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New professors join the faculty for the 2016-17 academic year

Lake Forest College welcomes several outstanding new full-time faculty members in chemistry; education; English; economics, business, and finance; entrepreneurship and innovation; modern languages and literatures; philosophy; and psychology.

David Fernandez-Diaz joins the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as an assistant professor of Spanish. He comes to Lake Forest College from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where he has served as an assistant professor of Hispanic philology since 2013. An expert on 19th and 20th century Spanish theater, he holds a PhD in Hispanic philology from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MA degree in Hispanic philology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MS degree in cognitive science and language from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and his Licenciado from the University of Rovira I Virgili, Spain. At Lake Forest, he will teach courses in Spanish language, literature and culture.

Arianna Gammel is joining the Department of Economics, Business and Finance as a full-time lecturer in business, having previously taught for the department on a part-time basis. She holds an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a BA in accountancy from the University of San Diego. She has extensive experience in accounting and business management, having previously worked as a manager of finance and human resources for AuraSense Therapeutics. She also has experience working in the TV and video industry in Los Angeles. Gamble will teach all levels of accounting at the College.

An organic chemist specializing in bioactive natural product synthesis, Paul Gladen joins the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor of chemistry. Prior to joining the faculty at Lake Forest College, Gladen served as a postdoctoral research associate at Texas A & M University and Baylor University. He earned his PhD in organic chemistry at Indiana University and received his BA degree from St. Olaf College. At Lake Forest, his principal responsibilities will be teaching the organic chemistry sequence.

Muris Hadzic comes to Lake Forest College as an instructor of finance. He expects to complete his PhD in finance at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University shortly. Hadzic holds an MBA in finance from Syracuse University and a BA in business administration from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. An expert in asset pricing, portfolio theory, and behavioral finance, he will teach a range of finance courses, including financial management, money and banking, and quantitative finance.

A philosopher of science whose research focuses on methodological parallels between economics and physics, Jennifer Jhun joins the Department of Philosophy as an instructor of philosophy. She is about to complete her PhD in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a BA degree in philosophy and economics from Northwestern University. At Lake Forest, she will offer a variety of courses for the Philosophy Department, including logic, social justice, and the philosophy of science. 

David Jordan joins the Department of Economics, Business and Finance as a full-time lecturer in business, after previously teaching for the department on a part-time basis. Jordan is a tax accounting professional with 20 years of professional experience working at companies such as KPMG and Ernst & Young. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has previously taught at Loyola University and Northeastern Illinois University. He holds an MS in taxation from DePaul University and a BS in accounting from Northeastern University.

An expert on contemporary Spanish and Latin American novels, Denise Kripper joins the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures as an assistant professor of Spanish. She comes to Lake Forest from Georgetown University, where she recently completed her PhD in Latin American literature and cultural studies. She also holds an MA from Georgetown University, a BA from the Lenguas Vivas Institute of Higher Education in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a diploma from the European College of Liberal Studies in Berlin, Germany. An experienced teacher, she will offer courses at all levels of the Spanish curriculum.

Zachary Martin joins the Department of English as a visiting assistant professor of English. A professional editor and experienced instructor of creative writing, Zach holds a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, an MA in English from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Chicago. At Lake Forest, he will teach courses in creative writing, editing and publishing, and postmodernism.

A seasoned business operations leader, Remo Picchietti is coming to the College as a full-time lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation. Picchietti has extensive experience in private equity, e-commerce, marketing and sales, and international logistics, warehousing and global sourcing. A partner in the Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, he has also taught at DePaul University and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. At the College, he will teach courses in entrepreneurship, marketing, and small business development.

Jacquelynn Popp joins the Department of Education as a visiting instructor of education. A specialist in elementary education, curriculum development, and literacy, Popp expects to receive her PhD in learning sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago this fall. She has previously taught at Northeastern Illinois University and has three years of experience as an elementary school teacher. She will teach courses in elementary and middle school education.

Ilan Shrira joins the Department of Psychology as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. Shira comes to the College from the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Arkansas Technical University, where he previously served as a visiting assistant professor. He has previously taught at the University of Denver, Loyola University, Chicago, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. he holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego. At Lake Forest, he will be teaching research methods and statistics, and introductory psychology labs.