Faculty

Wells' faculty members are a diverse collection of scholars, experts, professionals, and teachers who bring their depth of knowledge to our strategically-crafted programs.

"I like to research; I like to write; but I really love to teach."

Michael Groth
Professor of History

Wells College Faculty, 2020–2021

Chelsey Albert, Lecturer in Visual Arts
B.A., Carlow University; M.F.A., Syracuse University

Christopher T. Bailey, Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Beloit College; Ph.D., University of Vermont

Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas, Lecturer in Visual Arts
B.A., Carleton College; M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

Barb Blom ’82, Lecturer in Religion
B.A., Wells College; M.Div., Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; D.Min., United Lutheran School

Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.A., State University of New York at Potsdam; Ph.D., University of Rochester

Laura Campbell, Lecturer in Music/Ensemble Director
B.M., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, B.A., Ithaca College; M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Amanda Casselman ’11, Lecturer in Criminal Justice
B.A., Wells College ; J.D., New England Law School;

Desmond Cummins, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
B.S., University of Notre Dame, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gehan Dhameeth, Associate Professor of Business
B.B.A., University of Colombo; M.B.A., University of Cardiff; M.Sc., Maryville University; D.B.A., Jones International University

Siouxsie Easter, Professor of Theatre
B.A., University of Montevallo; M.Ed., University of North Carolina, Greensboro; M.F.A., Goddard College

Anne Edwards ’82, Lecturer in Philosophy
B.A., Wells College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Leah Elliott, Assistant Professor of Biology
B.A. Skidmore College; Ph.D. Cornell University

Deborah A. Gagnon, Professor of Psychology
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Buffalo

Gina Gammage-Sikora, Lecturer in Spanish

Jennifer Giroux, Lecturer in American Sign Language
A.A.A., B.S., Capella University

Patricia "Patti" Goebel, Assistant Professor of Theatre
B.A., Bluefield College; M.F.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Michael Groth, Professor of History
B.A., Williams College; M.A., Ph.D., Binghamton University

Phillip Guingona, Assistant Professor of History
B.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Maureen Hattrup, Lecturer in English
B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., Indiana University

Scott W. Heinekamp, Professor of Physics, 3/2 Engineering Advisor
B.S., M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Brown University

Dan Hill, Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar
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Priscilla Hummel, Lecturer in Dance
A.A., Tompkins Cortland Community College; B.A., Brenau University; M.F.A., Regent University

Robert Kaufman, Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science
B.A., Columbia University; J.D., Harvard University; Ph.D., Columbia University

Kent Alan Klitgaard, Professor of Economics and Sustainability
B.A., San Diego State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Petko Kitanov, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.Sc. and M.Sc., Sofia University (Bulgaria); M.A., York University (Canada); Ph.D., Sofia University; Ph.D., University of Guelph (Canada)

Tara Kohn, Assistant Professor of Art History
B.A., Bowdoin College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Alexander Kuehl, Lecturer in Biology
B.S., Queen’s University; D.C., and M.S., New York Chiropractic College

Harold "Buz" Lamson, Lecturer in Computer Science
B.A., Oswego State University; M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University

Robert LoMascolo, Lecturer in Book Arts
B.A., Wells College; M.F.A., University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa

Mark Lucas, Lecturer in Japanese; Head Women's Volleyball Coach
B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; B.A., M.S.Ed., State University of New York at Brockport

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, Professor of Political Science
B.A. and Agrégation, Université Libre du Congo; M.A., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Leah Mackin, Assistant Director of the Book Arts Center
B.F.A., The University of the Arts; M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Caroline Manring, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing
B.A., Cornell University; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Sara Mayo, Lecturer in English
B.A., University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of Georgia

Laura McClusky, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Kerr Mesner, Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies
B.A., College of New Rochelle; M.A., Vancouver School of Theology; Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Mikel Moss, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.S., New School University; M.A., Antioch University, Seattle; M.A., Lesley University; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of Melbourne

Vic Muñoz, Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies
B.A., M.Ed., University of Massachusetts; C.A.S., Ed.D., Harvard University

Camilo Nascimento, Lecturer in Visual Arts
B.F.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte; M.F.A, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Niamh O'Leary, Professor of Environmental Science
B.S., University College, Cork, Ireland; Ph.D., Cornell University

Ernest G. Olson, Professor of Anthropology and Religion
B.A., University of Montana; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona

William "Kip" Opperman, Lecturer in American Sign Language
B.S., Ithaca College; M.S., Syracuse University

Russell Posegate, Lecturer in Music
B.A., M.A., Ithaca College

Daniel G. Renfrow, Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., Eastern Kentucky University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington

Elizabeth Rivera, Lecturer in Writing; Coordinator of the Writing Center
B.A., CUNY at Lehman College; M.S., Mercy College; M.F.A., Pace University

Dan Rosenberg, Associate Professor of English
B.A., Tufts University; M.F.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Georgia

Debora Ryan, Lecturer in Museum Studies
B.A., Nazareth College, M.A., Syracuse University

Erinn Ryen, Assistant Professor of Business
B.S. Cornell University; M.P.A. Syracuse University; M.S. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Ph.D. Rochester Institute of Technology

