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New Faculty Members Join Albright College

Aug 28, 2018 • by Albright College
New Faculty Members at Albright College

Reading, PA – Several new members have been named to Albright College’s faculty this fall to teach in the areas of music, art history, communications and chemistry. Joining them are two visiting Fulbright instructors who will teach French and Spanish through 2018-19.

Jose Aviles, Ph.D., assistant professor of communications specializes in public relations and advertising. Avile’s recent research focuses on virtual avatars and gaming, with special attention to gender and racial stereotypes and prejudice. He has also examined the effectiveness of advertising through online games and user-designed avatars. A first-generation college student, Aviles has worked with the LAGRANT Foundation mentoring Latino students in public relations and advertising.

Maite Barragán, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history received her undergraduate degree in art history from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and her doctorate from Temple University. Her research links art histories from Europe and the Americas, as well as the development of Surrealism after World War II and the culture of Puerto Rico as it transitioned from a Spanish colony to American territory.

Michael D’Errico, Ph.D., assistant professor of music specializes in music technology and composition. A doctoral graduate of UCLA, D’Errico has used his expertise in sound design and multimedia editing to inform large scale collaborations on 3D modeling, web design and mobile app development for music analysis. He has performed and published on a range of topics including hip-hop, sound design, electronic dance music and video games.

Amy Styer Greene, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Delaware. She is also an accomplished violinist having studied music and science as an undergraduate.

Albright’s visiting Fulbright language instructors for 2018-19 include Benoît Boutruche, visiting instructor of French, and Belén Pérez Simarro, visiting instructor of Spanish,

Boutruche has taught both French to English-speaking students (in Manchester, UK) and English to French-speaking students (in Paris, France). Simarro was educated in philology with concentrations in Spanish and English at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Italy, and the University of Westminster in London. She has served as a Spanish teacher in Spain and Turkey and as an oral examiner for DELE exams (for students studying Spanish as a foreign language) at the Instituto Cervantes.

Founded in 1856, Albright College educates creative, curious students to become adaptable, global citizens who discover and reach their full potential. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive and nurturing community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright enrolls more than 1,800 full-time undergraduates and 700 adult learners and graduate students. 

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