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Juniata College Promotes Eight Faculty Members

(Posted April 30, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Eight members of the Juniata College faculty received promotions in the 2011-2012 academic year at a recent Juniata College Board of Trustees meeting.

Jay Hosler, associate professor of biology, was promoted to full professor; Randy Rosenberger, associate professor of accounting, business and economics, was promoted to full professor; and Catherine Stenson, associate professor of mathematics, was promoted to full professor. Henry Escuadro, assistant professor of mathematics, was promoted to associate professor; Monika Maklewska, assistant professor of art, was promoted to associate professor; Susan Prill, assistant professor of religion, was promoted to associate professor; Jennifer Streb, assistant professor of art history, was promoted to associate professor; and Daniel Welliver, assistant professor of sociology, was promoted to associate professor.

Hosler, a Huntingdon resident, came to Juniata in 1999 from Ohio State University's Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Research Laboratory where he was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow. At Juniata he received the Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2005. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006.

In addition to his work as a biologist, Hosler has an active career as an author and artist. In 2012, a book he wrote, "Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth," was chosen for the "Great Graphic Novels of 2012," list published every year by the American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association. The book also was a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Hosler has published two previous biology graphic novels, "Clan Apis" and "The Sandwalk Adventures." In 2006, he received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to write "Optical Allusions," a sensory biology comic-book text published in 2006 featuring a character called Wrinkles the Wonder Brain.

At Juniata he teaches Sensory Biology, Neurobiology, Invertebrate Biology and General Biology. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1989 from DePauw University. He went on to earn a doctorate in 1995 in biological sciences from the University of Notre Dame. He has published research articles in Experimental Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience, the Journal of Insect Physiology and the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Randy Rosenberger, a Huntingdon resident, joined the Juniata faculty in 1997 as an instructor in business. He was promoted to Swigart Associates Assistant Professor of Management in 1998. He was promoted to associate professor in 2004. Before returning to earn a doctorate in management science from Penn State in 1999, Rosenberger worked as a certified public accountant and as an investment analyst.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Dickinson University in 1980, and went on to earn a master's of business administration degree in 1985 from Cornell University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society.

After working in the private sector, Rosenberger entered the academic world in 1989, working as an instructor in business at Delaware County Community College, St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa. and Penn State University. He teaches one of Juniata's most popular courses, "Behavioral Analysis of Organizations" (also known as HOBO), Sports Management and a variety of other management and business courses.

Catherine Stenson, a resident of Huntingdon, Pa., came to Juniata in 1999 from Cornell University after earning her doctorate in mathematics. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Brown University in 1994 and a master's degree in mathematics from Cornell University in 1997.

She was promoted to associate professor in 2006. She has developed several mathematics courses at Juniata, including Combinatorics, The Heart of Mathematics and the Mathematics Seminar. She also oversees research projects for mathematics students.

In 2001 she was chosen as a Project NeXT Fellow, a program for new mathematics faculty sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. Her research interests center on combinatorics of polytopes and hyperplane arrangements, as well as the applications of mathematics to biology and chemistry

Stenson is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Association for Women in Mathematics. She also enjoys working with Section NExT of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

She has published articles in Discrete and Computational Geometry and Chemical Physics Letters.

Henry Escuadro joined Juniata's faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor of mathematics. He earned a master's degree in mathematics in 1994 from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and went on to earn a master's degree in mathematics in 1997, from the same institution. He earned his doctoral degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2006. Previously, Escuadro worked as a doctoral teaching associate at Western Michigan from 2001 to 2006.

His research focuses on graph theory and combinatorics. He received the 2005 Graduate Research Scholar Award from Western Michigan. He also received the university's Charles H. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.

Escuardo taught at Ateneo de Manila University as an assistant instructor from 1994 to 1995 and as an instructor from 1997 to 2001. His research has been published in such professional journals such as the Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, the International Journal of Graphs and Combinatorics and Mathematica Bohemica.

He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society.

Monika Malewska was hired by Juniata in 2006 as an assistant professor of art. She specializes in painting, drawing, figurative art, two-dimensional design, monotype printmaking and photography. She earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1998 from the University of Manitoba in Canada and went on to earn a master of fine arts degree in 2001 from the University of Texas, San Antonio.

She has taught art courses continuously since 2001. She worked as an adjunct professor of art at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. in 2001 and 2006. She also worked as an adjunct faculty at Paier College of Art in Hamden, Conn. and as adjunct faculty at Tunxis Community College, in Farmington, Conn.

