Coker hires new faculty members

Susan Daniels Henderson, provost and dean of the faculty of Coker University, announced the addition of six new faculty members: Lynn Bowers, Reed Hanna, Tim Perkins, Kirsten A. Piatak, Sorina D. Riddle and Natalia Schradle.

“We are excited that these faculty members have joined the Coker community,” says Henderson. “They bring such a variety of expertise and experiences that will serve our students well.”

Lynn Bowers is assistant professor of psychology.

Bowers worked most recently as an interdisciplinary team member and expert witness for the Franklin County District Court. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor of psychology at Kentucky State University, and a visiting professor of counseling and human services at Lindsey Wilson College.

Bowers is a licensed psychological associate, certified social worker, and certified school social worker, all in Kentucky. Bowers has a bachelor’s in psychology from Transylvania University, a master’s of public administration from Kentucky State University, a master’s in clinical psychology from Spalding University, and a master’s of social work and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Reed Hanna is visiting professor of music.

Hanna worked most recently as an instructor at Georgia Southern University, an adjunct instructor at Newberry College, Midlands Technical College, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Hanna has a bachelor’s in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in music performance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a doctorate of musical arts in music performance from the University of South Carolina. Hanna’s compositions are known among wind players for their interesting and imaginative musical ideas that challenge performers and captivate audiences.

Tim Perkins is assistant professor of chemistry.

Perkins worked most recently as a research and teaching assistant at Northern Illinois University, and a graduate research fellow at Argonne National Lab.

He has a bachelor’s in chemistry from Maryville University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northern Illinois University.

His dissertation work focused on novel rare-earth metal-organic frameworks and rare-earth semiconductors, and his specialty is solid-state chemistry.

In 2018, he was awarded Northern Illinois University’s Kevin Cull Memorial Teaching Award.

Kirsten Piatak is assistant professor of criminology.

Piatak worked most recently as an instructor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and East Tennessee State University, and as a crisis intervention specialist at Armstrong-Indiana Crisis.

She has a bachelor’s in criminology and Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in criminal justice and criminology from East Tennessee State University, and is completing her Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Piatak’s research interests include sexual assault/rape victimization, intimate partner violence, and racial, gender, and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.

Sorina D. Riddle is special lecturer, instructor of first-year writing.

For the past six years, Riddle has been an adjunct associate lecturer in English at Coker. Prior to coming to Coker, she was a faculty member at Davidson County Community College and Pfeiffer University where she also served as coordinator of developmental education and learning assistance. Born and raised in Romania, Riddle has a bachelor’s of philology from the University of Craiova, Romania, and a master’s in English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Natalia Schradle is visiting professor of dance.

She worked most recently as an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University, and as artistic director at ANAHATA Dance. Schradle has a B.F.A. in dance and a M.F.A. in dance and choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is certified in AOS massage therapy and Eastern modalities from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences.

Author: Rachel Howell

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