Faculty: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences

Full-Time Faculty

 

Renay Aumiller – Assistant Professor of Dance, Department of Performing Arts

• B.A., University of North Carolina – Greensboro;  M.F.A., University of Illinois
• Joins us from teaching at Beloit College.
• Scholarly interests:  Ballet, choreography, and performance
 

Eric Bauer – Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology

• B.A., Cornell University;  Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
• Joins us after serving as an Assistant Professor at Hiram College
• Scholarly Interests:  anatomy, specifically brain development

 

Damion Blake – Lecturer in Political Science, Department of Political Science and Policy Studies

• B.A. and M.S., University of the West Indies;  Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
• Joins us from teaching at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
• Scholarly interests:  Caribbean politics; Political theory, governance and policy
 
 

Kevin Bourque – Assistant Professor of English, Department of English

• B.A., The Louisiana Scholars’ College;  M.A., San Francisco State University;  Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
• Joins us in February 2015 from a visiting research fellowship at the Huntington Library.
• Scholarly Interests:  18th Century British Literature
 

Hella B. Cohen – Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Elon Core Curriculum, Department of English

• B.A., Lebanon Valley College;  M.A., New York University;  Ph.D., University of North Texas
• Joins us from a teaching appointment at North Dakota State University
• Scholarly Interests:  Postcolonial literature and theory
 

Binnan Gao – Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese, Department of World Language and Cultures

• B.A., Harbin Normal University;  M.A. in English Language and Literature, Dalian University of Foreign Languages; M.A. in Linguistics and Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, University of Iowa
• Joins us from teaching appointment at Harvard University
• Scholarly Interests:  Second Language acquisition of Chinese syntax and vocabulary; reading and writing in Chinese; pedagogy and acquisition in study-abroad contexts
 

Keely Glass – Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry

• B.S., Wake Forest University;  Ph.D., Duke University
• Joins us from graduate work at Duke University
• Scholarly Interests:  Biochemistry (Chemical and Physical Analysis of Melanins in Complex Biological       Matrices)

Jennifer Hamel – Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology

• B.H.A. in Art and Russian Studies, Carnegie Mellon University;  Ph.D., University of Missouri
• Joins us from a post-doc at University of Florida in the Department of Entomology and Nematology
• Scholarly Interests:  Invertebrate Biology; Ecology and evolution of collective behavior; Influence of community on the evolution of reproductive behaviors; Contribution of community interactions to geographic variation in behavior; Potential benefits of classroom-based research

 

Jennifer Hart – Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Elon Core Curriculum, Department of Religious Studies

• B.A., Kenyon College; M.A., Claremont Graduate University;  Ph.D., Indiana University
• Joins us from Postdoctoral fellow position at Stanford University
• Scholarly Interests:  Iranian religions, Islam, Christianity and Gnosticism
 

Mussa Idris – Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

• B.A., University of Asmara, Eritrea;  M.A. and Ph.D., University of Florida
• Joins us from graduate work at University of Florida
• Scholarly Interests:  entrepreneurship and transnational migration from Ethiopian and Eritrea to the U.S.; Refugee and Asylum-seekers from the Horn of Africa to the U.S.; African Diasporas, Globalization, Localization; Economic and applied  anthropology
 

Adam Kehl – Lecturer of Music and Director of the Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band, Department of Music

• Bachelor of Music, University of Oregon;  M.M., University of New Mexico;  Ph.D., University of South Carolina
• Joins us from graduate work at University of South Carolina
• Scholarly Interests:  wind and percussion conducting and performance

Li Li – Instructor in English, Department of English

• B.A., Guangdong University of Foreign Studies;  M.S., University of Edinburgh;   Ph.D., Iowa State University (expected summer 2014)
• Joins us from graduate work at Iowa State University
• Scholarly Interests:  Constructions of “other” in statistical data from the U.S.; visual rhetoric in website design and course design

Erika Lopina – Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychology

• B.A. and M.A., Wake Forest University;  Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte (expected summer 2014)
• Joins us from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
• Scholarly Interests:  Industrial/Organizational Psychology

 

Kristen Mazur – Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

• B.S., Lafayette College;  M.S. and Ph.D., University of Virginia
• Joins us from serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at Lafayette College
• Scholarly Interests:  Algebraic Topology

