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CC Welcomes New Faculty Members

Colorado College is pleased to welcome 13 new tenure-track faculty members, six Riley Scholars, and 25 visiting one-year professors to the start of the 2015-16 academic year. Many of these new faculty members, who embody a wide range of fields and disciplines, will be in the classroom on the first day of Block 1, which begins on Monday, Aug. 24 immediately following Opening Convocation in Shove Memorial Chapel.

"Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting our new tenure-track faculty members, visiting professors, and Riley Scholars," said Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler. "I am so excited about the impact these energetic teacher-scholars will have on our intellectual community."

"Each brings energy and enthusiasm to the classroom and fascinating areas of study that will further enrich our curriculum and culture of learning for years to come," said Dean of the College Sandra Wong. "I am delighted to welcome our new faculty to CC."

The new tenure-track faculty members are:

· Anthony Bull, Associate Professor of Human Biology and Kinesiology
Bull earned his B.S. (1991) in business administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, graduating with high distinction. He received an MPE (1998) with a concentration in exercise physiology, and a Ph.D. (2001), also in exercise physiology, from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Bull has worked as a visiting researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He is a certified health fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Prior to joining CC as a visiting professor in 2012, he was a faculty member at Creighton University for 11 years. He teaches Exercise Physiology, Investigations in Human Biology and Kinesiology, and Introduction to Human Nutrition.

· Lynne Gratz, Assistant Professor of the Environmental Program
Gratz earned her B.S. (2004), M.S. (2005), and Ph.D. (2010) in atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences from the University of Michigan, and wrote her dissertation on "Identification of Atmospheric Mercury Sources and Transport Pathways on Local and Regional Scales." Since receiving her Ph.D., Gratz has worked as a research associate at the University of Washington, where she also served as an academic transfer program mentor. Gratz teaches Introduction to Global Climate Change and courses on Energy and Air. Her research interests include tracking mercury species, trace metals, and other pollutants in the atmosphere, as well as developing new measurement techniques to study the biogeochemical cycling of mercury and other trace metals. She knows several programming languages and is fluent in Italian.

· Nadia Guessous, Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies
Guessous received her B.A. (1996) in media and cultural studies from the University of Massachusetts, graduating cum laude. She received her M.A. (2001) and her Ph.D. (2011) in sociocultural anthropology from Columbia University. Guessous's publications include "Having a Conversation on Other Terms: Gender and the Politics of Representation in the New Moroccan Government" and "Women and Political Violence during the Years of Lead in Morocco." She also has given numerous presentations at institutions such as Princeton and University of California, Berkeley. Since 2014, Guessous has been an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. She also was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University.

· Olivia Hatton, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Hatton earned her Ph.D. (2011) in immunology from Stanford University, and received her B.A. (2005) in biochemistry from DePauw University, where she graduated summa cum laude. Since 2012, Hatton has worked at Stanford, teaching lecture and lab courses, as well as mentoring students from high school to postgraduates studying medicine. At Colorado College, she will teach Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology and Immunology. Her research experience is extensive, and includes work on "defining the functional Natural Killer (NK) cell repertoire in the immune response to the latent Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection." The latter project was funded by an NIH Institutional Career and Research Development Award.

· Jessica Hoel, Assistant Professor of Economics and Business
Hoel earned a B.A. (2005) in math and economics from Reed College, and an M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in economics from the University of Michigan. For the past several years, she has worked as an associate research fellow for the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. She has received many honors, fellowships, and research grants including the IFPRI Strategic Innovation Fund Postdoctoral Research Grant and the Population Studies Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests include household decision-making and behavioral economics, with specialization in lab-in-the-field experiments and impact evaluations. Her publications focus on research in Ethiopia and Kenya. Hoel will teach Economic Theory, Microeconomic Theory, and Risk, Ambiguity, and Time.

· Jean Lee, Assistant Professor of Environmental Program
Lee received her Ph.D. (2014) from the University of Vermont, her M.E.M. (2008) from Duke University and her B.A. (2005) in environmental biology from Columbia University. Lee has been a visiting assistant professor at Colorado College since August 2014, teaching classes such as Ecological Economics and Sustainability, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Management. Lee has worked as a researcher for several years with the Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) Program in sub-Saharan Africa, and served as a consultant for CARE International and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Kenya. She has presented papers at conferences across the United States, as well as in the UK and Africa, and is conversant in four languages.

· Ammar Naji, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
Naji received his B.A. (2002) from Hodeida University in the Republic of Yemen, majoring in English and Arabic studies. He earned an M.A. (2006) in English from the University of Nevada - Reno and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin in May 2015. In addition to completing a dissertation entitled "At Home in the Diaspora: Migration and Diasporic Consciousness in Anglophone-Arab and Contemporary Arabic Literature," Naji has worked in the Writing Center at Wisconsin since 2010 and as a teaching assistant and class instructor for freshman composition courses and British literature courses. He has presented talks on "Reading Postcolonial Theory" and "Postmodernism and the American Aura in Don DeLillo's 'White Noise.'" He teaches Elementary Arabic, Intermediate Arabic, and Introduction to Anglophone Arabic Literature.

