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Lycoming College welcomes eight new faculty members

Lycoming College welcomes eight new faculty members

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Lycoming College welcomed eight new full-time faculty members at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year, according to Phil Sprunger, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.

Hannah BurdetteHannah Burdette is a visiting instructor of Spanish. Her research focuses primarily on contemporary indigenous 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 is completing a Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Melissa CorrellMelissa 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 GussNathan Guss is 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. 

Chriss JacksonChristopher Jackson is the new director of choirs and assistant professor of music. He will conduct 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 JosephsonKimberlee Josephson is an instructor of management. Her main research interests lie in the area of trade theory, economic development 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 Trobe.

Jessica Urick OberlinJessica Urick Oberlin 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.

Christopher PearlChristopher Pearl is an assistant professor of history, where he will teach 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 RiceCollin 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 College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit