A new faculty joins Buena Vista University

New faculty at the Estelle Siebens Science Center. They include, at the front, from left to right: Dr Alexander Berry, Dr Tab Londo and Philip Locante. Second row: Dr Sarah Schlichte, Dr Renee Fensom, Taylor Carlson and Dr Carlos Acosta-Ponce. On the back: Sarah Fabian, Chris Phalen, Aaron Eastwood and Dr Kyle Jones.

Faculty members have joined Buena Vista University for the 2021-2022 academic year. Their areas of expertise range from animation and graphics to biomedical sciences, including sports business. Six new professors are affiliated with BVU’s School of Liberal Arts, while four teach at BVU’s Siebens School of Business.

“We are delighted to have attracted and hired incredibly talented and dynamic new faculty,” said Dr. Dixee Bartholomew-Feis, Dean of the School of the Liberal Arts. “Each of our new colleagues brings new perspectives and talents to their core fields and to the wider academic community.”

BVU, which celebrates the inauguration of its 19th president, Dr. Brian Lenzmeier on Friday, was ranked 21 places ahead of any other Iowa institution in the 2021 US News & World Report Best Value Schools Among Regional Universities in the Midwest. The university also achieved an enrollment gain of 96 students, or 5% this year, for a total enrollment of 1,959 students.

The new faculty members and their positions are: Dr. Alexander Berry, Assistant Professor of Biology; Dr Tab London, assistant professor of English; Philip Locante, sports business instructor; Dr Sarah Schlichte, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences; Dr Renee Fensom, Director of the Professional School Board; Taylor Carlson, assistant professor of animation and graphic design; Dr Carlos Acosta-Ponce, assistant professor of English; Sarah Fabian, group director; Chris Phalen, Director of Choral Activities; Aaron Eastwood, assistant professor of music production; Dr Kyle Jones, assistant professor of finance; Dr Ralph Hanke, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Dr Fredi Arias Garcia, Agricultural Affairs Instructor.

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