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Hendrix Welcomes New Faculty for 2021-22

CONWAY, Ark. (August 23, 2021) — Hendrix College welcomes three new assistant professors and two visiting fellows to the teaching faculty for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Rebekah Aduddell, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Fellow in English (Poetry)
  • Frederick Ernst, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • William Murray, Assistant Professor of English
  • Ruth Yuste-Alonso, Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Fellow in Spanish

“We are delighted to welcome these colleagues to our community for the new academic year,” said Hendrix College Provost Terri Bonebright. “They will enrich already robust departments that are challenging and inspiring Hendrix students to prepare them for success.”

Aduddell, a 2016 graduate of Texas Lutheran University, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington in May of this year. She prioritizes empathy in the classroom while emphasizing motivation for topics discussed. In addition to her research in homological and commutative algebra, Aduddell has worked on and supports further development of programs that prioritize encouraging minority groups to seek out a degree in mathematics, as well as programs helping younger generations discover the implications mathematics has on technological and scientific advancement. She will teach Introductory Statistics, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Seminar in Algebra.

Dasbach comes to Hendrix as a Murphy Visiting Fellow in English (Poetry) and will teach the Introductory and Advanced Poetry Workshops this fall. She is the author of three poetry collections: The Many Names for Mother (2019), Don't Touch the Bones (2020), and 40 WEEKS, forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2023. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, an M.F.A. from University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, she defended her hybrid critical-creative dissertation on contemporary American poetry about the Holocaust. 

Ernst, an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin and Wichita State University, received a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1976. His specific areas of study have included models of psychopathology, self-regulation, stress, and cardiovascular psychophysiology. He will teach Introductory Psychology and Abnormal Psychology in the fall semester and Personality Theories, Psychological Assessment, and Psychotherapy in the spring semester.

Murray, a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the College of Charleston who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 2019, teaches courses that focus on the relationship between narrative and lived experience. His classes and research often examine conceptions of race in 20th- and 21st-century American and Southern literature, film/TV, and graphic novels. Examples of Murray’s work can be found in American Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, The CEA Critic, Eudora Welty Review, and The South Carolina Review. In 2016, he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to study the works of Ernest Gaines, and is currently working on a book project that explores how post-1960 narratives (from and about the U.S. South) protect mythologies of white innocence. At Hendrix, he will teach Introduction to Academic Writing, American Lit & the Good Life, and Southern Lit: Race & Region.

Yuste-Alonso hails from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the Northwest African coast, a liminal location at the crossroad of a flux of peoples from around the world that instilled in her the curiosity for learning other languages and cultures. She holds a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting and an M.A. in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Studies from the University of Connecticut. Passionate about new media and cinema, she combines her love for language, literature and visual culture to explore from a feminist perspective how media artifacts shape the ways in which we see and understand the world, with a particular emphasis on genre-bending practices. At Hendrix, she will teach Fundamentals of Spanish I and II and Contemporary Spain through Film. Deeply committed to education and the humanities, Yuste-Alonso strives to build alongside students a thriving learning community, helping them hone their language skills and critical eye to better navigate a globally interconnected society.

Earlier this summer, the College announced four new members of the Board of Trustees.

In addition to the faculty named above, the Hendrix College Office of Academic Affairs announced a number of faculty and staff changes for the coming academic year.

Faculty with Changed Status in 2021-2022

Gina Bergfeld: awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Economics and Business

Josh Glick: awarded the Isabelle Peregrin Odyssey Professorship

Hillary Looney: awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Economics and Business

Maureen McClung and Matthew D. Moran: awarded the Judy and Randy Wilbourn Odyssey Professorship

Jennifer Peszka: awarded the Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professorship

Gretchen Renshaw James: awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Music

Carol West: awarded the Harold and Lucy Cabe Distinguished Professorship

Ann Wright: awarded the Charles Prentiss Hough Odyssey Professorship

Brent Yorgey: awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Computer Science

New Academic Affairs Staff 2021-2022

Romain Auger: appointed French Language House Coordinator

Adrianna Davis: appointed Night Study Hall Library Supervisor

Ernest Hendley: appointed Assistant Director of Academic Success

Brittany Hill: appointed Mail and Event Services Manager

Veronica Leonard: appointed Institutional Research Reporting Coordinator

Lynette Long: appointed Associate Director of Spirit Store and Mail Services

Rebekah Nelson: appointed Assistant Director of International Programs           

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit