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First-year students aren’t the only ones making a special effort to begin feeling at home on the QU campus.  Seven new faculty members are attending full days of orientation on August 13 and 14 in addition to participating in the slate of informational meetings that greet all faculty and staff at the beginning of each year.

            Joining the QU community this fall are John Ayabe, assistant professor of history, Justin Coffey, assistant professor of history, Caroline Collins, visiting assistant professor of English, William Knapp, assistant professor of psychology, Cindy Oliver, associate professor of Education, Kenneth Oliver, assistant professor of school and community counseling, and Sharon Sample, assistant librarian.

            Ayabe recently received a Ph.D. in United States history from St. Louis University.  His particular area of study is religion of the American Midwest, and he has taught on an adjunct basis at Harris-Stowe State University.

            Coffey earned a Ph.D. in history from University of Illinois at Chicago.  He comes to QU from Bradley University and has also taught at DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and North Central College.

            A QU alumna, Collins holds a Ph.D. in nineteenth-century American literature and an MFA in Creative Writing, both from the University of Arkansas.  She served as an instructor at QU during the 1999 – 2000 academic year and most recently was associate professor of English at Gordon College (Barnesville, Ga.). 

            Knapp is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at Washington University (St. Louis).  His area of focus is experimental psychology related to behavior, brain, and cognition with a specialization in visual search.

            Cindy Oliver holds a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from the University of Iowa.  She has served as assistant professor of teacher education at Stetson University (DeLand, Fla.), where she was coordinator of ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and founding director of the HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) program.

            Kenneth Oliver is a Ph.D. candidate in educational psychology (counselor education) at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.  Oliver has taught at QU on an adjunct basis and has served as director of clinical services for Midwest Behavioral Health.  He holds national certification in counseling as well as professional licensure in Missouri.

            Sample holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University.  She comes to QU following several years of service as library specialist in the periodicals unit of the Leslie F. Malpass Library at Western Illinois University.

            For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of public relations at 217-228-5275.