Newly tenured profs bring wide expertise to Gettysburg College; see their videos

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With expertise in fields ranging from Jewish studies to computer science to piano performance, nine Gettysburg College faculty members have been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective Sept. 1.

Africana studies Prof. Jennifer Collins Bloomquist has taught at Gettysburg College since 2003, beginning as a Derrick K. Gondwe Minority Fellow and coordinating the Africana Studies Program since 2007. A linguist, she has written and taught extensively about dialects in multicultural America. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.A. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She discusses the science of linguistics in a video. Read her speech welcoming new students.

 

Economics Prof. Zhining Hu focuses on econometrics and has published research on topics including entrepreneurship and development zones in China, and economic policy in Japan. She holds a Ph.D. and master's from Boston College and a B.A. from Nanjing University's International Business School in China. She has taught at Gettysburg College since 2004 and the University of Mississippi previously.

 

Computer science Prof. Ivaylo Ilinkin has taught courses ranging from The Mathematics of Computation to Introduction to Bioinformatics. His publications focus on topics including identification of proteins, layered manufacturing, and mobile phone text entry methods. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and B.A. from Manchester College. He has taught at Gettysburg College since 2007 and previously at Rhodes College.

 

Spanish Prof. Alvaro Kaempfer holds degrees from the Universidad Austral and Universidad de Santiago, both in Chile, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Since coming to Gettysburg College in 2008, he has taught courses such as Topics in Latin American Literature: The Dictator Novel, The 2008 U.S. Presidential Election in the Latin American Media. He also teaches in the Latin American studies and Globalization studies progrms. He has also taught at the University of Richmond.

 

Psychology Prof. Brian Meier has published extensively on facial expressions and how perception affects emotions and behaviors. Titles include "Are Sociable People More Beautiful? A Zero-acquaintance Analysis of Agreeableness, Extraversion, and Attractiveness" and "Mellow Monday and Furious Friday: The Approach-related Link Between Anger and Time Representation." Meier earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at North Dakota State University. He has been teaching at Gettysburg College since 2005.

 

Physics Prof. Jacquelynne Milingo, an astronomer, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. from the University of Kansas. She has been a Gettysburg College faculty member since 2006, and was visiting professor here from 2000 to 2003. Titles of her publications include "Rotational Modulation and Long-Term Activity Cycles in Spotted Stars" and "Abundances of Galactic Anticenter Planetary Nebulae and the Oxygen Abundance Gradient in the Galactic Disk." She has also taught at Franklin & Marshall College.

 

Religious studies Prof. Stephen Stern's research includes titles such as "Philosophers of Catastrophe and the Last Kantian in Nazi Germany: How Judaism Redeems Western Philosophy" and "Einstein's Jewish Science." His book, The Unbinding of Isaac, is forthcoming. He teaches courses ranging from God Wrestling: Philosophy of Religion to The Holocaust and Jewish Thought. Stern, who directs Hillel on campus, has taught at Gettysburg College since 2002 and previously at St. Mary's College of Maryland. He holds a B.A. from Pomona College and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

 

Pianist and Sunderman Conservatory of Music Prof. Jocelyn Swigger's work ranges from a new recording titled "Rhythms and Blues: American Piano Music" to solo, chamber, and new-music performances across North and South America and Europe. Her courses range from advanced piano instruction to music theory to Mozart and his music. She holds a B.A. and B.M. from Oberlin College plus two master's and a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music. She has taught at Gettysburg College since 2004. Hear her play J.S. Bach's Partita in C minor. Listen to her podcasts.

 

 

Asian studies Prof. Leo Shinchi Yip's courses range from Traditional Japanese Theatre to Chinese Culture in Early Japan to Advanced Japanese. His research includes "Yingtai huixiang (Yingtai Returns Home): A Translation of a Muk-yu (Wooden-fish songs)" in the forthcoming Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature. He holds a B.A. from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and a master's and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He has taught at Gettysburg College since 2005 and previously at Wittenberg University.

 

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college, which enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students, is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, associate director of editorial services

Posted: Tue, 21 Jun 2011

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