Mount Union College Announces New Faculty Members

April 15, 2010

Mount Union College has announced the appointment of ten new full-time faculty members for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Mandy Capel has been named an instructor in the Department of Education. Capel earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Mount Union and a master of education degree from Marygrove College. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Kent State University. Prior to coming to Mount Union, she taught kindergarten, fifth grade and served as a long-term substitute for first grade.

Dr. Len Cooper and Dr. Govind Shanadi have been named assistant professors of communication.

Cooper earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations and a master of arts degree in mass communication, both from the University of Akron. He then earned a doctoral degree in journalism and communication from The Ohio State University. Prior to coming to Mount Union College, he taught at Bellarmine University and Ohio Dominican University.

Shanadi earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Georgia, a master of arts degree in mass communication from the University of Florida and a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. Prior to coming to Mount Union College, Shanadi taught at Niagara University.

Dr. Xiaoshu 'Catherine' Han has been named assistant professor of economics. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and international business from Beijing Foreign Studies University, a master of arts degree in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her new appointment, she was a strategy analyst and interpreter for Holding Corporation in Tianjin and taught at the University of Texas in Austin.

Mark McConnell has been named an instructor in the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Youngstown State University and a master of business administration degree from Tulane University. Prior to joining the Mount Union faculty, McConnell taught at Youngstown State University. He also previously served as an adjunct professor at Mount Union. McConnell is the owner of McConnell Marketing, an advertising agency.

Ruth Pogacnik has been named assistant professor of accounting. Pogacnik earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Youngstown State University. Prior to coming to Mount Union, she was an accountant and served as controller for TransSpec and the Youngstown Playhouse. Pogacnik was also a part-time instructor at Youngstown State University and The University of Akron and served as a tutor.

Dr. Nicole Johnson has been named assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies. Johnson earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and religion from Westminster College, a master of arts degree in applied theology from Wheeling Jesuit University and a doctoral degree in practical theology with an emphasis in Christians social ethics from Boston University School of Theology. She served as a house mentor for Mother Jones House, a faith-based service learning community, and also taught courses at Wheeling Jesuit.

Adam Milligan has been named an instructor in the Department of Human Performance and Sport Management. Milligan earned a bachelor of science degree in education (athletic training for sports medicine) and a master of science degree in sports science and coaching degree, both from the University of Akron. Milligan has worked for the Concorde Therapy Group and The University of Akron and served as an athletic trainer for Louisville High School.

Dr. Nancy Pine and Dr. David Thiele have been named assistant professors of English.

Pine earned an associate in arts degree in Russian language from Monterey Peninsula College/Defense Language Institute and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She earned a master of arts degree in English literature from Cleveland State University and a doctoral degree in English (Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy) from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Mount Union faculty, she served as a graduate teaching associate/assistant at The Ohio State University and Cleveland State University. Pine was also the writing across the curriculum program coordinator for The Ohio State University and assistant director of the writing center at Cleveland State University.

Thiele earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Kenyon College, a master of arts degree in Irish studies and a doctoral degree in English, both from Boston College. Prior to his new appointment, he served as an instructor at Seattle University.

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