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New faculty members begin academic year at North Central College

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North Central College has appointed new tenure-track faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year, which begins Sept. 16.

The five new full-time, tenure-track faculty members are:

Natalia Bracarense, assistant professor of economics. Previously, she served as an economics instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and at the State University of New York at Potsdam where she received a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and Favorite Professor Award. She holds a B.A. in economics from Brazil’s Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and an M.A. in economics from Universidade Federal de Uberlandia. She will receive her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in fall 2013.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bracken, assistant professor of theatre. She has taught scenic design and scenic painting in university settings and worked with architecture firms in England and New York. In theater settings, she’s worked in scenic design and costume design with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Hypocrites, The Neo-Futurists, Theatre Seven and more. She holds a B.Arch. (bachelor of architecture) from the University of Notre Dame and an M.F.A. in theatrical design from the University of Texas at Austin.

Margaret “Maggie” Gill, assistant professor of neuroscience. Previously, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina in the department of neuroscience. She has taught courses in research methods, psychobiology, general psychology, and the psychology of human sexuality at Kansas State University and the College of Charleston. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Luther College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Kansas State University.

Marco Martinez, assistant professor of mathematics. Previously, he served as a graduate research assistant and graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee and as a lecturer at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. He’s taught courses in biomathematics, calculus for science, mathematics for life sciences and more. He holds a B.S. in biology and a B.S. in mathematics from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and an M.S in statistics and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jennifer Sallee, assistant professor of biology. Previously, she was a postdoctoral National Research Service Award fellow, funded by the National Institutes of Health, at Duke University, where she also taught, developed curriculum and mentored students. She held a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association and pre-doctoral traineeship award with the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. She holds a B.S. in biology from Roger Williams University and a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.