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Eisenbise   Brauch   Majumder   Polando

Manchester welcomes four new

full-time faculty members

Four newcomers will help Manchester College maintain close side-by-side faculty experiences for its students amid record-setting enrollment.

The 1:15 faculty-student ratio is one of the reasons the 1,223-student independent College is ranked as a “Best in the Midwest” by the popular college guide, U.S. News and World Report. The Manchester faculty is “crazy, funny, amazing and ingenious, but always willing to get to know each student on an individual basis," says educational studies senior Emily Toole of Osceola, Ind.

  • Kate Eisenbise, assistant professor of religion, is teaching a diversity of courses ranging from Religions and War to Feminist Theologies. A Pennsylvania native and lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren, she is completing her Ph.D. at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.
  • Timothy Brauch, assistant professor of mathematics, is teaching algebra. The Cincinnati native has a Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Louisville.
  • Sreenath Majumder, assistant professor of economics, is a graduate of the University of Calcutta in his native India. He is using his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Houston to teach classes in intermediate micro- and macroeconomics at Manchester.
  • Rachel Polando, assistant professor of biology, earning her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame this past May. The Detroit, Mich., native is teaching classes in microbiology, human biology, molecular biology and general biology.

Three long-time professors have retired; all three are Manchester graduates: Dr. Gary Zimmerman, who joined the psychology faculty in 1970 and chaired his department; Dr. David Kreps, who joined the biology faculty in 1968 and chaired the department and coordinated allied health programs; and Dr. Stan Beery who has taught mathematics at Manchester since 1979.

Manchester College faculty members are experts, with 93 percent holding doctorates or the highest degrees in their field and nearly 60 percent having studied or lived abroad.

September 2009

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