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



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



 Allentown, PA (September 26, 2006) – Cedar Crest College announces the following appointments to its faculty:


André Pierre Walther, Assistant Professor of Biology – Dr. Walther comes to Cedar Crest College from Brandeis University where he has conducted postdoctoral training in genetics since 2000 and was most recently a lecturer in biology.  He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  He brings experience with undergraduate research to Cedar Crest's own groundbreaking program that begins in the freshman year.  Dr. Walther received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa.  At Cedar Crest, Walther will teach Principles of Biology and Cell Biology.


Lawrence T. Sein, Assistant Professor of Chemistry – Dr. Sein brings more than ten years of teaching experience to the chemistry faculty at Cedar Crest College.  He has taught at Temple University, Philadelphia University, Montgomery County Community College and was most recently assistant professor at Cabrini College.  He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association of University Professors.  His research has been published in numerous articles and he has presented at a number of regional and national professional meetings in the field.  He received his Ph.D. in physical and inorganic chemistry from Temple University.  At Cedar Crest, Sein will teach Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry laboratory, and Chemical Principles laboratory.

Criminal Justice

Scott A. Hoke, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice – Professor Hoke has served the greater Lehigh Valley Area for more than eighteen years in a variety of criminal justice positions.  He has been an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Cedar Crest College since 2004. He received his B.A. in criminal justice from Moravian College, his Master of Public Administration from Kutztown University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in criminal justice at Temple University.  In addition to his teaching experience, Hoke has served as Deputy Warden of Classification at the Northampton County Department of Corrections since 1998 and as Acting Warden of the Easton facility since 2005.  At Cedar Crest, Hoke will teach all criminal justice courses including The Legal System; Criminology; Criminal Justice Ethics; Race, Crime, Gender and Crime; Addiction, Psychopathology and Crime; Corrections; Juvenile Justice; Crime and Public Policy; and Crime and Place.


Jill E. Purdy, Assistant Professor of Education – Dr. Purdy brings a passion for reading along with more than 17 years of experience as an educator to her new position at Cedar Crest College.  Most recently she served as a reading specialist and teacher at Salisbury Middle School in Allentown, PA.  She has developed a number of successful academic programs focused on reading and has made numerous presentations on the subject.  She is a member of the International Reading Association, Colonial Area Reading Educators (C.A.R.E.), and the National Education Association.  Purdy received her Reading Specialist Certification and Master of Science in Reading from East Stroudsburg University and her Ed.D. in Reading and Language Arts from Widener University, Chester, PA.  At Cedar Crest, Purdy will teach Adolescent Literature and Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in the K-12 General Education Classroom.

Forensic Science

Thomas A. Brettell, Assistant Professor of Forensic Science – Dr. Brettell joins the faculty of Cedar Crest's cutting-edge Forensic Science program with more than 30 years of experience in the field.  He has worked for the New Jersey State Police Forensic Science Bureau since 1976, most recently serving as Director of the Office of Forensic Sciences in Hamilton, NJ.  Throughout his time as an analytical forensic scientist, Brettell has been active in educating students of the subject and related fields at institutions including the National College of District Attorneys (New Orleans, LA), Seton Hall University (East Orange, NJ), West Chester University (West Chester, PA), Drew University (Madison, NJ), Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) and The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ).  He has published and presented dozens of papers and research studies in the field and is affiliated with a number of professional associations.  Brettell received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Villanova University.  At Cedar Crest, Brettell will be teaching upper level chemistry courses and graduate courses specifically for the new graduate program in Forensic Science including Instrumental Analysis and Forensic Chemistry.  He is currently designing a new course for the Forensic Program called Advanced Separations and Advanced Spectroscopy.

Business, Management and Economics

Arlene Peltola, Assistant Professor of Marketing – Professor Peltola brings more than 25 years of hands-on marketing and brand building experience with some of the world's most recognizable brands to her new position at Cedar Crest.  As an accomplished marketing professional, Peltola has led brand, people, innovation and Hispanic marketing for such well known companies as Hershey, Coors, Nestle, Binney & Smith and Just Born.  She has received numerous awards for her expertise in launching products like Crayola Washable Markers, Ice Breaker Liquid Ice and Hershey Swoops.  Peltola received her MBA from Lehigh University.  At Cedar Crest, she will teach Leadership, Principles of Marketing, Consumer Behavior and Service Marketing.

Alice J. Wilson FACHE, Assistant Professor of Management and Director, Healthcare Management Program – Professor Wilson brings more than 16 years of experience working in healthcare and hospital administration with expertise in operations management, human resources and quality improvement.  She has utilized her expertise at Lehigh Valley Hospital's Center for Healthy Aging, St. Luke's Quakertown Openscan MRI, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart Healthcare System, West Jersey Health System in Voorhees, NJ and Saint Mary Hospital in Langhorne, PA.  Wilson is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Eastern PA Health Executive Network.  She received her masters in Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  At Cedar Crest, Wilson will teach Introduction to Healthcare Systems, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Finance, Introduction to Management, Writing for Management, Organizational Behavior, E-commerce and Business Ethics.


Michael Sarver, Assistant Professor of Mathematics – Dr. Sarver joins the faculty at Cedar Crest having instructed calculus classes at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  His research interests include probability theory, mathematical statistics and bioinformatics.  Sarver is currently conducting research in RNA 3D structure analysis and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University.  At Cedar Crest, he will teach College Math, Calculus 1 and Linear Algebra.

Performing Arts

Tim Brown, Assistant Professor of Theatre – Professor Brown has been an active member of the Lehigh Valley arts community for many years having participated onstage and behind the scenes in numerous productions by Civic Theatre of Allentown, Main Street Theatre in Quakertown, Pennsylvania Playhouse and the Theatre Outlet.  He has also been an adjunct instructor for Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges, Moravian Academy Upper School and the Allentown Art Museum City Arts Day Camp since 2002.  He is a member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers and received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Theatre from Towson University in Towson, MD.  At Cedar Crest, Brown will teach Introduction to Public Speaking, Oral Interpretation and Forensic Speech.

Sue Ragusa, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts – Professor Ragusa will bring her expertise in lighting design to the performing arts department at Cedar Crest.  She has utilized her abilities as an architectural lighting design consultant, for artistic purposes and for numerous theatrical productions.  She received her BA in Theatre and Art from Cedar Crest College and her MFA in lighting design from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  At Cedar Crest, Ragusa will teach History of Theatre, Design for the Stage and Lighting Design.



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