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Communications Sciences Adds Faculty For Fall

Billy Humphrey, ’12, Staff Writer

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences has concluded its search for a new professor and hired Andrew Tollison of the University of Texas at Austin.

Tollison will begin teaching at Merrimack in the fall of 2012. In early February three candidates were flown to Merrimack to participate in faculty interviews, student interviews, and present a sample class. The department recently made its decision, and Tollisonaccepted the position.

“I am happy that the students were given a voice in the decision.  We are all excited for Professor Tollison and believe that he will bring a lot to the department,” said senior Tim Curran, a communications major who sat in on a sample class and was part of the student group that interviewed the students.

“I think he was the best fit candidate for the job opening, he seemed to have a great background, and was very easy to talk to which I think will benefit his students,” said junior Alan Pastrynak, also a communications major who participated in the interviews.

Tollison focuses on interpersonal and health communications.

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