Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences

Full-Time Faculty

Daniel Baur - Assistant Professor of Exercise Science 

• Masters from James Madison University, and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine at Florida State University.
• Joins us after recently completing his Ph.D. and will teach courses such as exercise performance, nutrition and exercise testing and prescription.
• Research focus is the impacts of nutrition and metabolic limitations of human performance in athletes and specific clinical situations.

Richard Blackmon - Assistant Professor of Engineering

• Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Optical Science and Engineering from UNC-Charlotte.
• Joins us from a Research Associate position in the Coherence Imaging Laboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill.
• Research focus is optical tomography and spectroscopy systems to study and enhance treatment of certain medical problems.

Susan Camilleri - Instructor in Political Science and Policy Studies

• Masters of Public Administration and Ph.D. in Public Administration from North Carolina State University.
• Joins us having recently completed her degree at NCSU.
• Research focus is in public policy analysis relative to health care.


Simon Higgins - Instructor in Exercise Science

• Bachelor of Science from Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, England and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Georgia, Athens.
• Joins us after recently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, Athens.
• Research focuses on the relationship of movement to bone accrual.

Kristin Lange - Visiting Instructor in German

• M.Ed. at Freie Universität Berlin, in English Studies, Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching.
• Joins us from the German Studies Department at the University of Arizona.
• Research interests include foreign language skills for an intercultural world, intercultural competence, and multiple literacies through game-enhanced pedagogy.

Sandy Marshall - Assistant Professor of Geography

• Earned his Masters from the University of Arizona and Ph.D. in Geography from University of Kentucky.
• Joins us from a position as Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Masters of Development Practice Program at the University of Arizona.
• Research focus is on forced migration and the lives of young people impacted by war and dislocation in the Middle East.

Valerie Maze - Music Director/Conductor in the Performing Arts Department

• B.A. in Piano Performance and Marketing from Anderson University, and her Masters of Music in Accompanying from the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music.
• Joins us from Chicago where she has been teaching at Anderson University and working with the Peninsula Players Theatre for the past three years.

David McGraw - Assistant Professor of Arts Administration

• M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa and his Masters in Arts Administration from Goucher College.
• Joins us from the University of Iowa’s Department of Theatre Arts, where he served as Head of Stage Management and as a Lecturer in Arts Management. He also served as the Head of the Arts Entrepreneurship Program.
• Primary scholarly focus is on stage management, arts leadership, and arts management.


Shayna Mehas - Assistant Professor of History

• Master’s in History from the University of Nevada and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Arizona.
• Joins us as a Visiting Assistant Professor from the University of Nevada. 
• Research focus areas include gender and religious practice in colonial and modern Latin America.

JP Mullican - Technical Director in the Performing Arts Department

• B.A. from Elon (’09) in Applied Mathematics and Theatrical Production & Design, and also earned his M.F.A. from the UNC School of the Arts.
• Returns to Elon after spending time away serving as technical director for Stages St. Louis and the Heritage Theatre Festival.
• Has also been Lead Craftsperson for Vstar Entertainment Group and completed freelance technical direction, technical design and fabrication for Production Resource Group, The Guthrie Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, and Mu Performing Arts.

Joseph Noëlliste - Instructor in Music

• B.A. in Liberal Arts from Bethel College, Masters of Music in Music Theory from Indiana University, and he is working toward his Ph.D. in Church Music from Baylor University.
• Joins us from an Associate Instructor position in Music Theory and Church Music at Baylor University.
• Research interests include music theory and aural skills, church music, and merging contemporary and traditional elements in sacred composition.

Matt Pardo - Assistant Professor of Dance in the Performing Arts Department

• B.F.A. from the University at Buffalo and his M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  
• Joins us from serving as a Jazz dance instructor at Point Park University and instructor of advanced ballet for the Lucinda Childs Dance Company in New York City.
• Co-founder and director of “The Blanket”, a production organization that works to expand and improve dance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by building global connections in the dance community.  

Erin Pearson - Assistant Professor of English

• A.B. from Harvard University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.
• Joins us from Harvard University where she has served as a lecturer on History and Literature for the past three years.  
• American literature specialist with a focus on pre-1865 America and the Atlantic World. 

