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Communications and Marketing

Welcome, new faculty!

New faculty members joining Lake Forest College in the 2017–18 academic year include:

Flavia Barbosa joins the Department of Biology as an assistant professor of biology, having previously served as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and the Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l’Insecte in Tours, France. She earned her PhD in biological sciences at the University of Missouri–Columbia and her BS in biological sciences and vertebrate zoology from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. At Lake Forest, Barbosa will teach courses in ecology and evolution, and animal behavior.

Rudi Batzell comes to Lake Forest College from Harvard University, where he has recently completed his PhD in American history. An expert on 19th and 20th century economic history, he also holds an MPhil degree in economic and social history from the University of Cambridge and a BA from Columbia University. Batzell will teach courses on American history and the history of capitalism.

Courtney Cain is joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of African American History. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed a dissertation on the Haitian diaspora in Chicago. She also holds MA and BA degrees in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cain will teach a range of courses for the history department and the African American Studies Program, including a two-course survey of African American history, and courses on the history of hip hop and Black diaspora freedom struggles.

An expert on international relations and security studies, Aleksandar Jankowski joins the Department of Politics as a visiting assistant professor of politics, having previously taught for the department on a part-time basis. He holds a PhD in international studies from the University of Miami, and MA and BA degrees in political science from Northeastern Illinois University. Jankowski will offer courses on international relations, global politics, and international terrorism.

Dimitra Papadovasilaki comes to Lake Forest College as an assistant professor of finance, having previously served on the faculty of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. A specialist in behavioral and experimental finance, she holds a PhD in economics from the University of Nevada, a postgraduate certificate in information management from City University in London, UK, and an M.\BA in finance and a BA in economic and political science from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dimitra will teach a range of finance courses, including investments, equity analysis, and options and futures.

An accomplished and experienced corporate leader, John Pappas is joining the College as a full-time lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation, and the interim director of entrepreneurship. Pappas is the president of Chicago Collaborators, a company that supports area entrepreneurs, and has extensive experience in corporate marketing and sales. He holds an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a BA in public administration from Drake University. He has previously taught at DePaul University and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. At the College, he will teach courses in entrepreneurship and marketing.

Having served as a one-year visiting instructor of education in 2016-17, Jacquelynn Popp returns to the Department of Education as an assistant professor of education. An expert in elementary education, curriculum development, and literacy, Popp holds a PhD in learning sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in psychology and education from the University of St. Thomas. She also has three years previous experience as an elementary school teacher in Minnesota. She will teach courses in elementary and middle school education.

A mixed media artist whose site-specific creative work examines social, urban and ecological change, David Sanchez Burr joins the Department of Art as an assistant professor of art. Burr comes to Lake Forest from New Mexico Highlands University, where he has taught for the past two years. He has also previously taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Nevada, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Burr holds an MFA in intermedia from the University of Nevada and a BFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. He will teach a wide variety of 3-D art courses for the art department.

Erica Schultz joins the Department of Chemistry as an assistant professor of chemistry, having served a two-year appointment as a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard University. Schult holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a BA in chemistry from Macalester College. At Lake Forest, Schultz will teach courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Julia Valdez comes to Lake Forest from Northwestern University, where she is completing her PhD in political science. An expert on the influence of private citizens on the American political process, Valdez also holds an MA in political science from Northwestern University and a BA in political science from Indiana University. She is joining the faculty as a visiting assistant professor of politics and will teach a range of courses, including an introduction to American politics, the methods of political research, the presidency, and urban politics.