New Faculty

Meet the newest members of the New College faculty.

New faculty

Mine Dogucu


Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics – Data Science Program – Graduate Studies – Natural Sciences

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.S., Bogazici University
B.A., Smith College

Missing Data, Statistical Consulting, Model Convergence, Count Data Models, Statistics Pedagogy

Elizabeth Leininger


Assistant Professor of Neurobiology – Biology – Natural Sciences

Ph.D., Columbia University

B.A., Swarthmore College

Academic/Research Interests:
How the nervous system functions, develops, and evolves to generate the varied animal behaviors present in nature.

 Melissa Crow


Instructor of Statistics – Data Science Program – Graduate Studies – Natural Sciences

Ph.D., University of Florida (in progress)
M.A., University of Florida
B.A., Emory University

Research Interests:
Spatial statistics, spatio–‐temporal modeling, Gaussian graphical model selection, epidemiological applications, statistical literacy, statistics education



Instructor of Spanish Language and Literature – Humanities

M.A., University of South Florida
Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies, USF

Graduate Certificate in Cuban Studies, USF

Research Interests:
Development and implementation of E-Learning technologies and their impact on teaching methodologies for Second Language Acquisition Higher Education classes.

 Avni Vyas


  Instructor of Writing – Humanities

M.F.A, Ph.D, Florida State University
B.A, M.Ed,  ​University of Florida

Academic/Research Interests
Contemporary poetics, Hindu mythology, and their intersections within popular culture.
Michael Goyette


Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics – Humanities

M.A, M.Phil, Ph.D., The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
BA, Vassar College

Academic/Research Interests:
Greek and Roman Tragedy
Ancient Medicine and the Medical Humanities
Gender and the Body

Sarah Osment


Visiting Assistant Professor of English – Humanities

M.A., Ph.D., Brown University
B.A., University of Arizona

Academic/Research Interests:

20th and 21st century American literature and culture, modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, and environmental literary, material and visual culture.

 Kye Ryung Park


Visiting Assistant Professor of Music – Humanities

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
B.M, Seoul National University, South Korea

Academic/Research Interests:
Music Composition and Theory