Misericordia University recently awarded tenure and promotion to six members of the faculty. Those tenured and promoted to associate professor are Anna Fedor, Ph.D., chemistry; Jessica Sofranko Kisenwether, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P., speech-language pathology; Jodi Piekarski Loughlin, D.Ed., teacher education; Susan McDonald, Ph.D., social work; Ryan Weber, Ph.D., fine arts, and Joshua D. Winneker, J.D., business.

A resident of Hawley, Dr. Weber joined the faculty in 2013. He has a Ph.D. in music history and theory from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Arts in music theory and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Queens College – The City University of New York. Dr. Weber also serves as a member of the faculty of the Medical and Health Humanities Program at Misericordia.

He recently authored the book, “Cosmopolitanism and Transatlantic Circles in Music and Literature,” and presented details at an international music and political science conference in Athens in 2018. The book explores nationalism around 1900, and how music and literature helped nations create a source of identity.

He has presented at the University of Huddersfield, England, and the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In addition, he edited a related volume of essays by leading scholars in the journal Nineteenth-Century Music Review, published by Cambridge University Press.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 56 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2019 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2018-19 “Best Colleges” list.