McDaniel welcomes two new faculty members, two promoted

McDaniel College faculty member Apollo Mian has been promoted to full Professor of Physics.
August 15, 2012

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

McDaniel’s newest faculty members expand both academic and research opportunities at the college to include topics that range from multimedia authoring to molecular genetics.

At the liberal arts college where classes average 16 students, the faculty members join the departments of Biology and English. They bring with them a diversity of scholarly interests and expertise that extends the scholarship and research pursuits of McDaniel’s 145-member faculty.

Apollo Mian (pictured above) was promoted to full professor of Physics. He received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Along with Drs. Marx and Pagonis, Mian created the highly successful general science course “A World of Light and Color,” in which non-science students engage in simple activities designed to help them understand basic light phenomena and learn how to think like scientists rather than simply learn about science. Dr. Mian’s other research interests include nonlinear optics, the physics of semiconducting polymers for display applications, Brillouin scattering, and solid-state physics.

McDaniel welcomes two new faculty members, two promoted
Julie Routzahn (pictured left) was promoted to associate professor with tenure of Economics and Business Administration. She received her M.B.A. and M.S. at the University of Maryland and is a certified public accountant (C.P.A.). Routzahn teaches Cost Accounting and Corporate Finance while overseeing The Gill/McDaniel College Finance Case competition, the intercollegiate program she designed to give students a real world scenario in which to utilize what they have learned about corporate finance and marketing.


Here are brief introductions McDaniel’s new faculty members:

Cheng Huang, assistant professor of Biology, was most recently an assistant professor in the department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy at the University of Chicago. While there, he studied embryonic development using zebrafish as a generic model organism. He will be joining the faculty as a specialist in Molecular Genetics, and has broad research interest in stem cell biology, signal transduction and tissue-tissue interaction. Huang believes that “research rejuvenates teaching by forcing teachers to critique accepted knowledge and to challenge existing paradigms.” Previously, he won a predoctoral fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and was a postdoctoral scholar at Northwestern University and University of Chicago. Huang received his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Washington University and his B.S. with honors in Genetics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Paul Muhlhauser, assistant professor of English, specializes in multimedia authoring, critical technology studies, digital and visual rhetoric, contemporary rhetorical theory and composition theory. Before coming to McDaniel, Muhlhauser taught at Washington State University and the College of Staten Island, CUNY. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including one on rhetoric and assisted reproductive technology websites and one on technology, rhetoric and family in the composition classroom. Among his awards are Outstanding Mentor and a nomination for Rhetorical Society of America Dissertation. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University, with a dissertation titled “Imageneing: The Rhetoric of the Human Gamete Industry.”

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