Notre Dame, IN, (July 3, 2019)—Holy Cross College has hired eight full-time faculty members in five departments for the coming academic year.
“It is with genuine pleasure that we welcome these colleagues, some new and some familiar faces as full-time faculty members,” said David Lutz, Holy Cross College’s Dean of Faculty. “They bring to their new roles academic excellence and devotion to Catholic, liberal arts education. Each of them will be a tremendous asset to our students and the Holy Cross College community.”
Assistant Professor and Chair of the Creative Arts Department Angelo Ray Martínez will begin his role as a tenure-track faculty member after the College conducted a nationwide search. Martínez began teaching at Holy Cross College in the spring of 2017. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Martínez has also instructed art courses for Indiana University South Bend and Illinois State University. A portion of his ongoing series of paintings, “Quest of the Steelhead,” was featured at the Sandusky Cultural Center in an exhibition titled “You are Standing on a Prehistoric Ocean.” Professor Martínez curates the Saint Joseph Gallery on campus, rotating current works by the College’s students, faculty, and other guest artists.
The Department of English has brought on two full-time faculty members. New to the College is Anthony Monta, who has worked for the Nanovic Institute for European Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, serving as assistant director from 2007 to 2011 and as the associate director thereafter. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to the Midwest, he taught English literature and composition at Louisiana State University. He also worked in the Division of Academic Affairs for the State of Louisiana Board of Regents.
Christopher R.J. Scheirer earned a master’s and doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame, both in Medieval studies. Before moving to Indiana, he earned a master of arts in English from North Carolina State University.
Two new full-time faculty members have joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Deborah C. Arango received her master’s degree from Emory University and her doctoral degree from Utah State University. She has taught at Lenoir-Rhyne University; the University of Maryland University College, European Division; International College Beijing—University of Colorado Denver; the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Regis University. She received a fellowship and was a member of the Eric Roberts Initiative in Computer Science Education at Stanford University in 2016.
Dennis Vanderberg, who has taught mathematics at Holy Cross College for the past four years as an adjunct instructor, holds two master’s degrees—one in systems technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and another in applied mathematics from Indiana University. Vandenberg served previously as a cryptologic naval officer and has taught finite mathematics, statistics, calculus and algebra at Indiana University South Bend, Saint Mary’s College, Purdue Polytechnic South Bend, and Southwestern Michigan College.
Zhutian Zhang will join the Department of Natural Sciences. She received her Master of Science in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in computational and organic chemistry. She has been an adjunct instructor at Holy Cross since 2017.
Holy Cross is pleased to have Joshua A. Mason join the Natural Sciences Department. He recently concluded his service as a postdoctoral research assistant at Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He has also taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mason holds a doctorate degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.
Annette Romans will serve as a full-time instructor of elementary education. Romans earned her Master of Education through the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame and completed her ENL certification at Holy Cross College. She has worked for the past seven years at St. Adalbert Catholic School as a resource and ENL teacher. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Holy Cross, teaching the Language Acquisition course, and is a two-time recipient of the Light of Learning Award from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. She received the Maureen T. Hallinan Award for Excellence in Catholic Education from the University of Notre Dame.