Transylvania welcomes six new faculty members
Six professors joined the Transylvania faculty for the 2008-09 academic year, including three to fill newly created lines in chemistry, economics, and Spanish, and three as replacements for retiring and departing faculty in sociology, computer science, and business.
Jeremy Paden, assistant professor of Spanish, most recently taught at Georgia State University. He earned his B.A. in English literature from Harding University, his M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Memphis, and his Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University. His dissertation was titled Reading Religiously: Baroque Hermeneutics and the Religious Poetry of Lope de Vega and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Volkan Cetinkaya, assistant professor of economics, most recently taught at the College of New Jersey School of Business. He earned his B.A. in economics from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Rutgers University. His research interests include industrial organization and health economics.
Robert England, associate professor of computer science, most recently taught at Rhodes College. He earned his B.A. in mathematics from Rhodes and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has researched clique graph theory and applications to problems in parallel computing, and designed and implemented a grammar driven language sensitive computer interface system for the IBM AT and VAZ computers.
Jeffrey D. Hopper, assistant professor of business administration, most recently taught at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his B.A. from Transylvania in 1994 and his M.A. in economics, M.B.A., and Ph.D. in economics from Middle Tennessee State University. His dissertation was titled The Effects of Private Prison Labor Program Participation in Inmate Recidivism, and his research interests include wage penalties associated with smoking and obesity.
George K. Kaufman, assistant professor of chemistry, was most recently head teaching fellow in physical-organic chemistry at Harvard University. He earned his B.A. in classics, B.S. in chemical physics, and M.S. in chemistry from Brown University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard. His research interests include assembly of antibodies using multivalent haptens and electrostatic assembly of polymer electrets.
Marta Rodríguez-Galán, assistant professor of sociology, most recently served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Northeastern University department of sociology and anthropology for a National Institutes of Health-funded project titled The Boston Puerto Rican Center on Population Health and Health Disparities. She earned her B.A./licensure in pedagogy from the University of Oviedo, Spain, her M.A. in Hispanic studies from the University of Rhode Island, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University. Her research interests include depression among aging Hispanics and the conceptualization of culture in the works of Sarmiento.