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Olivet College announces new faculty members
Sep 10, 2009

Rebecca Cutler, Renee Smith and Clair Stevens have been hired as full-time faculty members at Olivet College, according to an announcement by Norma Curtis, Olivets vice president and dean of academic affairs.

Cutler joins the faculty as assistant professor of education. She comes to Olivet after serving as a behavior focus teacher for the East Lansing Public Schools, where she taught academic subjects and social skills to special education students. She also has seven years of experience teaching special education for the Grand Ledge Public Schools. Cutler earned a masters degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and a bachelors degree from Western Michigan University (WMU). She is currently working on a Doctorate of Special Education at MSU.

Olivet welcomes Smith as assistant professor of accounting and finance. She previously served eight years as a term instructor for the Department of Accountancy at WMU, where she taught Principles of Accounting I and II. Smith also has a 20-year background in volunteer work, serving primarily with programs in special education. She earned a masters and bachelors degree from WMU.

Stevens is now a full-time associate professor of insurance and risk management at Olivet College. He previously served as an adjunct instructor for the colleges Risk Management and Insurance Center. Stevens has worked and taught courses in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. In addition to teaching at Davenport University and Olivet, he has served as fire claims central and work compensation team manager, call center coordinator, superintendent with consolidated claims, reinspector and claim representative for State Farm Insurance. He also served in the U.S. Navy and is retired from the Michigan National Guard. Stevens earned a bachelors degree from Olivet in 1980 and a juris doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1984. He passed the Michigan Bar Exam in 1985.


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