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Antioch College completes search for 11 new faculty members

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — July 19, 2013 — Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced today that 11 new professors will be joining the College community this summer and fall. These new hires will arrive on campus in the coming months, building capacity in history, literature, math, psychology, performance, visual art, Spanish, cooperative education, political economy, and reference library services.

“Each of these new faculty members provides the intellectual and administrative leadership required to excel and reach the academic and curricular goals at the core of Antioch College’s mission,” said Roosevelt.

Antioch College now currently has 15 full-time faculty and 11 part-time/adjunct faculty. Many of the new 11 faculty members will contribute to both disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields and lend flexibility to the curriculum. For example, Antioch has hired a reference librarian who is also qualified to teach English composition and a linguist who can teach multiple languages. The College’s senior leadership is especially impressed with the quality and experience each new faculty member brings to the Antioch community.

“Our 11 most recent searches were successfully completed with our top-choice candidate,” said Hassan Rahmanian, vice president of Academic Affairs. “How this affects each academic division and department at Antioch is significant. We now have at least four full-time faculty members in each academic division including Co-op and Language Programs. With this increase in the faculty, the College will be able to offer students a wider range of courses and to better support the curriculum.”

 

Faculty appointments

Associate Professor of Performance (tenure-track)
Gabrielle Civil, Ph.D.

Dr. Gabrielle Civil will join the faculty to teach performance at Antioch College in the fall. She will arrive from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she earned tenure as an associate professor of English, women’s studies, and critical studies of race and ethnicity. In the 2004-2005 school year, Civil won St. Catherine’s “Teacher of the Year” award for faculty teaching and advising and in 2012-2013, she was a finalist again for the award. She earned her doctorate in comparative literature from New York University (NYU) in 2000, and since then, her scholarly work and performance art has been featured and performed internationally. She is currently circulating her book project titled, Swallow the Fish: Black Feminist Performance Art Practice for publication and aims to launch the catalogue of her Fulbright Fellowship project, In & Out of Place: Making Black Feminist Performance Art in Mexico, in early 2014.

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Arts
Raewyn Martyn

Raewyn Martyn will join the Antioch College faculty this fall from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she recently completed her master of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking in May 2013, and taught figure painting and basic painting courses. Her work has most recently been shown at the Whitebox Gallery in New York City, the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, and at the RAMP Gallery and Waikato Museum of Art in New Zealand.

 

Assistant Professor of Psychology (tenure-track)
Deanne Bell,
Ph.D.
Dr. Deanne Bell will join the faculty of Antioch College after receiving her doctorate in depth psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2011 and teaching psychology at the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York, in 2011 and 2012. In March 2013, she led a workshop titled “Coming in From the Cold: Liberation Psychology for Counselors and Educators” at the Graduate School of Education & Counseling at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Bell has years of clinical experience and professional research, including topics such as dream experiences, violence, and poverty. She is the co-founder of Jamaicans for Justice, a citizens’ rights action group advocating for fundamental social change in Jamaica.

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Economy
Sean Payne, ABD
Sean Payne joins the faculty of Antioch College teaching political economy courses. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Urban and Public Affairs Program at the University of Louisville with a concentration in public administration, public policy, and political economy. Payne previously taught political science as an instructor at the University of Louisville, and also taught courses in economics, international relations, and globalization as a teaching assistant for the University of Louisville and the University of Connecticut. He has been published in the third and fourth editions of Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade featuring the following topics: “The Politics of Climate Change: A Consensus for Copenhagen?” and “The Kyoto Protocol and Beyond: The Politics of Climate Change.”

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Rahul Nair, Ph.D.
Dr. Rahul Nair will join Antioch College’s faculty from Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he has served as assistant professor of history since August 2012. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Denver as assistant professor of history, from 2005 until 2012. Nair received his doctorate degree in South Asian history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, after graduating with an M.A. in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. His areas of specialization include South Asia, imperialism, and world history. He is currently working on a book titled, Debating Demography: The Rise and Decline of India’s Population Problem in the Twentieth Century. He is fluent in Malayalam, French, Bengali, and Hindi.

 

Assistant Professor of Literature (tenure-track)
Jennifer Branlat,
Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Branlat comes to the literature department of Antioch College from the language department, where she has been visiting assistant professor of French since September 2012. She earned her doctorate in French in 2012 with a concentration in twentieth-century French literature and film from The Ohio State University. Branlat’s areas of teaching expertise include world literature, film, and critical theory. Her current research explores representations of postcolonial Paris, which she intends to develop into an experiential learning travel experience with her students. Branlat is also collaborating with faculty at Ohio State on the translation of a collection of critical texts by Pierre Klossowski and Christian Bonnefoi for the interdisciplinary Tableau Project.

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Barbara Sanborn,
Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Sanborn joins the faculty of Antioch College from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where she was previously a visiting assistant professor in mathematics. Sanborn earned her doctorate in mathematics from Arizona State University in 2011 and also holds a doctorate in physics from SUNY Stony Brook. From 2008 to 2012, Sanborn was a mathematics instructor at Western Washington University. Her other professional and community service includes a stint in the Peace Corps in West Africa and time spent as a land conservationist in Washington. Her current interests include understanding global climate change, renewable energy sources, and education for sustainable life on Earth.

 

Spanish Instructor
Eugenia Charoni,
Ph.D.
Dr. Eugenia Charoni joins the staff of Antioch College from Wright State University in nearby Dayton, Ohio, where she was an adjunct Spanish & French instructor and a student teacher supervisor, and Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, where she was an adjunct Spanish instructor. Charoni earned her doctorate in romance languages (Spanish and French literature) from the University of Cincinnati in May 2013, and is a certified K-12 French and Spanish teacher, with teaching experience in those settings. Charoni is also a local and national evaluator for edTPA portfolios, the standard new assessment for student-teachers before they become certified. In addition to Spanish and French, she also speaks Greek (her native tongue), German, and Italian.

 

Instructor in Cooperative Education
Brooke Bryan

Brooke Bryan joins the cooperative education faculty of Antioch College after working with both Glen Helen Ecology Institute and WYSO Public Radio, where she has lead public programming and oral history initiatives. Bryan has research interests in phenomenological interview methodology,  the social history of work, and harnessing new media for social change. Her work has been featured in several publications including the Oral History Review and she has presented or guest lectured at the Ohio State University, Wright State University, Oregon State University, and George Mason University. Bryan received her masters in Oral History Methodology and her bachelors in Humanities, World Classics from Antioch University.

 

Reference Librarian
Kevin Mulhall
Kevin Mulhall’s new appointment as Antioch College’s newest librarian is somewhat familiar after he spent seven years on campus as an adjunct professor of music until 2008 and teaching MLIS practicum and post-practicum in 2012. Mulhall received his masters in library and information science from Kent State University in 2012, and holds another masters in music from the Purchase College Conservatory. Mulhall joins the Olive Kettering Library staff from the Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, Ohio, where he has served as an adult services librarian since February 2012.

 

French Instructor
Cary Campbell, Ph.D.
Cary Campbell comes to Antioch College trained as a linguist with part of his combined literature/linguistics M.A. track focusing on language pedagogy and as a literary scholar with a Ph.D. specializing in Francophone African literatures and cultures.  His higher degrees were both earned at the University of Pittsburgh where he taught all levels of language courses and a variety of approaches to literature, French and Francophone culture, linguistics and French history since 2000 eventually serving as Coordinator of French language programs for the last two years. He has also collaborated on several online textbook projects including Carnegie Mellon's Open-Source French Online program.