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Schools welcome new faculty, programs this fall

Emory Report | Aug. 28, 2012

Candler School of Theology

Incoming class: Candler welcomes 190 incoming students from six countries and 27 states. They represent 30 Christian denominations, and one-third of the incoming U.S. students report non-white ethnicity.

New programs: Candler's newest joint degrees are in bioethics (MTS/MA) and development practice (MDiv/MDP). Candler and The General Theological Seminary launch a joint continuing education program in peacebuilding and conflict transformation Jan. 9-12, 2013, at the Desmond Tutu Center in New York.

Upcoming: Christian activist and author Shane Claiborne comes to campus on Oct. 23 to present "Jesus for President," a talk designed to spark the Christian political imagination.

New faculty and leadership: Jehu Hanciles, D.W. and Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity; Susan E. Hylen, associate research professor of New Testament; and Ted A. Smith, assistant professor of preaching and ethics. The Rt. Rev. Keith Whitmore, assistant bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, will serve as interim director of the Episcopal Studies program.

Learn more at candler.emory.edu.

Emory College of Arts & Sciences

Incoming class: The Class of 2016 is diverse racially, ethnically and geographically. They will be joined this fall by 28 new faculty members in 18 disciplines.

New programs: The new Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods (QuanTM) offers courses, undergraduate fellowships, workshops, a help desk and a speaker series as part of its vision to build stronger quantitative scholars and enhance interdisciplinary studies at Emory. The new Center for the Study of Human Health will have teachers and researchers from across disciplines and departments to expand health knowledge in a variety of courses and programs.

Noteworthy course: A joint Oxford-Emory course on Shakespeare is taught partly by Skype link with English actors 
and scholars in the U.K.

Learn more at college.emory.edu.

Goizueta Business School

Incoming class: Goizueta's Full-Time MBA Class of 2014, made up of 152 students, has an average of five years' work experience and is comprised of 38 percent international students, 24 percent women and 13 percent minorities. Nine military veterans in the group represent the Army, Marine Corps and Navy. Ten will pursue joint degrees.

New faculty: Vic V. Anand, assistant professor of accounting; David A.Schweidel, associate professor of marketing.

Learn more at goizueta.emory.edu.

Laney Graduate School



Incoming class: The Laney Graduate School's 383 new students bring the total student population to over 1,900. Ninety-two percent of the students are pursuing a Ph.D.

New program: The Program for Scholarly Integrity (PSI) will comprehensively educate doctoral students in the ethical pursuit of scholarly research. Training will take place in interdisciplinary forums and in the student's graduate program. PSI will be required for doctoral students in the biological/biomedical and natural sciences entering the school this fall and for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences entering beginning fall 2013.

New leadership: Cora MacBeth, assistant dean for 
student affairs.

Learn more at graduateschool.emory.edu.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Incoming class: The 209 new students represent 18 states and 11 countries and range in age from 18 to 54. Thirty-seven percent are from underrepresented ethnic groups and 22 students are males. Approximately 38 percent hold bachelor's degrees in other disciplines.

Upcoming: The nursing school will kick off the school year with its second annual fall convocation with a keynote speech from paralympic triathlete, Trish Downing, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m.

New faculty: Angela Amar, acting associate professor; Hope Bussenius, clinical assistant professor; Elizabeth Corwin, professor of nursing; Ying Guo, assistant professor; Bonnie Jennings, professor of nursing; Mary Lambert, clinical associate professor; Terri Marin, research assistant professor; Kathryn Moore, clinical associate professor; Lisa Muirhead, clinical assistant professor; Imelda Reyes, clinical assistant professor; Bryan Williams, research associate professor; Phyllis Wright, clinical assistant professor; and Katherine Yeager, research assistant professor.

Learn more at nursing.emory.edu.

Oxford College

Incoming class: Approximately 470, drawn from a record number of applications, make up Oxford's entering class, bringing total enrollment to approximately 900. 

New deans and faculty: New deans: Ken Anderson, dean for academic affairs; Meggan Arp, associate dean for academic affairs; and Adam Meyer, assistant dean for development and alumni relations.

New faculty: David Marshall Miller, philosophy; Annette W. Neuman, chemistry; Kevin A. Quarmby, English; and Helena Talaya-Manso, Spanish, all assistant professors.

New and improved facilities: The quad is now pedestrians-only. The renovation of Language Hall (1874) and Williams Hall (1907) is expected to be complete in January.  A new library is under construction to open in fall 2013.

New direction: Oxford begins a three-year emphasis on sustainability in its curriculum and other aspects of college life, using the slogan "A Life in Balance." The Center for Healthful Living will coordinate all aspects of wellness across academic and campus life.

Learn more at oxford.emory.edu.

Rollins School of Public Health

Incoming class: The new class is comprised of 455 Master of Public Health students, 32 PhD students and 11 Humphrey Fellows. The MPH class has 55 students in the distance-learning program and 25 students in dual-degree programs. It also includes 34 returned Peace Corps Volunteers, nearly twice the number as last year.

New faculty: Nineteen faculty members joined the school.

Faculty promotions: Hannah Cooper to associate professor of behavioral sciences and health education (with tenure); Delia Lang to associate professor of behavioral sciences and health education; Qu Long to associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics (with tenure); Limin Peng to associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics (with tenure); and Aryeh Stein to professor of global health. Gary Miller was named Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Environmental Health, and Kathryn Yount was named Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health.

New course: A Certificate in Maternal and Child Health is now available to MPH/MSPH students in any academic department at Rollins. The program will equip students for positions in public health organizations serving women, infants and children.

Learn more at sph.emory.edu.

School of Law

Incoming class: For its four degree programs, Emory Law is welcoming more than 300 students from 36 states, four countries, and 118 undergraduate institutions. The inaugural class of the new Juris Master degree program for professionals arrives this fall, with applications accepted for spring semester through Oct. 15.

New faculty: Mary Dudziak, a leading scholar of constitutional and legal history, will serve as director of the new Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society. Other appointments include Rafael Pardo, an expert in bankruptcy and commercial law whose work has been cited widely by the federal courts; and Sue Payne, co-director of the Center for Transactional Law and Practice.

Upcoming: The 9th Annual Emory Public Interest Committee conference, "And Justice For All? Criminal Justice in the South," will be on Oct. 13. Stephen B. Bright of the Southern Center for Human Rights is the keynote speaker. On Oct. 22, Yale professor John Fabian Witt will speak on "Sherman at Atlanta: The Moral Structure of the Laws of War."

Learn more at law.emory.edu.

School of Medicine

Incoming class: From 6,605 applications, 139 students are in the first-year class. The diverse first-year class of 72 males and 67 females represents 13 foreign countries and 62 undergraduate institutions, the most popular of which are Emory, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Duke University and Washington University. Ten first-year students have been admitted to the MD/PhD Program.

New leadership: A national search continues to find a successor for dean Thomas J. Lawley, who will step down, effective Sept. 15.

New programs: The School of Medicine has launched a new degree program, a Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling.

New facilities: Construction continues on Emory's and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's new health sciences research building, which will accommodate 65 lead researchers and their teams. The building on Haygood Road will include a two-story bridge to connect it to the Emory-Children's center. Completion is expected in 2013.

Learn more at med.emory.edu.