BVU New Faculty

Buena Vista University has announced 15 new full-time faculty members for the 2016-17 academic year.

BVU produces more teacher education graduates than any other private college in Iowa. To support this larger student population within a signature program, 13 new faculty members of the 15 mentioned below were hired in the School of Education.

“Our continued hiring demonstrates our commitment to academic priorities,” says Dr. Jim Salvucci, vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculty. “The cohort of this year’s new faculty is both sizable and high quality. The contributions of these new colleagues will be transformative and will offer BVU students a future of ongoing quality education.”

The new faculty members are:

Amy Barth, asst. professor of education, literacy education; B.H.S. University of Missouri Columbia; M.A. University of South Dakota; Ph.D. University of Kansas
Erica Boettcher, instructor of special education; B.A. Buena Vista University; M.A. Morningside University
Grace Eason, professor of environmental and science education, Denison; B.S. Florida Institute of Technology; M.A. University of Central Florida; Ed.S. Florida Institute of Technology
Asligul Erkan, asst. professor of finance; B.A. Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey; M.S. University of Baltimore; M.A., Ph.D. Old Dominion University
James L. Farnsworth II, asst. professor of exercise science; B.A. University of North Carolina Wilmington; M.S. Ohio University; Ph.D. Middle Tennessee State University
Francesca Gentile, asst. professor of English; B.A. Colby College; M.A., Ph.D. University Oregon
Mark Hopkins, asst. professor of education; B.A. Buena Vista University; M.S. Peru State College; M.S. Northwest Missouri State University; ABD, University of Iowa
Jessica Mendel, asst. clinical professor of social work; B.A. Beloit College; M.A. University of Wisconsin; M.A. University of Cincinnati
Dominic Morales, Asst. AT/instructor of athletic training; B.S. Lindenwood University; M.A., Boise State University
Brian Pattie, instructor of communication studies; B.A. Oakland University; M.A. Wayne State University
Shinichiro Sugiura, asst. dean exercise science, asst. professor of exercise science, director of athletic training prog.; B.A. Chuckyo University, Toyota, Aichi, Japan; B.S., M.S. Indiana State University; Ph.D. University of Toledo
Marlise Witham, student professional experience coordinator; B.A. Kansas State University; M.S. Emporia State University; M.S. Emporia State University

Graduate Faculty:

Casey Baker, asst. professor of counselor education; B.S., M.S., Ed.D, Minnesota State University
Eran Hanke, asst. professor of counselor education; B.A. Baldwin Wallace College; M.A. University of Minnesota; Ph.D. University of Iowa
Jennifer Wagstaff, asst. professor of counselor education; B.S. University of Wisconsin; M. Ed. James Madison University; M.S. Radford University; Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University