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Antioch College hires Coretta Scott King Center director and six new faculty

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — May 2, 2012 — Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt announced that six new tenure-track professors and a director of the Coretta Scott King Center will be joining the college community this summer.

Each new member of the faculty brings a breath of experience in their discipline, and all have already begun to consult with the faculty on curricular matters. The professorships fill areas in the curriculum in which there are no tenure-track faculty at the College, Roosevelt said.

The directorship of the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom provides the intellectual and administrative leadership required to creatively place cultural diversity and intellectual freedom at the core of Antioch College’s future.

Administrative Appointment

Director, Coretta Scott King Center
for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom

Derrick Weston

The Rev. Derrick Weston
Weston is a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs. He was previously pastor at the Oakland Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Ohio. Prior to moving to the Midwest, he taught a course titled The City and Servant Leadership on urban history, race relations and ministry in Pittsburgh, and he was the mission advancement manager at The Pittsburgh Project, a nonprofit community development organization that operates a series of afterschool and summer programs for young people. Weston has a BA in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an MDiv from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor
of Biomedical Sciences

Savitha Krishna

Savitha Krishna, PhD
Dr. Krishna has more than 16 years of teaching and research experience. Most recently, she was an assistant professor in the natural science department at Wilberforce University, where she taught general biology, vertebrate comparative anatomy, lab science, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, and life science. She was an adjunct professor of biology at Antioch College during the winter 2012 term. She is a recipient of the 2010 Microbiology Educator Award from the Ohio Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Her research has been published in IRCF Reptiles and Amphibians, Herpetological Review, Acta Zoologica Sinica, Herpetological Journal, and the Journal of Bombay Natural History Society. She holds a BS in biology, MS in biosciences, and PhD in applied zoology from Mangalore University.

Associate Professor
of Cooperative Education

Rick Kraince

Rick Kraince, PhD
Dr. Kraince comes to Antioch College from El Colegio de México in Mexico City, where he serves as the academic coordinator for the Center for Asian and African Studies and held a tenure-track faculty position as a research professor of Southeast Asian societies. His recent research projects include a study titled “Human Security Conflicts: A Study of New Civil Society Movements in Asia,” and his publications include articles in International Higher Education, Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, and Making Modern Muslims: The Politics of Islamic Education in Southeast Asia. Kraince has a BS in geology with a specialization in paleontology from Ohio University; an MA in education from the University of Rhode Island; and an MA in international affairs and PhD in the sociology of education from Ohio University.

Associate Professor
of Environmental Science

Linda Fuselier

Linda Fuselier, PhD
Dr. Fueselier comes to Antioch College from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where she is an associate professor of biosciences teaching courses in aquatic biology, evolutionary biology, organismal biology, and molecular biology. Since 2010, she has also been the director of women’s and gender studies and taught courses in sex, gender and evolution, and inclusive sciences. Her research has appeared in The Bryologist, Science and Technology Libraries, Journal of Baltic Science Education, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, and Environmental Biology of Fishes, among other refereed journals. She holds a BA in biology with a secondary teaching certification from Southwestern College, an MS in environmental biology from Emporia State University, an a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Assistant Professor
of History

Kevin McGruder

Kevin McGruder, PhD
Dr. McGruder is an adjunct assistant professor at Lehman College (CUNY), where he teaches courses in African American studies and history, and is a scholar in residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He’s also taught at Hostos Community College and Rutgers University, was the program director at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, director of real estate development and later chief operating officer with the Abyssinian Development Corporation, and executive director of Gay Men of African Descent, an education, advocacy and health services organization based in New York. His scholarly work has appeared in Black Sexualities: Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies from Rutgers University Press, the Journal of African American Studies, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, and The Black Scholar. He has a BA in economics from Harvard, an MBA from Columbia University, and a PhD in history from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

Assistant Professor
of Media Arts

Charles Fairbanks
Photo by Miguel Bueno

Charles Fairbanks, MFA
Charles is a wrestler and filmmaker whose recent work focuses on Lucha Libre in Mexico, where the artist fights as the One-Eyed Cat (El Gato Tuerto) with a camera built into his mask. While in graduate school, he worked as the wrestling coach/choreographer for the University Productions staging of Claire Luckham’s Trafford Tanzi — a feminist play directed by Malcolm Tulip. In 2010 Werner Herzog chose him for the first Rogue Film School, and in 2011 Anthology Film Archives hosted the retrospective screening Tender Muscles: Five Films by Charles Fairbanks. He has worked as translator (Festival Filmer à Tout Prix), as programmer and producer (Courtisane Festival), and as visiting professor of VideoArte (at Tuxtla’s UNICACH). He is a 2012 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, a prestigious academic honor presented to scholars “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Fairbanks has a BA in art and science, technology, and society from Stanford University, and an MFA from the University of Michigan.

Assistant Professor
of Psychology

Michelle Rivera-Clonch

Michelle Rivera-Clonch, PhD
Dr. Rivera-Clonch comes to Antioch from Western Carolina University, where she worked in Student Affairs as the director of the Women’s Center and Women’s Programs and as a faculty instructor. Previous to that appointment, she was a licensed mental health counselor in private practice and assistant director of the Personal Counseling Center at Rollins College. Rivera-Clonch has 10 years of post-terminal MA degree experience in mental health counseling, and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and licensed in the state of Florida (LMHC). Rivera-Clonch’s research is forthcoming in the Journal of College Student Development; additionally, she has conducted archival research in Swarthmore College’s Peace Collection, conducted in-depth psychological research on women activists’ peace and spirituality processes in various countries. Rivera-Clonch has a BA in psychology and liberal studies from the University of Central Florida; MA in health counseling (honors); from Rollins College; and MA and PhD in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student-faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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