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New faculty members participate in orientation program
08-16-13

The orientation program was held Aug. 15.
The orientation program was held Aug. 15.

Misericordia University recently welcomed the addition of 10 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2013-14 academic year during a special orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

 In the College of Arts and Sciences, Sarah Batterson, Ph.D., has been named a visiting assistant professor of history and government. Dr. Batterson holds a Ph.D. in early American history from the University of New Hampshire-Durham; a Master of Arts degree in anthropology and women’s studies from Brandeis University, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology from Vassar College. Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of English. Dr. Nickel has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Ryan Weber, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of fine arts. He has a Ph.D. in music history and theory from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Arts degree in music theory and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Queens College – The City University of New York.
 
In the College of Health Sciences, Heather Howell Fritz, D.P.T., has been appointed as an assistant professor of physical therapy. Dr. Fritz has a doctor of physical therapy from the University of Scranton and a Master of Science in physical therapy from Misericordia University. Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, F.N.P., M.S.N., has been named an assistant professor of nursing. She holds a post-masters certificate and has earned her F.N.P., M.S.N and B.S.N. degrees from Misericordia. Cathy Speace, M.S.N., has been appointed as an assistant professor of nursing. She has a post-masters certificate from Drexel University, and M.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an R.N. from Thomas Jefferson University. Pamela Welsh, M.S.N., has been named an assistant professor of nursing. She earned her M.S.N. and B.S.N. from Misericordia University.
 
In the College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences, Susan McDonald, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of social work. Dr. McDonald has a Ph.D. in social work from Fordham University, a Master of Social Work from Marywood University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from King’s College. Ronald Petrilla, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of business. Dr. Petrilla has a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, curriculum and instruction from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science in counselor education from the University of Scranton, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Bloomsburg State College. Joshua Winneker, J.D., has been named an assistant professor of business. He holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Muhlenberg College.
 
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Misericordia University recently welcomed the addition of 10 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2013-14 academic year during a special orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. Participating in the program, seated from left, are Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, F.N.P., M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing; Susan McDonald, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work; Pamela Welsh, M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing; Sarah Batterson, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of history and government. Standing, from left: Heather Howell Fritz, D.P.T., assistant professor of physical therapy; Ryan Weber, Ph.D., assistant professor of fine arts; Ronald Petrilla, Ph.D., assistant professor of business; Joshua Winneker, J.D., assistant professor of business; Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; and Cathy Speace, M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing.