By Jimmy Seals
UVa-Wise is gearing up to find a replacement for a professor who left the science department last semester.
Mindy Kellogg resigned in December as assistant professor of physics to begin a new life in California as a newlywed. Kellogg worked hard to connect with her students and demonstrated a positive attitude, coworkers said.
“She was an outstanding physics professor,” said professor of chemistry Margie Tucker, chair of the Department of Natural Sciences.
“Kellogg was a very reserved person, [but] she was able to find channels of communication with her students,” Tucker said.
Lucian Undreiu, an assistant professor of physics, said students gained interest in physics because of Kellogg’s teaching.
“She also listened closely to her students,” he said.
The process of filling Kellogg’s position is in the planning stages, said Sanders Huguenin, the college’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Huguenin said the college is looking for someone with good credentials, who is current in their field and is willing to spend time with their students.
“We need someone with excellence in teaching that will be able to communicate the subject well,” Tucker said.
A search committee is set to conduct face-to-face interviews as well as phone interviews with respective applicants, Huguenin said. He expects at least 50 applicants.
Adjunct instructor Bill Harris has taken over one physics class this semester to supplement the loss.
Tucker said she hopes a new professor will be hired before the semester begins in August.