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College Promotes 13 Faculty

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thirteen Westminster College faculty recently received promotions.

Dr. Beverly Cushman, who has been with Westminster since 2004, was tenured and promoted to associate professor of religion and Christian education. She earned an undergraduate degree from Stetson University and two masters and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She can be reached at (724) 946-7127 or e-mail cushmabw@westmintser.edu.

Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, who has been with Westminster since 2004, was tenured and promoted to associate professor of mathematics. She earned an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and master's and Ph.D. from Kent State University. She can be reached at (724) 946-7290 or e-mail fontesnc@westminster.edu.

Dr. Sarah Kennedy, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2009, was promoted to assistant professor of chemistry. She earned an undergraduate degree from Westminster College and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She can be reached at (724) 946-7294 or e-mail kennedsa@westminster.edu.

Robert Klamut, who joined the Westminster faculty in 1985, was promoted to professor of physical education. He earned his undergraduate degree from Clarion University and a master's from the University of Pittsburgh. He can be reached at (724) 946-7315 or e-mail klamutrg@westminster.edu.

Dr. Russell Martin, who has been with Westminster since 1996, was promoted to professor of history. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and master's and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He can be reached at (724) 946-6254 or e-mail martinre@westminster.edu.

Dr. Larry Miller, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2008, was promoted to assistant professor of chemistry. He earned two undergraduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He can be reached at (724) 946-7294 or e-mail millerls@westminster.edu.

Dr. Deborah Mitchell, who has been with Westminster since 1992, was promoted to professor of English and film studies. She earned undergraduate and master's degrees from Youngstown State University and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. She can be reached at (724) 946-7030 or e-mail dmitchel@westminster.edu.

Dr. James Rhoads, who has been with Westminster since 1992, was promoted to professor of political science. He earned undergraduate and master's degrees and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He can be reached at (724) 946-7255 or e-mail jrhoads@westminster.edu.

Dr. Katherine Robertson, who has been with Westminster since 2005, was tenured and promoted to associate professor of biology. She earned an undergraduate degree from Paddington College (United Kingdom) and master's and Ph.D. from the University of London. She can be reached at (724) 946-7213 or e-mail robertkl@westminster.edu.

Dr. Kristenne Robison, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2009, earned a Ph.D. and was promoted to assistant professor of sociology. She earned an undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, master's from The Ohio State University, and master's and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She can be reached at (724) 946- 6033 or e-mail robisokm@westminster.edu.

David Smith, who has been with Westminster since 2004, was tenured and promoted to associate professor of accounting. He earned an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, master's in taxation from Robert Morris University, M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a C.P.A. in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (724) 946-7161 or e-mail smithdc@westminster.edu.

Erin Smith, who has been with Westminster since 2002, was tenured and promoted to associate professor, assistant librarian. She earned undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee. She can be reached at (724) 946-7327 or e-mail smithet@westminster.edu.

Dr. Kristianne Vaccaro, who has been with Westminster since 2005, was promoted to assistant professor of English. She earned an undergraduate degree from Westminster College and master's and Ph.D. from Duquesne University. She can be reached at (724) 946-7350 or e-mail vaccarkk@westminster.edu.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


Erin Smith

 


Dr. Beverly Cushman

 


Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz

 


Dr. Sarah Kennedy

 


Rob Klamut

 


Dr. Russell Martin

 


Dr. Larry Miller

 


Dr. Deborah Mitchell

 


Dr. James Rhoads

 


Dr. Katherine Robertson

 


Dr. Kristenne Robison

 


David Smith

 


Dr. Kristianne Vaccaro