Campus Welcomes New Faculty Members
The 2014-15 academic year is about to begin and Augustana is excited to welcome these new full-time faculty members to campus:
- Dr. Kevin Boyd, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, earned his bachelor’s degree with majors in chemistry and mathematics and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Houston. His research focuses primarily on surface science and thin film growth, with analysis by electron spectroscopy. He has experience teaching physical chemistry and prior to Augustana, has taught at Alma College in Alma, Michigan, John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, Central College in Pella, Iowa, South Dakota State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato.
- Dr. Myra Heckenlaible-Gotto ‘85, visiting assistant professor of psychology, earned her bachelor’s degree with majors in psychology and special education from Augustana and her M.A. and Ed.D. in special education and educational psychology and counseling from the University of South Dakota where she completed her dissertation on “Classroom-Based Social Skills Training Program: Impact on Social Behavior and Peer Acceptance of First Grade Students.” She is a licensed psychologist and teacher serving Windom, Minnesota, as a school psychologist and the community as a licensed psychologist.
- Dr. Joshua Heter, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in philosophy from Biola University, his M.A. from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University specializing in epistemology and the philosophy of language. Previous to Augustana, Heter was employed at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Missouri, where he taught a range of classes including critical thinking, philosophy of religion and ethics.
- Dr. Kathy Knitig, assistant professor of nursing, earned her bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from Southwestern College-Wichita, Kansas, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from South Dakota State University in nursing education and nurse research. She practiced as a registered nurse in Wichita, Kansas, for many years before deciding to pursue her doctorate in nursing. She has taught courses at both South Dakota State University and Winona State University before coming to Augustana.
- Dr. Loren Koepsell ‘98, assistant professor of business administration, earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from Augustana and his M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota. He also earned his Ed.D. from USD with an emphasis in education administration. His dissertation is titled “Revenue and Expenditure Breakdowns of United States Regional Private Liberal Arts Colleges.” Koepsell is no stranger to Augustana having taught computer science as an adjunct professor here before and serving the administration in a number of roles until 2007. He returns to us now after working as a chief financial officer at Lloyd Companies in Sioux Falls for seven years.
- Shane Scholten, assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation, earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in fitness/wellness management from Dakota State University, his M.S. in exercise science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Ph.D. in nutrition, exercise and food science from South Dakota State University. His dissertation is titled “The effects of vitamin D and quercetin supplementation on human performance, testosterone and oxidative stress.” Before joining Augustana full-time, Scholten was an associate professor at the University of Sioux Falls and briefly served as an adjunct professor at Augustana, teaching biomechanics/kinesiology.
- Dr. Andrew Strandjord, assistant professor of chemistry, earned his bachelor’s degree with majors in physics, biology and chemistry from Luther College and his Ph.D. in physical/organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He has won many awards and holds patents for his chemical research during his career. He comes to Augustana after working in California at PacTech-USA where he served as senior manager and director of operations.
- Quinn Stein, associate professor and director of the genetic counseling graduate program, earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in biology from Jamestown College and his M.S. in medical genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has more than 15 years of experience as a clinical genetic counselor, researcher and teacher. Stein has published articles on topics of hereditary cancer, autism, obesity and newborn screening, just to name a few. Prior to joining Augustana, Stein served as a senior genetic counselor for Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. Read more about Stein’s position at Augustana and this new program.
“We are building on an already strong faculty of teacher-scholars with these new hires,” said Dr. Susan Hasseler, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the College. “Their knowledge, creativity and energy will serve the College and our students well as we look forward to another great academic year.”