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Brandon Shigematsu

Brandon Shigematsu

Buena Vista University has announced that five new faculty members will start this fall.

The new faculty members are:

Beverly Ahern, assistant professor of exercise science. She holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from William Penn University, and a master's degree in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa.

She has been a high school physical education instructor in the Keokuk, Spencer, and, most recently, Grundy Center school districts and has held various coaching positions, including girls basketball, tennis, softball and archery. She has received several honors in coaching and fitness education, and in 2003, she was selected as Iowa's Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year while working at the Spencer high school.

Dr. Steven Mills, assistant professor of Spanish. He holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in Spanish Literature from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; and a PhD in Spanish Literature from Purdue University.

He has extensive teaching experience at Purdue and BYU, and has coordinated summer term programs and served as assistant to the director of a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar in Madrid.

Dr. Brandon K. Shigematsu, assistant professor and director of English for Speakers of Other Languages, leading and supporting English for Academic Purposes and English as a Second Language programming for international students and working with the TESL program in the school of education.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Tennessee Wesleyan College, Athens; and a master's of education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis of TESOL and a PhD in the same disciplines from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has taught at Dixie State College of Utah, St. George; and the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas; and has served as an instructor and consultant on second-language-acquisition issues in the business community.

Dr. Karin Strohmyer, assistant professor of education/special education. She was previously the transition coordinator for the Fountain Fort Carson School District 8 in Fountain, Colo., she holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney; a master's degree in special education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and a PhD in school leadership and special education from Walden University, Minneapolis.

She has considerable experience both as a teacher and administrator in special education, and holds certifications across the special education spectrum.

Dr. Liz Throop, interim dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business and visiting professor of anthropology. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and political science from Macalester College; a master's of social work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and a master's degree and PhD in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego.

Most recently she was dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences and professor of social science at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona. She has also served on the faculties of Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond; McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill.; and Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wis.

Among other faculty changes:

-- Dr. Mary Gill, professor of communication, has been named interim vice president for student services and dean of students while the university conducts a search for a successor to Dr. Keith Betts, who left BVU in June.

-- Dr. Stan Ullerich, professor of economics, has left his position as dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, to return full-time to the classroom.

-- Dr. Suzi Kalsow, professor of education, left as dean of the School of Education and Exercise Science to become associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of BVU's Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) program.

-- Dr. Bev Edmondson, professor emeritus of education, retired at the end of the 2010-11 academic year after teaching at BVU since 1998.

-- Dr. David Pusey, assistant professor of exercise science, retired after four years at BVU.

Faculty promotions effective this academic year are: Dr. Inez Schaechterle to associate professor of English and granted tenure; Dr. Suzi Kalsow to professor of education (previously granted tenure).

-- Dr. Brian Lenzmeier, associate professor of biology will spend the fall semester and January 2012 interim on his George Wythe Award sabbatical in a microbiological research residence at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.



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