Western Maryland College announces new faculty

August 31, 1998

Western Maryland College has welcomed eight full-time and three half-time undergraduate and graduate faculty for the 1998-1999 academic year, announced Joan Develin Coley, dean and provost of the college.

New full-time staff members are:

Robert Kachur, assistant professor, English. Kachur, who will teach British literature, earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

He taught at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kachur has numerous publications to his credit and is working on a textbook about learning research and argumentation skills aimed at college writing students.

Linda Kirkpatrick, assistant professor, music. Kirkpatrick has taught flute at Western Maryland on a part-time basis since 1981. She also will continue as director of WMC's community music program and administrator of the college's annual summer band camp.

She earned a doctorate from University of Maryland, and bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas State University. She also has been flute instructor for Loyola College and Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.

Brian Lockard, associate professor, education. Lockard, who retired this year as superintendent of Carroll County public schools, is coordinator of the graduate program in school administration, and will teach in the graduate and undergraduate education programs.

Lockard taught part time in WMC's administration program from 1976 to 1983. He also taught at Frostburg State University. He earned a doctorate from American University, a master's degree from Western Maryland, and a bachelor's degree from Frostburg State.

Paul Miller, assistant professor, history. Miller, who will teach modern European history, earned two master's degrees and a doctorate from Yale University, and two bachelor's degrees from Arizona State University.

He also has taught at American University, Yale, Brooklyn

College of the City University of New York, and Manhattan College. His teaching interests include the Holocaust and the American West.

Ralene Mitschler, assistant professor, biology. Mitschler, who earned a doctorate from Kansas State University, and bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has taught part time at WMC since 1996.

She is working with one of only two labs nationwide researching gregarines, a parasite that thrives in the intestinal tracts of damselflies and dragonflies. Her field work in Carroll County last summer yielded what might be a new single-celled gregarine.

Randy Morrison, assistant professor, biology. Morrison, who has earned a doctorate from University of Kansas, a master's degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor's degree from University of Dayton, holds a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for research on zebra fish.

He taught at Hood College, University of Kansas and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Marilyn Kroeger Smith, lab instructor, chemistry. Smith also will serve as chemical hygiene officer. Before coming to WMC, she researched molecular aspects of drug design at the National Cancer Institute-Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center.

Smith earned doctoral and master's degrees from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf (Minn.) College. She also has taught at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and St. Olaf College.

Susan Williamson, visiting lecturer, art and art history. Williamson earned a master's degree from WMC in 1996 and a bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University. She has taught on Maryland's Eastern Shore, most recently as art instructor at SS. Peter and Paul High School and ceramics instructor at Academy of the Arts, both in Easton.

New half-time members are:

Margaret McKeon, instructor, social work. McKeon, who earned a master's of social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a bachelor's degree from Shepherd (W.Va.) College, has taught as an adjunct lecturer at WMC since 1996.

She also has taught at Salisbury State University and Frederick Community College. A licensed certified social worker-clinical, she is clinical director of Atlantic Coast Behavioral Health Services Inc. in Baltimore.

Sandra Stempel, assistant professor, physics. A teacher in Montgomery County public schools, Stempel earned a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

She also served a marine and nautical science apprenticeship at research facilities in Woods Hole (Mass.) through Boston University's Sea Education Association.

Elizabeth van den Berg, assistant professor, theater arts. Van den Berg has taught as an adjunct instructor at WMC since 1992 and also teaches at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

A member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild, she will continue to teach courses on acting, scene study, directing, voice and movement, performance and culture, and creating a character. Besides teaching, van den Berg will direct student productions.

Her acting credits include appearances in "Clear and Present Danger," "Pelican Brief," "Dave," "Sleepless in Seattle," "My Fellow Americans" and "Contact." She also has had parts in the Baltimore-filmed television show "Homicide: Life on the Street."

Pub Date: 8/31/98

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