Class of 2012-2013: Meet Dartmouth’s New Faculty

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Twenty-three scholars—from a variety of disciplines that include biology, Native American studies, and sociology—have joined the ranks of Dartmouth’s Arts & Sciences faculty this academic year. In this weeklong series, Dartmouth Now takes a closer look at some of these scholars, their research, and what brought them to Dartmouth.

Yusaku Horiuchi

Yusaku Horiuchi, associate professor of government and Mitsui Chair of the Study of Japan, is one of the 23 scholars who have joined the Arts & Sciences faculty. (Photo by Rob Strong ’04)

“The Dartmouth community welcomes this extraordinary collection of professors to campus,” says Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences Michael Mastanduno.

“They are both world-class teachers and scholars in their respective disciplines; their passion and expertise will greatly benefit and advance the Dartmouth community.”

In addition to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Dartmouth’s professional schools have welcomed new tenured and tenure-track faculty.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth has appointed Christopher I. Amos, Giovanni Bosco, Chao Cheng, Robert A. Cramer, Jr., Amarendra K. Das, Casey S. Greene, Adv. ’10, Todd W. Miller, David W. Mullins, Richard Simons, Elizabeth Teisberg, and Scott Williams to the faculty.

The Tuck School of Business has welcomed scholars Yaniv Dover, Teresa Fort, Giovanni Gavetti, Steven Kahl ’91, and Margaret Pierson.

Thayer School of Engineering has appointed Brenden Epps, an assistant professor of engineering.

New faculty members say they had positive first impressions.

“I am very impressed by the vibrant scholarly environment of Dartmouth,” says Olga Zhaxybayeva, assistant professor of biological sciences. “I wish I had time to go to all the interesting seminars and symposia that happen here daily.”

Emily Walton, assistant professor of sociology, enjoys working with her students. “The students here are incredible—engaged, confident, and well prepared,” says Walton. “I love preparing for class and thinking about all the things the students will find interesting, as well as engaging in discussion with students who ask incredible questions and challenge us all to be better.”

Sara Muñoz, assistant professor of Spanish, says she feels comfortable at Dartmouth. “Every day I am astonished by how nice and collaborative people are here. Everybody is willing to help, to offer a piece of advice, and they make you feel at home,” she says. “This, combined with the highly intellectual atmosphere that surrounds Dartmouth, makes it an outstanding and privileged place to be.”

New tenured and tenure-track faculty at Dartmouth, 2012-13

Arts & Sciences

Stephon Alexander, Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor of Natural Sciences; director of Dartmouth’s E.E. Just Program

Randall Balmer, Mandel Family Professor of Arts and Sciences; chair of the religion department

Michael Cox, assistant professor of environmental studies

Yasser Elhariry, assistant professor of French

Jon Freeman, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences

Maria Ida Gobbini, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences

Erik Griffin, assistant professor of biological sciences

Yusaku Horiuchi, associate professor of government; Mitsui Chair of the Study of Japan

Katie Hornstein, assistant professor of art history

Julie Hruby, assistant professor of classical studies

Sean Kang, assistant professor of education

David Kraemer, Adv. ’07, assistant professor of education

Janice McCabe, assistant professor of sociology

Petra McGillen, assistant professor of German

Sara Muñoz, assistant professor of Spanish

Erich Osterberg, assistant professor of earth sciences

David Plunkett, assistant professor of philosophy

Nicholas Reo, assistant professor of Native American studies and environmental studies

Analola Santana, assistant professor of Spanish

Spencer Topel, assistant professor of music

Emily Walton, assistant professor of sociology

Kevin Wright, assistant professor of physics and astronomy

Olga Zhaxybayeva, assistant professor of biological sciences

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Christopher I. Amos, professor of community and family medicine

Giovanni Bosco, associate professor of genetics

Chao Cheng, assistant professor of genetics

Robert A. Cramer, Jr., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology

Amarendra K. Das, associate professor of psychiatry, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Casey S. Greene, Adv. ’10, assistant professor of genetics

Todd W. Miller, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology

David W. Mullins, assistant professor of micro immunology

Richard Simons, senior associate dean for medical education; professor of medicine, associate vice president for health affairs

Elizabeth Teisberg, professor of community and family medicine

Scott Williams, professor of genetics and director of the Center for Integrative Biomedical Sciences

Thayer School of Engineering

Brenden Epps, assistant professor of engineering

The Tuck School of Business

Yaniv Dover, assistant professor of business administration

Teresa Fort, assistant professor of business administration

Giovanni Gavetti, associate professor of strategy

Steven Kahl ’91, associate professor of business administration

Margaret Pierson, assistant professor of business administration