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Hendrix Welcomes 11 New Faculty Members for 2015-2016

CONWAY, Ark. (August 14, 2015) – Hendrix College will welcome 11 new faculty members when fall classes begin Tuesday, August 25.

New teaching faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year include:

  • Gina Bergfeld ’03, CPA, Visiting Instructor of Economics & Business
  • Dr. Jesse Bergkamp, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Severine Cottrant-Estell, Visiting Instructor of French
  • Dr. Joshua Glick, Assistant Professor of English/Film Studies
  • Dr. Jeff Hazboun, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Hillary Looney ’96, CPA, Assistant Professor of Economics & Business
  • Dr. Laura MacDonald ’09, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Michael Miyawaki, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Gretchen Renshaw, Assistant Professor of Music
  • Hsin-Chih Tsai, Teaching Fellow of Chinese
  • Dr. Brent Yorgey, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Academic Affairs staff changes for the 2015-2016 include:

  • Tricia Burris ’94, Miller Center Office Manager
  • Deborah Donald, Associate Registrar
  • Hannah French ’15, Miller Center Program Assistant
  • Karisa McAlister, Assistant Registrar
  • Timothy Purkiss, Arkansas Governor’s School Administrative Manager
  • JoAnn Stevens, Interim Director of the Writing Center

Hendrix faculty members with new staff assignments for 2015-2016 include:

  • Dr. Todd Berryman, Coordinator of Advising Data
  • Dr. Liz Gron, Executive Director of Advising and Academic Success
  • Dr. Robert Williamson, Miller Center Faculty Associate

Recently promoted Hendrix faculty members include:

  • Dr. Chris Campolo, Professor of Philosophy
  • Dr. Jenn Dearolf, Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Gabe Ferrer, Professor of Computer Science
  • Professor Erik Maakestad, Professor of Art
  • Professor Ann Muse ’83, Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Dr. Jose Vilahomat, Professor of Spanish
  • Dr. Ann Willyard, Associate Professor of Biology

In other Hendrix faculty news:

  • Dr. Chris Camfield was appointed faculty athletic representative to the SAA and NCAA.
  • Dr. Brett Hill was awarded the Charles Prentiss Hough Odyssey Professorship.
  • Dr. Toni Jaudon was awarded the Isabelle Peregrin Odyssey Professorship.
  • Dr. James Jennings was awarded the Cynthia Cook Sandefur Odyssey Professorship.
  • Professor Stephen Kerr ’76 retired as the Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Emeritus of Economics and Business.
  • Dr. Rod Miller was appointed Humanities Area Chair.
  • Lyle Rupert ’82, Hendrix accounting professor, completed his Ph.D. in leadership studies from the University of Central Arkansas.

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit