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August 2012 News Releases

Washburn faculty receive new positions

TOPEKA – Seven members of the Washburn University faculty have been named to new positions.

Sean Bird has been named assistant dean of university libraries.  Bird previously served as information literacy librarian and as an adjunct English instructor at Washburn.  He is the recipient of the Student Life Achieving Excellence Award given by Washburn and the Hadsell Award for Graduate Teaching from the University of Oklahoma.  Bird received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Washburn, a master of arts degree in English from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and a master of library science degree from Emporia State University.

Lori Fenton is now technology librarian, having previously served as electronic resources manager at the Mabee Library.  She is a member of the American Library Association and is participating in a nationwide project, “Collaborative Marketing for Electronic Resources, being conducted at Loyola Marymount University.  She received a master of library science degree from Emporia State University.

Mark Kaufman is now chairman of the social work department.  An associate professor, Kaufman received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and political science, a master of business administration degree, a master of social work degree and a juris doctor from Washington University, St. Louis.  He also received a doctorate in family studies from Kansas State University. He is also a licensed specialist clinical social worker and a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist.

Karl Klein has been named director of the Washburn University Small Business Development Center, having served as both interim and assistant director. He is a member of the Renewable Energy Business Network and was honored by the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce with the Kansas Small Business Award.  Klein received a bachelor of business administration in marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, and a master of liberal studies in organizational leadership from Fort Hays State University.

James Schnoebelen has been promoted to assistant professor and mock trial director from lecturer and mock trial coordinator. He received a bachelor of science degree and a master of arts degree, both in speech communication, from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, and a doctorate in communication studies from the University of Kansas. His honors include the Washburn SOAR Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor and the Student Life Achieving Excellence Award.

Craig Treinen has been named assistant professor and director of jazz studies. He received a bachelor of music in saxophone performance and a bachelor of music in education degrees from Washburn and a master of music degree in music education and a doctor of philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.  He serves as educational programs/scholarship director for Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc., and as director of middle school and all-star high school jazz ensembles.

Mary Ann Wittman is now a lecturer of intensive English instruction in the international programs department, having previously served as an adjunct instructor. She received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Kansas State University and a master of science in education degree in adult education/teaching English as a second language from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She has additional teaching experience in the adult education program of USD 501 and Highland Community College. 


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