David Parker – Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology

• B.S., The University of Manchester; M.S. and Ph.D., The University of Michigan
• Joins us from a Postdoctoral associate position at Duke University
• Scholarly Interests:  Whole genome sequencing and human disease modeling

Federico Pous – Instructor in Spanish, Department of World Language and Cultures

• B.A., University of Buenos Aires;  Ph.D., University of Michigan (expected summer 2014)
• Joins us from graduate work at University of Michigan
• Scholarly Interests:  Spanish and Latin American cultures

Suzanne Shawyer – Assistant Professor of Theatre, Department of Performing Arts

• B.A., Dalhousie University;  M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
• Joins us from serving as Visiting Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, and running her own academic research and editing company.
• Scholarly Interests:  Theatre History and criticism

Aaron Trocki – Instructor in Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

• B.A., Judson College; M.A. in Teaching, Western Illinois University;  Ph.D., North Carolina State University (expected summer 2014)
• Joins us from graduate program at North Carolina State University
• Scholarly Interests: Mathematics Education, Discourse, Conceptual Understanding, Philosophy of Science, Teacher Education, Technology, Professional Development Design and Evaluation

Rena Zito – Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

• B.A., University of Rhode Island;  M.S. and Ph.D., North Carolina State University
• Joins us from serving as Assistant professor at Westminster College
• Scholarly Interests:  Crime and delinquency/law/control;  family sociology; childhood and adolescence; sociology of gender; quantitative methods

Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Alford – Instructor in Geography

• B.A., North Carolina State University;  M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D. in progress at University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Tentative Dissertation Title: “Land Use and Water Quality in the Cape Fear River Basin: Spatial-Temporal Relationships”
• Relevant job experience as District Director of the New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District

Janelle Armstrong – Brown – Assistant Professor of Human Service Studie

• B.A., University of Rochester;  M.P.H., State University of New York at Albany;  Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Joins us from a Post-doctoral research fellowship with the Carolina Program in Health and Aging Research at the Institute on Aging.
• Research focuses on the relationships between life course socioeconomic position and obesity among African Americans with rheumatoid arthritis.

 

 

Daniel Callaway – Instructor in Music

• B.F.A., Elon University
• Extensive private studio teaching experience in Los Angeles with more than 100 students singing professionally on Broadway, national tours, and regionally.
• Will teach private instruction in voice.

Jessica Carew – Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies (Diversity Fellow)

• B.A., Yale University;  M.A. and Ph.D., Duke University
• Specialty area is the intersection of race and gender in American Politics.
• Has published work on group membership, group identity and group consciousness as measures of identity in American politics and won the JoAnn Gibson Robinson Dissertation Writing Award from the Association of Black Women in Politics in 2012.

 

Katie Cotter – Instructor in Human Service Studies

• B.A. and M.S.W., University of Buffalo, SUNY.
• Joins us from her doctoral program at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Holds a pre-doctoral fellowship with the NC Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention

Michael DeLor – Assistant Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies

• M.P.A., University of Wyoming;  Ph.D., Virginia Tech
• Specialty areas are energy and environmental policy.
• Worked in New York State Government as a legislative aide and research analyst for the New York Senate.

Sara Moreno de Nicolas – Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures

 

Helene Ducros – Assistant Professor of International Studies

• B.S., University of Maryland at College Park; J.D. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Dissertation: “Localizing the New Rural in France’s Countryside: Heritage Preservation, Promotion, and Valorization in the Post-Agricultural Village”
• Wide-ranging expertise on cultural landscapes, rural-urban development, sites of memory, globalization and localization, heritage-making, identity, mobilities, and place-based development

Aaron Hale-Dorrell – Assistant Professor of History

• B.A., Indiana University at Bloomington; M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Dissertation: “Kruschev’s Corn Crusade: The Industrial Ideal and Agricultural Practice in the Era of Post-Stalin Reform, 1953-1964”
• Expertise in Russian history

Rachel Hibberd – Assistant Professor in Psychology

• B.S., Psychology, University of Florida; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
• Currently a Postdoctoral Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
• Research expertise in bereavement, grief, and coping

Thomas Hoban – Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

• B.S., University of Illinois;  M.S., University of Wisconsin;  Ph.D., Iowa State University
• Retired Sociology faculty member from North Carolina State University; Director of Cape Fear River Assembly.

