Mary Baldwin University Appoints New Faculty Members

September 11, 2002

Mary Baldwin announces the appointment of the following new faculty members and adjunct faculty members:

Full-Time Appointments:


  • Chadwick Blackwell, who has served as a psychology adjunct at Mary Baldwin and Blue Ridge Community College, is returning for a full-time, one-year appointment as an instructor of psychology. Blackwell earned his B.S. and M.Ed. from James Madison University and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia.
  • Cynthia Bramehas been named assistant professor of biology, a full-time, one-year appointment. She was a post-doctoral fellow at UVA, and most recently was a Research Scientist in Charlottesville. Brame earned a B.S. from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
  • Anne Hanger, a part-time visiting professor of art, will teach graphic design courses and serve as director of the graphic design computer lab in the fall and spring. She taught at Mississippi State University and has an extensive portfolio of exhibitions and awards. Hanger earned both her BFA and MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
  • Thomas E. Kaplanhas been named assistant professor of business administration and advisor for the Mary Baldwin Baldwin Online and Adult Programs at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Kaplan has a B.S. from Ohio Northern University, a M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Carey Mitchellis assistant professor of sociology. Mitchell comes to Mary Baldwin from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was an instructor and also served as a program director in the university’s Institute for Social Research. She has a B.A. from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from UAB.
  • Jamie Pelleyhas been named instructor of economics, a full-time, one-year appointment. Pelley taught economics at Western Wisconsin Technical College and has experience in marketing research and fund raising for a consulting organization that specializes in serving nonprofit agencies. She earned a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA and M.S. from Louisiana State University, and a M.A. from the University of Miami, where she is a Ph.D. candidate.
  • Ed Petkus Jr.is the new associate professor of business administration. He comes to Mary Baldwin from The University of Tampa and Boise State University where he was Associate Professor of Marketing. Petkus has a B.S. and a M.B.A. from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Adjunct Appointments:

  • Jacqueline Biscardihas been named adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and will teach Biochemistry I in the fall. Biscardi has a B.S. from the Virginia Commonwealth University, a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a postdoctoral fellow with the department of microbiology at the University of Virginia.
  • Tamara Boxler, adjunct instructor of education, will teach Foundations of Education in the fall and spring. She is a kindergarten teacher at Edward G. Clymore Elementary in Ft. Defiance. She earned a B.A. from James Madison University and a MAT from Mary Baldwin.
  • Edward Gant Jr., adjunct assistant professor of music, will teach Fundamentals of Music in the fall. Gant has a B.A. from Eastern Mennonite University, a B.M. from James Madison University, and M.A. and D.M.A. from the University of Iowa.
  • William Gorvine, adjunct instructor of Asian Studies, will teach Buddhism in the fall and Asian Religions in the spring. He is assistant to the director of the East Asia Center at the University of Virginia. Gorvine has a B.A. from Connecticut College and a M.A. from UVA, where he is a Ph.D. candidate.
  • Nick Guagliardois adjunct instructor of psychology and will teach psychology as a social science in the fall. He earned a B.S. from the University of Florida and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia.
  • Linda Heuerhas been appointed staff accompanist to the Mary Baldwin Choir and adjunct instructor of music. She has served as an accompanist at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions, and has a private studio. Heuer has a B.Mus. from the University of Michigan School of Music and a M.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
  • Constance Muscenti, adjunct instructor of music, will teach Music Education in the Secondary School this fall. She recently served as an elementary music specialist for Albemarle County Schools. Muscenti has a B.S. from Duquesne University and a M.A. from Indiana University.
  • Nancy Ross, adjunct instructor of art, will teach Introductory and Intermediate Ceramics courses in the fall. She is a potter in Free Union, Virginia. Ross earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a M.A. from James Madison University.
  • Thomas Walters, adjunct assistant professor of chemistry, will teach Organic Chemistry in the fall. He is also an instructor at the University of Virginia. Walters has a B.S. from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from UVA.
  • Kevin Wright, an adjunct instructor of chemistry, will teach Global Issues in Chemistry in the fall. He is an adjunct professor of chemistry at Blue Ridge Community College. Wright earned a B.S. from Mary Washington College and a B.S. from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A master’s level university, Mary Baldwin offers three undergraduate residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teacher licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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