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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences to welcome new faculty

Fri, 09/11/2015

LAWRENCE – The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will welcome its new faculty members with a reception at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at The Commons at the University of Kansas. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

The reception recognizes faculty starting their careers at KU in the 2015 calendar year. The group includes 31 faculty, three of whom were hired as Foundation Distinguished Professors. The College also recruited faculty to two named professorships: the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and the Kansas Health Foundation Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science.

The faculty to be recognized are named below:

Cecile Accilien, Department of African & African-American Studies, associate professor, specializing in Haitian language and Caribbean studies;

Victor Agadjanian, Department of Sociology, Foundation Distinguished Professor, specializing in social demography;

Beth Bailey, Department of History, Foundation Distinguished Professor, specializing in military and societal history;

Joseph Brennan, Department of Mathematics, assistant specialist (teaching specialist), specializing in calculus;

Abel Chikanda, Department of Geography and Department of African & African-American Studies, assistant professor, specializing in African human geography;

Christopher Cushing, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, Department of Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology Program and Life Span Institute, assistant professor, specializing in pediatric psychology;

Andrew Denning, Department of History, assistant professor, specializing in modern European history;

Phillip Drake, Department of English, assistant professor, specializing in environmental rhetoric and literature;

David Farber, Department of History, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor, specializing in modern America;

Vincent Francisco, Department of Applied Behavioral Science and Life Span Institute, Kansas Health Foundation Professor/senior scientist, specializing in community leadership;

Sarah Gross, Department of Visual Art, assistant professor, specializing in ceramics;

Ayesha Hardison, Department of English and Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, associate professor, specializing in literary studies;

Craig Jendza, Department of Classics, assistant professor, specializing in Greek literature and the classical tradition;

Joo Ok Kim, Department of American Studies, assistant professor, specializing in Latina/o studies;

Ting Lei, Department of Geography, assistant professor, specializing in Geographic Information Systems;

Cecilia Menjivar, Department of Sociology, Foundation Distinguished Professor, specializing in social and family dynamics;

Joshua Miner, Department of Film & Media Studies, assistant professor, specializing in indigenous global media activism;

Matthew Mosconi, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, Department of Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology Program and Life Span Institute, associate professor/associate scientist, specializing in autism spectrum disorders;

Ashley Muddiman, Department of Communication Studies, assistant professor, specializing in political communication with an emphasis in social media;

Christopher Perreira, Department of American Studies, assistant professor, specializing in Latina/o studies;

Jennifer Raff, Department of Anthropology, assistant professor, specializing in molecular genetics of human evolution;

Muhammad Raza, Child Language Program, assistant professor, specializing in neuroscience and epigenetics;

Peggy Schultz, Environmental Studies Program and Kansas Biological Survey, associate specialist, specializing in environmental biology;

David Slusky, Department of Economics, assistant professor, specializing in labor and health economics;

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Department of Economics, assistant professor, specializing in energy and environmental economics;

Stacey Vanderhurst, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, assistant professor, specializing in gender, migration and human trafficking;

Navin Viswanathan, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing, associate professor, specializing in developmental communication disorders;

Oleksandra Wallo, Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, assistant professor, specializing in Ukranian, second languages acquisition and languages pedagogy;

Clayton Webb, Department of Political Science, assistant professor, specializing in quantitative methodology;

Emily Witt, Department of Mathematics, assistant professor, specializing in algebra-combinatorics;

Antje Ziethen, Department of French & Italian, assistant professor, francophone literature and culture.



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