MC welcomes three new educators for the 2012-13 academic year

Aug. 29, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

This fall, Maryville College welcomes to its campus one new full-time faculty member, one visiting professor and one technical director, bringing the total number of full-time faculty members to 71.

“We are excited about the contribution these new members of the Maryville College community will make to the education of our students,” said Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College. “We are especially pleased that each is well-positioned to connect students with valuable practical experiences such as internships and undergraduate research opportunities that will serve to prepare them for life after college.”

In the College’s Division of Natural Sciences, Dr. David Unger joins the faculty as an assistant professor of biology. Unger received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he investigated the reproductive ecology and homesite selection by grey wolves. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, where he studied the ecology of a recolonizing black bear population.

Previously, he was an assistant professor of biology at Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, W. Va., where he taught courses in general biology, mammalogy, ecology, wildlife ecology and techniques, environmental science, conservation biology, ornithology, physiology, genetics, cell biology, immunology, microbiology and microbial ecology.

His specific research interests include carnivore ecology, predator/prey interactions, recovering/recolonizing predator populations, reproductive behavior and the influence of predation on natural selection and diversity. His current research focuses on prey selection and food habits of a reintroduced American Marten (Martes americana) population in west-central Michigan.

Nathan Duncan joins the Natural Sciences Division as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His thesis title is Synthesis and Mechanistic study of 2,6-bis-pyrazolylpyride ligands.

In August, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked with the Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division.

His professional interests include heterocycles, catalysis, organometallic chemistry, self-assembled advanced materials and solvent extraction systems.

Since 2008, he has been published in several academic journals, including Chemical Communications, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Separation Science and Technology and Tetrahedron.

Jennifer Luck joins the College’s Division of Fine Arts as a technical director in the MC Theatre Department. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. She received a master of fine arts degree in scenography from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Her thesis title is Deconstructing the Staircase: Designing Contemporary Images of the South.

Most recently, she taught theatre courses as an online adjunct faculty member at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, and Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

She has worked as a lighting designer and scenic designer for numerous productions in Alabama, Tennessee, New York, Kansas and Wyoming.

Her areas of expertise include lighting design, digital rendering, intelligent lighting fixtures and accessories, painting (watercolor and acrylic), theatre history and theory, stage management, scenic design, theatre production (scenic and lighting) and scenic painting.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.