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New cohort of some of the most diverse faculty and instructors in college history. (Photo provided)

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College recently hired 12 professors and instructors.

The incoming faculty and instructors are among the most diverse in the college’s history, with eight of 12 new hires being women in a traditionally male-dominated field.

The new teachers and instructors are:

¯ Michelle Casson, Chemistry Lab Instructor, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY College in Fredonia, majoring in Biology and Medical Technology. Although she has extensive experience working in local science labs, Casson comes to Paul Smith from the Saranac Lake Central School District, where she was a teaching assistant. Casson first explored the Adirondack Park while hiking the high peaks at age 13 with her school outdoor adventure group.

¯ Matt Clemens, Continuing Lecturer in Biology, holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Southern Methodist University. As a paleontologist who has described new fossil species of frogs, Clemens will share his knowledge with his students in Comparative Chordate Anatomy and Paleontology classes this year. His paleontological fieldwork included work in the United States, Canada and Ethiopia excavating fossils ranging from Cretaceous horned dinosaurs to Miocene clawed frogs.

¯ Amanda Cording, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, holds a Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont. She joins college at the University of Hawaii, where Cording is a Research Affiliate at the Water Resources Research Center and Senior Ecological Designer at EcoSolutions, LLC. Cording’s research focuses on maximizing pollutant removal mechanisms in green design features such as bioretention, permeable pavements, and engineered wetlands. She has worked in the environmental field for 20 years, in the private and not-for-profit sectors, including projects in the Northeastern United States as well as in Colorado, India, Norway, Africa and more recently in Hawaii.

¯ Alex K. George, Assistant Professor of Forest Operations, holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Maine. Although he brings his background in higher education, George has also worked as a program officer in Uttar Pradesh, India where he conducted wood product audits and made related recommendations. George will teach a variety of logging courses including timber harvesting and forest production.

¯ Camille Goethals, team manager and teammate, holds a Bachelor of Arts in American and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to her experiences as a high school teacher and summer camp counselor, Goethals brings years of experience as a 4H draft horse instructor, already renowned for her performance in the arena of trait.

¯ Emily Grausgruber, Associate Professor of Biology, holds a Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology from Iowa State University. Grausgruber brings extensive teaching experience, as well as a history of both winning grants and publishing research.

¯ Joe Henderson, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in Education with a major in Interdisciplinary Environmental Education from the University of Rochester. His research focuses on climate change education and American political culture. In addition to being a school board member for the Saranac Lake Central School District, Henderson is also a board member of the Adirondack Research Consortium.

¯ Kelly Linehan, Associate Professor of Mathematics, holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics from Concordia University. A known quantity at Paul Smith’s College, Linehan served in multiple teaching roles, particularly in the Department of Natural Sciences, for nearly 20 years.

¯ Marina Morandini, Assistant Professor of Conversational Biology, holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment, with a focus on Wildlife Conservation and Management, from the University of Arizona. Morandini has worked extensively as an educator in the K-12 and college fields, and she has a publication record related to the behavior of Mount Graham’s red squirrel, which is an endangered species. More broadly, Morandini’s research interests include animal responses to disturbance and conservation-oriented management techniques. Her passion began while growing up in a small town in the middle of the Alps, and she hopes to nurture a similar enthusiasm in her PSC students as they learn in the Adirondacks.

¯ Catherine Pelkey, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, holds a Master of Science in Special Education and grades 7-12 from SUNY Plattsburgh. While supporting TRiO at Paul Smith’s College 10 years ago, Pelkey ​​returns to Paul Smith’s with experiences working with students in the area of ​​math content.

¯ Chris Sheach, Assistant Professor of Disaster Management, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Fire and Emergency Administration from Oklahoma State University. In addition to her most recent experiences in higher education, Sheach brings extensive knowledge and nearly two decades of experience in international humanitarian disaster response.

¯ Lizz Schuyler, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. Although she has developed excellent teaching and publishing skills, Schuyler brings a wealth of work experience, holding positions as wildlife biologist, field ecologist, and sage-grouse technician. The objective of his research is to understand how disturbances influence habitat use and the dynamics of populations of exploitable or vulnerable species. Schuyler’s enthusiasm for the great outdoors began while growing up in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, and she’s happy to return there.

“We are delighted to have recruited some of the best and brightest in their respective fields to Paul Smith’s College to enhance our students’ academic experiences,” said Nicholas Hunt-Bull, president of Paul Smith’s College. “The diversity of our incoming faculty and instructors demonstrates that we are committed to attracting a broad cross-section of scientists to teach in our experiential learning model. This will only improve the student experience.

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