Peru, Nebraska – Nine new faculty members will join the Peru State College campus for the fall semester. Faculty are hired through a rigorous recruitment and application process culminating in on-campus interviews with other faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Susan Dunekacke joins Peru State as an Assistant Professor of English. She has been an adjunct faculty member with Peru State College and taught English and Speech at Table Rock High School. Dunekacke received a Doctorate of Arts in Imaginative Literature from Harrison Middleton University (Arizona). Her interests include creative writing and Nebraska history as well as theater, film and the history of art and architecture.
Dr. Helane Folske-Starlin joins Peru State as an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She was an Inclusion Teacher for grades 6-8 for Port Huron Area Schools and taught at the collegiate level for Saginaw Valley State University and St. Claire Community College. Folske-Starlin is active in local and regional advocacy groups and has received awards for her work in advocacy. She received her PhD in Special Education Learning and Behavior Disorders from Wayne State University (Michigan).
Dr. Charles Hicks joins Peru State as an Assistant Professor of English. He was most recently a lecturer at Texas Christian University and was previously a lecturer and undergraduate advisor with the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Hicks received a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include American literature and horror fiction.
Maxwell Kathol joins Peru State as an Instructor of Business. He was most recently President and CEO of the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce where he partnered with 875 active members to build relationships, accomplish various community projects and provide a voice for the Kearney business community. Mr. Kathol has also served as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Crete and the Executive Director of the Plattsmouth Chamber of Commerce. He received his Master of Science in Organizational Management from Peru State College.
Susan Moore joins Peru State as an Assistant Professor of Art. She was most recently a Lead Studio Instructor at the University of North Texas. She has held many exhibitions across the U.S. and participated in an international exchange program with China. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. Moore’s areas of interest include painting, drawing, mixed media and photography.
Miranda Pollock joins Peru State as an Assistant Professor of Art. She has worked as a freelance designer, creating unique images, illustrations, websites and logos for customers. In addition, she was an Assistant Professor for Buena Vista University and an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a PhD in General Psychology with an emphasis on designing for user experience at Northcentral University (Arizona).
Dr. Linda Sterling joins Peru State as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She was most recently in private practice as a Sport Psychology Consultant. Prior to this, she was Director of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Master’s Program at Northwest Missouri State University’s School of Health Science and Wellness, Division of Behavioral Services, as well as having taught undergraduate and graduate courses there in Psychology. Sterling is a current Certified Mental Performance Consultant and a Certified Health Coach. She received her PhD from the University of Kansas in Education: Sports Studies with a Sport Psychology specialization.
Sara Westerlin joins Peru State as an Instructor of Education. She was most recently a first grade teacher with Prairie Wind Elementary in Omaha. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member with the School of Education at Metropolitan Community College. Westerlin earned a Master of Science in Elementary Education (with an Early Childhood Education Concentration) from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. She anticipates completing a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Educational Leadership from the College of St. Mary in 2019.
Dr. B. Jude Wright joins Peru State as an Assistant Professor of English. He has also taught at Quinnipiac University, Goodwin College (Connecticut), the University of Hartford and the University of New Haven. Dr. Wright received his PhD in English from the University of South Florida. His interests include Victorian literature and metacognitive pedagogy.
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