Hartwick Welcomes New Faculty for 2009-10

August 26, 2009

Hartwick College welcomes four new faculty members for the 2009-10 academic year. Among them are three tenure-track appointments and one term appointment. Assistant Professor of Physics Parker Troischt also has been moved to a tenure-track position for the fall semester.

The College also will welcome two native adjunct professors with the fall semester: Marina Reboul (French) and Leo Will (German).

Joseph Abramo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (term appointment)
Abramo received his bachelor of music in music education from the State University of New York at Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, master of music degrees in saxophone performance and music theory from Michigan State University, and master of education and Ed.D. in music education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Abramo’s scholarly interests include philosophy, instrumental music, popular music, gender studies, race studies and multiculturalism, and poststructuralism. He previously taught at Kean University and State University of New York at Orange.

Amy Forster Rothbart, Assistant Professor of Political Science (tenure track)
Rothbart received her A.B. in political science and Russian from Bryn Mawr College and her master of international public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also received her master of political science and is working toward her Ph.D.

Rothbart’s research includes the thesis International Commitments, National Policy Processes: The Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements in the Post-Soviet States. Her previous teaching experience includes instructor and teaching assistant positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Parker Troischt, Assistant Professor of Physics (tenure track)
Troischt received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York College at Geneseo, his master’s degree from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His interests include MHD wave coupling, general relativity, astronomy, and teaching introductory Physics.

Cecelia Walsh-Russo, Assistant Professor of Sociology (tenure track)
Walsh-Russo received her A.B. from Smith College, and her M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Walsh-Russo’s research interests include collective action and social movements, international relations, race and ethnicity, and political sociology. She previously taught at Queens College and Columbia University.

Justin Wellman, Assistant Professor of Psychology (tenure track)
Wellman received his bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College, and his master’s in psychology from the University of Toledo, where he also is pursuing his Ph.D.

Wellman’s research interests include statistical analysis, social psychology, personality psychology, social cognition, experimental methods and design, introductory psychology, health psychology, and motivation and emotion. He previously taught and was a guest lecturer at the University of Toledo.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Jennifer Moritz
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