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Fourteen in New Roles at Illinois College
Illinois College has announced the appointment of 14 new faculty members for the 2010-2011 academic year.

“These faculty are dedicated to teaching our students. Their knowledge is outstanding and their commitment to teaching strong. I am so pleased that they have joined Illinois College,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tobin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.

Dr. Olubunmi Ashaolu has been appointed assistant professor of French. Ashaolu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education/French from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; a Master of Arts degree in Francophone literature from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and a Ph.D. in French studies from the University of California, Davis. Ashaolu comes to Illinois College from Hamline University.

Dr. Adria Battaglia has been appointed visiting assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies for the 2010-2011 academic year. Battaglia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and a Master of Arts degree in rhetoric and public affairs from Texas A&M University, as well as a Ph.D. in rhetoric and language from the University of Texas at Austin.

T.J. Devine joined Illinois College in Spring 2010 and will continue as a visiting instructor in economics, accounting and finance during the 2010-2011 academic year. Devine received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Central Missouri and has completed doctoral coursework at Iowa State University.

Jeff Garland has been appointed associate professor of art. Garland has been teaching at Illinois College as a visiting professor for two years and, after a national search last spring, has earned a tenure-track position. Garland received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture, printmaking and painting from Illinois State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Reiko Itoh has been appointed to the tenure-track position of associate professor of Japanese. Itoh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literatures from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo; a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh; and a certificate for teaching Japanese language from the International Friendship and Cultural Exchange Association, Tokyo. Itoh comes to Illinois College from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Marlo Kesler ’92 joined Illinois College in Spring 2010 as an instructor in education and will continue though the Fall 2010 semester as an instructor in mathematics. Kesler received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and secondary education from Illinois College and her Master of Science degree in mathematics from Illinois State University.

Dr. Timothy Kramer has been appointed as professor of music and chair of the department of music. Kramer received his Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition, organ performance, from Pacific Lutheran University; his Master of Music degree in composition from The University of Michigan; a Fulbright Certificate from the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany; and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from The University of Michigan. Kramer comes to Illinois College from Trinity University.

Robin Manker ’71 is returning to Illinois College as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics for the 2010-2011 academic year after having previously taught for Illinois College in the math department. Manker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Illinois College and a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dr. Loretta McKenzie has been appointed visiting assistant professor of psychology for the fall semester of the 2010-2011 academic year. McKenzie received a Bachelor of Science degree in deaf education from Illinois State University, a Master of Science degree in counselor education from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Abby Musgrove has been appointed to the tenure-track position of assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. Musgrove received a Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in vocal and instrumental education from Millikin University, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Kansas. Musgrove comes to Illinois College from Aurora University.

Dr. Christopher Oldenburg has been appointed to the tenure-track position of assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies. Oldenburg received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in communication studies from the University of Dayton, and a Ph.D. in communication studies from University of Memphis.

Katherine Vaz will be joining the Illinois College community in the spring semester of the 2010-2011 academic year as the Claridge Writer-in-Residence. Vaz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master of Fine Arts degree in English literature from the University of California at Irvine. Vaz comes to Illinois College from New York, N.Y., where she was most recently a fiction editor of the Harvard Review.

Mioko Webster ’10 is now a full-time instructor in Japanese. Webster recently graduated from Illinois College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and rhetorical studies. She has most recently been a part-time instructor in Japanese at Illinois College.

Amy Wilson ’93 has been appointed instructor in education. Wilson has taught at Illinois College for two years. After a national search she has earned a tenure-track position. Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois College and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She anticipates receiving her Ph.D. in sport studies with specializations in athletic administration, gender equity, Title IX, sport history and sport sociology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
 

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