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Frostburg State University Announces Faculty Promotions

Frostburg State University is pleased to announce the following faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor, associate professor and assistant professor.

Promoted to professor are Dr. Martha Dolly, English; Dr. Barbara Hurd, English; Linda McColloch, Performing Arts and Dr. John Neral, Economics.

Dr. Martha Dolly, professor of English, earned her Ph.D. in rhetoric and linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A member of the FSU faculty since 1981, her academic specialty is composition theory and second language acquisition. She is now developing English as a Second Language instruction program through Cumberland's Carver Community Center.

Dr. Barbara Hurd, professor of English, has been a member of the FSU faculty since 1986. Before joining the English department, Dr. Hurd founded FSU's Writing Center, tutored FSU students in study skills and taught English in the Allegany County Public Schools. An award-winning poet, Dr. Hurd has written a collection of essays entitled "Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs and Human Imagination," to be published by Beacon Press in February, 2001, that has captured the attention of National Public Radio, Barnes & Noble and The Baltimore Sun. She is the founder and director of the Western Maryland Writers' Workshop and serves as co-editor of "Nightsun."

Linda McCulloch, professor of communication and theatre arts, came to FSU in 1986 with an M.F.A. in directing from Northwestern University. Before coming to Frostburg, she served as theatre director, stage manager and assistant director for a variety of venues, including Opryland USA. She earned her bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Tennessee, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. John A. Neral, professor of economics, has been part of the FSU faculty since 1986. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and specializes in experimental economics, international trade and public sector economics. Some highlights of his extensive publication history include publications in "Econometrica" (Neral and Ochs, 1992), "Economic Inquiry" (Neral and Ray, 1995) and a users' guide to economic experiments (Delemeester and Neral, 1995).

The following individuals have been promoted to the rank of associate professor: Dr. Barry Fischer, Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Dr. Bonnie Hircock, Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Dr. Art Siemann, Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Dr. Donald Alan Bensley, Psychology and Dr. William Seddon, Biology.

Dr. Barry Fisher, associate professor of dance in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, came to FSU in 1995. He earned an Ed.D. in dance from New York University, with a focus on the technique and works of Martha Graham. Since his arrival, the dance program has enjoyed significant growth, as indicated by growing class enrollments, more frequent performances and guest artist workshops, including the three-week "Dance Legends" dance retreat Dr. Fischer initiated this past summer.

Dr. Bonnie Hircock, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, came to FSU in 1994 with an Ed.D. from West Virginia University in physical education administration. Previously, she held a variety of teaching and administrative positions, including principal and vice principal of Beall Junior-Senior High School, guidance counselor and physical education teacher at Allegany High School and counselor and administrator at the American International School in Kuwait. Dr. Hircock and her husband Charles are working with a new program they developed, "Topics in Physical Education," (TOPE) to improve teacher quality and leadership in the state of Maryland.

Dr. Art W. Siemann, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, earned his Ph.D. in health and human performance from Oregon State University. He joined the FSU faculty in 1992, where he has focused on issues in personal wellness and exercise science. Certified as a Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Siemann has developed and implemented wellness programs in hospital and cruise ship settings.

Dr. D. Alan Bensley, associate professor of psychology, came to FSU in 1994 with a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. A cognitive psychologist, Dr. Bensley specializes his research and teaching on improving critical and creative thinking skills. Career highlights include the 1998 publication of his book, "Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Unified Skills Approach" with Brooks/Cole, and the 1998 Faculty Achievement Award for academic accomplishment and professional development.

Dr. William L. Seddon, associate professor of biology, holds a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He came to FSU in 1994 and received citations as Outstanding in Teaching, Professional Development and Service every year from 1995 - 1998. Dr. Seddon has extensive experience in research, including cellular and molecular mechanisms of temperature acclimation, DNA and RNA isolation and analysis, and lipid metabolism and effects on growth.

Dr. Maria-Luisa Sanchez, Foreign Languages and Literature was promoted to the rank of assistant professor.

Dr. Maria-Luisa Sanchez, assistant professor of foreign languages and literature, joined the FSU faculty in 1997. She earned a Ph.D. in Spanish from Rutgers University, with an emphasis on contemporary Spanish-American prose. She brings extensive teaching experience at both the secondary school and collegiate level in both peninsular and Latin-American Spanish language, literature and culture to her work with beginning to advanced students.

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