She also worked as an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University from 2001 to 2006. She also taught a study-abroad course in Poland while working at the university.

She has had solo exhibitions at Good Question Gallery in Augusta, N.J.; the Juniata College Museum of Art (in 2008); Chashama Gallery in New York City; and Gallery on the Green in Canton, Conn. She also has been in shows at Noma Gallery in Canton, Conn.; E3 Gallery in New York City; Satellite Space Gallery in San Antonio, Texas; and the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her work also has been in exhibitions at Clare Oliver Gallery in New York City; Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va.; Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.; La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif.; Camel Art Space in Brooklyn, N.Y.; and the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Va.

She received First Prize at the 33rd Annual Juried Members Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art in 2002 and at the Emerging Artists: New Voices Exhibition at the Mystic Art Association in Mystic, Conn. Her work "Meat" was published in Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture," and "Still-life with Sorb Tree Fruits, Grapes and Pear" was published in North Light Magazine.

Her work also is in the permanent collection of the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.

Susan Prill, a Huntingdon resident, came to Juniata in 2006 as an assistant professor of religion, specializing in world religions. She previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

Her main area of teaching specialization centers on Hinduism and Sikhism. She also has taught courses in yoga and yogic philosophies and Buddhism. Her specific area of research concerns Namdev, a 13th-century saint who was an important figure in both the Sikh and Hindu traditions, and his depiction in popular religious art.

She earned a bachelor's degree in religion in 1996 from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and went on to earn a master's degree in South Asian studies in 2000 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She earned her doctoral degree in 2005 from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in London, England.

At Juniata she teaches such courses as World Religions, Sikhism, Islam and Yoga Studies. She recently published a chapter-article in the edited volume "Sikhism in Global Context."

She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Association for Asian Studies.

Jennifer Streb, a Pennsylvania Furnace resident, came to Juniata in 2005 as an assistant professor of art history. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1993 from Juniata College. She went on to earn a master's degree in art history in 1997 from Penn State University and a doctoral degree in art history in 2004 from Penn State.

Her research interests focus on modern American art, particularly mid-20th century painters Minna Citron and Henry Koerner. This fall, the Juniata Museum of Art will debut a traveling art exhibition, "Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction" that Streb curated and researched. After Juniata the exhibit will travel to the Georgia Museum of Art, Texas A&M University, Lebanon Valley College and Gustavus Adolfus College. She also recently published an article on Citron, "Minna Citron's Feminanities: Her Commentary on the Culture of Vanity," in The Women's Art Journal.

Streb also taught at Penn State Altoona, where she was an instructor from 1999 to 2005. She also taught for Penn State's World Campus program and at St. Francis University, in Loretto, Pa., from 2000 to 2003.

Streb started Juniata's art outreach programs for area schoolchildren. She teaches such courses as Survey of Western Art, Medieval Art and Architecture, Museum Studies, Modern Architecture and The Chemistry of Art. She has curated more than 15 exhibitions at the Juniata Museum of Art as well as a variety of exhibitions at Penn State Altoona's art galleries. She has written catalog essays for exhibits on Minna Citron and Henry Koerner and contributed articles for the book "Buildings of the United States: Western Pennsylvania."

Streb is a member of the American Culture Association, the American Association of Museums and the College Art Association.

Daniel Welliver joined the Juniata faculty in 2006 after a long career in the private sector and state government. He earned bachelor's degree in sociology in 1979 from Juniata College and went on to earn a master's degree in community psychology in 1990 from Penn State University. He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Welliver's previous job was as director of education and community services and coordinator of the Pennsylvania Inter-agency Task Force on Civil Tension at the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission, a post he held from 1998 to 2006. He was executive director of the Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, Pa. from 1988 to 1998. He also worked as a researcher and statistician for the Harrisburg Fair Housing Council from 1987 to 1988.

Welliver also continues to serve as a Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellow at the Education Policy Leadership Center in Harrisburg and at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., a fellowship he has held since 2003. Welliver began his professional career in Huntingdon, Pa. as a family day care home coordinator for Huntingdon County Child development, a local social services agency.

He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the academic honor society, and he received the 1995 Hileman Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action. He also was recognized by Penn State Harrisburg for Distinguished Service in Community Psychology in 1994.

His current research interests focus on white, anti-racist identity formation and maintenance. He has written and edited a wide range of educational publications, including "Police Response to Hate Crimes in Pennsylvania," "A Citizen's Guide to Hate Crime in Pennsylvania" and "Effective Law Enforcement in Diverse and Changing Communities."

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.