Five join faculty

Friday, August 19, 2011

Five new hires have joined the ranks of Northwestern College’s full-time faculty this fall.

Dr. Terry Chi is an assistant professor of psychology. He earned his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley and has conducted research in emotion recognition, the influence of parenting histories, eating disorders, and personality profiles and risk-taking. Articles by Chi have appeared in peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and he has presented papers at the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Research in Child Development. Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, he served on the research staff at the University of Southern California, held a research fellowship at Vanderbilt University, and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Rachel Foulks, assistant professor of theatre, is replacing professors Jeff and Karen Barker while they are on sabbatical during the fall semester. A graduate of Northwestern, Foulks earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre, with a focus on directing, from the University of South Dakota. She has taught at Wayne State College and the University of South Dakota, served as the wardrobe supervisor for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and directed plays for the Children’s Theatre Company of South Dakota and the Vermillion (S.D.) Community Theatre.

Dr. Chris Hausmann is the newest member of Northwestern’s sociology department, hired as an assistant professor. He has a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and most recently worked in Notre Dame’s Center for Social Research, helping researchers with survey design. Along with his expertise in sociology, he brings interests in service learning and the outcomes of Christian educational experiences. Hausmann recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, and he has an article forthcoming in the journal Symbolic Interaction.

Emily Stokes joins the art department as an assistant professor after teaching at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. She also served as an instructor for the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and for the Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment Program at the University of Michigan. Stokes earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Arizona State University and has had solo exhibitions at Arizona State, the University of Michigan Hospital, and Mallett’s Creek Library in Ann Arbor. Her work has also been part of group exhibitions at galleries and art centers in 16 states.

After teaching part time for Northwestern last year, Brandon Woudstra joins the college’s faculty full time as a lecturer in the business department. He is a 2003 NWC graduate and is currently working on a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of South Dakota. Woudstra spent six years in Europe playing professional basketball. Upon returning to the U.S., he served as an independent contractor for basketball organizations, handling program development, promotion and marketing, website maintenance, customer service, and basketball skills instruction. He also is a residential real estate appraiser.

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