King’s College Welcomes New Faculty

King’s College Welcomes New Faculty

For Immediate Release
Further Information: Contact Joseph Giomboni
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September 1, 2011 – Fifteen new full-time faculty members have joined King’s College for the 2011-12 academic year.

Lea Anstett is a mathematics instructor. She earned her bachelor’s degree at King’s and previously served as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Andrea Baer is an instruction/reference librarian with the rank of assistant technical professor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle. She was previously an adjunct professor and curriculum developer at Ashford University and reference administrator of Internet Public Library.

Stephanie Justice-Bitner is a visiting assistant professor of biology. She is a doctoral candidate at Penn State University College of Medicine, where she previously served as a graduate assistant in the Department of Pharmacology. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a master’s degree from University of Nebraska.

Dr. Julie Belanger, assistant professor of chemistry, was a postdoctoral fellow at the NationalCancer Institute and taught at Hood College and Mount Holyoke College. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dr. DeBorah A. Carr is an assistant professor of education. She previously served as director of Curriculum & Instruction at the Hazelton Area School District and as anadjunct professor at King’s. A King’s graduate, Carr earned a master’s and doctorate of education from Lehigh University. 

Daniel Clasby is assistant professor of history. A doctoral candidate at Indiana University,Clasby earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois and a master’s degree at Southern Illinois University. He previously served as assistant director of graduate programs and as an adjunct professor at King’s.

Janelle DeWitt, assistant professor of philosophy, taught previously at UCLA. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.

Lee Evans is assistant technical professor of education. Previously the director of special education at the Luzerne Intermediate Unit and adjunct professor at King’s, Evans holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bloomsburg University.

Dr. Ray Gamache is assistant professor of mass communications. He earned a doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University He was an associate professor of communications/journalism at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

Gerardo Giordano, assistant professor of physics, is a doctoral candidate at Penn State University, where he also earned a master’s of education degree and served as a lecturer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Marlene Knaub is an instructor of education. Previously a teacher in the Diocese of Scranton and an adjunct professor atKing’s, Knaub earned a bachelor’s degree from College Misericordia and master’s degree from the College of Notre Dame in Maryland.

Dr. Thomas Mackaman, assistant professor of history, was a primary instructor of an online course through the University of Illinois Office of Academic Outreach. He holds a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Kyle Mummey and Justine Samanas are assistant clinical professors in the College’s Physician Assistant program. Mummey holds a master’s of physician assistant studies from King’s. He was previously a physician assistant at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital Emergency Department. Samanas also holds a master’s of physician assistant studies from King’s. She was previously a physician assistant at Intermountain Medical Group in Nanticoke.

Richard Schwanger is assistant technical professor of accounting. He previously served as the controller, Eastern U.S. Operations, with Worleyparsons Group, Inc., in Reading.  He earned a M.B.A. from St. Joseph’s University and a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University. He began teaching at King’s during the spring semester.

King’s College new faculty members, seated from left: Dr. Andrea Baer (library), Justine Samanas (Physician’s Assistant), Lea Anstett (mathematics), and Stephanie Justice-Bitner (biology). Sanding: Associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty Dr. Joseph Evan, Dr. Ray Gamache (mass communications), Daniel Clasby (history), Kyle Mummey (Physician’s Assistant), Dr. Thomas Mackaman (history), Richard Schwanger (accounting), Dr. Julie Belanger (chemistry), Janelle DeWitt (philosophy), Marlene Knaub (education), Lee Evans (education), Dr. DeBorah Carr (education), and Gerardo Giordano (physics).

King’s College new faculty members, seated from left: Dr. Andrea Baer (library), Justine Samanas (Physician’s Assistant), Lea Anstett (mathematics), and Stephanie Justice-Bitner (biology). Standing: Associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty Dr. Joseph Evan, Dr. Ray Gamache (mass communications), Daniel Clasby (history), Kyle Mummey (Physician’s Assistant), Dr. Thomas Mackaman (history), Richard Schwanger (accounting), Dr. Julie Belanger (chemistry), Janelle DeWitt (philosophy), Marlene Knaub (education), Lee Evans (education), Dr. DeBorah Carr (education), and Gerardo Giordano (physics).

Editor’s Note: Individual portrait photos are available upon request.

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