New Faculty Join University Ranks

Walla Walla University welcomes several new faculty members this year.

Brent Bergherm transitioned to WWU from ImageSmart Creative in Walla Walla, a sign and vehicle graphics company. In addition to his new role as instructor of graphics and photography in the Technology Department, Bergherm maintains his own business, Brent Bergherm Photography. “I really appreciate the support of my peers in the Technology Department,” says Bergherm, a 1999 graduate. “They have been extremely valuable to me as I start my teaching career.”David Crawford is not a new face on campus, but he has switched to the other side of the stage. As a WWC student, Crawford was very involved, especially in drama productions. Crawford is now the director of drama for the Communications Department. He graduated from WWU in 2004 with majors in English and education, and spent a year as a student missionary in Pohnpei, Micronesia. Jeff Cross is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, where he received a master’s in science degree in chemistry. Cross is a 1998 chemistry graduate of WWU, where he now serves as as an assistant professor of chemistry.Cheris Brewer Current is a new assistant professor of social work and sociology. Her interest in the sociology of her own country prompted her to earn a bachelor of arts degree in history and a master’s degree in American studies from Southern Adventist University, as well as a doctorate degree in American studies from Washington State University.R.W. “Bill” Lane is an associate professor of industrial design. Lane is from Mayne Island in the Canadian Gulf Islands. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Carlton University, and a master’s of engineering degree from the University of Colorado. “Working with a quality small university where students have a very positive community ethic is a new experience for me,” Lane says. “I am enjoying it tremendously, and am excited to start putting WWU on the map as having a quality industrial design program.” Norman Thiel graduated from WWU in 1982 and continued his education at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a master’s in business administration. He worked for Thiel Consulting, a wireless marketing and technology consultancy, before accepting the position of WWU’s assistant professor of marketing in August. “I expect to be stimulated and challenged by my students,” Thiel says. “I am eager to transfer my work experience into the classroom.” 

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