McDaniel welcomes and promotes faculty members | UPDATED

August 04, 2011

Four distinguished scholars join the McDaniel faculty while six are promoted to associate professor with tenure, one to full professor, and two are awarded tenure.

McDaniel’s newest faculty members expand both academic and research opportunities at the college to include topics that range from medieval, North African, and Caribbean literature to environmental geology.

At the liberal arts college where classes average 17 students, the faculty members join the departments of Environmental Studies, Foreign Languages, and English. They bring with them a diversity of scholarly interests and expertise that extends the scholarship and research pursuits of McDaniel’s 135-member faculty.

Debra A. Miller was promoted to full Professor of Education. In addition to her teaching, she oversees the Reading Specialist graduate program and the 38-year-old reading clinic established by President Emerita Joan Develin Coley. Her professional interests lie in reading assessment, strategic reading instruction, and the continuous school improvement process. She received her B.S. and M.Ed. from Frostburg State University and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Reading, from the University of Maryland.

Six McDaniel faculty were promoted to associate professor with tenure:

History professor Stephen D. Feeley’s teaching interests include Colonial America, Native American, and Nineteenth-Century America. For the past six years, Feeley has created and taught 12 new course designs, which included broad chronological surveys, topical examinations, and upper-level seminars. Courses include a first-year seminar titled “Sex, Saints, and Heretics” and “Seminar: The American Revolution as a Social Movement.” He received his B.A. from Davidson College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The College of William and Mary.

Andria L. Hoffman, Exercise Science and Physical Education, primarily teaches Physical Education Pedagogy and Motor Learning. Her courses include Curricular Models in Secondary Physical Education and Teaching Health-Related Fitness. Hoffman has also served on several college committees, including the Graduate Affairs Committee, and as the chair of the Academic Policy and Standards sub-committee. She received her B.S. from Lock Haven University, M.S. from Northern Illinois University, and Ph.D. in Physical Education from Temple University.

Sara Miner More, Mathematics and Computer Science, focuses on cryptographic protocols, computer security, and computer science education in her teaching. Her classes include The Art of Programming, Database Design, and Modern Cryptography. She received her B.S. from the University of Dayton, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Wendy L. Morris, Psychology, is a social psychologist whose research interests include stereotyping, discrimination, social stigma, and deception detection. Her courses include Social Psychology, Psychology and Gender, and Writing in Psychology: Romantic Relationships. Morris’ most recent publications have concerned depression symptoms, deception, and the stigma of being single. She received her B.A. from Williams College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Pavel Naumov, Mathematics and Computer Science, teaches logic in computer science. Both More and Naumov have recently collaborated with colleagues and students on several peer-reviewed publications on subjects such as concurrency theory, information flow, and game theory. Naumov received his Honors Diploma from Moscow State University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Linda L. Semu, Sociology, teaches courses in Urban Sociology and Introduction to Global Societies. Her other interests include social change, international development, globalization, gender, comparative studies, family, social policy, social demography, and political sociology. In classes such as her Global Social Change, she gives students the opportunity to go beyond the textbook. In 2009 they visited SERRV, a nonprofit fair trade and development organization that aims to eradicate poverty. She received her B.S. from University of Malawi, M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and her Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Social Work professor James Kunz and Education professor Margaret Trader were also granted tenure. Kunz, also the program director, has teaching, practice and research interests in social work advocacy, policy practice, community organizing, cost analyses of social welfare programs, and services to ex-offenders. He received his B.A. from University of Virginia, M.S.W. from University of Maryland, and Ph.D. in Social Work and Economics from the University of Michigan.

Trader earned her B.A. and M.Ed. at McDaniel College and her Ph.D. in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum from the University of Maryland at College Park. Before coming to McDaniel, she taught middle and high school English, and then worked her way up the administrative ladder. She served seven years as the Assistant State Superintendent for Instruction and Staff Development at the Maryland State Department of Education.

Here are brief introductions McDaniel’s new faculty members:

Mona Becker, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, has an extensive background in science curriculum writing and interdisciplinary science education, having taught classes ranging from Earth Science to Environmental Science to a field course on carbonate geology of the Florida Keys. Among her research interests is dating sedimentary rock record using uranium and lead isotopes to evaluate climate changes in the Earth’s history during the Paleozoic Era more than 250 million years ago. She holds a B.S. in Engineering Geology from Millersville University, an M.S. in Geology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Ph.D. in Geology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Naïma Hachad, assistant professor of French, specializes in North-African and Caribbean Francophone literatures, and has teaching interests in Orientalism and the North African diaspora in France. Her research is shaped by linguistic training and projects she conducted on such topics as Creole gardens and art in Martinique, Arabic in Morocco, and intellectual elites in the Caribbean. Along with her teaching, Hachad has organized a number of extracurricular activities including cultural excursions in Southern France and Paris and bringing renowned authors to her schools. Hachad earned her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Anglophone Literature and Civilization at the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France, and her Ph.D. in French from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

Ángeles Donoso Macaya, assistant professor of Spanish, predominantly teaches Spanish language and culture, with interests in 20th-21st century Spanish American literature, avant-garde and neo-avant garde studies and theory, and Latin American cinema and film studies. A native Spanish speaker and near-native English and French speaker, Macaya has participated in research on a Latin American Colloquium Series and assisted in a new edition of an anthology of Latin American literatures. She is a graduate of Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics, and earned her M.A. in Spanish and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages & Literature at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Corey Wronski-Mayersak, assistant professor of English, has teaching interests in Middle English, devotional culture, medieval and early modern drama, Reformation literature, composition and psychoanalysis, among others. Her doctoral work focused on medieval English literature and Renaissance prose and drama. Her passions lie in theorizing how language represents the self and in texts that cross generic boundaries, including contemplative literature, the history of the autobiography, and modes of performance. She encourages students to explore the borderlines between past and present in seminars on dream literature during the two eras and how supernatural realms are depicted across medieval literature. She earned her B.A. in English at Goucher College, M.A. in English at Georgetown University and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at Cornell University.