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story.lead_photo.caption New William Woods University faculty pose on WWU's verdant campus. Newly hired faculty members include: Back row, from left, Charles DoDoo, Joshua Turkewitz, Jessica Mannion, Baily McCallum, Rachel Deutmeyer and Ellen Moore. Front row includes, from left, Bethanie Irons, Valerie Wedel, Mary Placzkowski and Kristee Lorenz. Photo by Submitted

Incoming freshmen weren't the only fresh faces on the William Woods University campus Monday.

As fall semester classes began, 10 new faculty members joined WWU.

WWU welcomed Rachel Deutmeyer, assistant professor of photography; Charles Dodoo, assistant professor of studio art; Bethanie Irons, assistant professor of graphic design; Kristee Lorenz, professor of education leadership; Jessica Mannion, instructor of accounting; Bailey McCallum, assistant professor of equestrian studies; Ellen Moore, assistant professor of chemistry; Mary Placzkowski, assistant professor of athletic training; Joshua Turkewitz, instructor of philosophy and Valerie Wedel, assistant professor of studio art.

Deutmeyer is a graduate of Iowa State University, where in 2018 she received her MFA in integrated visual arts, and Ashford University (Clinton, Iowa) where she received a bachelor of arts in graphic design. She comes to William Woods from Iowa State, where she has served as a teaching assistant in creative digital photography and visual thinking since 2016. She also worked as a studio art program director and commercial photographer.

Dodoo earned his Ph.D. in art history and education from the University of Arizona (2017), MFA in drawing, painting and printmaking from the University of Idaho (2013), and his bachelor of arts in drawing, painting and sculpture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) in 2008. His past experience includes serving as a graduate teaching assistant in art at the University of Arizona, University of Idaho, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Ghana International School.

Irons holds a Ph.D. in art education and a MFA in painting, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a BFA in painting from the University of South Dakota. Since 2011, she has served in a variety of art instructor positions at Iowa Western Community College, the University of MissouriColumbia, State Fair Community College, Columbia College and at the CARE Art Gallery in Columbia. She has also served as an art gallery/exhibit curator and has had her artwork displayed in various art shows.

Lorenz is a 2010 graduate of St. Louis University, where she received her doctorate in educational leadership. She also has a master of science in counseling (1994) and a bachelor of science in education (1988) from Missouri St. University. She comes to William Woods from the Henry County School District, where she served as superintendent from 2016-18. Past experience in education includes serving as superintendent and assistant superintendent in the Knob Knoster School District; adjunct instructor at State Fair Community College and the University of Central Missouri; assistant principal at Smith-Cotton High School; and high school counselor and teacher.

Mannion received her Ph.D. in instructional leadership (2019), master of business administration (2010) and bachelor of arts in business administration (2009), all from Lindenwood University. Since 2011, she has served as an adjunct professor in financial and managerial accounting at Lindenwood University and St. Charles Community College. She also has experience working as a foundation accountant for the National Association of Electrical Distributors.

McCallum is currently serving as a substitute and teaching assistant within the equestrian science program at William Woods, a position she has held since 2014. She holds master's and bachelor's degrees from WWU in equestrian education and equestrian science, respectively.

Moore comes to William Woods from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2018. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor of science in chemistry. Her teaching experience includes service as a chemistry lecture teaching assistant at the University of Missouri-Columbia, adjunct professor in chemistry at Stephens College, and supplemental instructor and laboratory assistant at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Placzkowski is a 2017 graduate of the University of Idaho, where she received her doctorate in athletic training; in 2011 from the University of Tennessee, where she earned her master's in sport studies and in 2007, where she received her bachelor of arts in kinesiology and physical education from the University of Maine. Her teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Montana Western and Calumet College of St. Joseph (Whiting, Indiana). Professional experience includes work as an athletic trainer at the University of Montana Western and as an athletic trainer intern at Tufts University (Medford, Massachussetts).

Turkewitz comes to WWU from Tallahassee Community College, where he served as an instructor in philosophy since 2016. He is a 2012 graduate of Florida State University where he received a master's degree in philosophy, and a 2006 graduate of Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut), earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

Wedel is a 2007 graduate of the University of MissouriColumbia (master of fine arts, performance and video installation), 2002 from Columbia College (bachelor of fine arts in painting/drawing and 1991 from Washington University in St. Louis (bachelor of arts in French and peace studies). She has served as an adjunct instructor at Stephens College and adjunct professor at Missouri Valley College, Columbia College and William Woods, and has had her art displayed at numerous exhibitions in the state of Missouri.

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