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Grove City College welcomes 13 new faculty members

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Grove City College welcomes 13 new faculty members


​Grove City College welcomes 13 new faculty members to its team this fall.

Dr. Robert Graham, provost and vice president for academic affairs, comes to Grove City College from Waynesburg University where he served as provost from January 2010 to June 2013. Earlier, Graham served as chair of behavioral and social sciences at Lee University in Cleveland from 2004-08. Graham holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in gerontological studies from Miami (Ohio) University as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lee University.

Dr. Lory Al Moakar, assistant professor of computer science, received a doctorate in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. While there, she received the 2007 and 2012 Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award for excellence in computer science. She also worked as an instructor at the computer science department at the American University of Science and Technology in Zahle, Lebanon.

Cory Boatright, assistant professor of computer science, earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hiram College. He matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a doctorate with the goal to teach at a school similar to his alma mater. Boatright received a master’s degree in computer and information science and will be completing his dissertation work soon.

Dr. Martin Bright, associate professor of social work, taught in the psychology department at Thiel College for 10 years. Prior to entering higher education, he worked as a counselor providing services to families with mental health issues, as well as individuals requiring vocational rehabilitations services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Thiel, a master’s degree from Edinboro University and a doctorate from Argosy University of Sarasota.

Dr. James Clem, assistant professor of physics, earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Arkansas. He then earned his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Before arriving at Grove City College, he spent seven years as a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Charles Curry, associate professor of accounting, is a former vice president for finance and administration at Slippery Rock University. He was acting president of the university from February to June 2012. Curry was born in Syracuse, N.Y. and graduated from LeMoyne College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He earned his master’s degree at Syracuse University, and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Before working at Slippery Rock, he was the director of business services at Onondaga Community College and assistant director of accounting at Cornell University. 

Brian Dellinger ’07, assistant professor of computer science, graduated from Grove City College with bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics. Dellinger will be teaching courses in introductory programing and computer security. Earlier this year, he completed his master’s degree from North Carolina State University in computer science. His research is in artificial intelligence, with a focus on modeling thought as a set of physics-like interactions.

Dr. Richard Grimm, professor of finance, has more than 17 years of experience as a faculty member instructing courses in finance, economics and entrepreneurship. He also has extensive industry experience, having worked for investment firms such as Merrill Lynch and Paine Webber (UBS). Grimm earned a doctorate from Kent State University and a MBA and BSBA from Youngstown State University.

Dr. Lisa Hosack, assistant professor of social work, has been in clinical social work for more than 20 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including a community mental health clinic, a Christian elementary school, a large hospital and two outpatient mental health centers. Hosack holds a bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois—Chicago and a doctorate in social work from Michigan State University.

George Howley, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, taught part-time in Grove City College’s entrepreneurship program since 2008, including directing many business plan competitions through his business plan classes. In addition to his Grove City College work, he is a consultant in the Philadelphia area and acts as strategic adviser/consultant in developing business and concept plans to attract new businesses and investors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Westminster College and his master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University.

J. Christian Ola ’92, assistant professor of business, is completing his doctorate in finance from Anderson University. He spent the past five years as a full-time instructor at Waynesburg University, teaching undergraduate finance, investments, statistics and MBA portfolio theory. He previously owned his own multi-state mortgage banking firm and title company. He earned his master’s degree from Duquesne University in 2000, and his bachelor’s degrees in communication and political science from Grove City College.

Christine Slater ’11, instructor of physical education, is returning to her alma mater as the head softball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in communications. Since graduation, she was a graduate assistant at Waynesburg University for women’s basketball and softball.

Dr. Lawrence Walker, assistant professor of electrical engineering, brings seven years of teaching experience to Grove City College. Walker worked as a research and development engineer for Boeing Space & Communications and Ericsson. Most recently, he was an instructor and researcher in the electrical engineering department at Morgan State University. He plans to integrate innovative learning and course management technologies in his communications systems and computer engineering courses.