Central Methodist Adds Four Faculty
Four full-time faculty members began their new careers at Central Methodist University with the recent start of the new academic year, according to Dr. Rita Gulstad, vice president and dean of the university.
The quartet represents diverse programs on campus, from biology to criminal justice, music and psychology, Gulstad noted, and all come with outstanding credentials and experience, she said.
"Central Methodist University is honored and excited to have them join our faculty," Gulstad said. "Each possesses a wealth, depth and breadth of knowledge in their respective discipline, as our students will soon appreciate."
Keith Abernathy, assistant professor of criminal justice, may be new to CMU but he is hardly a newcomer to the area. He's been with either Moberly Area Community College or with Columbia College since the late 1990s, in a variety of capacities.
Most recently he was program coordinator for the Serving the Public Servants program at Columbia College, as well as teaching criminal justice part time for both Moberly Area Community College and Columbia. Abernathy was director of MACC's Law Enforcement Training Center for two years, and spent seven years as a public safety officer at Southeast Missouri State University.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State and a master's in criminal justice administration from Columbia College.
Jacqueline Anson, the new assistant professor of psychology, just received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Rochester (N.Y.). She has master's degrees from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and from the University of Rochester, and a bachelor's of science degree from Illinois State University.
Anson has been teaching and working at the University of Rochester since 2007 while she pursued her Ph.D. there. Previously she was a teaching assistant, and lab instruction and graduate research assistant at the University of Colorado from 2004-2007. She also spent 2002-2003 as a teaching and research assistant with the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Jennifer Muniz has joined CMU?s Swinney Conservatory as assistant professor of music. She comes to Fayette from Indiana University-South Bend, where she was visiting assistant professor of music last year and assistant professor of music the previous five years.
Muniz also served as staff accompanist for the Master of Sacred Music program at the University of Notre Dame in 2010-2011; she was also an instructor and accompanist for Notre Dame from 2007-2011.
With a bachelor's of music degree from the University of Minnesota, and both a master's degree and doctor of musical arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music - each in piano performance - Muniz also has been active as a performer as well as an educator.
The new CMU assistant professor of biology is Dana Morris, though like Abernathy Morris is already familiar with the University. She has twice taught part-time for CMU, from 2005-2009 and also in 1997.
Morris most recently has been a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri, working with Dr. John Faaborg on research involving the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. She was a graduate teaching assistant at MU, a naturalist with the Rockbridge Memorial State Park in Columbia, and an education assistant with the Kansas City Zoo, among other activities.
Morris has a doctorate in biology, a master's in fisheries and wildlife, and a bachelor's in fisheries and wildlife, all from the University of Missouri.
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