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Olivet College announces faculty promotions
Oct 15, 2012

With the 2012-13 academic year under way, Olivet College recently promoted six of its full-time faculty members, according to an announcement by Maria Davis, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.

Nick Juday, of Kalamazoo, has been named associate professor of health and human performance. In addition, he currently serves as chair of the Health and Human Performance Department. An exemplary teacher and leader, Juday has been a member of the Olivet faculty since 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise science from Manchester College, and a master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise science from Western Michigan University. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a Red Cross certified first aid and CPR instructor.

Susanne Lewis, Ph.D., of Charlotte, has been promoted to associate professor of chemistry. Lewis also serves as advisor for the college’s Gruen Chemistry Society, a student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, and co-advisor of the senior class. Prior to joining the Olivet faculty in 2004, Lewis served as a member of the Juniata College faculty in Huntingdon, Pa. She is an active researcher in the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) method. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Regis College in Weston, Ma., and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. She also completed a cognate in college teaching.

Martha Perkins, Ph.D., of Marshall, has been promoted to professor of humanities at Olivet. Perkins, who is recognized as an outstanding critical thinker with exceptional skills in organization and detail, was one of the college’s lead team members for the 2007 HLC-NCA accreditation review. A member of the Olivet faculty since 2000, she previously served as an instructor at University of Houston and as learning center manager at Houston Community College. Perkins earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and philosophy from Trinity University in San Antonio, a master’s degree in creative writing prose fiction from University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, and a doctorate in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston.

Phil Reed, of Battle Creek, has been promoted to associate professor of criminal justice at Olivet. He also serves as director of the college’s criminal justice program and campus safety, and is a member of the college’s community emergency response team. Reed, who has been with the Olivet since 2003, is known for contributing to the academic life of students both in and out of his discipline by serving as advisor to the Soronian literary society and helping to establish Alpha Psi Sigma, the honorary society for criminal justice majors. Reed retired in 2003 as commander of the detective bureau of the Battle Creek Police Department, where he worked from 1978 until joining the Olivet College faculty full-time. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Hope College and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University, and is a graduate of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Michigan Law Enforcement Police Academy. He has additional training from the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command, and FBI and New York Port Authority’s Hostage Negotiations School.

Joanne Williams has been named associate professor of journalism and mass communication. She also serves as director of the college’s Career Services Network and advisor to The Echo, Olivet’s student-run newspaper. An exemplary teacher and supporter of students, Williams joined the college in 1999 as an adjunct instructor and assistant to the Olivet College Character Education Resource Center. She was named a full-time faculty member in 2004 and teaches a variety of journalism and writing classes. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in humanities from California State University.

John Wilterding, Ph.D., has been promoted to professor of biology and chemistry. He also serves as chair of the college’s Natural and Physical Sciences Department and an elected member of the Rank, Tenure and Promotion Committee. Wilterding, who joined the faculty in 1996, is a passionate educator and life-long learner, and remains active in entomological research chiefly on population monitoring and biodiversity of moths, working at the college’s own Kirkelldel biological preserve and another location in Eaton County. In addition, he continues to maintain his association with Dr. Douglas Luckie’s cystic fibrosis research laboratory at Michigan State University, where he worked and published several papers during the completion of his doctorate. Wilterding also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, a secondary teaching certification, and a minor in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.


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