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Connie Anderson
Professor of Anthropology
ANTH 150: Forensic Anthropology: Osteology
Email: andersonc@hartwick.edu

Dr. Connie Anderson received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside, in Biological Anthropology. She has worked extensively in South Africa and in various locations in the U.S. At Hartwick, she has received the Teacher-Scholar Award, the Best Teacher Award, and other honors.

Barbara Ardan
Resident Artist in Art
ART 250: Drawing
Email: ardanb@hartwick.edu

Barbara Ardan is a graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in studio art, concentration in drawing and painting. She has studied at the University of Arizona and Salisbury State College (MD). She has been a Hartwick College faculty member since 2007 and has had her works exhibited widely in regional juried and invitational shows.

Gary Burlew
Technical Director/Lighting Designer
THEA 131: Stagecraft
Email: burlewg@hartwick.edu

Gary Burlew has worked as the Technical Director/Lighting Designer at Hartwick since 2006. He worked as Lighting Designer for the Depot Theatre in the summers of 2007-2012 and has designed Lighting for several Orpheus Theatre shows between 2007 and 2011. Prior to Hartwick, Gary was the Technical Director for the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, IL. Before that he was the Technical Director/Resident Lighting Designer for the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre in Wytheville, VA. He has designed lighting for more than 75 professional productions since graduating from SUNY-Brockport in 1997. Gary has also worked at Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Hartt School, Hartford Stage, Leatherstocking Theatre, Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Catskill Actors Theatre, and GEVA Theatre.

Jason Leo Curley
Assistant Professor of Music
MUSI 150: Dynamics of Music
Email: curleyj@hartwick.edu

Jason Leo Curley obtained his Masters of Music (MM) and Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA), both in instrumental conducting, from the University of Arizona. Dr. Curley’s Bachelor of Science (Music Education) and Bachelor of Arts (Music Performance) were granted from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He was an Emerson (Governor’s) Scholar to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1998.

Professor Curley has had an array of conducting experience. Orchestras, wind ensembles, concert bands, choirs, and chamber groups stud his resume. After his final degree was achieved, he spent 2007 on the road with the National Tour of the 50th Anniversary revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot, serving as Associate Conductor and French hornist in the pit orchestra. This followed a string of musical theatre experience in grad school (UA) as music director/conductor of works like Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls, Carousel, She Loves Me, and Kiss Me Kate -- to name a few.

Recently, Dr. Curley has guest conducted the Catskill, Utica, and Schenectady Symphony Orchestras. Other guest conducting engagements include numerous All-County Music Festivals (Orchestra and Band), and music directing operas and musicals in upstate New York. He also directed the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival from 2010-12.

Dr. Curley currently serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at Hartwick College, conducting wind ensemble, brass ensemble and Rock Orchestra; he also maintains private studios in French horn and Conducting.

Amy Forster Rothbart
Assistant Professor
POSC 150: The United Nations in World Politics
Email: forsterrotha@hartwick.edu

Amy Forster Rothbart received a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College. She did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, attaining a Masters in International Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in political science. Prior to graduate school, Forster Rothbart worked first in Washington, DC and then in Kazakhstan for a nongovernmental organization involved in international development.

At Hartwick she teaches courses in international relations, including courses focused on international organizations and international law. She also teaches about global environmental politics and courses focused on the post-Communist states. Forster Rothbart advises Hartwick's Model United Nations student organization.

Malissa Kano-White
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
THEA 150: Performance Workshop
Email: kano_whitem@hartwick.edu

Malissa A. Kano-White has more than 20 years of theatrical experience as a professional director, playwright and theatre educator. Currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hartwick College, she has served as the Director of the Theatre for the University of the Cumberlands, Educational Director for the Center for Theatre, as the Artistic Director for the Orcas Center, and Blamagam Youth Theatre Company and as an instructor for Seattle Children's Theatre. A few of her most significant directing credits include Two Rooms, Quilters, The Secret Garden, Trojan Women, Shakespeare's The Tempest and As You Like It, the Midwest premiere of Mother Hicks by Suzan Zeder, and the world premiere productions of Secrets, Lies and Puppet Shows by Merilyn Wakefield and her own new work, Come Home A Stranger.

Johanna Mitchell
Associate Professor
EDUC 250: Children's Literature
Email: mitchellj@hartwick.edu

Johanna Mitchell received her bachelor's degree from the University of Guam (a tiny coral island 13 miles north of the Equator in the Pacific) and her master's and Ph.D. from the University of Utah (nestled in the Rocky Mountains). Her credentials include: piloting experimental aircraft, Wilderness Ranger, and classroom teacher for 16 years. One of her passions is children's literature from the simple word-free picture book to the sonnets of Shakespeare and beyond to the fiction of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens and into the unknown with Stephen Hawking. She is currently researching the power structure behind education reform efforts of the past 30 years and the impact they have had on creativity and imagination.

Andrew Piefer
Associate Professor of Chemistry
BIOC 150: Synthetic Biology
Email: piefera@hartwick.edu

Andrew Piefer earned a B.S. in chemistry from Dickinson College in 1995 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from New Mexico State University in 2001 where he studied retrovirus enzymes. He moved back east in the fall of 2001 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in virus assembly at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include protein-protein interaction networks involved in chemical sensing and the new field of synthetic biology. In four years, 14 of his students have presented their research at national American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meetings. He has been teaching biochemistry and chemistry at Hartwick since the fall of 2007. When he's not teaching or working in the lab, he has been known to put microbes to work fermenting refreshing beverages.

A.J. Russo
Assistant Professor of Biology
BIOL 150: Topics in Biology: Research in Biology
E-mail: russoa2@hartwick.edu

A.J. Russo received his bachelor of science from Hobart College and his master of arts and Ph.D. from Roswell Park Memorial Institute (SUNY-Buffalo).

His research has recently focused on studying the etiology of neurological disorders, particularly behavioral diseases such as autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression. Of particular interest is the relationship between nutritional and metabolic deficiencies and these diseases. To do this, he focuses on identifying abnormal levels of protein biomarkers such as certain growth factors and neurotransmitters important to normal nervous system function.

He is editor-in-chief of the online journal Autism Insights.

Munir S. Syed
Assistant Professor of Biology
BIOL 150: Topics in Biology - Introduction to Human Biology
Email: syedm@hartwick.edu

Before coming to Hartwick College, Dr. Munir S. Syed received his master of philosophy in Medical Microbiology from University of the Punjab, Pakistan and his Doctor of Medicine from Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar. This was the beginning of a long and diverse career that has included treating indigenous people as well as refugees in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, parenting his sons through cultural transitions, teaching students of all ages, and always being open to being a student himself and learning from his students. Although he was trained as a physician, his passion to bring the wonders of science to a larger audience was instrumental in his decision to pursue teaching as a career. He has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate students at a number of institutions of higher education. Also, working with high school students and first-year college students as a teacher and a professional tutor has helped his transition from being "a sage on the stage to a guide on the side." Throughout his teaching career, Dr. Syed has focused on fueling the curiosity of his students about the natural world and making scientific education transformative. He is committed to hands-on, experiential teaching, including digitally-enhanced learning and classroom presentations that demonstrate student ownership of their research.

As a patient gardener of roses, first around his home in Pakistan and now in upstate New York, he appreciates that young people, like roses, need a nurturing environment in which to grow and bloom.

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