Lycoming College welcomes new faculty members

Lycoming College welcomes new faculty members

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Lycoming College welcomes seven new faculty members, according to an announcement by Dr. Philip Sprunger, acting provost and dean of the College. Lycoming's 2011 fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 29.

The new faculty members include:

Igor Bascandziev is a visiting assistant professor of psychology. He earned a bachelor's in psychology from Sts. Kiril and Metodij University in Macedonia, a master's from Harvard University, and recently finished an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a specialization in human development. While at Harvard, he was a teaching fellow in both the departments of psychology and education. His main research interests are in children's learning and perception.

Marlene Cauley is a special part-time instructor of education. She will be supervising elementary and special education student teachers. She comes to Lycoming from the Williamsport Area School District, where she was a longtime learning support teacher. She has degrees in health and physical education and special education from Lock Haven and Mansfield universities.

Michael Darough is a visiting assistant professor of art. He earned a bachelor's of fine arts in photography from Arizona State University, and has recently completed a master's of fine arts in photography from the University of Memphis, where he was also a photography instructor. He has widely exhibited his artwork in galleries and universities across the country.

Eugene Donati is an assistant professor of corporate communication. Before coming to Lycoming, he taught at the City University of New York. Prior to entering into college teaching, he had an extensive career in public relations, most recently as a vice president at MasterCard Worldwide. He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Pittsburgh, and holds master's degrees from both the University of Toronto and American University in Washington, D.C.

Tina Norton is an assistant professor of psychology. She earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University in social and health psychology and also has a bachelor's and master's degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and she has also taught at Clarkson University. Her research interests are smoking behavior and caffeine consumption among college students.

Michael Smith is an assistant professor of mathematical science. He joins the faculty after a teaching stint at Hollins University in Virginia. After completing a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Connecticut College, he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Virginia, specializing in algebra. His main research interest is in mathematics college pedagogy. While at Virginia, he received two different teaching awards.

Dongjiao Zhao is an assistant professor of biology. He earned a master's in genetics and molecular biology and a Ph.D. in developmental anatomy, both from Purdue University, as well as a bachelor's of medicine from China Medical University. Prior to joining the Lycoming faculty, he taught at Purdue and Ivy Tech College in Indiana. His research focuses on the endocannabinoid system.

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