Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (September 19, 2005) - Cedar Crest College announces the following appointments to its faculty:


Meridith Gibbons, Assistant Professor of Education – Professor Gibbons brings first-hand experience in teaching at the elementary school level with a specialization in reading to her new position at Cedar Crest College. She began her career in education as a second grade teacher in Ashburn, VA where she implemented Virginia's Standards of Learning through curriculum design. Since 2002, Gibbons has taught in Easton, PA, as a K-2 Reading Specialist and Title I Reading Specialist at Forks Elementary and Palmer Elementary Schools, and most recently as a Literacy Coach for Grades K-4 at Tracy Elementary. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA and a Reading Specialist/Reading graduate degree from Curry School of Education, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Reading and Language Arts at Widener University, Chester, PA.

At Cedar Crest, Gibbons will teach both undergraduate and graduate students in courses in American Education, Adolescent Literacy and Field Experience and will serve as the faculty advisor to the Education Club.


Henry Marchand, Assistant Professor of English – Professor Marchand brings more than 14 years of teaching experience to Cedar Crest College. Marchand has been an instructor and lecturer in English at institutions including Pennsylvania State University, Kent State University, Lorain County Community College (Elyria, OH), Cleveland State University and most recently at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, he received the Teaching Excellence Award, Department of English, from Cleveland State University. Marchand is a published writer of short fiction and has also written educational books in the areas of multicultural literature and short fiction writing. He received a B.F.A. in English/Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and was awarded an M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

At Cedar Crest, Marchand will teach courses including Creative Writing: Fiction, American Literature, Advanced Creative Writing, World Literature, The Short Story and Composition. Professor Marchand will also actively explore and expand the opportunities that students have to share their writing with the college community and beyond, and plans to invite other writers of fiction to visit and meet with Cedar Crest students.


Gaetan Giannini, Chair & Assistant Professor of Management – Professor Giannini brings more than 15 years of experience in Marketing, Sales and Business Management to his new position at Cedar Crest College. He has taught classes in advertising, marketing, sales and consumer behavior at East Stroudsburg University and has also conducted seminars in those areas for the Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Resource Center at Lehigh University. Giannini has held a number of U.S. management positions with companies based in England, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and was named one of the Top 20 Business People Under 40 by the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in 2003. He is currently the president and owner of Giannini O'Connor LLC in Allentown, PA.

At Cedar Crest, Giannini will serve as chair of the Business and Management department and will teach management courses with a particular focus on marketing as well as senior capstone courses.


Alicia Doerflinger, Assistant Professor of Psychology – Dr. Doerflinger joins the Cedar Crest College psychology department having been a supervisor for undergraduate research, graduate teaching assistand and graduate instructor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. She received the NIH Award in 2001 and 2002 at the Annual Meeting for the International Society of Developmental Psychobiology and was the recipient of the NSF Travel Award at the 2003 Annual Meeting for the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. She has extensive research and presentation experience and has published papers in a number of psychology trade publications. Doerflinger received a B.A. in psychology from Niagara University and was awarded both an M.S. and Ph.D. in psychobiology from Purdue University.

At Cedar Crest, Doerflinger will teach courses in General Psychology, Learning and Behavior, Mind, Brain and Behavior, The Psychology of Ingestive Behavior and Developmental Psychobiology. She will also serve as a mentor to students conducting undergraduate research and will be involved in Cedar Crest's Health Connection/Healthy U initiative and the research program underlying it.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.




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