August 31, 2010

New Instructors Fill Key Vacancies

Full-Time Instructors Join WNC Academic Faculty

Five new instructors boasting strong academic credentials and many years of experience are filling key vacancies on the WNC academic faculty. Additionally, several new employees have joined the college family as administrative professionals in essential areas. In college executive leadership, former Dean of Instruction Carol Lange is now serving as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

Thomas Herring, Ph.D. will teach physics and engineering. Prior to joining WNC he worked as a physics lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York. He holds a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in physics from the University of Utah. Herring specializes in the study of amorphous semiconductors, those lacking shape or form, such as the silicon that is used in solar cell applications.

Russell Fiddyment brings more than 25 years of experience to the college's Construction Management program. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Services and a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Davis, as well as a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology. Fiddyment is Project Superintendent, Senior Project Manager and Director of Operations for Metcalf Builders, Inc. in Carson City.

Sara Maul has taught part-time for WNC and now joins the nursing faculty full-time. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing from California State University, Chico and a master's degree in nursing from San Jose State University. Maul has more than 35 years of experience in medical-oncology, surgical, orthopedic, geriatric, pediatric, intensive care, neurologic, rehabilitative and emergency room care.

Ryan Stryffeler joins WNC as a full-time English instructor and will teach composition. He has a bachelor's degree in political science and English from Hillsdale College in Michigan and a master's degree in English literature from Northern Arizona University. Stryffeler has taught at Northern Arizona University and was most recently at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, where he served as the assistant professor of English and the chair of the Department of English, Communications and Languages.

Gary Schwartz, Ph.D, joins WNC to teach mathematics. He received a bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and earned a doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schwartz taught at the University of Oklahoma and Northern Illinois University before going on to study music theory and composition at NIU.

Additional new employees include, Angela Andrade, instructional specialist, Adult Literacy and Language; Brock Bingham, IT support specialist, Computing Services; Elizabeth Contreras, accountability specialist, Adult Literacy and Language; Linda Jacobson, administrative assistant, Child Development Center; Joel Hockensmith, maintenance repair specialist, Facilities; Johnathan Lama, custodial worker, Building and Grounds; Andrea Lazzari, assistant softball coach, Athletics; Michael Lockey, programmer/analyst, Admissions and Records; Coral Lopez, assistant controller, Business Office; Clarence Maise, coordinator, Distance Education; Kathleen Neal, advisor/load coordinator, Financial Assistance Office, Tina Nelson, assistant to the vice president, Academic & Student Affairs, Carla Sargent, child care worker, Child Development Center; Charisma Sotomayor, accountant, Business Office.


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Gary Schwartz, Ph.D. Russell Fiddyment Ryan Stryffeler
Gary Schwartz, Ph.D.Russell FiddymentRyan Stryffeler
Sara Maul Thomas Herring, Ph.D.  
Sara MaulThomas Herring, Ph.D.  
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