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Faculty Hires 2011

In 2010-11, UVM invested in a first round of tenure-track hires aligned with priority research areas of the Transdisciplinary Research Initiative (TRI): Complex Systems (CSYS), Neuroscience, Behavior & Health (NBH), and Food Systems (FS).

Through an innovative hiring process that connected traditional faculty search committees with TRI Steering Committee input, a total of 18 hires were made across nine UVM schools and colleges. Faculty hired to these positions are listed in the table below.

Unit / Dept. Hire Name Position Field / Discipline Initiative
School of Business Administration (BSAD)
School of Business Jie Zhang Assistant Professor Management Information Systems CSYS
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Animal Science Jana Kraft Assistant Professor Food Animal Biotechnology FS
Community Development and Applied Economics Sarah Heiss Assistant Professor Applied Public Communication
and Food Systems
Plant & Soil Science Stephanie Hurley Assistant Professor Landscape Plant Science and Sustainable Design FS / CSYS
Plant Biology Jill Preston Assistant Professor Plant Evolutionary
Developmental Biology
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Anthropology Teresa Mares Assistant Professor Anthropology of Sustainable
Food Systems
Chemistry Matthew Liptak Assistant Professor Inorganic Chemistry CSYS or NBH
Geography Cheryl Morse Assistant Professor Rural Geography FS or NBH
Physics Adrian Del Maestro Assistant Professor Computational Physics CSYS
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS)
School of Engineering Rachael Oldinski Assistant Professor Bioengineering CSYS / NBH
College of Education and Social Services (CESS)
Education Youngok Jung Assistant Professor Developmental Neuroscience
and Education
College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS)
Communication Sciences and Disorders Shelley Velleman Chair/Professor Child Language & Literacy NBH
Extension (EXT)
Extension Mark Cannella Extension Assistant Professor Agricultural Financial Management FS
Extension Londa Vander Wal Nwadike Extension Assistant Professor Nutrition and Food Safety FS
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR)
RSENR Elizabeth Adair Assistant Professor Climate Science and Adaptation CSYS
RSENR Taylor Ricketts Director/Professor Gund Institute for
Ecological Economics
College of Medicine (COM)
Psychiatry Hugh Garavan Associate Professor Neuroscience NBH

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