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Central Adds 12 Faculty Members

Featured: Central Adds 12 Faculty Members

August 22, 2017

Twelve new faculty members will join Central College this year — experts in physics, chemistry, music and more. They include:

New Tenure-Line Faculty

Valerie Billing, assistant professor of English

  • B.A. in English from University of Illinois
  • M.A. and Ph.D. in English from University of California

James Dunne, assistant professor of chemistry

  • B.S. in chemistry from Grove City College
  • Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University
  • Since 2012, visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Central

Christopher Kleven, assistant professor of physics

  • B.A. in mathematics and physics from Central College
  • M.S. in aerospace engineering
  • Ph.D. in aerospace and mechanical engineering from University of Notre Dame

Ian Moschenross, professor of music

  • B.A. in music from Hanover College
  • M.M. and D.M.A. in musical arts from University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tuan Nguyen, assistant professor of economics

  • B.B.A., M.A., and M.S. in economics from University of Texas
  • Ph.D. in economics from University of Oregon

New Full-Time and Visiting Faculty

 Erin Bryan, lecturer of music

  • B.M. from Lawrence University
  • M.M. from University of Louisville
  • Currently completing D.M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anna Christensen, lecturer of philosophy

  • B.A. from Northwestern College
  • A.M. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis

Amanda Clark, lecturer of education

  • B.A. from Simpson College
  • M.S. from Drake University
  • Currently completing Ph.D. from Drake University

 Chad Garber, lecturer of physics

  • B.S. and M.E. from Iowa State University

Meryl Irwin, lecturer of communication studies

  • B.A. from Concordia College
  • M.A. from University of Nebraska
  • Ph.D. from University of Iowa

Michaela Maschek, lecturer of German

  • M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Also associate director of Central College in Vienna

Tammy Strawser, lecturer of education

  • B.A. from University of Dubuque
  • M.A. from Viterbo University

Ed Willis, professor emeritus of psychology