December 2015 Archways

Introducing the New Faculty

For Provost Mary Osirim, welcoming 11 new faculty members to campus this year is “a pleasure and a privilege. They are an incredibly bright, creative, and dynamic group of scholar-teachers actively engaged in pushing the boundaries of scholarship in their fields in new and exciting ways. Our new faculty bring a diverse range of backgrounds, interests, and experiences, which will further enrich our community and advance academic excellence.”

Joining the Psychology Department are William “Dustin” Albert (Ph.D., Temple University) and Heejung Park (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles).

In the STEM fields are Erica Graham ’04 (Ph.D., mathematics, University of Utah), David Schaffner (Ph.D., physics, California State University), and Olga Karagiaridi (Ph.D., chemistry, Northwestern University).

Macalester Bell (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has joined the Philosophy Department, and Veronica Montes (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is in Sociology.

Taking over as tennis coach is Doanh Wang (M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison), former head tennis coach at Colby College.

In a hybrid administrative-teaching role, Monique Scott (Ph.D., Yale University) is director of the new Museum Studies program. Reporting to the director of Special Collections, Scott will be developing and managing the program while serving as a lecturer in the History of Art Department.

Two familiar faces have been promoted to tenure-track positions: Catharine Slusar (M.F.A., Goddard College) as assistant professor in theater and Daniel Torday (M.F.A., Syracuse University) as associate professor and director of the Creative Writing program.

BMC is a place where members of the community are encouraged to become their best selves, whether in an academic, social, or political context. The BMC community, to me, is unparalleled. There’s a connection to this place that links people in a very special way, one that transcends graduation, retirement, and everything in between.



I attended a liberal arts school (Dartmouth College) as an undergraduate student and that experience made me embrace liberal arts education. I enjoy making connections with the students I teach and providing them with individualized support, which I have been able to do given the small size of BMC. Finally, I see BMC as an ideal setting for promoting the participation of women in science; as a strong advocate for this cause, I find it particularly important to be part of this effort.


I think that my particular experience as a woman of color can highly contribute to the overall mission of women’s colleges in general and of BMC in particular. I strongly believe that my personal experience alongside my intellectual identity as a feminist woman of color have made me aware and deeply committed to the advancement of higher education for women in general, and particularly for women in underrepresented groups, such as women of color and of working-class origins.


As I get to know more about Bryn Mawr’s students and culture, I am increasingly appreciative of the education and leadership missions that our college presents to women. I am excited to identify my role as a woman faculty member in our community and its intersection with other identities. For example, my personal experiences and research agenda are often relatable to the experiences of ethnic minority, immigrant, international, and first-generation female college students.


Working at Bryn Mawr was an opportunity to pursue a teaching job that I have always wanted with the ability and encouragement to do cutting-edge research. In addition, since I was a post-doc at Swarthmore College, working at Bryn Mawr allows me to continue collaboration efforts with my former laboratory and create a Tri-Co-wide research effort in plasma physics.


As an alumna of Vassar College, I am thrilled to rejoin the Seven Sisters community. And I’m particularly energized by the idea of bringing museum studies to a small, liberal arts community—students who can engage in thoughtful, critical conversations about the role of museums in society as well as use the amazing collections of the College and local Philadelphia museums to gain rich, hands-on experience.