New faculty join campus

More than 40 new faculty members joined UCCS this fall. Today, meet 18 faculty members from the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.


Hayder Al-Mohammad, assistant professor, Anthropology Department. Al-Mohammad previously served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wenner-Gren Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of London, master’s degree from the University of Kent, at Canterbury, and Ph.D. from the University of Kent, at Canterbury.


Andrea Baker, instructor, Communication Department. Baker previously served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College, Europe.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York.


Christine Biermann

Christine Biermann, assistant professor, Geography and Environmental Studies Department. Biermann previously served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington and an Instructor of Advanced Biogeography at Ohio State University.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.


Linda Cummings

Linda Cummings, instructor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Cummings previously served as a Teacher at the Classical Academy and a Substitute Teacher at the International School of Bangkok.

She earned her bachelor’s degrees from both Colorado College and the University of Washington and master’s degrees from both the University of North Dakota and the University of Northern Colorado.


Karen deVries

Karen DeVries, instructor, Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST). DeVries previously served as a Faculty Instructor of Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Montana State University and an Instructor of Religious Studies at Gallatin Community College.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, master’s degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Ellen Fricano, instructor, Biology Department. Fricano previously served as a Substitute and Grader of Human Anatomy at Johns Hopkins University and an Instructor at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and master’s degree from Mercyhurst University.


Katherine Guinness

Katherine Guinness, assistant professor, Art History, Visual and Performing Arts Department. Guiness previously served as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester.


Marie Hoerner

Marie Hoerner, instructor, Geography and Environmental Studies Department. Hoerner previously served as an Adjunct Instructor of at Red Rocks Community College and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Chicago.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado College, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Jacob Karn

Jacob Karn, instructor, Mathematics Department. Karn previously served as a Lecturer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at the College of Idaho.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho and master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.


Jennifer Kling

Jennifer Kling, assistant professor, Philosophy. Kling previously served as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Siena Heights University and an Instructor of Engineering Ethics.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master’s degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Lindsey McCormick

Lindsey McCormick, instructor, Communication Department. McCormick previously served as a Lecturer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and an Adjunct Communication Instructor at the Community College of Denver.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.


Elliot Mercer, instructor, Academic Theatre Program, Visual and Performing Arts Department. Mercer previously served as a Marilyn Yarbrough Teaching Fellow at Kenyon College and a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Dia Art Foundation.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California, master’s degree from New York University, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.


Janak Paudyal, instructor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Paudyal previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Florida International University.

He earned his master’s degree from Tribhuvan University and Ph.D. from Florida International University.


Nathan Price

Nathan Price, instructor, English Department.

Price previously served as a Lecturer of English at Southern Utah University and an Assistant Professor at Gachon University.

He earned his Associate’s degree from Salt Lake Community College, Bachelor’s and master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.


Elena Svetieva

Elena Svetieva, assistant professor, Communication Department. Svetieva previously served as an Instructor in the Department of Communication for the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and as a Lecturer and Tutor for the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.


Anthony Tan

Anthony Tan, assistant professor, Music, Visual and Performing Arts Department. Tan previously served as a Fellow for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a Lecturer at McGill University, and is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at UCCS.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary, master’s degree and Ph.D. from McGill University.


Tre Wentling

Tre Wentling, visiting assistant professor, Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST). Wentling previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and taught courses on Sex and Gender and Sociology of Sport at Syracuse University.

He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.


Jessi Smith

Jessi Smith, associate vice chancellor, Research, Academic Affairs. Smith previously served as a Professor and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Montana State University.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

 


Names in italics denotes tenure track.

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