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August 29, 2002

Professors join regional faculties

Following are members of the new crop of full-time faculty at Pitt's four regional campuses, based on information provided by each campus.

Bradford The Bradford campus has hired three new full-time permanent faculty as assistant professors: Marius G. Buliga, mathematics; Gregory L. Page, psychology, and Becky M. Seefeldt, nursing.

Buliga comes from the math department at the Pittsburgh campus. His research interests include the coloring of graphs and hypergraphs and building computational models. He has received a number of grants and awards, including the Toeplitz-Culver Award for mathematics instruction given by Pitt's math department. Buliga holds a doctorate in mathematics and a master of science in information science, both from Pitt.

With his doctorate in counseling psychology, Page comes to Pitt-Bradford from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a post-doctoral research associate in the law and psychology program. In addition to research and teaching, he has several years of clinical experience as a mental health professional.

Seefeldt was a visiting instructor of nursing at Pitt-Bradford last year and an adjunct faculty member at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College the previous year. She also has years of experience as a family nurse practitioner, including at the University of Buffalo Rural Healthcare Center.

In addition to the new faculty hires, Carol A. Baker, former vice president and dean of academic affairs, is returning to the classroom as professor of biology. Baker holds a doctorate is anatomy, with a specialization in teratology (the biological study of monsters), from the University of California at Davis.

Greensburg To accommodate growing enrollments and an increase in course and degree offerings, Pitt-Greensburg has hired seven new full-time assistant professors, according to Director of University Relations David Schmidt. They are: Lipika Mazumdar, formerly a research associate and part-time instructor at the Pittsburgh campus, will teach anthropology at Greensburg. Mazumdar earned a doctorate in anthropology at Pitt.

Jacqueline Hamilton Horrall holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Florida where she was an instructor. She will teach economics.

The education department will add Melissa J. Marks to its faculty. Marks was an instructor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Cincinnati.

Benjamin Espinoza is joining the mathematics faculty. He previously was a teaching assistant at West Virginia University, where he earned his doctorate in mathematics.

Katrina W. Brown, most recently a research associate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, joins the natural science division. She holds a doctorate in physics from Vanderbilt University.

Dean E. Nelson, formerly coordinator of institutional research at Saint Vincent College, will teach statistics. Nelson holds a doctorate in applied social research from Lehigh University.

Kristen N. Asplin, currently an instructor at the University of Massachusetts, is expected to join the psychology department by year's end.

Asplin earned her doctorate in psychology at the University of Massachusetts.

Johnstown Johnstown has added five new faculty for the fall term.

Ola Johansson, formerly a research assistant from the Tennessee Valley Authority Navigation and River Operations Group, joins the Johnstown faculty as assistant professor of geography. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee.

Daniel P. Frederick, instructor of computer science, holds a Ph.D. from Pitt. Previously, he was a visiting instructor in the Pitt-Johnstown computer science department.

New assistant professor of communication Patricia A. Fulfs earned her M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Carl F. Letsche holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Indiana University, Bloomington. The new assistant math professor joins the UPJ faculty from Penn State-Altoona College.

Amy L. Miller, formerly a project engineer and strategic facilitator for Johnstown America Corporation, joins the faculty as assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology.

Titusville Paul R. Bouthellier, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, comes from Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., where he created and maintained the departmental web site and taught web-related courses. Bouthellier holds a doctor of science in systems science and mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis.

–Peter Hart

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