SCCFA Welcomes New Faculty for 2011-2012

October 10, 2011

SCCFA welcomes six new faculty members

The Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts welcomes six new faculty members this semester. Two have joined the Department of Art, one has joined the Department of Communication, one has joined the Department of Interactive Media, and two more have joined the Department of Theatre Arts.

Anastasia Samoylova has joined the Department of Art as an instructor of photography. She graduated from Bradley with a Master of Fine Arts degree in interdisciplinary studio art, concentrating in photography and visual communications.

"As a graduate instructor at Bradley, I have gained valuable experience leading undergraduate photography and design courses for both majors and non-majors," Samoylova said.

Before her graduate training at Bradley, she completed a 5 1/2 year program at Russian State University of Humanities in Moscow. Once back in the United States, she continued research concentrating on local issues.

Erin Zellfrow has also joined the Department of Art as the director of university galleries, exhibits and collections. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology with a concentration in painting and sculpture and a minor in glass. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University and spent time studying abroad at Lorenzo de Medici, the Art Institute of Florence, Italy.

Before coming to Bradley, Zellefrow served as program director for Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria. She took the position at Bradley in order to "interact with and educate students, facilitate the sharing of artwork and dialogues and visually engage our campus. 

"Attending openings and lectures and meeting the students, faulty, staff, and alumni demonstrated the welcoming and dynamic community here firsthand. Seeing this solidified my decision to become a part of the Bradley family," Zellefrow said.

Joshua Dickhaus has joined the Department of Communication as an assistant professor in sports communication. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Miami University (OH). He received a master's degree in speech communication from Miami University and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.

Before coming to Bradley, Dickhaus was a graduate teaching/research assistant at the University of Alabama. Before that, he worked as a lecturer at Penn State University.

"My goals are to be the best teacher that I possibly can be, to advance scholarship on sporting issues and to work to make Bradley University the best sports communication program in the country," Dickhaus said.

Matt Nelson has joined the Department of Interactive Media as a temporary assistant professor in web and application design. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College in computer science and art. He also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in art and technology and worked there before coming to Bradley.

"The size of the school and the interactive media department attracted me to Bradley," Nelson said.

Chad Lowell has joined the Department of Theatre Arts as an assistant professor in theatrical design and technical direction. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in scenic design from the University of Georgia. He has previously worked at Illinois State University.

"My goal as a professor is to train hardworking, dependable, passionate, non-excuse, self-motivated, inquisitive, problem solving artists," Lowell said.

Lowell said that the great faculty and students attracted him to Bradley.

In addition to these four new faculty members, Kristin Crouch will join the Department of Theatre Arts as an assistant professor in theatre history, dramatic literature and dramaturgy.