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Transylvania Welcomes Six New Faculty Members

Six professors joined the Transylvania faculty for the 2007-08 academic year. Their diverse research interests include Asian religious traditions, transnational feminism, number theory, and plant invasion biology and biological control. They have lived and studied in such locales as Micronesia, India, and the Czech Republic.

sarah bray Sarah Bray, assistant professor of biology, most recently was an assistant professor of biology at Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska, where she was also curator of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. She earned a B.A. degree in biology and environmental science from Coe College and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Florida. Her research has focused on the pedagogy of science and on feedbacks among plants, ecosystem processes, and microorganisms

Anthony M. Cerulli, assistant professor of religion, was most recently a research associate at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and formerly was a lecturer at Loyola University Chicago and a teaching assistant at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He earned a B.A. degree in theology and political science from Loyola University Chicago and an M.A. in religious studies from Yale University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His scholarship focuses on the history of religions, particularly Asian religious traditions.

anthony cerulli
elizabeth corsun Elizabeth Corsun, assistant professor of English, most recently was a visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Iowa. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. Her dissertation was titled Comic Pragmatism: Dickens and Early- Victorian Stage Farce, and her research and teaching interests include Charles Dickens, the British novel tradition, literary humor, and nineteenth-century literature, culture, and theater
Simona Fojtova, assistant professor of women’s studies, was most recently a visiting assistant professor in women’s studies at Transylvania. She earned M.A. degrees in English and Czech at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and in American studies at the University of New Mexico. She holds the Ph.D. in American studies from the University of New Mexico. Among her teaching and research interests are feminist and queer theory, women’s writing, ethnic and cultural studies, and central and eastern European literature. Simona fojtova
robert rosenberg

Robert E. Rosenberg, associate professor of chemistry, was most recently assistant professor of chemistry at Salem State College in Massachusetts. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University. He was also a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University. His research focuses on mechanistic organic chemistry and the use of computational chemistry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to solve problems in structural biology, while his teaching interests include NMR spectroscopy and organic chemistry.

Ryan Stuffelbeam, assistant professor of mathematics, was most recently VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences) Ross assistant professor of mathematics at The Ohio State University. He earned a B.A. degree in mathematics and computer science from Knox College in Illinois and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Iowa. His research interests focus on number theory and representation theory. ryan stuffelbeam

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