IWU Adds 12 to Faculty for 2005-06 Academic Year

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Twelve new faculty members have been added for the 2005-06 academic year at Illinois Wesleyan University.

The new tenure-track faculty member is Cynthia Sullivan Kerber, assistant professor of nursing, who was an adjunct professor at IWU during the previous academic year. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Kerber’s doctorate came from Illinois State University and she did a post-doctoral fellowship in gerontological nursing at the University of Iowa. Her previous teaching experience includes more than 20 years at the Mennonite College of Nursing in Bloomington and, since 1999, at ISU.

The new visiting faculty members are:

Eike Bauer, visiting assistant professor of chemistry. Since January 2004, Bauer has been a postdoctoral researcher and group coordinator in the department of chemistry at the University of California at Riverside. Bauer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Erlangen in Nuremberg, Germany, where Bauer earned a doctorate in chemistry in 2003.

Francesca Catalano, visiting instructor of biology. Catalano earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and doctorate in molecular biology at Loyola University in Chicago, then completed a juris doctor degree at DePaul University in 2004. She has been a medical technologist at Northwestern University and has taught at Triton College, Illinois Institute of Art and most recently as an assistant professor at Lewis University.

Meridith Kruse, visiting instructor of sociology. A 1998 IWU graduate with a major in sociology and a minor in women’s studies, Kruse earned a master’s degree at Illinois State University. She has worked for human rights reform in Guatemala as part of the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala and has taught courses at Illinois State on topics involving gender and diversity.

Andrew Morrison, visiting instructor of physics. Morrison earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and earned his doctorate at Northern Illinois University with doctoral research being an exploration of the acoustical properties of a Caribbean steel pan drum. He has taught at Northern Illinois and as an adjunct professor at Elmhurst College.

Thomas Quinn, who joined the IWU staff as admissions coordinator for the School of Theater Arts in 2004, has been appointed a visiting instructor of theatre arts. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University, Quinn was an actor for 20 years and has appeared on a variety of stages across the country, including the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Chicago’s Goodman and Steppenwolf theatres. He has spent five summers acting with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and has performed in local productions at Bradley University and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Christian Ray, visiting instructor of chemistry. Ray received a bachelor’s degree from University of Detroit-Mercy and a doctorate from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has taught at both Illinois and Detroit and, through a Project Kaleidoscope program in Detroit, he helped establish a program for teaching chemistry at the city’s middle schools.

Joe Sutliff Sanders, visiting assistant professor of English. Sanders has a bachelor’s degree from John Brown University, a master’s from the University of Arkansas and his doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He has published widely on issues such as gender, sexuality and genre fiction, including a nationally-distributed review column of graphic novels. He has also made regular contributions to one of the leading review journals for young adult fiction.

Charilaos Skiadas, visiting instructor of mathematics/computer science. A Greek citizen, Skiadas has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the National University of Athens and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. In recognition of his efforts at the University of Chicago, he recently received the physical sciences teaching award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Jane Smith, visiting instructor in The Ames Library. Smith earned an associates’ degrees at Danville Area Community College, a bachelor’s degree in English from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University. She has professional library experience at Northwestern’s Schaffner Library (Kellogg School of Management) and at the private library of Chicago law firm Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLC.

As previously announced, Ryan Lakin and Greg Huffaker have joined the IWU faculty as physical education instructors and coaches of men’s soccer and cross country, respectively.