Peru State hires four new faculty members

Peru State hires four new faculty members

August 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m. CDT
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Peru, Nebraska– Four new faculty members have come to Peru State College to meet campus academic needs. Faculty are hired through a rigorous recruitment and application process culminating in on-campus interviews with other faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Timothy Borchers, vice president of academic affairs, said, “We continue to attach excellent academics with real-life experience in their fields.

“The most important piece of the Peru State experience is connecting students to quality teaching and engaged learning opportunities.”

New Peru State faculty, from left to right, Dr. Nathan Netzer, Dr. Kathleen Nehls, Ms. Cassandra Cox and Ms. Heidi Jo Barlett.

New Peru State faculty, from left to right, Dr. Nathan Netzer, Dr. Kathleen Nehls, Ms. Cassandra Cox and Ms. Heidi Jo Bartlett.

Heidi Jo Bartlett was hired as an Instructor of Education. Bartlett most recently taught in China through the U. S. Department of State English Language Fellows program in Beijing. Bartlett has both K-12 and university experience in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) settings.

Bartlett has educated others in these language areas across the spectrum of experienced, novice and prospective learners. She has also taught grades 6–12 German and English Language Learners (ELLs) in Wisconsin.

Bartlett holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cassandra Cox was hired as an Instructor of Mathematics. Cox previously worked at the University of Nebraska-Omaha as the Coordinator of Intermediate Algebra where she led planning and coordinated on-campus instruction on-campus. In addition, she held an adjunct position with UNO’s Division of Continuing Studies where she wrote, planned and managed all online Intermediate Algebra curriculum.

Her teaching interests include Pre-Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry and Business Calculus.

Cox is a Peru State graduate with a Bachelor of Mathematics. She received a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While at Peru State College, she worked as a math tutor and for Residence Life.

Dr. Kathleen Nehls was hired as an Assistant Professor of History.  Previously she worked as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Utah State University. She was as a part-time Instructor and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia. She has also been a visiting Lecturer at Oxford College of Emory University.

Her field of specialty is U.S. social and cultural history, with teaching and research emphases in women’s and gender history, environmental history, public health, the American West and American Indian history.

Nehls received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and her bachelor’s from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dr. Nathan Netzer was hired as an Assistant Professor of Materials Chemistry. Netzer previously worked in a post-doctoral position at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, where he conducted research on environmental and biological sensors in the Solid State Electronics Department at the Ångstrom Laboratory for two years.

His current research is focused on synthesizing, characterizing, and fabricating nanomaterials as well as ion-selective electrodes for the sensing of environmental and biologically relevant molecules.

Netzer received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D degrees from the University of South Dakota. During his time at USD, he served as a guest researcher for three summers at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, working on sensing platforms used by the Mars (MSL) Curiosity Rover.


Ashley Peiman contributed to this release.