New professors join the faculty for the 2014-15 academic year

Lake Forest College welcomes several new professors in the areas of archaeology, chemistry, education, music, politics, psychology, and theater.

Melissa Grady joins the Department of Music as a visiting assistant professor of music. She comes to the college from the University of Kansas, where she recently completed her PhD in choral pedagogy. Melissa also holds MME and BME degrees from Wichita State University. At Lake Forest, she will be directing the concert choir and women’s chorale, and teaching courses in music education.

An archaeologist who specializes in the archaeology of urban America, Rebecca Graff joins the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as an assistant professor of anthropology. Prior to joining the faculty at Lake Forest College, Rebecca served as a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Michigan Technological University. Rebecca has also taught previously at DePaul University and at the University of Chicago, where she completed her MA and PhD degrees in anthropology.

Laura Grandau comes to Lake Forest College as an assistant professor of education. A specialist in mathematics pedagogy, Laura holds a PhD in teacher education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MA with honors in educational psychology from the University of Chicago, and a BA in anthropology and linguistics also from Chicago. In addition, she has extensive experience teaching at the K-8 level at schools in Anchorage, Vancouver, Madison, and Chicago. At Lake Forest, she will be teaching courses in elementary and middle school education.

An expert on the influence of politics and political activism on American schools, Michael Hartney joins the Department of Politics from the University of Notre Dame, where he recently completed his PhD degree in political science. Michael also holds an MA degree in political science from Notre Dame and a BA degree in political science from Vanderbilt University. At Lake Forest, Michael will teach courses in American politics, electoral politics, and public opinion.

Brian Healy joins the Lake Forest College faculty as an assistant professor of theater and resident designer/technical director. Brian received his BA degree in theater from Truman State and his MFA degree in theatrical design from the University of Washington. He comes to the college from Utah Valley University, where he taught courses in technical theater and served as the technical director for more than twenty separate productions. Brian also taught for many years at Bellevue College in British Columbia and has served as a professional designer for multiple theater companies in the Salt Lake area and in Seattle.

David Rademacher comes to Lake Forest College as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. David has previously held appointments at Carthage College, Carroll University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Michigan State University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He holds MS and PhD degrees in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  At Lake Forest David will teach courses in introductory psychology, research methods and behavioral neuroscience. 

Thea Wilson joins the Department of Chemistry as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. A specialist in renewable energy and carbon sequestration, Thea comes to Lake Forest College from Roosevelt University, where she served as a visiting postdoctoral teaching fellow and coordinator of science initiatives. Prior to her appointment at Roosevelt, Thea completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. She holds a PhD degree in physical chemistry from Northwestern and a BS degree in chemistry and a BA degree in music from the University of California, Santa Cruz.