St. Mary's College of Maryland says 12 new faculty members will begin teaching this month.

* Betul Basaran, who was a visiting professor during the 2004-05 academic year, will be an instructor of religious studies. She received her doctorate in near Eastern history from the University of Chicago. She also holds an MA in Ottoman history and a BA in international relations, both from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. Basaran is fluent in Turkish, Arabic and Persian.

* Barbara Beliveau, assistant professor of economics, received her PhD from Yale University. Her previous posts include an assistant professorship of finance at the University of Connecticut.

* Adriana Brodsky, assistant professor of history, received her PhD from Duke University. She has been awarded several fellowships and grants from institutions that include Duke, the National Women's Studies Association and the American Historical Association. Before coming to St. Mary's, Brodsky was an assistant professor at the University of Southern Indiana.

* Cristin Cash, assistant professor of art history, received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her last position was assistant professor of art history at Southern Methodist University.

* Katherine Gantz, assistant professor of French, received her PhD in French from the University of Michigan. Her specialty is contemporary French fiction and culture. Most recently, Gantz was assistant professor of French at Valparaiso University. She received the Valparaiso University Outstanding Mentor Award for 2004.

* Sandy Ganzell, assistant professor of mathematics, received her PhD from Rice University. Her last position was assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at Pomona College. Ganzell was the coach for the Claremont Colleges' women's and men's Ultimate Frisbee teams.

* Sterling Lambert, assistant professor of music, received his PhD from Yale University. His specialty is Schubert, and he has taught at several universities, including Harvard, Tufts, Yale and Cambridge.

* Daniel Meckel, assistant professor of religious studies, received his PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School. His research and courses focus on pan-Asian religions, such as Hinduism. He was a visiting professor at St. Mary's College during the 2004-05 academic year.

* Brian O'Sullivan, assistant professor of English, received his PhD from Temple University. Since fall 2001, O'Sullivan has led the University of Rochester College Writing Program.

* Christine Wooley, assistant professor of English, received her PhD from the University of Washington. Her specialties are late 18th- and 19th-century American literature, early 20th-century American literature, and theories on race, ethnicity, subjectivity and the nation. She has taught courses at Seattle University and the University of Washington.

* Katy Arnett, assistant professor of education, is joining the St. Mary's faculty for a term. She received her PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her focus is French language instruction. Her last position was at Towson High School.

* Douglas Toti, instructor of education, is joining the faculty for a term. He is expected to complete his PhD this summer at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where he has been a teaching assistant. His professional focus is on teaching science at every level of education.