Joanne (Jo) Pettitt - Visiting Fulbright Scholar 

• B.A., University of Kent; M.A., University of Warwick; Ph.D., (Comparative Literature) University of Kent 
• Joins as our Fulbright Guest Scholar for Fall 2017 teaching within the Department of English 
• Scholarly interests: Representations of Holocaust perpetrators 

Artemis Preeshl - Assistant Professor of Performing Arts

• Ed.D. from Union Institute and University, his M.F.A. in Drama from the University of Arizona, his Masters in Dance from Ohio State University; and his B.A. from Bates College.
• Joins us from Tulane University and St. Tammany Parish School Board, as well as previously holding an Associate Professor position at Loyola University.
• Fulbright Senior Researcher at Kalakshetra and Fulbright Senior Theatre Specialist at University of Madras

Anthony Rizutto - Assistant Professor of Chemistry

• Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Elon University and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.  
• He joins us after recently completing his degree and working as a lecturer last spring at Berkeley.
• Research focus applies laser spectroscopy to study structure and kinetics of aqueous electrolyte systems.

Insuk Shim - Instructor in Mathematics and Statistics

• Masters in Mathematics at the University of Alabama and a Bachelors of Education in Mathematics Education from Korea National University of Education
• Joins us from a Lecturer position in the department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNC Greensboro
• Research interests include mathematics teaching efficacy for non-Western cultures, and the properties of the multivariate Markovian arrival process. 

Sabrina Thurman - Assistant Professor of Psychology

• B.A. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her M.A. in Experimental Psychology with a focus on developmental psychology at The University of Tennessee Knoxville.
• Joins us from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she earned her Ph.D. this summer after defending her dissertation on “Mother-infant interactions in the context of infant locomotor skill development”.
• Scholarly Interests: developmental psychology 

Kaye Usry - Instructor in Political Science and Assistant Director of the Elon Poll

• Masters and Doctorate in Political Science at the University of Illinois
• Joins us having served as Instructor and Assistant Director of the Elon University Poll last year.  
• Research focus areas include the impact of various forms of violence on political engagement. 

Adjunct Faculty

Lisa Aldred - adjunct Assistant Professor in Sociology and Anthropology

• B.A. in History from Duke University, Ph.D. in Anthropology and J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.
• Joins us from a position as Professor in the OLLI program at Duke University.
• Research focus areas include Native American Spirituality, conflict, money and the New Age.

Ben Alper - adjunct Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

• M.F.A. in Studio Art from UNC-Chapel Hill, and his B.F.A. in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
• Joins us from UNC-Chapel Hill as an Instructor in Photography.
• Research interests include participating in art exhibitions, book writing, and museum collections.

Ryan Artrip 

• B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Political Science 
• Joins us from Guilford College 
• Research interests include Digital Culture, Modern Political and Social Theory, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy 


Kira Blazek - adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance 

• B.F.A. from Oklahoma University; M.F.A. from California Institute for the Arts in Choreography 
• Joins us from the North Carolina School of teh Arts 
• Research interests include choreography, Countertechnique®, contemporary dance 

Amanda Bledsoe - adjunct Instructor in Religious Studies

• B.A. in Religion from Florida State University, Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University, working toward her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
• Joins us from a doctoral fellowship at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
• Research interests include the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Jewish Traditions, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Emily Carrigan - adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology 

• Ph.D. and M.A. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Cognitive and Linguistic Science and Italian Studies from Wellesley College 
• Joins us from Winston-Salem State University 
• Research interests include the impact of language experience, language evolution, and mentoring. 


David Cross - adjunct Assistant Professor of Engineering 

• B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech 
• Joins us from Structural and Design Analysis Inc. 
• Reserch interests are structural dynamics, fluid-structure interaction, and aeroelasticity 

Kurdi Fayez - adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures 

• B.S. and M.A. from NC State in Spanish Lanuage and Literature 
• Joins us from Durham Technical Community College and Piedmont Community College 
• Reserch interests include reading, writing and speaking proficiently in multiple languages, including Arabic, English, Spanish, French, German and Italian, as well as interest and training in Mechanical Engineering 


Antonela Frasheri - University Accompanist 

• B.M. in Music Performance from UNC Greensboro 
• Joins us from the Music Academy of North Carolina 
• Reserch interests include teaching students to play piano, accompanying and musical support for productions, and worship music 

Eric Goding 

• B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Elon University; M.S. (anticipated) in Statistics and Operations Research from UNC-Chapel Hill 
• Joins us from Duke Energy 
• Reserch interests include Calculus, probability, actuarial science 

Earl Huff, Jr. - adjunct Instructor in Computing Sciences

• M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Science from Rowan University, and working on his Ph.D. in Computer Science from NC State University.
• Joins us from Camden County College, where he was an Instructor in Computing Sciences.
• Research interests include web-based social networking, student mentoring, and geographical routing protocols.

