MC welcomes six new educators for 2016-17 academic year

MC welcomes six new educators for 2016-17 academic year

Aug. 23, 2016

This fall, Maryville College welcomes to its campus two assistant professors, two lecturers and two visiting instructors, bringing the total number of full-time faculty members to 77.

“As an institution committed to teaching excellence, hiring new faculty means hiring individuals who are both professionally qualified and passionate about teaching,” said Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College. “We are excited about the strengths these faculty bring to our academic programs and are confident that they will serve our students very well.”

In the College’s Division of Social Sciences, Dr. Regina Benedict joins the faculty as a lecturer in criminal justice. Benedict earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in corrections from Mississippi State University. She earned a master’s degree in criminology/criminal justice from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in criminology from the University of Tennessee. Her dissertation title is Giving Back Not Giving Up: Generativity Among Older Female Inmates.

Benedict is also a lecturer in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Sociology. Courses taught include criminal justice, juvenile delinquency, white collar crime, general sociology and social justice. She has also taught general sociology and social problems at Pellissippi State Community College. Her areas of concentration include corrections, gender and research, female and older inmates, narrative and identity, and qualitative methods.

Dr. Anna Engelsone joins the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science as an assistant professor of mathematics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and applied mathematics from Goshen College and a Ph.D. in operations research from North Carolina State University. Her thesis title is Solving Optimal Control Problems by Direct Transcription.

Most recently, she was a senior operations research scientist for JDA Software Inc. She was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, and she has also served as a research assistant at North Carolina State University, where she designed and implemented numerical experiments with scientists from Boeing.

In the Division of Education, Dr. Jennifer Flynn joins the faculty as a visiting instructor of exercise science. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Saginaw Valley State University. She received a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a Ph.D. in kinesiology and sport studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her dissertation title is Active Families in the Great Outdoors: A family-centered program to increase physical activity and perceptions of parents and children.

Flynn, whose research has been published in several peer reviewed publications, was most recently a postdoctoral research fellow in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Exercise Science, where she worked with the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group. She has taught undergraduate courses in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies.

Dr. Wei Fu joins the Division of Social Sciences as an assistant professor of marketing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in computer and application from Kunming University of Science and Technology. She earned a master of science in accounting degree with a concentration in business administration from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in retail, hospitality and tourism management with a concentration in retail and consumer sciences from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her dissertation title is Eco-fashion consumption: cognitive-experiential self-theory.

Previously, Fu was a visiting assistant professor of marketing in Gustavus Adolphus College’s Department of Economics and Management. She also taught in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management. Her teaching interests include principles of marketing, marketing research, customer relationship management, consumer behavior, retail management, brand management, marketing strategy, principles of retailing, e-retailing and international marketing. Her research interests include societal marketing, Chinese-inspired products, consumer information process systems, customer value and hedonic consumption experiences.

In the Division of Natural Sciences, Irene Guerinot joins the faculty as a lecturer in physics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Guerinot has taught at Maryville College since 2008, serving as laboratory coordinator and Natural Sciences instructor. She has over 20 years of experience in scientific research and development that involve the physics of micro and nano-mechanical (MEMS/NEMS) systems, micro-mechanical physical and chemical sensors, the physics of electron transport and the development of uncooled MEMS IR detectors. She has more than 15 open literature publications and over 20 conference proceedings and presentations.

Dr. Lu Sun joins the Division of Humanities as a visiting instructor of history. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Anhui University in Hefei, China and a master’s degree in world history from Peking University in Beijing, China. She earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, where she is also completing a Ph.D. in United States history. Her dissertation title is Prisoners, Saboteurs, and Diplomats: A History of the Diplomacy of Captivity During and Following the Korean War.

Sun taught history and social sciences at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass., and she served as a teaching assistant in Vanderbilt University’s Department of History. Her research and teaching interests include modern East Asian history, modern Chinese history, global Cold War history, 20th century world history, 20th century U.S. history, U.S.-East Asian relations and history of New York City.

Promotions, Title Changes and Reassignments

  • Will Phillips has been appointed chair of the Division of Languages and Literature
  • Traci Haydu has been appointed chair of the Division of Education
  • Doug Sofer has been named director of Maryville College Works
  • Nancy Locklin-Sofer has been promoted to professor of history
  • Bill Swann has been promoted to professor of music
  • Jerilyn Swann has been promoted to professor of biology
  • Dan Ross has received tenure and has been promoted to associate professor of mathematics
  • Dave Unger has received tenure and has been promoted to associate professor of biology
  • Shara Galloway has been named lecturer in business
  • Christina Seymour has been named lecturer in English
  • Jeremy Steeves has been named assistant professor of exercise science
  • Jason Troyer has been named assistant dean for retention and the first year (position ends December 2016)
  • Crystal Colter has been named assistant dean for retention and the first year (position begins January 2017)

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.