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College Welcomes New Faculty
08.21.12 |
Lebanon Valley College welcomes five new full-time faculty members and two visiting professors to campus this fall. The new staff will serve the departments of education, business and economics, English, physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics.

Andrew Darian, assistant professor of education, hails from Chicago and Phoenix. Darian completed his undergraduate coursework in elementary education and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a master’s degree in curriculum instruction at Ottawa University-Phoenix; and a Ph.D. in early childhood education at Arizona State University. He is a specialist in movement, play, and creativity in early childhood teaching. Darian says he enjoys golf, clay-modeling, woodwork, biking, hiking, and cooking.

Andrew Hildebrand, assistant professor of accounting, completed his undergraduate coursework at Lebanon Valley College in accounting and management and earned his Juris Doctor from Dickinson School of Law. An attorney, CPA, and certified valuation analyst, Hildebrand previously served as associate dean of the College of Business and Management at DeVry University.

Juan Martinez, a native of Bucaramanga, Colombia, will serve as assistant professor of English. Martinez completed his undergraduate and master’s education at the University of Central Florida, where he studied English. He completed a Ph.D. in the same field at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Martinez comes to LVC from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he served as visiting assistant professor. In addition to his academic pursuits, Martinez is interested in paracinema, exploitation, and cult films.

Ruth Fraser Malenda, physics teaching fellow, was born, raised, and educated in South Central Pennsylvania home. Malenda studied math and physics at Kutztown University, then pursued a master’s and doctoral degree from Lehigh University in physics. She spent two years as a teaching fellow for STEM programs with the National Science Foundation while at Lehigh. Malenda specializes in theoretical atomic and molecular physics.

Andrew Yeagley, LVC class of 2005, joins the chemistry department as a teaching and research post-doctoral fellow. Yeagley completed his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia in 2010, and has been studying the synthesis of euglenophycin, a toxin with anticancer and herbicidal applications, at North Carolina State University for the past two years. He enjoys woodworking, Frisbee, kickball, hiking, camping, running, and white water rafting.

Robert Legutko, education lecturer, comes to Lebanon Valley College from Bloomsburg and Lock Haven universities, where he served as assistant professor. He completed his Ed.D. in educational innovation and leadership at Wilmington University, after earning his bachelor’s degree in natural science and mathematics at Bloomsburg University and master’s degree in higher education at Penn State. He achieved a second master’s degree in special education in 2009 from DeSales University. Legutko serves on the editorial board for “The Mentor,” an academic advising journal. He enjoys golf, trumpet, and family.

Andrea Blevins Primeau, visiting assistant professor of biology, is another graduate of the LVC class of 2005, where she completed her undergraduate coursework in biology. She has since earned an MBA and Ph.D. in integrative biosciences and molecular toxicology from Penn State. She specializes in drug metabolism and has put her education to work as a freelance medical writer.

Lucas David-Roesler, visiting instructor in mathematics, earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Central Connecticut State University, and a master’s and doctoral degree in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. David-Roesler is an expert in representation theory of finite dimensional algebras, cluster algebras, and combinatorics. He enjoys music, hiking, running, and reading.

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