New Faculty Join SU

Susquehanna University campus

Daryl Rodgers, assistant professor of Italian, joined the modern languages faculty. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian and Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) from the University of Illinois–Urbana. His specialties are Italian language, culture and linguistics, second-language acquisition and language teaching methodology.

Catherine Zobal Dent, assistant professor of English and creative writing, came to Susquehanna from Shippensburg University. She specializes in fiction writing and holds a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton.

Erin Keen-Rhinehart, assistant professor of biology, obtained her Ph.D. in biomedical neuroscience from the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. An expert in behavioral neuroendocrinology, Keen-Rhinehart came to Susquehanna from David Geffen Medical School at UCLA and the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute.

Lisong Liu, assistant professor of history, earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Minnesota. His teaching and research interests include modern China, the Chinese diaspora, United States–China relations and Asian American history.

Maria L. O. Muñoz, assistant professor of history, received her doctorate in Latin American history with a minor in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her areas of expertise include social mobilizations and movements, and issues of race, ethnicity, identity and politics in Latin America.

Renuka Manchanayakage, assistant professor of chemistry, came to Susquehanna after completing postdoctoral work at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, where she also obtained her Ph.D. She specializes in organic chemistry.

Judith Morris, assistant professor of communications, received a Ph.D. in mass communication from Pennsylvania State University and specializes in video production, film studies and new media. Most recently, she taught mass communication at Marymount University.

Silas Dent Zobal, assistant professor of English and creative writing, received his Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. He came to Susquehanna from Dickinson College and specializes in fiction writing.

Mengsteab Tesfayohannes-Beraki, associate professor of management, received his Ph.D. from Karl-Franzens University of Graz in Austria. His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, international business, trade management and business promotional research.

Henriët Hendriks, assistant professor of political science, came to Susquehanna from the University of Minnesota, where she worked as an instructor while obtaining her Ph.D. She specializes in American politics, political behavior and public opinion.

Lissa Skitolsky, assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in contemporary continental philosophy and Holocaust studies. Prior to joining Susquehanna, she taught at Luther College. She received her doctorate in philosophy from Emory University.

Colin Armstrong, assistant professor of music, came to Susquehanna from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked as a teaching assistant while earning his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His specialties are choral music education, choral methods and ear training.

Betsy Verhoeven, assistant professor of English, received her Ph.D. in English with specialization in composition and rhetoric from the University of Denver. Most recently she held a post-doctoral teaching fellowship at Duke University.


The contributing writer to the People & Places section is Heather Cobun ‘10.

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