Back row, from left: Christopher Harris, Paula Facci, Joanna Burkholder, Kim Hall, JHannah Ferguson, Lindy Backues, Timothy Reardon. Front, from left: Gaurav J. Pathania, Bonnie Fisher, Heike Peckruhn, Debbi DiGennaro and Dan Ott. (Photo by Derrick Chirinos)

EMU welcomes new faculty for 2022-23 academic year

The following new faculty were welcomed to Eastern Mennonite University, as announced by Fred Kniss, provost, and deans David Brubaker, School of Social Sciences and Professions: Daniel Ott, School of Theology, Humanities and Performing Arts; and Tara Kishbaugh, School of Sciences, Engineering, Art and Nursing.


The following were part of a cohort hire anticipating a cohort hire focused on recruiting scholars who work collaboratively across different disciplines with research agendas and pedagogical commitments that address social justice, racial equity, peacebuilding, restorative justice, non-Western thought, and other areas of study advancing equity and inclusion.

School of Theology, Humanities and Performing Arts

Daniel Ott, Dean and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. B.M., West Virginia University; M.Div., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University.

Timothy Reardon, Assistant Professor of New Testament. B.A., Houghton College; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary.

School of Social Sciences and Professions

Gaurav J. Pathania, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Peacebuilding. M.A., Kurukshetra University; M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University; M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Paula Facci, Assistant Professor of Peacebuilding. B.A., São Paulo State University; M.A., University of Innsbruck; Ph.D., University Jaume I.


Lindy Backues, Associate Professor of Business and Leadership. B.Ed.S., University of Missouri; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; M.Sc., Eastern University; Ph.D., Leeds University.

Johanna Burkholder, Instructor of Accounting. B.A., Easterm Mennonite University; M.P. Acc., Eastern Washington University.

Debbi DiGennaro, Instructor of Social Work. B.A., Eastern Mennonite University; M.S.W., Ohio State University.

Hannah Ferguson, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Nursing. B.S., Eastern Mennonite University; M.S.N., University of Virginia.

Bonnie Fisher, Instructor of Psychology. B.S., Eastern Mennonite University; M.Ed., James Madison University.

Kim Hall, Instructor of Psychology. B.A., State University of New York College at Geneseo; M.A., Ed.S., James Madison University.

Christopher Harris, Instructor of Speech. B.A., Bridgewater College; M.A., Spring Arbor University; M.A., George Washington University.

Heike Peckruhn, Associate Professor of Religious Studies. B.Th. Bienenberg Theological Seminary; M.A. Eastern Mennonite University; Ph.D., University of Denver/ Iliff School of Theology.

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  1. Dr. Gaurav Pathania is a brilliant scholar, he has done tremendous work in his field of sociology, especially his reputed work under student Union politics. I think he would be a great piece of selection by the university to introduce new department of peace and justice

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