College Welcomes New Faculty
Vice President and Academic Dean Adrienne Israel has announced new faculty appointments for the fall semester.
Newly appointed to a tenure track position:
Michael Bruno, chemistry: Ph.D. earned in biochemistry and structural biology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, his dissertation topic was “Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids Alter Bilayer Elasticity and Curvature: A Mechanistic Study Using Sing-Molecule Methods.” Other degrees earned include an A.B. in biophysical chemistry from Dartmouth College. After a national search, he was hired for a non-tenure track full time position in fall 2011. A second national search for a tenure track position was conducted in the 2011-12 academic year, and he was subsequently appointed on tenure track.
Newly hired full-time faculty, not on tenure track:
Kenny Kuo, biology: Ph.D. in biochemistry earned at the Duke University Medical Center, later appointed postdoctoral research associate at UNC Chapel Hill. Dissertation focus: understanding the consequences and the repair mechanisms of DNA-protein crosslinks in E. coli. Previous degree earned: B.S. in biochemistry from State University of New York at Buffalo.
Teresa Rinaldi, foreign languages: ABD at the University of California, Merced, world cultures, with a focus on literature, her dissertation topic is “The Nikkei in Brazilian and Argentine Literature and Film: Nation, Identity and Cultural Performance.” The Nikkei are Latin Americans of Japanese descent. She expects to defend her dissertation this fall. Her earned degrees include an M.A. in Spanish and B.A in music education, both from the University of North Texas, Denton; and a B.A. in music performance, violin, National University of Rosario in Argentina.
Sarah Thuesen, history: Ph.D. earned at UNC Chapel Hill, in U.S. history with a minor field in women’s history. Her dissertation topic is “Classes of Citizenship: The Culture and Politics of Black Public Education in North Carolina, 1919-1960.” Other degrees include an M.A. and B.A. in history from UNC.
France Ntloedibe, history: Ph.D. earned in history at the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation topic: “The Tide of Africa:” A Study of the Role of African Influences in Slave Christian Conversion Experience in the American South, 1865-1890.” Other degrees include an M.A. in history from Clark Atlanta University, and a B.A. in history and B.A. in history and education, University of South Africa. He previously held a non-tenure track position at Guilford from 2004 through May 2007 when he returned home to South Africa.
G. Edgar Parker ’69, mathematics: Ph.D. earned in mathematics at Emory University, he has retired as professor of mathematics at James Madison University and taught in the Virginia Beach public schools before his appointment at James Madison. Other degrees include a B.S. in mathematics from Guilford where he also minored in philosophy and religion.
Jill Peterfeso, religious studies: Ph.D. earned in religious studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Dissertation topic: “Transgressing Tradition: Roman Catholic Womenpriests (sic) and the Quest of Ordination.” Other degrees include an M.A. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. in English literature and creative writing from Rhodes College.
Marc Williams, theatre studies: M.F.A. in directing earned from UNC Greensboro. Other degrees include a B.A in theatre from Mary Washington College. He began teaching part time at Guilford in fall 2010 and has sustained a career in professional directing in such venues as the Burning Coal Theatre Company, Theatre 232, Triad Stage and the Fredericksburg Theatre Company.
Approved for adjunct status:
Aaron Fetrow, political science and justice & policy studies.
Mark Justad, religious studies.
New faculty administrative appointments:
Ben Marlin, mathematics, Early College liaison replacing Gail Webster upon completion of her term.
Jim Hood ‘79, English, First Year Experience (interim) replacing Clay Harshaw, who secured a tenure track position at Winston Salem State University.
Heather Hayton, English, Honors Program director replacing Don Smith upon completion of his term.