FHSU welcomes new faculty
10/20/2008

Fort Hays State University has added several new full-time faculty for the 2008-2009 year.

Dr. Longy Anyanwu accepted a position in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an associate professor. Anayanwu received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md., in 1980; a master of computer science from Howard University, Washington D.C., in 1982; and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Morgan State in 1988.

Jon Armstrong accepted a position as the assistant director of the Virtual College. Armstrong received an associate of arts from Seward County Community College, Liberal, in 1992; a bachelor of arts degree in speech communications and secondary education from FHSU in 1996; and a master of liberal studies degree in organizational leadership from FHSU in 2008.

Dr. Krisztina Bencze accepted a position in the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor. Bencze received a bachelor of science in physics from University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj Napoca, Romania, in 1995, and a Ph.D. in physics from University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, in 2000.

Dr. Gary Brinker accepted a position as director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs with the rank of associate professor of sociology. He began his position on Aug. 1. Brinker received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 1991; a master of arts degree in sociology from Baylor in 1994; and a Ph.D. in applied sociology from Baylor in 1997.

Lisa Carpenter accepted a position in the Department of Allied Health as an instructor. Carpenter received an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology from Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Mo., in 2001 and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Park University, Parkville, Mo., in 2007.

Anthony John Caskey accepted a position in the Virtual College International an instructor of English. He received a bachelors degree in English from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., in 1992, a masters degree in teaching English as a second language from the University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, in 1999 and a masters degree in international public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001.

Rosa-Maria Castaneda accepted a position in the Department of Modern Languages as an instructor. Castaneda received a bachelor of arts degree in education from Women's University of the Sacred Heart, Lima, Peru, in 1990 and a master of arts degree in applied linguistics from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla., in 2001.

Lorie Cook-Benjamin accepted a position in the Department of Teacher Education as an instructor. Cook-Benjamin received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, in 1985; a master of education degree in elementary education from Washington State University, Pullman, in 1989; and an Ed. D. in Curriculumn and Instruction from USD in 1995.

Michelle Cothran accepted a position as an admissions counselor. Cothran received an associate of arts degree from Kansas City, Kan. Community College in 2001; a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa., in 2003; and a master of education degree in health, physical education and recreation from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, in 2005.

Pat Fellers accepted a position in the Virtual College International as an instructor of English. He received a bachelor of arts and a master of science in English from FHSU

Nanette Fitzhugh accepted a position in the College of Business and Leadership as virtual and student services coordinator. Fitzhugh received a bachelor of science degree in health, movement and leisure studies from Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Ky., in 2001 and a master of science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., in 2008.

Amanda Francis accepted a full-time position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of management and marketing. She received an associate of science degree in business administration from Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, in 2003, a bachelor of science degree in international business and a masters of business administration from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, in 2007.

Nicholas Francis accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English. Francis received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Missouri Western State University, Joseph, in 2002 and a master of arts degree in English from Northwestern Missouri State University, Maryville, in 2005.

Ryan Frederick accepted a position in the Computing and Telecommunications Center as system administrator. Frederick received a bachelor of science degree in technology management and computer systems technology from Kansas State University, Salina, in 2008.

Brad Haynes accepted the position as assistant athletic director of the intercollegiate athletic program.
Haynes received an associate of arts degree in secondary education from Colby Community College in 1990, a bachelor of science in business education from FHSU in 1993, and a master of science in sports administration from FHSU in 1997.

Dr. Leo Herrman accepted a position in the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor. Herrman received a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 1971 and a master of science degree in clinical psychology in 1974 from FHSU. He also received a doctor of philosophy in developmental and child psychology in 1988 from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Tony Hobson accepted a position as administrative assistant of athletics and head women's basketball coach. Hobson received an associate of arts degree from Barton County Community College in 1979; a bachelor of arts degree from Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., in 1981; and a master of science degree from United States Sports Academy, Mobile, Ala., in 1989.

Carrie Hofstetter accepted a position as assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting officer. Hofstetter received a bachelor of arts in psychology and health promotion management from Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., in 2004.

Pawan Jain accepted a position in the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies as a technology specialist and instructional designer. Jain received a bachelor of commerce from Chattrapati Sahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur, India, in 2000; a master of commerce from Chattrapati Sahuji Maharaj University in 2002; and a master of science in education and economics and finance from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, in 2008.

Ronald Gene Keller accepted the position as director of the newly formed Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Computer Science. Keller received a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 1973 and a master's degree from KSU in 1974.

Angela Krueger accepted a position as an admissions counselor. Krueger received a bachelor of arts in business management from Fort Hays State University in 2006.

Dr. Betsy Leeds accepted a position in the Department of Psychology as an instructor. Leeds received an associate of arts in psychology from Highland Community College, Highland, Kan., in 1997; a bachelor of science in psychology from Emporia State University in 2000; a master of science degree in school psychology from Emporia State University in 2001; and an Ed.S. in school psychology from Emporia State University in 2002.

Julie LeMaire accepted a position in the Department of Health and Human Performance as an instructor and head softball coach. LeMaire received a bachelor of science in physical education from Quincy University, Quincy, Ill., in 2004, and a master of science in kinesiology and sport psychology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 2007.

Bronson Lemer accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English. Lemer received a bachelor of arts in mass communications and English from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, in 2005, and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Minnesota State-Moorhead in 2008.

Stephanie Linn accepted a position in the Tiger Tots Nurtury Center as interim teacher. Linn is a current FHSU student majoring in early childhood development.