· Christina Rader, Assistant Professor of Economics and Business
Graduating summa cum laude with a distinction in economics in 1999, Rader received her B.A. from Carleton College in 1999 and her Ph.D. in May 2015. She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and assisted with multiple MBA courses at Duke University. She will teach courses on accounting, negotiations, decisions, and personal finance. Rader also has completed intern and analyst work at Google and with the Analysis Group. Her research investigates employee voice and knowledge sharing, focusing on the circumstances in which employees communicate information and make suggestions to leaders and colleagues, and when and how such information is utilized.

· Jamal Ratchford, Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies and History
Ratchford earned a B.A. (2004) from Morehouse College in African American Studies, and an M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in history from Purdue University. He wrote a dissertation entitled "Black Fists and Fool's Gold: The 1960s Black Athletic Revolt Reconsidered." Ratchford specializes in African-American history and 20th-century U.S. history. His teaching and research interests also include sports and popular culture, race and racism, Africana studies, and United States Black Freedom Movements. He has published an article, "The LeBron James Decision and Self-Determination in Post-Racial America," in The Black Scholar, and has several articles forthcoming in edited volumes. Ratchford has taught a range of introductory and advanced courses on African American history and race and sports, and is a member of several professional organizations such as the National Council for Black Studies and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

· Michael Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies
Sawyer completed his B.S. (1989) in political science at the United States Naval Academy, and has received several masters degrees: an M.A. (2010) in committee on international relations from the University of Chicago, and M.A. degrees from Brown University in Africana Studies and in comparative literature in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from Brown in May 2015, and has worked as a visiting lecturer of political science and African, African-America and Diaspora Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He has published several articles and book chapters, and has presented workshops such as "The School of Criticism and Theory" at Cornell University and "Rethinking Diaspora" at Harvard. His academic areas of interest include critical race theory, naval history and tactics, and African-American music. He teaches Race and Ethnicity in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," The Fanon Variations, and Black Political Thought and the Radical Tradition.

· Jeffrey Trevino, Assistant Professor of Music and Technology
Graduating with honors in piano performance, Trevino received his B.A. (2005) in music from Stanford University, and then earned an M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2013) in music composition from the University of California at San Diego. He was a national finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship Competition in 2006, and received the Woodrow Wilson Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship in 2011. Trevino has published multiple articles in the Computer Music Journal. His professional activities include commissioned composer, recording engineer, exhibit designer, invited lecturer, and featured composer. In addition to mastering several computer programming languages, Trevino is fluent in German. In 2014-15, he was a visiting assistant professor of music composition and technology at Carleton College. He has taught Introduction to Music Technology, Introduction to Formal Analysis, Introduction to Tonal Harmony, and Contemporary Music.

· Kristina Valtierra, Assistant Professor of Education
Valtierra received her B.A. (1998) in sociology from Metropolitan State College of Denver, her M.A. (2001) in elementary reading from the University of Northern Colorado, graduating magna cum laude, and her Ph.D. (2014) in curriculum studies and teaching from the University of Denver. She is preparing a book manuscript, "Teach and Thrive: Wisdom from an Urban Teacher's Career Narrative," based on her doctoral dissertation. She has considerable K-12 teaching and consulting experience. In 2014-15 Valtierra was a visiting assistant professor in literacy development at Colorado College. She teaches Critical Pedagogies in Literacy, Curriculum, and Instruction, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literary Methods, Innovative and Social Justice in Public Education, and Multicultural Education.

· John Yasuda, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Yasuda completed his Ph.D. (2013) at the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in East Asian politics and comparative political economy. He received an MPhil (2007) from the University of Oxford and a B.A. (2005) from Harvard. His teaching interests include contemporary Chinese politics, politics of a divided Korea, and Chinese foreign policy. Yasuda received the Commendation for Teaching Excellence and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from the political science department at Berkeley. He has co-authored an article, "Transparent Authoritarianism? An Analysis of Political and Economic Barriers to Greater Government Transparency in China" in Journal of Politics (2014) and has two forthcoming articles, one in Regulation and Governance, and a second in The China Quarterly. He is conversant in four languages and is beginning to learn Korean.

Additionally, CC welcomes six Riley Scholars: Prentiss A. Dantzler in the Sociology Department; Jennifer M. Lozano, English Department; Chelsea Ramel Martinez, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department; Juliana Novic, Anthropology Department; Luis Rosa, Spanish and Portuguese Department; and Camisha Ann Russell, Philosophy Department.

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