Lycoming College welcomed five new faculty members at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year, according to Dr. Phil Sprunger, provost and dean of the college. Lycoming's fall semester began Aug. 27.
Heather Demshock is an assistant professor of accounting. Prior to Lycoming, she was a senior associate at the Certified Public Accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP in Norfolk, Va. Her primary focus there was auditing companies in the real estate, not-for-profit, leisure and employee benefit plan industries. In addition, she performed tax planning and preparation for individual and partnership tax returns. She is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Old Dominion University and a master's in accounting from Liberty University.
Amanda Horn Gunderson is a visiting assistant professor of music. Her specialization is in piano performance and pedagogy, and she has an expertise in issues associated with small-handed pianists. She holds both bachelor's and master's of music degrees from Penn State University, and recently completed a doctorate of musical arts program at the University of Wisconsin.
Jay Innerarity is a visiting assistant professor of theatre. He is interested in collaboration and sculptural aspects of theatre design. He has previously taught theatre at the University of Memphis and before that, taught as both a UH-60 Blackhawk NRC flight instructor and a standardization instructor for the United States Army. He is a graduate of the 101st Airborne Division, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, holds a bachelor's degree in scenic design and fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master's degree in scene design and technical production from the University of Memphis.
Tiffany Towns is a visiting assistant professor of theatre. Her interests include costume design, children's theatre and puppetry. She joins Lycoming from the University of Alabama, where she earned a master's degree in costume design and technology. She also has a bachelor's of theatre from Brenau University and an associate degree in theatre from Gainesville State College.
Sabri Yilmaz is a visiting instructor of economics. His research interest is trade networks under asymmetric information and their applications to various markets. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University and master's degrees in both economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a bachelor's of mathematics from Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey.