Ursinus Celebrates Faculty Achievement, Welcomes New Scholars

Ursinus faculty welcomed new colleagues and celebrated those who were tenured and promoted this year during a celebration of faculty transitions at the president’s house on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Mark Schneider, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college, presided over the evening event and commended the Ursinus professors for innovative thinking, risk-taking and innovative scholarship.

“We are very fortunate to have you all on the Ursinus faculty,” he said.

Jeanine McCain (dance); Tony Nadler (media and communication studies) and Jennifer Stevenson (psychology) were each granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. 

Thomas Carrol (physics) and Kelly Sorensen (philosophy and religion; associate dean of academic affairs) were promoted to full professor.

Schneider also welcomed 16 new faculty members, visiting faculty and lecturers to Ursinus, including: Steven Aukers, an assistant professor of business and economics; Lauren Makuch, an assistant professor of psychology; Kassandra Martin-Wells, an assistant professor of physics; and Samantha Wilner, an assistant professor of chemistry.

New faculty also include Quinn Gilman-Forlini, a visiting instructor of English; Gloria Mast a visiting instructor of art and art history; Johanna Mellis, a visiting assistant professor of history; Lauren Pakradooni, a visiting assistant professor of art and art history; Sakar Sigdel, a visiting assistant professor of math and computer science; Doron Taussig a visiting assistant professor of journalism; William Bowie, a lecturer in chemistry; Alexander Kachur, a lecturer in chemistry; and Denise Felsenstein, Michael Moronese, Peggy Myers and Karen Realbuto, each a lecturer in health and exercise physiology. —By Monique Kelly