Patrick Kent – Assistant Professor of History

• B.A., University of New Orleans; M.A., University of Utah; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Dissertation: “The Roman Army’s Emergence from its Italian Origins”
• Expertise in ancient and military history

Joshua Miller – Instructor in Political Science and Policy Studies

• B.A., Stetson University;  M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;  Ph.D. (ABD), UNC-Chapel Hill
• Specialty areas include political theory, ethics and international relations.

Anne Morris – Instructor in Performing Arts

• B.A., Smith College;  M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Joins us from serving as Program Director for Dance Project, Inc, and teaching at UNC-G.
• Expertise in choreography and contemporary dance

Stephanie Needham – Instructor in English

• B.A. and M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Joins us from a linguistic and writing center background and will be teaching our Introduction to TESOL course this fall, along with English 110.

Kenneth Olson – Instructor in Religious Studies

• B.A., University of Maryland;  M.A., University of Maryland
• Joins us from Duke University, where he is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor
• Expertise in New Testament and Christian Origins

Jak Peake – Visiting Fulbright Scholar in English

• B.A., Queen Mary, University of London; M.A., Royal Holloway, University of London; Ph.D., University of Essex.
• Joins us from teaching American Literature at the University of Essex in England.
• He has published on Caribbean literature and will be teaching 2 courses this term on American Tales of Migration.

Christina Perez – Assistant Professor of Biology

• B.S., Biology Wagner College;  Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Joins us from a guest lecturer appointment at Meredith College. 
• Expertise in Toxicology

 

Michael Peterson – Instructor in Psychology

• B.S., Physics, University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology; M.Ed. (Gifted Education), Northeastern Illinois University; Currently ABD in doctoral program of Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Joins us from a Visiting Instructor of Science Education (Cognitive Sciences and Education) position at Wake Forest University
• Research expertise in factors (e.g., educational expectations, academic interest) that influence academic achievement

 

John Ribo – Instructor in French

• M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; working on Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill
• National Hispanic Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin from 1997-2001
• Presently working on his dissertation entitled:  “A Reckoning: The Haitian Revolution in Contemporary Caribbean Latina/o Cultural Production.”
 

Jamie Rogers – Assistant Professor of Chemistry

• B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University;  Ph.D., University of Texas
• Joins us from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Scholarly expertise in biochemistry

Bojan Savic – Assistant Professor of Political Science

 

Helen Simoneau – Instructor in Performing Arts

• B.F.A., UNC-School of the Arts;  M.F.A., Hollins University
• Joins us from teaching appointments at UNC School of the Arts and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

John Strange – Instructor in Political Science and Policy Studies

• M.A. and Ph.D., North Carolina State University
• Extensive background in Communications and media. Has served as Communications Director for numerous non-profit organizations. Former Coordinator of North Carolina State Government Internship Program.

 

Carlos Tavares – Instructor in Sociology

•  B.A.,  in Sociology, BS in Psychology, Eastern Nazarene University;  M.A., in Sociology, University of Notre Dame
•  Joins us from his graduate work on his Ph.D. at Duke University
•  Expertise in Sociology of Religion

Brianna Taylor – Instructor in Performing Art

• B.A., University of Colorado;  M.F.A., UNC-Greensboro
• Joins us from teaching appointments at Salem College and University of North Carolina
at Greensboro.
• Expertise in a variety of dance styles, including modern/contemporary, African/African Diaspora, improvisation, and yoga.

 

Harry Turfle – Instructor in Art

• B.A., with Individual Concentration: Filmmaking as Design and Document, University of Massachusetts · Amherst, MA (2000); Certificate Program in Painting and Drawing, New York Studio School · New York, NY (2008 - 2010), MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Joins us from an Art Instructor and Gallery Director position at Bennett College
• Expertise in Painting

Matthew Valdes – Instructor in Spanish

• M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• Has served as a Language Camp Counselor/Teacher and Administrator at Concordia Language Villages and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Schools
• Joining us from UNC-G where he received the LaRochelle Scholarship

Tonya VanDeinse – Instructor in Human Service Studies
 
• B.A., Hamilton College; M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
• Joins us from her doctoral program at UNC-Chapel Hill (expected completion in 2015)
• Dissertation research focuses on “specialty mental health probation for probationers with severe mental illness”.

Sara Young – Instructor in Spanish

• M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
• Joins us from Virginia Tech and Culture Institution where she has worked as a Spanish instructor for professional uses (Extension Agents) and served as a Spanish Interpreter and Translator