Hendrix welcomes a new faculty for 2021-2022


CONWAY, Ark. (August 23, 2021) – Hendrix College welcomes three new assistant professors and two visiting scholars to the teaching faculty for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Rebekah Aduddell, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Hendrix-Murphy visiting scholar in English (poetry)
  • Frederick Ernst, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • William Murray, Assistant Professor of English
  • Ruth Yuste-Alonso, Hendrix-Murphy guest researcher in Spanish

“We are delighted to welcome these colleagues to our community for the new academic year,” said Terri Bonebright, President of Hendrix College. “They will enrich already strong departments that challenge and inspire Hendrix students to prepare them for success. “

Aduddell, a 2016 graduate of the Lutheran University of Texas, earned a doctorate. from the University of Texas at Arlington in May of this year. She favors empathy in the classroom while emphasizing motivation for the topics covered. In addition to his research in homological and commutative algebra, Aduddell has worked on and supports the further development of programs that prioritize encouraging minority groups to seek a degree in mathematics, as well as programs helping younger generations to discover the implications of mathematics on technologies and scientists. advancement. She will teach introductory statistics, calculus, linear algebra and the algebra seminar.

Dasbach is coming to Hendrix as a Murphy Visiting Fellow in English (Poetry) and will be teaching the Introductory and Advanced Poetry workshops this fall. She is the author of three collections of poetry: The many names for the mother (2019), Don’t touch the bones (2020), and 40 WEEKS, to be released by YesYes Books in 2023. She holds a BA from the University of Maryland, an MA from the University of Oregon, and a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, she defended her critical-creative hybrid thesis on contemporary American Holocaust poetry.

Ernst, a former student of the University of Wisconsin and Wichita State University, earned a doctorate. from Ohio State University in 1976. His specific areas of study have included models of psychopathology, self-regulation, stress, and cardiovascular psychophysiology. He will teach introductory psychology and abnormal psychology in the fall semester and personality theories, psychological assessment and psychotherapy in the spring semester.

Murray, a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the College of Charleston who earned his doctorate. from the University of Alabama in 2019, teaches courses that focus on the relationship between storytelling and lived experience. His lectures and research often examine conceptions of race in American and Southern literature, film / television, and graphic novels of the 20th and 21st centuries. Examples of Murray’s work can be found in American Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, The CEA critic, Eudora Welty Review, and Criticism of South Carolina. In 2016, he received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to study the works of Ernest Gaines, and is currently working on a book project that explores how post-1960 narratives (from and about the Southern States United) protect mythologies. white innocence. At Hendrix he will teach Introduction to Academic Writing, American Lit & the Good Life and Southern Lit: Race & Region.

Yuste-Alonso is originally from Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, an introductory place at the crossroads of a flow of peoples from all over the world who instilled in him the curiosity of ” learn other languages ​​and cultures. She holds a BA in Translation and Interpretation and an MA in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as an MA and PhD. in Spanish Studies from the University of Connecticut. Passionate about new media and cinema, she combines her love for language, literature and visual culture to explore from a feminist perspective how media artifacts shape the way we see and understand the world, with a focus particularly on gender practices. At Hendrix, she will teach the fundamentals of Spanish I and II and contemporary Spain through cinema. Deeply committed to education and the humanities, Yuste-Alonso strives to build alongside students a thriving learning community, helping them to hone their language skills and critical eye to better navigate an interconnected society in the world. global scale.

Earlier this summer, the College announced four new board members.

In addition to the faculty named above, the Academic Affairs Office at Hendrix College has announced a number of faculty and staff changes for the upcoming academic year.

Faculty with change of status in 2021-2022

Gina Bergfeld: tenured and promoted to associate professor of economics and commerce

Josh Glick: Laureate of the Isabelle Peregrin Odyssey Chair

Hillary Looney: tenured and promoted associate professor of economics and business

Maureen McClung and Matthew D. Moran: Laureates of the Judy and Randy Wilbourn Odyssey Professorship

Jennifer Peszka: laureate of the Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professorship

Gretchen Renshaw James: titular and promoted associate professor of music

Carol West: winner of the Harold and Lucy Cabe Distinguished Professorship

Ann Wright: Charles Prentiss Hough Odyssey Laureate

Brent Yorgey: tenured and promoted associate professor of computer science

New Academic Affairs Staff 2021-2022

Romain Auger: appointed coordinator of the Maison de la langue française

Adrianna Davis: appointed night study room library supervisor

Ernest Hendley: appointed deputy director of academic success

Brittany Hill: appointed Head of Mail and Events Services

Veronica Leonard: appointed Coordinator of Institutional Research Reports

Lynette Long: appointed Associate Director of Spirit Store and Mail Services

Rebekah Nelson: appointed Deputy Director of International Programs

About Hendrix College

Private College of Liberal Arts in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College is regularly recognized as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions and is listed in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change Your Perception of Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, its innovation and its value have made Hendrix a reference in numerous guides, lists and university rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with The United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.


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