Huntingdon News

August 20, 2012
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon announces new faculty

Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College Office of Academic Affairs has announced the names of seven faculty who have been awarded first-time tenure-track positions and one new visiting professor who will join the College this fall.  The newest Huntingdon faculty members are:

  • Dr. Wesley Brown, visiting assistant professor of mathematics
  • Dr. Clinton Curry, assistant professor of mathematics
  • Dr. Joy Beggs Harbin, assistant professor of teacher education
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, assistant professor of English
  • Dr. Kristi Lyn Jones, assistant professor of biology
  • Dr. David Laughlin, assistant professor of sport science
  • Ms. Mandy McMichael, assistant professor of religion
  • Ms. Anneliese Spaeth, assistant professor of mathematics

Brown earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Birmingham-Southern College, where he served as an undergraduate teaching assistant, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees from Auburn University, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant.  His area of specialization is discrete mathematics.

Curry taught at Huntingdon during the 2011–2012 academic year as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics.  He earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and doctoral degrees at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  Before joining Huntingdon, he lectured for Stony Brook University (New York).  Curry was named Outstanding Ph.D. Student in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UAB, 2009, and was awarded First Prize in Session, UAB Graduate Research Days, 2007 and 2009.

Harbin comes to Huntingdon after completing her doctorate in education at Samford University.  She earned undergraduate credentials at Athens State College and graduate and Education Specialist degrees from the University of North Alabama.  Since 2005 she has worked as an intervention specialist and taught third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Title I Targeted Assistance Reading and Mathematics Program at McBride Elementary School in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for which she also served as program coordinator.  Harbin, a teacher since 1983, has also headed classrooms for Webster Elementary School and McBride Middle School in Muscle Shoals; Moody Middle School, Moody, Ala.; Elgin Elementary School, Anderson Jr. High School, and Central High School, Florence, Ala.; and Northwest Shoals Community College.  She was named Teacher of the Year for McBride Elementary School, for Muscle Shoals City Schools, and for District VII, State of Alabama, in 2012.

Hutcheon, who taught at Huntingdon as a visiting assistant professor of English during the 2011–2012 academic year, earned her doctorate degree at the University of Chicago; completed a Master of Studies in Women's Studies and a Master of Studies in Research Methods in English at the University of Oxford, St. Cross College, Oxford, England; and a bachelor's degree in English with honors, magna cum laude, at Georgetown University.  She has taught for the University of Chicago and Lake Forest College (Illinois). 

Jones earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in marine biology from Auburn University; a Master of Science in fisheries biology from Auburn University; and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Miami.  She has taught for the University of the Incarnate Word and served as a research technician for the University of Miami, Michigan State University, the University of South Alabama, and the USDA-Dauphin Island.  She earned a Dauphin Island Sea Lab Fellowship.  Her research focuses on DNA damage repair and microbial genetics.  She plans to combine bioinformatic techniques and bench work to involve Huntingdon undergraduates in continued research in these area.

Laughlin comes to Huntingdon from teaching and research positions at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Washington University (St. Louis), and Ithaca College, where he also served as a graduate assistant baseball coach.  He completed his undergraduate degree with a major in communication from William Jewell College (Missouri); graduate degree in exercise and sport sciences from Ithaca; and doctorate in sport psychology and motor behavior from UT-K.  He has written and presented on the topic of the effects of self-controlled feedback on athletic skills and performance.  After completing his undergraduate degree, he volunteered for a year as an educational aide and reading tutor for AmeriCorps before continuing his education.

McMichael is completing her Ph.D. in religion from Duke University specializing in American religious history.  Her doctoral dissertation, "Religion, Miss America, and the Construction of Southern Womanhood," was funded, in part, by a Louisville Dissertation Fellowship from the Louisville Institute, one of eight such fellowships awarded nationally.  McMichael earned her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Judson College and Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University.  She has taught for Judson College's Religion Department, Duke University's Thompson Writing Program, and Duke Divinity School in addition to serving as a visiting professor for Huntingdon during the 2010–2011 academic year. 

Spaeth was a summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate in mathematics, applied physics, through the Honors Program at Xavier University (Ohio), where she earned the Robert F. Cissel Award for Outstanding Mathematics Majors, the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship for Women in Science, the St. Francis Xavier Scholarship, and the Frederick A. Hauck Physics Research Award.  She completed the graduate program and is completing her doctoral program at  Vanderbilt University.  Her research interests are harmonic analysis and applied harmonic analysis, frame theory, and quantization algorithms. 

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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