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8/22/2006 Linfield College welcomes new faculty members

McMINNVILLE - Nine new faculty members will join the Linfield College community for the 2006-07 academic year.


Assistant Professor Ann Kruchten received her Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2002. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. Since 2002 she has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.


Associate Professor Eric Schuck earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Washington State University in 1999, his M.A. in economics from the University of Montana and his B.A. in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University. He has been a member of the faculty at North Dakota State University in Fargo and comes to Linfield most recently from Colorado State University.


Assistant Professor Mindy Legard Larson completed her Ph.D. in education at Oregon State University. Her M.S. in education comes from Western Oregon University and her B.S. in elementary education from Linfield. After having served for five years as both teacher and administrator in the McMinnville School District, she joined the faculty at George Fox University's M.A.T. at Night Program.


Instructor Gregor Hill joins the faculty responsible for delivering the athletic training major. He completed an M.S. in sports medicine at Oregon State University and earned an undergraduate degree in athletic training at Linfield.

Assistant Professor Jeff McNamee earned a Ph.D. in human performance from Oregon State University in 2004. His B.S. and M.S. in exercise and sport science were completed at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Since 2004 he has been a senior research associate at Oregon Health and Science University; before that he spent a year on the faculty at Ithaca College in Upstate New York.


Assistant Professor Lissa Wadewitz received her history Ph.D. in 2004 from UCLA, where she also earned her M.A. in history. She completed a B.A. in Asian studies from Pomona College. A Portland native, she brings an expertise in American environmental history that will be new to the college. She will join the Linfield community in person with the 2007-08 academic year so as to allow her to complete her current postdoctoral appointment with the Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University.


Associate Professor Barbara Limandri, who has served as a visiting faculty member on the Portland Campus, will join the tenure track faculty in 2006-07. She earned a DNSc in Mental Health Nursing from the University of California at San Francisco in 1985. Before that she completed an MSN from The Catholic University of America, and a BSN from the Medical College of Virginia.


Assistant Professor Jesus M. Ilundain-Agurruza completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2000. That followed his earning both an M.A. in philosophy and an M.S. in the sociology of sport from the same institution. His B.S. in philosophy was awarded by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He comes to Linfield having spent two years on the faculty of Truman State University in Missouri and four years as lecturer at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.


Assistant Professor Michael Crosser completed a Ph.D. in physics in 2005 at Michigan State University, where he had also earned an M.S. His B.S. with a double major in physics and mathematics came from Centre College in Danville, Ky. He comes to Linfield following a year as a research associate at Michigan State.