GREENVILLE, PA – Thiel College welcomed 10 new faculty members for the 2006-2007 academic year, which began Aug. 28.
The new faculty members, eight full-time and two half-time, are:
- Jennifer J. Curry ’91, lecturer of mathematics and computer science. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Thiel College and a master of business administration from Pennsylvania State University. She served as an adjunct for Thiel College since 2001. She has also been an adjunct at Penn State, Kent State University-Trumbull Campus, and Youngstown State University. She also served as a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center in Hermitage. She is a Greenville native.
- Dr. Natalie M. Dorfeld, lecturer of English. She holds a bachelor of arts degree, a bachelor of science degree, and a master’s degree, all from Slippery Rock University. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been an adjunct in the Thiel College English Department since 2003 and has also served in an adjunct capacity at Penn State-Shenango Campus. She is originally from Greenville.
- Jorge Grajales-Diaz, lecturer Spanish. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a Spanish teaching assistant. He served as a Spanish instructor at Madison Area Technical College and had been an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor in Cartagena, Colombia. He is originally from Colombia.
- Dr. Douglas R. Hazlett, associate professor of education. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Westminster College, and a doctorate from Kent State University. He has more than 25 years experience working in secondary education, and most recently was the director of curriculum and instructional services at Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV. He has served as assistant superintendent, director of curriculum and instruction, and principal of Sharpsville Area Middle School in the Sharpsville Area School District. He was supervisor of secondary curriculum and instruction at Baldwin-Whitehall School District and had been assistant high school principal in the Conneaut Lake School District. He taught at Lisbon Exempted Village Schools and Struthers City Schools. He resides in West Middlesex, Pa.
- Paul M. Klenowski, instructor of criminal justice. Klenowski holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wheeling Jesuit University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He most recently served as an adjunct at Mount Aloysius College, and has also been an adjunct at West Virginia Wesleyan University and Wheeling Jesuit University. He served as a visiting nine month assistant professor at Glenville State College had served as director and instructor of the criminal justice programs at Salem International University. He had been a victim advisor/advocate for Identity Theft Resource Center in San Diego, Calif., and had been a research associate at the National White Collar Crime Center.
- Ellen J. Lippert, lecturer of art and Western Humanities. Lippert holds a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts from Juniata College, a master’s from the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Case Western Reserve University. She has served as an instructor at Case Western Reserve and an adjunct at Youngstown State University, Westminster College, and Community College of Allegheny County.
- Dr. Matthew Morgan, lecturer of philosophy. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University-Northridge. He earned his master’s and doctorate from Duquesne University. Most recently he served as a full-time lecturer at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been an adjunct at Chatham College and Washington & Jefferson College. He was a part-time faculty member at Duquesne University and was a visiting assistant professor at Allegheny College. He also taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s Summer Academy for Minority Scholars.
- Dr. Derek T. Nelson, lecturer of religion. Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, a master of divinity degree from Yale, and a doctorate from Graduate Theological Union. He served as an instructor at the University of New Haven. He was a teaching and research assistant at University of California-Berkeley and a teaching assistant at Pacific School of Religion, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he had also been an adjunct professor.
- Mary M. Reames, half-time lecturer of education. Reames holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a principal certification, all from Westminster College. She has spent more than 35 years in the education profession, beginning her career teaching in Texas, Virginia, New York and Jamestown, Pa., where she taught from 1977 to 1985. From 1985 to 1999, Reames was the principal of Jamestown Elementary School, and from 1999 to 2005, she served as supervisor of student services, curriculum and instruction in the Jamestown Area Schools. She has been an adjunct at Westminster College.
- David F. Shaffer, half-time lecturer of education. Shaffer holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in secondary education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and master’s in administration from Westminster College. He has spent more than 30 years in education, most recently as superintendent of schools at the Jamestown School District from 1988 to 2004. He served as Jamestown’s high school principal from 1983 to 1988, and from 1972 to 1983 he had been a teacher and assistant principal in the West Middlesex School District. He has been an adjunct professor at Thiel since 1993.
Other new adjunct faculty include Chandler R. Carriker, religion; James L. Clements, chemistry; James E. Froman, music; April A. Tarantine, music; Richard Torgerson, Chinese; and Doris L. Zimmerman, chemistry;