Lyndon State College President Joe Bertolino has announced the retirement of two senior faculty members, the hiring of five full-time faculty members, and newly promoted faculty for September 2014.
In the fall, LSC will welcome new faculty members to fill the shoes of retirees and strengthen some fast growing academic departments. The Education department will have two new teachers filling vacancies created by retiring faculty members: Ai Kamei, Ph.D., joins as assistant professor of Special Education and Eden Haywood-Bird, Ph.D., will be an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education. Two Exercise Science faculty members were hired to teach in this popular department: Zane Pfefferle, Ph.D., was hired as an assistant professor of Exercise Physiology, and Alexandria Evans, M.Ed., will be an assistant professor of Strength and Conditioning. Finally, Robby Gilbert, M.Ed., will join the Department of Visual Arts to teach animation.
In all five cases the departments were able to hire their top candidates for positions.
Faculty tenure and promotions were announced in May. Kelly Glentz Brush and Garet Nelson were named full professors. Glentz Brush teaches in the Visual Arts Department; Nelson is the Samuel Read Hall Library director.
Three faculty members were promoted to associate professor: Thomas Anderson (Mountain Recreation Management), Dan Daley (Mathematics), and Ben Luce (Physics).
Sean Doll (Mountain Recreation Management) was promoted to Assistant Professor.
In addition, Anderson, Daley, Luce and Meaghan Meachem (Electronic Journalism Arts) were granted tenure. The promotions and tenure take effect on September 1, 2014.
President Bertolino said about Lyndon’s newly promoted and tenured professors, “We are delighted to reward these hard-working people with promotions. Our new full, associate and assistant professors are dedicated and talented individuals. The entire LSC community congratulates these capable educators – – our colleagues.”
In a message to the college community, Bertolino extended “great gratitude” to faculty members who announced their retirement this year. English Professor Richard Moye received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1990 and spent a year there as a visiting assistant professor. He joined Lyndon’s English Department in the fall of 1991, bringing a breadth of experience in literature and the humanities; he served as department chair for a large portion of his time at LSC. Moye also served for two years as the acting assistant dean for Information Technology.
Education Professor Timothy Sturm came to Lyndon in 1982 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education. He worked on behalf of public schools, college students with disabilities, to make improvements to LSC’s Samuel Read Hall Library, and as a representative to the Vermont State College’s Faculty Federation Delegate Assembly. He and his colleagues have prepared hundreds of educators teaching in classrooms nation wide.
Exercise Science Professor Anthony Sgherza announced his resignation at the close of the school year. He came to Lyndon in 2004 and served as department chair almost continuously since 2006. The department’s enrollment has doubled from 70 to 140 students in a few short years. Sgherza worked with local organizations to develop fitness and health-based initiatives, many of which resulted in valuable internships for his students.
Two staff members with long ties to education in our region are leaving the college. Susan Lynaugh will be retiring from her position as senior teacher leader of the East Central Vermont Literacy Consortium (ECVLC ) on June 6. Susan came to Lyndon when the ECVLC relocated to Lyndon State College in 2001, and has been instrumental in providing training and staff development for ECVLC administrators, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff. During her tenure, Susan trained more than 126 Reading Recovery teachers.
Mariann Bertolini will be leaving the Northeast Kingdom School Development Center (NEKSDC) at Lyndon State College on June 30, after eight years with the Center. As director of the NEKSDC, Mariann has been responsible for providing and overseeing professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals in the Northeast Kingdom.
President Bertolino asked everyone to “join me in thanking all of our colleagues for their tremendous service and dedication to Lyndon State College and Lyndon students and in wishing them all the best in their new adventures.”
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