Jaclyn L. Schnurr, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science
B.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., Idaho State University

Jennifer Suriano, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo; M.Ed., Mary Baldwin University; Ed.D., Curry School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia

David Todd, Lecturer in Visual Arts
B.A., B.F.A., Cornell University; M.F.A., School of Visual Arts (New York)

M. Muin Uddin, Professor of Economics
B.Sc., M.Sc., Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh; M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University

Michael Wansor, Lecturer in Business
B.S., State University of New York at Fredonia

Susan Wansor, Instructor in Education and Education Program Coordinator
B.A., State University of New York Fredonia; M.S., Towson State University

Audrey Woolever ’17, Lecturer in Dance
B.A., Wells College; M.F.A., State University of New York at Brockport

Victor James Young, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., University of the Incarnate Word; Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio
 

Additional Academic Program Staff

Marian Brown, Director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment
B.S., State University of New York at Brockport; M.S., Ithaca College

Kevin V. Ergil, Director of the Health Sciences Program
B.A., University of California–Santa Cruz; M.A., University of Washington; M.S., American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine; D.A.C.M., Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Linda Galbato, Director of Academic and Career Advising
B.S., State University of New York at Fredonia; M.S., Purdue University

Susan Gloss, Electronic Resources Librarian
B.A., SUNY Geneseo; M.L.S., SUNY Buffalo

Carol Henderson, Library Director
B.A., St. Lawrence University; M.A., University of Denver; Ph.D., University of Oregon

Michael Lindberg, Director of Athletics
B.S., Le Moyne College; M.S., Indiana University

Kevin Miles, Director, Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
B.S., Bucknell University; M.S., La Salle University; M.B.A., Regis University of Denver, CO; D.B.A. Walden University of Minneapolis, MN

Tiffany Raymond 10, Reference and Instruction Librarian
B.A., Wells College; M.L.S., SUNY Buffalo
 

Emeritae and Emeriti Faculty

Bruce Bennett, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Program and Writing Center Coordinator
A.B., A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
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Catherine Burroughs, Professor Emerita of English
B.A., Wake Forest University; M.A., Connecticut College; Ph.D., Emory University
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Candace Whitmer Collmer, Professor Emerita of Biology
B.S., Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University
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Waltraut Deinert, Professor Emerita of German
B.A., Queens College; M.A., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., Yale University
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Beatrice Brodsky Farnsworth, Professor Emerita of History
B.A., Indiana University; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University
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Margaret Flowers, Professor Emerita of Biology
A.B., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
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Cynthia Garrett, Professor Emerita of English
B.A. University of California at San Diego; M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., University of California at Irvine
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Miguel L. Gil, Professor Emeritus of Spanish
B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., University of Texas; Ph.D., Cornell University
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Jeanne Goddard, Professor Emerita of Dance
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.A., State University of New York at Brockport; C.M.A., Laban/Bartenieff Institute
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Pilar Greenwood, Professor Emerita of Spanish
Licenciatura en Filosofia Letras, Universidad de Madrid, Spain; M.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University
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Lydie J. Haenlin, Professor Emerita of French
Licence d'Enseignement des Lettres Modernes, University of Paris; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
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Spencer H. Hildahl, Professor Emeritus of Sociology
B.S., M.S., Iowa State University; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University
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Cynthia J. Koepp, Professor Emerita of History
B.A., M.A., University of Toledo; Ph.D., Cornell University
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Diane Koester, Professor Emerita of German
B.A., Valparaiso University; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
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Kenneth E. Larson, Professor Emeritus of German
A.B., University of Kansas; Ph.D., Yale University
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Linda M. Lohn, Associate Professor of English and Film and Media Studies, Emerita
A.B., Stanford University; M.S., University of Southern California; M.A., C.Phil, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
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Theodore Lossowski, Professor Emeritus of Art
B.S., State University of New York at Brockport; M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
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Leslie Miller-Bernal, Professor Emerita of Sociology
B.A., M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; Ph.D., Cornell University

Milene Z. Morfei, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Sustainability
B.A., Wells College; M.S., Ph.D., Syracuse University
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Laura Purdy, Professor Emerita of Philosophy
B.A., M.A., San Jose State University; Ph.D., Stanford University
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William E. Roberts Jr., Professor Emeritus of Art
B.F.A., M.A., Kent State University
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Linda Schwab '73, Professor Emerita of Chemistry
B.A., Wells College; Ph.D., University of Rochester
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Arnold Shilepsky, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
A.B., Wesleyan University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
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Carol Shilepsky, Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science
B.A., Connecticut College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
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Susan Talbot, Lecturer in Education and Director of Childhood and Adolescent Education
B.A., State University of New York at Oswego; M.S., Syracuse University
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Aurelio A. Torres, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Bachiller en Letras, Instituto de Marianao; Ph.D., University of Havana; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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Crawford R. Thoburn, Professor Emeritus of Music
B.A., Allegheny College; Mus.M., Boston University
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A. Thomas Vawter, Professor Emeritus of Biology
B.S., University of California; Ph.D., Cornell University
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