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Olivet College announces new faculty members
Aug 06, 2008

Dina Battaglia, Ph.D.; Ross Bohms; Karen Chaney, Ph.D.; and Marco Wiedenhoeft, Ph.D., have been hired as new faculty members at Olivet College, according to an announcement by Norma Curtis, Olivets vice president and dean of academic affairs.

Battaglia joins the Olivet faculty as associate professor of psychology. She began her teaching career at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and has taught courses in personality and social psychology at several institutions in Indiana for the past eight years. She has also served as assistant director of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Honors Program. She earned a bachelors degree from Arizona State University, and a masters degree and doctorate from Texas Christian University.

Olivet welcomes Bohms as assistant professor of mathematics and chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. He has taught at Charlotte High School since 1971, and has previously instructed courses at Olivet, as well as Lansing Community College (LCC). Bohms earned a bachelors degree from Olivet College and a masters degree from Michigan State University (MSU).

Chaney is Olivets new assistant professor of religious studies and ethics. She has taught at various institutions in California and Massachusetts, most recently at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. In addition, she has been a fellow at the Center for Ethics and Social Policy at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, and has served as program director for diversity and community at the GTU. Chaney earned a bachelors degree from MSU, a Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from the GTU.

Wiedenhoeft is Olivets new assistant professor of physics and mathematics. Prior to Olivet, he was a visiting professor of physics at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and post-doctoral appointment at Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Wiedenhoeft earned a diplom physicist from Technische Universitt in Berlin, Germany, and a doctorate from WMU.

In addition to the new hires, two adjunct instructors at Olivet College are now full-time tenure track faculty members. Dustin Byrd and Samantha Myers have been named assistant professors of interdisciplinary studies and retention officers.

Byrd has also taught courses in philosophy and religion at GVSU and WMU. He earned bachelors and masters degrees, and is pursuing a doctorate from WMU.

Myers has taught research and writing courses at Olivet, and has also taught at LCC. She earned a bachelors degree from WMU and a masters degree from Indiana State University.

Olivets fall semester begins Tuesday, Aug. 26.


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