New faculty will bring wide breadth of knowledge


A combination of factors have contributed to the hiring or retention of six full-time faculty members who will start teaching in the upcoming fall semester at the Kenai River Campus. Several retirements and growing enrollments have resulted in the college filling two vacant positions and adding four term faculty.

Dr. Tony Lack will be joining KRC as the new assistant professor of sociology. Lack holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's in sociology from Central Missouri State University, and a bachelor's in sociology from Park University. He also holds a master's in humanities and philosophy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania and 11 years at Lee College in Houston

Dr. Peter Snow will fill the tenure-track assistant professor of elementary education for the college. He is presently an assistant professor of English and honors faculty member at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

Dr. Snow holds a doctorate in applied linguistics from UCLA, a master's in education from the University of New Mexico, and a bachelor's in English from Middlebury College. Snow has developed and successfully implemented a range of linguistics and multicultural education courses.

Jake Main will join KRC as an assistant professor of process technology for a one-year term assignment. He has taught as an adjunct for three semesters and has 11 years of field experience in instrumentation and electrical systems, including seven years at Agrium.

Main has associate of applied science degrees from KPC in industrial process instrumentation, petroleum technology, computer electronics and a certificate in mechanical technology.

Leigh High has agreed to serve as a 2-year term assistant professor of geology. High has taught for KPC since fall 2009.

High has a master of science in geological education from Binghamton University, a bachelor of science in geology and secondary education from State University of New York and an associate of applied science degree in engineering science. She has eight years of teaching experience at the 6-12 level and was a project and field geologist in Alaska for seven years.

Dorothy Gray, an adjunct at KRC for 13 years, has agreed to serve as a 2-year term assistant professor of English at KRC. Gray has taught for KRC the last academic year due to a faculty sabbatical. Gray is being retained due to the ever increasing enrollment in English and communication courses.

Gray has a master's in English from Lincoln College, Oxford University, England, and the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont. Her local and statewide awards for her efforts in education are numerous and she was named the2003-2004 KRC outstanding adjunct professor of the year.

Geno Rohl has agreed to serve as a 2-year term assistant professor of math at KRC. As an adjunct, Rohl has taught math courses at KRC since 2008 and began teaching e-Learning math courses this year. Rohl was selected adjunct of the year by the students after his first year teaching at KPC.

Rohl has a master's in civil engineering from the University of North Dakota, a master's in national resource strategy from the National Defense University, and a bachelor's in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has three years of experience as assistant professor of civil engineering at the USAFA and served for eight years as an instructor navigator for the Air Force. Rohl retired as a colonel in the Air Force in 2006.

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.