College welcomes new hires at the start of spring semester

Marietta College welcomed four newcomers to the College community at the beginning of the Spring 2007 semester.

Jane Dailey joined the Communication and Media Studies department as an assistant professor. A doctoral degree candidate in mass communication at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., she earned the Master of Arts degree in journalism at Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Rio Grande.

Although Dailey has extensive professional experience in public relations, she has always dreamed of teaching. Originally from Gallipolis, Ohio, Dailey worked in the Columbus area for almost 20 years before leaving the industry to go back to school and pursue her dream. "When I left to go to LSU, I had no idea I would eventually end up an hour from where I grew up," Dailey said.

Now a Marietta resident, Dailey says she is thrilled to be able to walk to work without worrying about traffic, crime or gas prices. She also looks forward to connecting with local community organizations to continue her work on environmental issues.

Dailey sees Marietta College as a place that puts students first. Through sharing her experience and knowledge, she hopes to help students acquire the tools they need to succeed as both public relations professionals and active community leaders once they leave the College.

James Falter, the new associate professor of finance in the Department of Economics, Finance and Management, has found his Marietta students are motivated and eager to learn more about finances and investments.

"I want to grow the finance program and offer courses and a program that will allow students a differentiated experience; one that will allow them strong opportunities upon graduation," Falter says.

Falter received a D.B.A. in finance from Nova Southeastern University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Toledo, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Miami University. He also holds the industry designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is a Level II Candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation (CFA). He consults and conducts seminars on financial management and planning. He has worked with several national corporations and consulted for regional organizations.

Falter's research focuses on investor behavior and stock market efficiency. He has had several articles accepted for publication in annual proceedings of the Midwest Finance Association and the Southern Finance Association.

Falter and his wife, Kellie, have three children, Savannah, 11, Caitlin, 10, and Jacob, 5. Originally from the Columbus area, Falter says he and his wife are enjoying exploring Marietta.

"Since my wife and I both have strong interests in history, I think we will enjoy learning more about the historical aspects of the region."

Melinda M. Hicks, the new assistant professor in the History department, teaches U.S. history this semester. A doctoral degree candidate in history at West Virginia University, Morgantown, Hicks specializes in economic and gender history in her major field of Colonial American history. She holds a Master of Arts in modern European history from Youngstown State University, and a Bachelor of Science in human ecology from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.).

Hicks will soon add publication of a book to her list of professional activities and presentations. She is co-editor of Defining Security in an Insecure World: Historical Perspectives on Radicalism, Terrorism, and State Responses, forthcoming in April 2007 from West Virginia University Press (Morgantown).

Prior to her appointment at Marietta, Hicks taught at WVU and served as an adjunct to the history faculty at Penn State University, Fayette.

"During my interview at Marietta College, one of the things that impressed me most was the faculty and administration's sincere commitment to the students," Hicks says. "I have found everyone at Marietta to be extremely helpful and supportive, and it has made my transition from WVU very easy."

Originally from Palmyra in northeastern Ohio, Hicks says she enjoys the small town atmosphere of Marietta, and the city's rich history, adding, "I can't wait to take the riverboat tour when Marietta finally thaws out this spring!"

Joseph Straw is the new reference/instruction librarian. Straw comes to Marietta from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an associate professor of library administration. Prior to that he was a librarian at the University of Akron. Straw holds a Master of Library Science and a Master of Arts in history from Kent State University. He and his wife, Tamera, and two boys, Julian, 4, and Jordan, 2, reside in Marietta.

"My wife and I are native to Ohio and are glad to be back in the state," Straw said. "Both Marietta and the College are great places steeped in history and we look forward to seeing the town in the spring and summer."