Academic Year Information 2013-2014 - page 6

New Faculty 2013-2014
Joseph Chandler
Joseph received his B.S. in psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was elected to
membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to complete his M.A. in cognitive psychology and the Ph.D.
in social psychology at the University of Alabama. His research has primarily focused on the
measurement, management, and mitigation of the neurobehavioral consequences of fatigue.
Leon Couch
Leon earned his B.A. in mathematics, B.S. in physics, and his B.M. in organ performance from the
University of Florida. He later earned his M.M. and D.M.A. in organ performance, as well as his Ph.D. in
music theory, from the University of Cincinnati.
Tyler Dart
Tyler joins us in an instructor position after serving as an instructor during the 2009-2010 academic year,
and as an adjunct instructor since 2010. He earned his B.S. in physics and M.Ed. in physics education
from Auburn University. He also serves as the Manager of Science Education at the McWane Center.
William Hustwit
William received his B.A. in history from Kenyon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the
University of Mississippi. William is an American historian, and Latin American history is one of his
minor fields.
George Klersey
George rejoins Birmingham-Southern College, having previously taught here from 1995-2007. George
earned his B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Florida. He later earned his Ph.D. in business
administration with a focus on accounting from the University of Southern California. George is CPA
certified, and his primary research interest is cognitive aspects of expertise and judgment in Auditing
and Accounting Information Systems.
Greta Valenti
Greta earned her B.A. in psychology from Georgetown University, where she was elected to
membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She later earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology, with a focus on
social psychology, from Ohio State University. Her research interests include social cognition, judgment
and decision making, visual perspective in mental imagery, counterfactual thinking, regret, and
psychological distance.
Peter Van Zandt
Peter joins us in a tenure-track appointment after having served as Visiting Assistant Professor of
Biology since 2006 and previously serving as an adjunct professor for the biology department. He holds
a B.S. in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University, an M.S. in wildlife ecology from Utah State
University, and the Ph.D. in biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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