silver Lake College where she was an assistant professor of art.

Kathryn Geimer-Chojnacki: Kathryn Geimer-Chojnacki joins the St. Norbert College community as adjunct instructor of education. Kathryn received her B.A. from Mount Mary College and her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has extensive classroom experience both teaching and evaluating students for special education, and supporting regular education and special education teachers in their roles in teaching a child with a disability. She has served on numerous local and state transition and curriculum committees and has helped to develop alternate assessments for students with disabilities, the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment as well as the alternate ACCESS for English language learners. She most recently joins us from the Green Bay Area Public Schools where she continues to work with transition of students (18-21) at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Carrie Kissman: Carrie Kissman, assistant professor of biology, is welcomed into our community in the Natural Science Division. Carrie received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She joins us from Miami University where she most recently served as a visiting assistant professor.

Jamie Lynch: Jamie Lynch joins the St. Norbert College community as an assistant professor of sociology. Jamie received his B.S. from Western Washington University, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University.

Christopher Meidl: Christopher Meidl returns to St. Norbert College as an assistant professor of education. He has been a visiting assistant professor of education here since 2009. Christopher 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 Saint John's University in Minnesota.

Christopher Morong: Christopher Morong joins St. Norbert College as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. Christopher earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Chicago, and his B.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Most recently, Christopher served as an adjunct instructor of chemistry at the Dominican University.

Luis Navarro-Ayala: Luis Navarro-Ayala comes to St. Norbert as a visiting instructor of modern languages & literatures. Luis earned his B.A. from the University of California-Davis, and is in the process of receiving his Ph.D. in French & francophone studies from UCLA. Luis has extensive teaching experience at the high school and college levels in California.

Robert Osgood: Bob Osgood joins the St. Norbert College community as chair of teacher education. Bob received his B.A. from the University of Oregon, his M.Ed. from the University of Vermont and his Ph.D. from The Claremont Graduate School. Most recently, Bob was associate dean of academic affairs for teacher education and professor of education at Muskingum University.

Keith Sherony: St. Norbert College welcomes Keith Sherony as a visiting professor of ecomonics. Keith received his B.A. from Rosary College, his M.S. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Keith joins us from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he has been part of the faculty since 1983.

Robert Trembinski: Mr. Rob Trembinski joined the St. Norbert College community as director of residential education and judicial affairs at the beginning of 2011.

Alexa Trumphy: Alexa Trumphy joins St. Norbert College as a visiting assistant professor of sociology. Alexa received her B.A., magna cum laude, from DePauw University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Kristin Vogel: Kristin Vogel became the new director of the Mulva Library at St. Norbert College effective July 1, 2011. Kristin recently served as librarian and associate professor at Saint Louis University. She has previously held positions at Illinois Wesleyan University and Alma College. She has an undergraduate degree in peace and global studies from Earlham College and a Master's degree from Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science with concentrations in academic libraries, technology, and reference & instruction.

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