First-Year Studies


First-Year Studies faculty serve a critical role at the College, advising new students as they transition to college life.

  • Cynthia T. Hahn
    Professor of French

    Areas of Study:   French language; Francophone literature of Quebec, Africa, and Lebanon; French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; translation; business French; French film

  • Donald Meyer
    Professor of Music

    Areas of Study:  music history, music theory, film music, electronic music, music composition.

  • Janet McCracken
    Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Self-Designed Major

    Areas of Study:  aesthetics, history of philosophy, gender studies, film

  • Matthew R. Kelley
    Professor of Psychology, Chair of Neuroscience

    Areas of Study: cognitive psychology, learning and memory, research methods and statistics

  • Les R. Dlabay
    Professor of Economics and Business, Chair of Area Studies

    Areas of Study:  mass media/marketing research, Latin American global business, Asian business culture and trade relations, financial accounting

  • Shubhik DebBurman
    Professor of Biology

    Areas of Study: cell biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, biology of human disease

  • Linda Horwitz
    Associate Professor of Communication

    Areas of Study:  feminist rhetoric, history of rhetoric, American public address

  • Carla Arnell
    Associate Professor of English and Chair of English

    Areas of Study: ancient and medieval literature, history of the English novel

  • Joshua Corey
    Associate Professor of English, Chair of Print and Digital Media

    Areas of Study: modern and contemporary poetry, creative writing, critical theory, Anglo-American modernism

  • Benjamin Goluboff
    Associate Professor 

    Areas of Study: American literature, nineteenth-century literature, literature and the environment

  • James Marquardt
    Associate Professor of Politics, Chair of International Relations

    Areas of Study:  American politics, international relations

  • Nicholas L. Wallin
    Associate Professor and Chair of Music

    Areas of Study: conducting, music theory

  • Catherine Benton
    Associate Professor and Chair of Religion

    Areas of Study: Asian religious traditions and story literatures (Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism), religious communities in India (Hindu and Muslim), cross-cultural communication, and film and religion

  • Rachel Ragland
    Associate Professor and Chair of Education

    Areas of Study: secondary education

  • Miguel de Baca
    Associate Professor of Art History, Chair of American Studies

    Areas of Study: America, modern, and contemporary art history

  • Fatima Z. Rahman
    Assistant Professor of Politics, Chair of Islamic World Studies

    Areas of Study: comparative politics, Islam and politics Middle East politics, Islam and politics

  • Enrique Treviño
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    Areas of Study:  number theory, analytical and computational number theory

  • Kent Grote
    Assistant Professor of Economics and Business

    Areas of Study:  finance, investment analysis, industrial organization

  • Benjamin Zeller
    Assistant Professor of Religion

    Areas of Study: North American religions, Christianity,
    religion & culture

  • Chad McCracken
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Politics

    Areas of Study: philosophy of law, political philosophy, analytic philosophy, history of philosophy

  • Elizabeth W. Fischer
    Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

    Areas of Study:  natural science, organic chemistry, biochemistry

  • Amy Abe
    Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Physics

    NMR Consultant

  • Lia Alexopoulos
    Lecturer in Art

    Areas of Study: 

  • Randall Iden
    Lecturer in Communication

    Areas of Study:  rhetoric of economics, argumentation theory, classical rhetoric