AU Welcomes New Faculty Members

New faculty join Augustana University

New faculty members joining Augustana this fall — back row, left to right: Rosanna Beraldi (biology), Allison Mueller (nursing), Peter Folliard (orchestra), Larry Petersen (band and music education), Daniel Steinwand (computer science), Alexander Kloth (biology) and Joseph Patteson (Spanish). Front row, left to right: Michelle Powers (special education), Leonard Hummel (religion), Pamela Barthle (nursing), Kathleen McCollough (media studies) and Anna George (science education). 

As the 2017-18 academic year begins, Augustana University welcomes 12 new faculty members to the campus community:

  • Pamela Barthle, assistant professor of nursing
    Barthle holds a master's degree in nursing from the St. Louis University School of Nursing. She comes to Augustana from Sanford Health where she served as an adult geriatric acute care nurse practitioner in the cardiovascular institute.
  • Rosanna Beraldi, assistant professor of biology
    Beraldi earned her Ph.D. from the University of Siena and Italian National Institute of Health in Rome, Italy. She comes to Augustana from Sanford Research where she worked as a staff scientist.
  • Peter Folliard, interim conductor of the Augustana Orchestra
    Folliard holds undergraduate degrees in music education and instrumental performance and conducting from the University of North Texas; master’s degrees in instrumental performance and conducting from the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University; and a doctorate of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music. Most recently, he served at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam as interim director of orchestras.
  • Anna George, assistant professor of science education
    George earned a Ph.D. in chemistry, specializing in chemical education, from the University of North Texas. She joins Augustana from the University of Wisconsin where she served as an assistant professor of chemistry and a chemistry educator.
  • Leonard Hummel, visiting professor of religion
    Hummel holds a Ph.D. in religious and theological studies from Boston University. Prior to joining Augustana, he served as a visiting scholar at the Zygon Center for Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
  • Alexander Kloth, assistant professor of biology
    Kloth earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in New Jersey. Before joining Augustana, he served as an adjunct assistant professor of cell biology and physiology at the University of North Carolina.
  • Katie McCollough, visiting assistant professor of media studies
    McCollough holds a Ph.D. in media studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. While working toward her Ph.D., McCollough served as an instructor, teaching assistant and advisor at Rutgers.
  • Allison Mueller, instructor of nursing
    Mueller earned her master’s degree in nursing education from South Dakota State University. Prior to joining Augustana, she worked as a registered nurse for Avera McKennan and served as a clinical advisor for Augustana nursing students.
  • Joseph Patteson, visiting assistant professor of Spanish
    Patteson holds a Ph.D. in Spanish American literature from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining Augustana, he served as a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin, designing and instructing courses such as "Introduction to Latin American Cultures" and "Intermediate Language Practice."
  • Larry Petersen, assistant director of bands and music education
    Petersen earned his doctorate of musical arts in conducting from the University of Iowa. He joins Augustana from Huron High School where he served as director of bands.
  • Michelle Powers, assistant professor of special education
    Powers holds a master's degree in special education from the University of South Dakota and is currently working toward her doctorate in education, educational leadership and administration at USD. She joins Augustana from the Brookings, South Dakota, School District where she served as the director of special education.
  • Daniel Steinwand, instructor of computer science
    A 1983 Augustana graduate, Steinwand holds a master's degree in engineering from South Dakota State University. Prior to joining Augustana, he worked as a computer scientist for the science and applications branch of EROS.