Tamara Lynn accepted a position in the Department of Justice Studies as an instructor. Lynn received an associate of science in criminal justice from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, in 1992, and a bachelor of arts in sociology in 2000 and a master of liberal studies from FHSU in 2006.

Lynda Majarian accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English. Majarian received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Trinity College, Burlington, Vt., and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.

Zaynab Connie Sue Eigenmann Cooper Malik accepted a position in the Department of Communication Studies as an associate professor. Eigenmann received a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication in 1991 and a master of arts degree in rhetoric and interpersonal communication in 1992 from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., and a doctor of philosophy in intercultural communication from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in 1995.

Tisa Mason accepted the position of vice president for Student Affairs and assistant professor of education administration. She received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and anthropology from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., in 1983, a master of science degree in education from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., in 1984 and a doctor of education in higher education from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1992.

Terry Mannell accepted a position in the Kansas Wetlands Education Center as interim director. Mannell received a bachelor of science degree in National Resource Management from Kansas State University, Manhattan, in 1973, and a master of science degree in ornamental horticulture from The Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1975.

John McCabe accepted a position in the Computing and Telecommunications Center as a server administrator. McCabe received a bachelor of computer information systems with a minor in business administration from FHSU in 2003.

Ronnie McDonald accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English.
McDonald received an associate of arts from North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Wash., in 1993; a bachelor of arts in special education from Western Washington University, Bellington, Wash., in 1998; and a master of education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2004.

John Montgomery accepted a position in the Department of Leadership Studies as an instructor. Montgomery received a bachelor of science in business education from FHSU in 2006 and a master of business administration from FHSU in 2008.

Deanna Pierro accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English. Pierro received an associate of arts in English from College of the Sequoias, Visalia, Calif., in 2002; a bachelor of arts in English from Fresno State University, Fresno, Calif., in 2005; and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Fresno State in 2007.

Bonnie Rahimian accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English. Rahimian received a bachelor of science in education from FHSU and a master of arts in English as a second language from the University of Kansas.

Sabrina Reed accepted a position as coordinator of undecided student advisement and career exploration. Reed received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., in 1999, and a master of arts in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Erin Renard accepted a position in the Department of Communication Studies as an instructor. Renard received a bachelor of science degree in general science in 2002 and a master of science degree in communication studies in 2006 from FHSU.

Edwin Roessler accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English. Roessler received an associate in applied sciences degree in Police Science and Administration from Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wis. and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Timothy Rolls accepted a position in the Department of Music as an assistant professor. Rolls received an associate of arts degree from State University of New York Broome Community College, Binghamton, N.Y., in 1990; a bachelor of arts in music from SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, N.Y., in 1992; a master of management degree in composition from SUNY at Binghamton, in 1994; and a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, in 2000.

Heather Rounds accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English.
Rounds received an associate of arts degree in general studies from Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland, in 1996; a bachelor of science degree in English literature from Towson University, Towson, Maryland, in 1999; and a master of fine arts in writing and publication design from the University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, in 2007.

Ross Russell accepted a position in the Department of Agriculture as assistant rodeo coach. Russell received an associate of science degree in criminal justice from Colby Community College in 2005 and a bachelor of science degree in justice studies from FHSU in 2008.

Sharon Severson accepted a position in Forsyth Library as cataloging and digital content specialist. Severson received a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, in 1996 and a master of arts in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2001.

Stacey Smith accepted a the position as director of the new tourism and hospitality management program and as an instructor of management and marketing. Smith received a bachelor of science in information networking and telecommunications from FHSU in 2000, a bachelor of business administration in management from FHSU in 2000 and a master of science in hotel, restaurant and travel administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2002.

Julius Takacs accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English. Takacs received an associate of arts in general studies from Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, Ill., in 1978; a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, in 1992; and a master of arts in writing from DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., in 2006.

Heather Teater accepted a position as an admissions counselor. She received a bachelor of arts in English from FHSU in 2008.

Charles Thompson accepted a position as head wrestling coach and administrative assistant for events supervision. He received an associate degree from Labette Community College, Parsons, Kan., in 1999; a bachelor of science degree in health and human performance in 2003 and a master of science degree in sports administration, both from FHSU, in 2005.

Lisa Treece accepted a position in the College of Business and Leadership as graduate coordinator. Treece received a bachelor of science in human resource development from Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

Jeffrey Waggoner accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of English.

Waggoner received a bachelor of science degree in forestry from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1983; a master of arts degree in English literature from SIU in 1986; and a juris doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, in 1998.

Lane Weaver accepted a position in the Department of Music as an instructor. Weaver received a bachelor of music degree in music education from Utah State University, Logan, in 1998 and a master of music degree in trombone performance and literature from University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., in 2000.

Andrew Weiss accepted a position in Forsyth Library as digital collections librarian. Weiss received a bachelor of arts in English Literature from Kenyon College, Gramier, Ohio, in 1993, and a master of arts in English Literature from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1998.

Brett Whitaker accepted a position in the International Virtual College as an instructor of leadership studies. Whitaker received a bachelor of science in organizational leadership from FHSU in 2006 and is working towards a master of liberal studies from FHSU in 2008.

Erica Koch Williams accepted a position in the Department of Allied Health as an assistant professor. She received an associate of applied science in radiography from Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colo., in 1988; a bachelor of science degree in radiography education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 1992; and a master of education degree in educational technology from City University, Seattle, Wash., in 1996.

Dr. Susanna Xin Xu accepted a position in the International Virtual College as a visiting professor of management and marketing. Xu received a bachelor of administration and management from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2001, and a doctor of philosophy from University of Bath School of Management, Bath, United Kingdom, in 2005.


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