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Colby-Sawyer College Welcomes New Faculty Members

NEW LONDON, N.H., Sept. 2, 2010 – Colby-Sawyer College welcomes nine new faculty members this fall in Fine and Performing Arts, Natural Sciences, Nursing, and Social Sciences and Education.

The new faculty include David Ernster and Julie Vogt in Fine and Performing Arts; Kathryn Gogolin Reynolds, Waverly Thorsen and James Jukosky in Natural Sciences; Jessica Adams in Nursing; and Pamela Serota Cote, Malachy Flynn and Darcy Mitchell in Social Sciences and Education.

David Ernster has joined Fine and Performing Arts as an artist in residence. He has taught classes in the department's Ceramics Program since 1999. Ernster holds a B.F.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. from West Virginia University.

Julie Vogt, who specializes in theater and drama, has also joined the department as an assistant professor. She will teach courses in acting, theater appreciation, and directing and stage management. Vogt earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in theatre and drama at the University of Wisconsin/Madison. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin and University of Texas/Austin.

The Natural Sciences Department welcomes Kathryn Gogolin Reynolds, Waverly Thorsen and James Jukosky as assistant professors. Reynolds holds a B.A. in biology from Wittenberg University, an M.S. in biological sciences from University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in botany from Colorado State University. She will teach courses in evolution and diversity and the chemical and cellular basis in life. Previously Reynolds worked for Hiram College as a teaching research associate, coordinating upper-level laboratories in genetics and molecular and cellular sciences.

Thorsen will teach courses in chemical principles. She was previously employed as an environmental consultant at Exponent, Inc. in Seattle, Wash., and as a research analyst for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She holds a B.A. in chemistry from Bowdoin College, an M.S. in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in toxicology from North Carolina State University. Thorsen gained teaching experience at the University of Connecticut and Olympic College. Most recently, she worked on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and for the past three summers on a scientific research vessel in the Chukchi Sea located in the Alaskan Arctic.

Jukosky joins Natural Sciences after completing a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and systems physiology and a post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College. He previously earned a B.S in zoology at the University of New Hampshire. Jukosky had led students in research projects and has taught classes at Dartmouth and Plymouth State University. At Colby-Sawyer, he will teach courses in the chemical and cellular basis of life and human anatomy and physiology.

The Nursing Department welcomes Jessica Adams as an assistant professor. Adams earned a B.S.N. in nursing from Clemson University and M.S.N. in nursing education from the University of Phoenix. She has previously taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Colby-Sawyer and as an adjunct clinical faculty member for the college at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She will continue to oversee Colby-Sawyer's student nurses' clinical work in obstetrics.

Pamela Serota Cote, Malachy Flynn and Darcy Mitchell join the Social Sciences and Education Department. Serota Cote holds a B.A. in French from Oberlin College, an M.Ed. in counseling and student services from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an Ed.D. in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco. She has joined the college as associate dean of International and Diversity Programs and will teach a variety of courses beginning in 2011. Previously Serota Cote managed international programs, recruitment and admissions, and student service programs for several institutions including University of California's Hastings College of the Law, Mills College and New School University.

Flynn joins the department as an assistant professor and will teach courses in U.S. and European history. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in teaching with a concentration in history. Since 2007, he has taught at Colby-Sawyer and Lebanon College as an adjunct professor following years of teaching at the secondary school level.

Mitchell earned a B.S. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an M.A. in early childhood education and a Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from Boston College. She previously served as a research associate and teaching fellow at Boston College. At Colby-Sawyer, she will teach courses in child development and psychology.

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-Kimberly Swick Slover

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