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August 23, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

New SRU faculty bring experience

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -When Slippery Rock University begins classes Aug. 26 there will be 28 new faculty in the classrooms bringing their expertise in everything from criminology and criminal justice to business.

"Our faculty hiring committees and Office of Human Resources have worked overtime to find high-quality, dedicated individuals to complement our faculty for the start of fall semester," said Philip Way, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I want to thank them for their efforts in continuing to build a strong and robust faculty."

"I have met with most of the new faculty members and am very impressed with their credentials and their vast teaching experience. I know they will bring new excitement and new ideas to the campus and will continue our tradition of offering our students a rock solid education," he said.

"In reviewing their resumes, I have found that many of those joining Slippery Rock University bring with them outstanding and important research projects. I look forward to working with them as they continue that research. I know our students will want to join in those exciting projects as we continue to expand our joint faculty-student research collaborations."

Those joining the faculty are:

Kerry Edwards, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice;

E. Mitchell Church, assistant professor of computer science;

Sunita Mondal, assistant professor in SRU's School of Business;

David Jordan, associate professor in SRU's School of Business;

Hope Dropp, instructor in safety management;

Rona Smeak, instructor in safety management;

Ashlea Rineer-Hershey assistant professor of special education;

Kenneth Cross, instructor in special education;

Arlene Ford, assistant professor of physics and pre-engineering;

Rhiannon Condon, assistant professor of public health and social work;

Brian Miller, assistant professor of geography, geology and the environment;

Laura Coulter, instructor of geography, geology and the environment;

Christopher Scott, assistant professor of music;

Chad Winkler, instructor in music;

Liping Zhang, instructor in modern languages and cultures;

Sungho Chung, instructor in modern languages and cultures;

Werner Lange, instructor in modern languages and cultures;

Thaddeus Boron, assistant professor of chemistry;

Mary Ann Dailey, associate professor of nursing;

Paul Falso, assistant professor of biology;

Tanya Minteer, instructor in biology;

Eric Schruers, instructor in art;

Allison Peiritsch, instructor in communication;

Kim Coffaro, instructor in parks and recreation;

Deanna Brookens, instructor in theatre;

Dale Thornton, instructor of exercise and rehabilitative science;

Stacy Arend, instructor of exercise and rehabilitative science; and

Kevin Kotsko, instructor of exercise and rehabilitative science.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.