2014 Lycoming Winter Magazine - page 3

students qualify for the federal free
and reduced-price meals program.
Approximately 80 percent of students
at KPS leave 8th grade proficient or
advanced in math and 76 percent leave
proficient or advanced in reading. KIPP
Philadelphia is part of a national network
of 141 KIPP public charter schools.
New faculty members
Eight new full-time faculty members
joined the college in August.
Hannah Burdette is an assistant
professor of modern
language studies.
Her research
focuses primarily
on contemporary
literature and social
movements in Latin
America. Burdette
earned a bachelor’s
in Spanish from the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s in
Spanish from Vanderbilt University. She
earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic languages
and literatures from
the University of
Melissa Correll
started in July as
an instructional
services librarian and
assistant professor.
She coordinates
and teaches in
the library’s instructional program.
Correll earned a bachelor’s from East
Stroudsburg University and a master’s
in library and information science from
Drexel University. 
Nathan Guss is
a visiting assistant
professor of French
and German. He
previously taught at
Fort Lewis College
and Clemson
University. Guss is
widely published
with a recent focus on Proust. He earned
a bachelor’s from Duke University, and a
master’s and a Ph.D. in French literature
from Cornell University. 
Jackson is the new
director of choirs and
assistant professor of
music. He conducts
Lycoming’s choir,
chamber choir and
tour choir. He also
has an interest and
specialized in pre-1750 music. Jackson
earned a bachelor’s from Oklahoma
State University and a master’s from
the Westminster Choir College of Rider
University. He recently earned a Doctor
of Musical Art in choral conducting from
the University of North Texas. 
Kimberlee Josephson is an instructor
of management.
Her main research
interests lie in
the area of trade
theory, economic
and international
management. After
earning a master’s in
international policy
at La Trobe University in Australia,
Josephson studied international relations
and taught business at Temple University.
She is pursuing a Ph.D. in business at La
Jessica (Urick)
Oberlin ’06 is
an instructional
services librarian and
assistant professor.
She teaches in
the instructional
program and also is
the coordinator of
access services in
Snowden Library.
Oberlin previously served as librarian at
Warrior Run High School in Turbotville,
Pa. She earned a bachelor’s in English
literature from Lycoming and a master’s
in library science with school media
certification from
Clarion University.
Pearl is an assistant
professor of history
and teaches colonial
and early American
history courses in
addition to Latin
American history. His main focus is the
legal history of colonial and revolutionary
America. Pearl earned a bachelor’s from
St. John Fisher College, a master’s from
SUNY Brockport and a Ph.D. in history
at Binghamton University.
Collin Rice is an
assistant professor of
philosophy. His main
area of teaching and
research interest
is the philosophy
of science. He
previously spent
a year as a post-
doctoral scholar at
the University of Pittsburgh. Rice earned
a bachelor’s from Simpson College, and
a master’s and Ph.D. from the University
of Missouri.
Lycoming ranked among
nation’s best
Lycoming continues to be recognized
on a yearly basis as one of the best liberal
arts and sciences institutions in the
country. Outlets recognizing the college
for its academic prowess include
News & World Report
, Forbes.com and
The Princeton Review
. Forbes.com also
has acknowledged Lycoming’s financial
Lycoming is recognized as a Tier 1
institution by
U.S. News & World Report
in its 2014 edition of “America’s Best
Colleges.” According to U.S. News,
the nation’s 248 liberal arts colleges
emphasize undergraduate education and
award at least 50 percent of their degrees
in the arts and sciences. It also ranks
Lycoming 32nd in the nation among
liberal arts and sciences institutions in
graduation rate when comparing actual
graduation rate with the predicted rate.
Lycoming ranks among “America’s
Best Colleges,” according to Forbes.com.
The ranking includes the top 20 percent
of the nation’s undergraduate colleges
– 650 in all – prepared for Forbes by
the Center for College Affordability and
Productivity in Washington, D.C.
In Forbes’ new College Financial
Grades, which measure the fiscal
soundness of more than 900 private,
four-year, not-for-profit schools with
more than 500 students, Lycoming scored
an impressive A- and ranked 112th out
Hannah Burdette
Melissa Correll
Nathan Guss
Christopher Jackson
Kimberlee Josephson
Jessica (Urick)
Oberlin ’06
Christopher Pearl
Collin Rice
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