Mark Iwinski - adjunct Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

• M.F.A. and B.F.A. in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.   
• Joins us from an adjunct Instructor position at Meredith College.    
• Research interests include sculpture, drawing, and exhibitions.

Michael Jablonski -adjunct Instructor in Performing Arts 

• B.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Buffalo 
• Joins us from CIty Dance Corps and Metro Movement in Toronto, Ontario 
• Research interests include audition preperation, vocal repetoire, and stage performance 

Jody Kaizen - adjunct Instructor of Arts Administration 

• M.F.A. in Arts Administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and her B.F.A in Theatre Arts from Northern Kentucky University 
• Joins us from UNC Greensboro where she has served as the Program Director of their Arts Administration program and the University's Theatre Manager 
• Research interests include stage management, theatre production, and fundrasing 


Daniel Moseley - adjunct Instructor in Philosophy

• B.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
• Joins us from an adjunct Assistant Professor position at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. 
• Research interests include practical ethics, moral philosophy, and moral psychology.

Jessica Morgan - adjunct Instructor in Mathematics and Statistics

• B.A. in Mathematics from UNC-Charlotte, M.S. in Applied Mathematics from NC A&T.
• Joins us from Parkland Magnet High School, as a mathematics teacher. 
• Research interests include discrete modeling, capital asset pricing modeling, data analysis, and scientific programming.

Natasha Parikh - adjunct Instructor in Psychology 

• Ph.D. in progress in Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University; B.S. in Mathematical and Computation Biology from Harvey Mudd College 
• Joins us from teaching and lab research at Duke 
• Research interests include affective psychology and neuroscience, emotion regulation and memory, individual difference and clinical disorders 

Rainey Parker - adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry

• D.D.S. from Loyola and a B.A. in Chemistry from Elon College.  
• Joins us from a Chemistry Instructor position at Fayetteville Technical Community College.
• Research interests include relating the sciences to everyday events, chemistry lab operation, and OSHA regulations.

Matthew Parunak - adjunct Instructor in Music

• M.A.T. and B.M. in Music from UNC-Chapel Hill
• Joins us from University of North Carolina Marching Tar Heels band and Jordan High School as their Assistant Band Director.
• Research interests include tuba performance, bass trombone, and music directing.

Coral Pedrogo - adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures

• Bachelor’s in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Arlington, Masters in Spanish from NC State University.
• Joins us having served as Teaching Assistant in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at NCSU. 
• Research interests include Spanish language and literature, mentoring, and history.

Daniel Schindler - adjunct Assistant Professor in World Languages and Cultures

• B.A. in Classical and Near East Archaeology from University of Minnesota, Ph.D. and Masters in Classical Archaeology from UNC-Chapel Hill.
• Joins us from UNC-Chapel Hill where he’s served as a Teaching Fellow in the Classics department. 
• Research interests include archaeology, ceramic analysis, and digital humanities.

Daniel Skidmore - adjunct Assistant Professor in Music

• Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from West Virginia University, Masters of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University, D.M.A. in Violin Performance from UNC Greensboro.
• Joins us from the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra at the Concertmaster, and Winston-Salem Symphony’s After School Strings. 
• Research interests include concert and orchestra performance, adjudication, and music arranging.

Grace Srigley - adjunct Instructor in Psychology 

• Ph.D. in progress in Applied Social and Community Psychology at NC State University; M.S. in Psychology in the Public Interest from State, and a B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Asheville 
• Joins us from NC State's Psychology Department 
• Research interests include community partnerships in domestic violence prevention, nonmedical use of prescription drugs, and challenges and benefits of youth sport participation

Tedd Wimperis - adjunct Instructor in World Languages and Cultures

• Bachelor’s degree in Classics from Boston College, Ph.D. and Masters in Classics from UNC-Chapel Hill.
• Joins us from a Teaching Fellow position in the Classics department at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
• Research interests include Latin, Greek, and Greco-Roman myth.