NORTH ADAMS — Andrew Best, Rebecca Relyea, Yavuz Ceylan and Sean Scanlon have joined the faculty at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for the fall 2021 semester.
Best joins the biology department as an assistant professor after 15 years of teaching high school biology. He recently earned a doctorate in biological anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, emerging as an expert in the evolution of human sweating. He is collaborating on a project exploring evolved energetic limits to human endurance.
Relyea is an assistant professor of radiologic sciences. She initially earned a bachelor's degree in teaching from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., then chose to pursue radiology and earned an associate’s degree in radiologic sciences from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Ga., where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a master’s degree from Excelsior College and spent six years working at Albany Medical Center as a Level 5 radiologic technologist and the education coordinator for the radiology department.
Ceylan is a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Gaziosmanpasa University in Turkey, then moved to Texas, where he served as a high school teacher for three years, Ceylan obtained a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of North Texas in 2019.
Scanlon is a visiting assistant professor of history. The Charlemont native graduated from Mohawk Trail Regional High School and attended Stonehill College in Easton, where he was a double major, in history and religious studies.
In 2015, Scanlon entered the graduate program in history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied U.S., European and international history and worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses. From 2018 to 2021, he taught courses in U.S. history at UNL and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.