College of St. Joseph is proud to announce that Dr. Jonas Prida and Dr. Michael Kesler have both been promoted to the rank of associate professor.

Dr. Prida began as an assistant professor of English at CSJ in 2008, teaching a variety of courses in English and cultural studies, ranging from survey courses to literary theory. He earned his PhD in English from Tulane University in 2006.

Dr. Prida’s research interests include pulp magazines, Robert E. Howard, antebellum American popular culture, and exploitation films. He recently published “Conan Meets the Academy” for McFarland Press, which has been nominated for an award from the Robert E. Howard Foundation.

Dr. Prida also received the Student Government Outstanding Faculty award for 2012-13.

Dr. Michael Kesler started at CSJ in 2008 as a part time faculty member. He became a full-time faculty member in 2010, and is currently the division chair for the Psychology and Human Services Division.

Since becoming division chair two years ago, Dr. Kesler has led his division in reviewing and revising curricular and policy issues as related to the Division of Psychology and Human Services.  Under his leadership, the programs have been strengthened.

Dr. Kesler received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Both Dr. Prida and Dr. Kesler have contributed much to the students, and the college over the past five years.  They are always in pursuit of quality in their teaching, their areas of interest and expertise, helping and supporting students, their colleagues , and the college community as a whole.  I am proud to call them my colleagues and my friends,” said Academic Dean Dr. Nancy Kline.