St. Lawrence Appoints New Faculty

St. Lawrence University has appointed four new tenure-track faculty, who will began teaching in the Fall 2017 semester. The new teaching faculty bring with them areas of expertise that include the sociology, psychology, government and economics.

The University also hired nine visiting assistant professors for the 2017-18 academic year. Novelist Okey Ndibe was appointed as this year’s Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing.

Classes begin at St. Lawrence University on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Newly Appointed Tenure-Track Faculty

Yesim Bayar is joining the Department of Sociology after having taught at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Bayar received her master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her Ph.D. in sociology from McGill University in Montreal. Her research interests focus on understanding the processes of social and political change. Her work spans a variety of interrelated issues including nationalism, ethnic and religious minorities, citizenship, and language policies. This year, Bayar will teach introduction to sociology and a class on power, politics and society.

Jillian Jaeger joins St. Lawrence as an assistant professor in the Department of Government. She recently completed her Ph.D. in political science at Boston University. Jaeger's research focuses on racial and ethnic politics, legislative behavior and the political incorporation of immigrants and minorities in the United States. She will be teaching the Introduction to American Politics course for the Fall 2017 semester.

Laura Mills-Smith comes to St. Lawrence as an assistant professor in psychology from a visiting position at Roanoke College in Virginia. Mills-Smith earned her Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in developmental science from Virginia Tech in 2016. Mills-Smith’s research focuses on infants' language and social development. She will teach introductory psychology and developmental psychology courses this fall.

Michael O'Hara earned his Ph.D. at Binghamton University, then taught at Colgate University and Hamilton College. He now continues his northward migration to join the Department of Economics at St Lawrence as an assistant professor and his research focuses primarily on environmental and natural resource issues. He will teach introductory economics and econometrics this fall

Visiting Faculty & Other Academic Appointments

  • Nicole Allen, visiting assistant professor, Performance amd Communication Arts
  • Kurt Bouman, director, MUNN Center for Rhetoric & Communication (WORD Studio)
  • Gina Breen, visiting assistant professor, Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Rafael Castillo Bejarano, visiting assistant professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Danny Crytser, visiting assistant professor, Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics
  • Emma Fredrick, visiting assistant professor, Psychology
  • Sean Keck, visiting assistant professor, English
  • Christopher Langlois, visiting assistant professor, English
  • Jaclyn Michael, visiting assistant professor, Religious Studies
  • Frederick Schenker, post-doc teaching fellow (visiting), Music
  • Marina Shron, visiting assistant professor, Film Studies
  • Stephen Stuntz, introductory psychology lab instructor, Psychology

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