New tenure-track faculty settling in

September 28, 2015

Six new tenure-track faculty members were formally welcomed during a reception at Fox Hall on Friday.

They represent six disciplines: Environmental Studies, Human Development, Political Science, Management, Psychology and Library Services.

“We are delighted to welcome this talented group to the Eckerd community,” said Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison. “It is our good fortune to be able to attract professors of such high caliber, and our students are the greatest beneficiaries.”

New faculty members (left to right): Michael Burch, April Buck, Jennifer Knippen, Noelle Boucquey, Christopher Rowland and Lisa Johnston

Left to right: Michael Burch, April Buck, Jennifer Knippen, Noelle Boucquey,Christopher Rowland and Lisa Johnston

The new faculty are:

  • Noelle Boucquey, assistant professor of Environmental Studies. She was previously a post-doctoral scholar and Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford University, a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers University and assistant environmental planner for Christopher A. Joseph & Associates in Los Angeles. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Duke University. Her research examines human-environment relationships, especially the role of coastal and marine spaces in mediating those relationships.
  • April Buck, assistant professor of Human Development. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on close, romantic relationships and how they are maintained and change over time as well as techniques that couples may employ to become more resilient to stress.
  • Michael Burch, assistant professor of Political Science. He was previously assistant professor of Political Science at Wabash College. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science & History from New College of Florida. He specializes in comparative and international politics with an emphasis on how non-state actors shape both conflict and post-conflict societies. He has studied in many countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with dreams of visiting every country in the world.
  • Lisa Johnston, associate professor and director of Library Services. She was previously associate director of Integrated Information Systems, College Librarian and Head of Public Services at the Sweet Briar College Library. She began her career as a reference librarian at Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University. She earned B.A.’s in Art History and English and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
  • Jennifer Knippen, assistant professor of Management. She was previously an assistant professor of Commerce at the University of Virginia. She earned  degrees in Economics and Multinational Business from Florida State University, an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on the social and institutional influences that affect corporate governance decisions as well as women’s progress in the upper echelons of management.
  • Christopher Rowland, assistant professor of Psychology. He earned B.A’s in psychology and sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Colorado State University. His research focuses on learning and memory processes, particularly the ways in which memory retrieval causes our memories to change