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; Frances Tarlton Farenthold Presidential Professor

Wells College Faculty, 2019–2020

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

Marcie Bump Belfi, Assistant Professor of Education
B.S. University of Texas at Austin; M.Ed. University of Houston; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Cassie Burns, Lecturer in Dance
B.S., Tufts University; M.F.A., SUNY Brockport

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

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

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

Lorrie Frear, Lecturer in Book Arts
B.F.A., M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology

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

Lindsey Glover, Lecturer in Visual Arts
B.F.A., School of Art & Design at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University; M.F.A., College of Art, Architecture & Planning, Cornell University

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

Michael Gorr, Visiting Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Dartmouth, A.M., Brown University, Ph.D., Brown University

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

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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Matthew Hogan, Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics
B.A., Earlham College; M.Sc., University of Massachusetts

Priscilla Hummel, Lecturer in Dance
A.A., Tompkins Cortland Community College; B.A., Brenau University; M.F.A., Regent 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

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

Sara Levy, Associate Professor of Education
B.A. and M.A., Clark University, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

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

Theodore Lossowski, Professor of Art
B.S., State University of New York at Brockport; M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology

Mark Lucas, Lecturer in ESL; 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

Sarah Markowitz, Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., Brown University, M.S. and Ph.D., Rutgers

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

Shilo Rae McGiff, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Wells College; M.A. and Ph.D., Cornell University

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

J. Tucker Million, Lecturer in History
B.A., Indiana University–Kokomo; M.A., University of Rochester

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

Rebecca Myers, Visiting Instructor in English
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., University of Georgia; M.F.A., New York University

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

M. Duncan Overton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., M.S. and Ph.D., University of Tennessee–Knoxville

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

Dan Rosenberg, Assistant 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

Christina Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., University of Minnesota Twin Cities; M.S., Indiana State University; Ph.D., Auburn University

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

Eric Sterbenk, Lecturer in Theatre
B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.F.A., University of Miami (Florida)

Kinga M. Stryszowska-Hill, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
B.S., Adelphi University; M.S., University of New Haven; Ph.D., Clarkson University

Susan Tabrizi, Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., Utica College of Syracuse University; M.A., University of South Carolina; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

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

Katie Waugh, Associate Professor of Studio Art; Director of the String Room Gallery
B.A., Graceland University, M.A., Savannah College of Art and Design, M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

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

Alice Caroompas, Coordinator of the Writing Center; Instructor of Writing
B.A., Colgate University; M.B.A., M.A.T., Binghamton University

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

Amy Staples, Director of International Programs
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Cornell University
 

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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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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