PUTNEY - Landmark College is pleased to welcome four new assistant professors who will begin teaching in fall 2013. With over 75 full-time faculty and a low student/instructor ratio[SS1] , Landmark College is the largest employer of college professors in southern Vermont. This year new faces in natural science and computer science will bolster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives at the College, a new hire in physical education will energize the College’s commitment to wellness, and an accomplished educator will join the business program. Dr. Adrienne Major, Landmark College Academic Dean, commented on the importance of bringing in new faculty to enrich the academic environment. Major said, "In a faculty like ours, where people come and stay, new faculty bring fresh perspectives, ideas and enthusiasm to our mission."
Bradford A. Towle Jr. joins Landmark as assistant professor of computer science. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he previously earned an M.S. He also holds a B.S. in computer engineering from Montana State University. Towle previously worked as a QA Engineer II at Bally Technologies, where he designed, implemented and tested projects for the quality assurance automation group. At the University of Nevada, Reno, Towle was part of the robotics team, which won first place at the Mars Society University Rover Challenge in 2008.
Rebecca A. Shangraw joins Landmark as assistant professor of physical education. She earned an Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching (physical education and coaching specialization) from Boston University School of Education, where she also earned an Ed.M. in human movement education (physical education and coaching specialization). Shangraw also has a B.S. in exercise and sport sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. She was one of four North American Special Olympics coaches selected to represent the United States in an international coaching fellowship partnered with the ministries of sport in Serbia and Montenegro; and she was an invited member of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Education Leaders Network.
Jeanette M. Landin joins Landmark as assistant professor of business. She earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership at the University of Phoenix, where she previously earned an MBA. Landin also has a graduate certificate in accounting from the University of Phoenix; and a B.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine. She was previously an associate faculty member at the University of Phoenix; a curriculum and assessment writer at A-Pass Education in Southfield, Mich.; and an instructor in accounting and business at Empire College in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Andrew B. Stein joins Landmark College as assistant professor of natural science. Stein earned a Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he previously earned his M.S. He also has a B.S. in zoology from Connecticut College. Andrew was a co-organizer of a Smithsonian Institution field training course for wildlife managers and practitioners in southern Africa in 2011; was a consultant to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia from 2010-12; and was post-doctoral fellow with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust from 2008-10. Previously, he was an adjunct faculty member at UMass-Amherst, Holyoke Community College, Greenfield Community College, and Springfield Community College.
In welcoming the new faculty, Dr. Major said, "Brad Towle comes from both industry and fresh out of grad school with a yen for teaching computer science. Rebecca Shangraw brings new energy to our revamped physical education program, Jeanette Landin will bolster the ranks of our business degree, and I have never seen such enthusiasm crossing my email as when Andrew Stein accepted the natural science position!"
Landmark College is pleased to include these accomplished professionals on its faculty. Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today Landmark College, offering two and four-year degree options, a graduate level certificate in universal design with technology integration, and summer programs for students who learn differently, is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD. Students, faculty, and other professionals from all over the world are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model--designed through research and practice to help all students who learn differently become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners.