The College welcomes 9 new faculty members

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The Union College faculty has welcomed nine new colleagues. They include:


BIOENGINEERING: Sudhir Khetan, visiting assistant professor, recently completed his Ph.D. at the

University of Pennsylvania where he worked in the university’s Polymeric Biomaterials Laboratory and mentored student projects. He has also conducted research and worked on bioengineering teams at Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Mellon University. An active member of the Society for Biomaterials, he was recently awarded the organization’s Student Travel Achievement Recognition Award.

CHEMISTRY: Andrew Huisman, assistant professor, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his dissertation “Measurements and Modeling of Glyoxal: Insights into Rural Photochemistry and Secondary Organic Aerosol Production.” Huisman has been living in Zurich, Switzerland, working for the T. Peter Group, studying the temperature and state-dependent chemistry of organic aerosols.

MATHEMATICS: Roger Hoerl, the Donald C. Brate ’45-Stanley G. Peschel ’52 Assistant Professor of Statistics, received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Delaware. He worked as a manager in General Electric’s Applied Statistical Laboratory. His professional honors include the Elizabethtown College Educate for Service Award and the Deming Lectureship Award from the American Statistical Association. His work has been published in various books, including “Statistical Thinking: Improving Business Performance.” His most recent research interests have been focused on the development of the discipline of statistical engineering.

PHILOSOPHY: David James Barnett, instructor, recently completed his Ph.D. at New York University. His dissertation focused on the intersection of epistemology with the philosophy of the mind. He has taught courses at NYU in Logic, History of Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of the Mind and others. He was also a graduate fellow at the New York Institute of Philosophy’s Project on the Nature, Limits and Significance of Disagreement.

Chalmers Clark ‘77, visiting assistant professor, has taught at Union as an adjunct professor. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has received various research grants, student fellowships, prizes and honors including the Medical Ethics Graduate Fellowship from Mount Sinai College of Medicine and the New York State Graduate Fellowship from CUNY. His areas of research include trust in medicine, naturalized epistemology and applied and professional ethics.

Krisanna Scheiter, assistant professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, with her dissertation “Emotion, Imagination and Feeling in Aristotle.” She presented at many colleges and universities, and was honored with the Fay Sawyier Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship from the Illinois Institute of Technology where she worked as an instructor. Her research interests include ancient philosophy and philosophy of the mind and emotion.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Anthony Dell’Aera, visiting assistant professor, has taught at Trinity College since 2008, where he was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in 2011. He earned his Ph.D. from Brown University with his dissertation, “Prescription Drug Regulation and the Art of the Possible: Reconciling Private Interest and Public Good in American Health Care Policy.” He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the New England Political Science Association and the Northeastern Political Science Association. He has been honored with numerous academic awards from Brown University and is active in local government.

PSYCHOLOGY: Carin Perilloux, visiting assistant professor, comes to Union from Williams College. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and has co-published many works, and was awarded the Emma Frances Clark Fellowship while at Texas. Her research interests include sexual misperception, facial and bodily components of attractiveness and adaptive problems related to individual differences in attractiveness.

PSYCHOLOGY: Erika Wells, visiting assistant professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire where she was also a graduate research assistant in the Cognitive Control Laboratory. She was awarded the University of New Hampshire Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship, and presented on such topics as motion-induced blindness and reading comprehension skills and the ability to reduce irrelevant information. She has also taught statistics in psychology and cognition.