New Faculty 2008

Ahmad, Raheel - Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Raheel Ahmad will teach Computer Science in the fall as an assistant professor. He earned his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University this year. He earned an M.A. from Southern Mississippi and a B.S. from the Zakir Hussain College of Engineering in India. Raheel is a well-published author, has experience in web design, and will bring a lot of energy to our program and in software development.

Boogert, Marjan - Assistant Professor of History
Marjan Boogert comes to MC as an assistant professor of history. She will soon be defending her dissertation at Harvard University. Her thesis examines life in 17th century Japan. She has many academic interests and can teach a wide range of courses in Asian History. Last year, Marjan taught at Furman University, and she is very excited to be at Manchester.

Cravens, Arline - Visiting Assistant Professor of French, one year appointment
Arline Cravens is a visiting professor of French for the 2008-09 academic year. Arline is finishing her Ph.D. from Washington University in French Literature. It is also our good fortune that Arline has a master’s degree and a B.M. in Music, so she will also be able to teach a couple of courses in our general education program.

Cromer, Tracy - Head Women’s Softball Coach and PERC Coordinator
Tracy comes to us from Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minn.) where she has been the head softball coach since 2003. She is a graduate of Bethel University in Minnesota and has an M.S. in kinesiology from Texas Women’s University.

Hedstrom, Ryan - Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences
Ryan Hedstrom returns to Manchester as an assistant professor of exercise and sport sciences. A 2001 MC grad, Ryan was most recently employed at Castleton State College in Castleton, VT. He earned his M.A. from Boston University and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Ryan stated that “returning to Manchester would be returning home.”

Hendryx, Matt - Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, one year appointment
Matt Hendryx is a visiting associate professor of economics for the 2008-09 academic year. Matt brings with him a considerable amount of experience having taught economics at Indiana Tech for many years. He has also filled in at Manchester in 1999 in the math department. We are grateful that Matt was willing to step in for one year.

Humphries, Scott - Assistant Professor of Music
Scott Humphries is an assistant professor of music. He comes to MC from Alleghany High School and Clifton Middle School in Covington, Va., where he had been the band director since 2001. He was also the wind coach for the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra in Roanoke, Va. Scott is a Doctor of Music candidate from Boston University. He received his M.A. from Virginia Tech and his B.M. from James Madison University.

Messer, Joe - Assistant Professor of Accounting and Business
Joe Messer joined the faculty this August as an assistant professor of accounting and business. Joe earned both his B.A. and MBA from Purdue University. He has many significant accomplishments in his business career to his credit. He was the president and chief operating officer of DVO, Extremity Solutions in Warsaw. He also led Daehnfeldt Inc., an international flower and vegetable breeding company, for seven years as president and, most recently, is the co-founder and president of Organiks, a firm that sells certified organic products worldwide. He also serves on Manchester’s President’s Advisory Council. He brings a wealth of experience, a very curious mind, and a determination to help students think creatively. The Accounting and Business Department is ecstatic to have Joe become part of its team.

Reed, Tim - Assistant Professor of Music
Tim Reed is an assistant professor of music. Tim’s dissertation on music composition entitled “Three Dances for String Orchestra” was completed this summer at the University of Florida. Tim has received awards in the Goliard Ensemble Composition Competition, the LaGrange Symphony Young Artist Composition Competition, and the 2004 Pedrick-Hutson Guitar Duo Commission Contest. His compositions have recently been performed at Music '04, the 2005 Nong Project, SEAMUS 2006 and by the string orchestra, R20 in Wroclaw, Poland. In October 2003, Tim composed a score for the WIP Studios film, “Prison-a-Go-Go!”, which has received several awards including “Best Feature Film” in the Backseat Film Festival. Tim graduated from a small school, LaGrange College, in Georgia and is thrilled to be teaching at a liberal arts school.

Shipman, Bonnie - Instructor of Education
Bonnie Shipman is an Instructor of Education. She brings a wealth of experience to the position, having taught at Huntington North High School in Huntington, Ind., for 24 years. She received both her B.S. and M.A.T. from Indiana University. Bonnie is very excited to be joining the Education Department this fall.

Simmers, Jenny - Assistant Professor of Accounting and Business
Jenny Simmers begins this fall as an assistant professor of accounting and business. Jenny is a Manchester graduate, earned her MBA from Indiana University, and has taught accounting previously in a variety of settings. She has extensive experience in the business world and some wonderful ideas about teaching accounting. She and her husband live just outside of North Manchester with their two young children.

Stout, Andrew - Women’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Professor of Exercise & Sport Sciences
Andrew Stout is the women’s soccer coach and assistant professor of exercise and sport sciences. He comes from Richardson, Texas, where he was the boys’ soccer coach at Richardson High School. Andrew received his B.A. from Indiana State University and his M.S. from the University of North Texas. Andrew has worked in both private and public universities and has been successful in both environments at coaching and recruiting athletes.

Switzer, Dave - Professor of Communication Studies
Dave Switzer joins us as a professor in the communication studies department. He has 35 years of experience teaching a wide variety of classes at both SUNY-Albany and, most recently, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Dave is a stellar classroom teacher who has a variety of publications and a slew of presentations to his credit that range in topic from baseball to interpersonal communication.

Yanez, Arturo - Assistant Professor of Spanish
Carlos Arturo Yanez joined the faculty in the fall as an assistant professor of Spanish. Arturo is originally from Venezuela. He earned his B.A. at the University of Los Andes, his M.Ed. at the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. He has completed graduate work in linguistics, Latin American culture, and foreign language teaching. He has taught in many different settings, including both secondary schools and universities in Venezuela, and most recently as a visiting professor of Spanish and TESOL at Arkansas Tech. He is the author of several publications, including, “The World is Too Messy: The Challenge of Historical Literacy in a General Education Course,” in a book entitled Teaching Writing in the Liberal Arts: Unique Opportunities, Special Challenges. He and his family are very excited to be living in North Manchester.