Three new tenure track faculty positions have been announced at UW-Washington County this fall, as well as six new lecturer positions. New faculty members include: Jennifer Heinert (English), Netra Khanal (Mathematics) and Talitha Selby (Chemistry).
Jennifer Heinert comes to the West Bend campus from UW-Rock County in Janesville, where she taught English since 2006. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Marquette University. Dr. Heinert’s specialty is Modern and Contemporary American Literature, specifically Multicultural Literature. She published her first book last fall, Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison. Dr. Heinert stated that she “likes being a professor in the UW Colleges because I get to focus on what I care about most: teaching. The small class sizes let me work closely with students. I also enjoy the rewards of working with the diverse student body that attends UW-Washington County.” Whether teaching Composition or Literature, she tries to “structure her classes around inquiry and analysis: asking and teaching students to ask questions about the world, as well as finding their own answers to their questions.”
Netra Khanal grew up in Nepal and earned his Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Mathematics at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. After moving to the United States, he completed a second Master’s degree as well as a PhD from Oklahoma State University in Applied Mathematics. His general research interest is in the area of partial differential equations as well as the application of mathematics in business, finance and economics. Khanal worked as a graduate teaching assistant for several years while at Oklahoma State. According to Dr. Khanal, “mathematics often receives a bad reputation as being boring and difficult”, however, he looks forward to motivating students with some “inspiring examples and application.” He stated, “the personal attention that UW-WC provides to its students will definitely have a great impact on students’ enthusiasm and confidence.”
Talitha Selby grew up in the Milwaukee area and completed her baccalaureate degree in Chemistry at UW-Milwaukee (graduating Summa Cum Laude). She completed her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University. Her graduate work focused on isomer specific spectroscopy and conformational isomerization energetics of flexible benzene derivatives. Her teaching experience includes General Chemistry at the undergraduate level at UW-Milwaukee and working as a graduate teaching assistant at Purdue in general and physical chemistry. In addition, Dr. Selby worked as a postdoctoral scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. At Sandia, her research focused on understanding pathways to soot formation during combustion. Dr. Selby is “excited to join the UW-Washington County family and looks forward to teaching, leading and guiding students as they begin their college careers.” She also plans to stay active in research in order to “provide up-to-date examples of chemistry’s relevance to our world.”
The six new lecturers at UW-WC include: Ben Kalscheur (Sociology), Doug Bockstiegel (Business/Economics), Alison Garcia (Spanish), Kendal Hoard (Biology), Sabyasachi Rath (Physics), and Lisa Rowe (Communication Arts).
UW-Washington County has 26 faculty members and 31 lecturers. Over 90% of the faculty members have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study. With a growing curriculum, small classes and dedicated faculty, students are provided with a high quality education at the lowest cost in the UW System. For more information about UW-Washington County, phone 262-335-5201 to set up an appointment with an advisor in Student Services.