Gordon in the News: last updated 09/22/2011

New Faculty Reflect Ongoing Scholarship

August 22, 2011

Natalie Ferjulian
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA—This fall Gordon College welcomes 532 new students to campus, and nine new faculty members who bring experiences from around the world to their professorial roles. From music and biology to recreation studies and chemistry, they come to Gordon from a diverse range of academic interests.

“Our newest members of the faculty build on everything that’s great about Gordon: academic excellence with a global perspective,” says Provost Mark Sargent. “We are looking forward to welcoming this exceptional group of scholars to our community.”

As a marine biologist, Walter Cho has most recently been researching the impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep-sea coral communities. He holds a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will join the Biology Department as assistant professor of biology.

In addition to being on the theology faculty at Central University College (Ghana) and the University of Scranton, Daniel Darko has authored many books and articles and founded the nonprofit organization African Potential Inc., which is dedicated to promoting education and empowerment in Africa. He will join the Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries Department as associate professor of biblical and theological studies.

Jessica Madoff is certified as a Yamaha Music Education System teacher. She has held accompanist and coach positions for countless choirs and individual musicians in the U.S. and abroad, and will join the Music Department as an instructor of music.

Andrew Moore has 15 years of teaching experience, most recently with Eastern University in Pennsylvania, teaching in their undergraduate and graduate programs. He is also a C.P.A. and has managed numerous financial firms. He brings a varied list of business experiences to his teaching and will join the Economics and Business Department as associate professor of economics and business. 

David Starbuck is familiar with the Gordon College community having held positions as advisor to the A. J. Gordon Scholars program and as resident director for the last three years. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Hampshire, where he studies outdoor and experiential pedagogy. He will join the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department as director of the W.I.L.D Semester Program.

After three years working in one of the Big Four accounting firms—PricewaterhouseCoopers—and seven years in higher education accounting, Andrew Stuart will join the Economics and Business Department as assistant professor of economics and business.

Chad Stutz comes to Gordon from the University of Mobile where he has been an assistant professor of English. Stutz has a Ph.D. from Boston University, and his teaching and research interests include British romanticism, Victorian literature and culture, and the intersection of Christianity and aesthetics in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially among English and American evangelicals. He will join the English Department as assistant professor of English.

Justin Topp has research experience in a wide variety of areas including membrane transport, cell signaling, alternative splicing, and most recently, genotyping of tick-borne agents that cause infectious diseases such as Lyme disease. He earned his Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and will join the Biology Department as associate professor of biology.

Alice Tsang worked two decades as a security analyst at major financial institutions such as Fidelity Investments and Merrill Lynch and was awarded as a top analyst on Wall Street. Tsang joins the Economics and Business Department as associate professor of economics and business. 


Gordon College is a multidenominational Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston’s North Shore, offering majors in 38 fields with graduate programs in education and music education. Gordon is nationally recognized for excellence in academics and in character building, and ranks as one of the nation’s top Christian colleges. www.gordon.edu