Bridgewater College welcomes 11 new faculty members

bridgewaterBridgewater College welcomes 11 new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. The faculty members, who will arrive on campus in late August for meetings before the start of classes onAug. 26, will join the departments of art, economics and business administration, education, health and human sciences, history and political science, sociology and world languages and cultures.

The new faculty members, announced by Carol A. Scheppard, vice president and dean for academic affairs, are as follows:

Eric Kniss has been promoted to full-time instructor of art. He has served as an adjunct in the art department since August 2010. He received an A.A. from Hesston College, a B.F.A. in ceramics from Bethel College and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

William McKnight will join the department of economics and business administration as an assistant professor. He received a B.A. in accounting from Southwestern University and is a Ph.D. candidate in strategic management from the University of Houston.

Joining the education department is Jenny Martin as assistant professor. She earned a B.S. in English/secondary education from Eastern Mennonite University, an M.A. in education from Radford University and is a Ph.D. candidate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on middle and secondary English education from Virginia Tech.

The department of health and human sciences welcomes two new faculty members – Carmen Moyer as visiting assistant professor and Kevin Zimmerman as assistant professor.

Moyer, a 2011 Bridgewater College graduate with a degree in health and exercise science, received an M.S. degree in exercise and sport science from East Carolina University.

Zimmerman earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona, and an M.S. in couple and family therapy and a Ph.D. in human development and family studies, both from Iowa State University.

Joining the department of history and political science are Bobbi Gentry and Yuka Hiruma Kishida, both as assistant professors.

Gentry received B.A. degrees in psychology and political science from Winthrop University, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from City University of New York Graduate Center.

Kishida earned a B.A. in liberal arts from Soka University of America and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from The University of Iowa.

Ernest “Skip” Burzumato has been promoted to full-time instructor of sociology. He has served as an adjunct in the sociology department since January 2011. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Memphis and an M.A. in theology and biblical studies from Reformed Theological Seminary.

The department of world languages and cultures welcomes three new faculty members – Christopher James as an assistant professor and Susan Dixon and Geraldine Suter, both as instructors of world languages.

James earned a B.A. in French and telecommunications and an M.A. in linguistics and teaching English to speakers of other languages from Ball State University. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French from the University of Virginia.

Dixon earned an A.B. in English and French from Randolph Macon College, an M.A. and doctorate in comparative literature from Université Paris 8 and a Ph.D. in French from Rutgers University.

Suter, a 2006 BC graduate with a degree in English, received an M.A. in English from James Madison University and an M.A. in Germanic languages and literatures from the University of Virginia. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Germanic languages and literatures at UVA.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,800 undergraduate students.



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