Friday August 2, 2013

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College has announced two new chairs of academic divisions, with associate professor of marketing Stacey Hills becoming the chair of The McCormick Division of Business this summer and Jennifer Burg being named the chair of The Hunter Division of Humanities for the past semester. Both chairs bring a PhD to their respective new positions and a combined 30 years of teaching experience at the college level.

"SVC is very fortunate to have Jennifer and Stacey leading their divisions. Each brings abundant experience at an advanced rank from previous academic institutions. More importantly, each brings an energy and industry to our college as well as an understanding of the needs and promise of our students. I will enjoy working with them in the months and years ahead," said SVC Provost Al DeCiccio.

Hills joined the SVC faculty in spring 2013. Previously she was on the marketing faculty at Utah State University for ten years and also served as co-director of the Huntsman Scholars Program.

"I am genuinely pleased to be returning to the area and to join the SVC family," Hills said. "We have great full-time and adjunct faculty in the Division of Business, and we are already working on initiatives in technology and curriculum that will serve our students well as they graduate and move on in their careers."

Earlier in her career, Hills was a marketing instructor at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.


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, following a two-year, part-time stint at RPI.

Hills earned her doctorate in marketing and her MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She earned her bachelor of arts in economics & international studies from Russell Sage College.

Prior to teaching, Hills spent several years as a marketing executive at ICM International Inc. in Troy, N.Y., a financial decision-making intern for General Electric Corporate R&D in Niskayuna, N.Y., and as credit analyst at the Veritas Credit Corporation in Troy. She continues to consult for various companies.

Hills is a voracious speaker having delivered more than two dozen presentations in the US and globally. She is the author of "The Marketing Fundamentals Field Guide" and is a member of the American Marketing Association, the International Studies Association and the Marketing Management Association, for which she was president from 2012-13.

Hills is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and has served in various volunteer capacities over the last decade. She lives with her husband and daughter in Cherry Plain, N.Y.

Prior to joining SVC last year as an associate professor of humanities, Burg was on the faculty of the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has also been a member of the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Washington State University Vancouver.

"I’m delighted to be a part of such a caring and committed campus community at SVC," Burg said. "My goal is always to promote students’ intellectual engagement with texts of all kinds and to help them become more perceptive readers of and articulate writers about the rhetorics in their worlds."

She continued, "I agree with First Lady Obama’s thoughts about the Humanities Division when she said, ‘The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will."

Burg earned her doctorate from Washington State University with her dissertation entitled "Cowboys and Celebrity: Reading Rhetorics at the Texas Beef V. Oprah Winfrey Trial."

She received her bachelor of science degree in English from Weber State University, graduating with departmental honors, and the master’s degree from Utah State University.

As accomplished speaker and author, Burg has delivered various presentations across the country. She has written for publications including "Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture" and "Cine-Matic Syntax: The Big Lebowski and the Neo-Classical Hollywood Style" which appeared in the Atlantic Journal of Communication’s January 2013 issue. 

She is a member of the Rhetoric Society of America, College Composition and Communication, and the National Council of Teachers of English.