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Hendrix Welcomes 18 New Faculty Members for 2023-2024

College gears up for fall semester as classes start August 22

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CONWAY, Ark. (August 14, 2023) — Hendrix College welcomes 18 faculty members, including nine new assistant professors and nine adjunct faculty, for the 2022-2023 academic year.

New Assistant Professors for 2023-2024 (see more information below)

  • Jakob Anderson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Erick Axxe, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Zachary Brandner, Assistant Professor and Murphy Fellow in Spanish
  • Sarah Irons, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Colleen Mayo, Assistant Professor and Murphy Fellow in English
  • Allie Ray, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Matthew Reid, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Candice Thomas, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Phan Truong, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Jakob Anderson, an alumnus of Santa Fe College and Belhaven University, received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Colorado State University.

Erick Axxe, a University of Arkansas alumnus, is completing his Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University.

Zachary Brandner received his Ph.D. in Spanish from Texas Tech University, where he also completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Sarah Irons, an alumna of Centenary College, received her Ph.D. and master’s degree in cognitive and affect neuroscience from Rice University.

Colleen Mayo, a 2011 Hendrix College graduate, is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing-fiction at the University of North Texas. She received her MFA in creative writing-fiction from Florida State University.

Allie Ray, an alumna of Oklahoma Baptist University, received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Matthew Reid, a 2009 Hendrix College graduate, received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Louisville. He received his master’s degree in biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Candice Thomas, an alumna of Pennsylvania State University, received her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Phan Truong, a Kenyon College alumnus, received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Georgia.

New Adjunct Professors for 2023-2024

  • John Anglin, Physics
  • Justin Barringer, Religious Studies
  • Brian Elizondo, Music
  • Carly Golladay, Music
  • Rae Samantha Hewett, Biology
  • Robert Lowry, Religious Studies
  • Jennifer Maddox, Dance
  • Ali Noland, Politics
  • Rita Woodward, Theatre

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

Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • David Sutherland

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

  • Todd Tinsley   

Faculty Promoted to Full Professor

  • James Dow
  • Toni Jaudon
  • Lindsay Kennedy
  • Kiril Kolev
  • Rick Murray
  • Andrew Schurko
  • Stacey Schwartzkopf

Promoted to Associate Professor

  • Hope Coulter
  • Carol Ann Downes
  • William Haden Chomphosy

Promoted to Associate Librarian

  • Janice Weddle