Full-Time Faculty

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Heather Barker

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics:

  • PhD in Learning and Teaching STEM from NC State; MA in Mathematics from UNC-Greensboro; BS in Mathematics from Meredith College
  • Joins us from Elon University
  • Scholarly interests include statistics, patterns of interaction across social networks, and making sense of data

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Kelsey Bitting

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies:

  • PhD in Geological Sciences from Rutgers University
  • Joins us from serving as Associate Director of the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Eon University
  • Scholarly interests include impacts of geology and environmental practices on water contaminants; community engagement projects and promoting diversity in STEM education.

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Jordann Brandner

Assistant Professor of Psychology:

  • PhD in Psychology from Kansas State University; MS in Psychology from Kansas State University; BA in Psychology from North Dakota State University
  • Joins us from Kansas State University
  • Scholarly interests include integrating evolutionary, social and cognitive perspectives to examine the decision-making processes underlying attraction, mate choice, and relationships

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Laurence E. Cantwell, Jr.

Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics:

  • MS in Mathematics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil; BS in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Joins us from UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Scholarly interests include finit mathematics, modeling, and actuarial science

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Micah Daw

Lecturer in Art:

  • MFA in Art from Ohio State University; BFA from University of Florida
  • Joins us from Elon University and Greensboro College
  • Scholarly interests include oil and acryllic painting, exhibition, and classroom engagement

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Richard A. Dutton

Lecturer in Computer Science:

  • PhD in progress in Computer Science at the College of Wlliam and Mary; MS In Computer Science from the College of William and Mary
  • Joins us from SportsMEDIA Techonology in Durham, NC
  • Scholarly interests include data structures, algorithms, and scheduling

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Ariana N. Eily

Lecturer in Biology:

  • PhD in Biology from Duke University; AB with Honors in Biology from Rollins College
  • Joins us from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
  • Scholarly interests include science communication, science policy, and connecting Science and communities

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Emily C. Elrod

Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics:

  • PhD in progrees in Learning and Teaching STEM from NC State; MA in Mathematics and BS in Secondary Mathematics Education from Appalachian State University
  • Joins us from Amplify Education asĀ  Learning Scientist
  • Scholarly interests include teaching math, considering connections across research, and analysis

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Molly R. Green

Assistant Professor of Public Health Studies:

  • PhD in Public Health, Health Behavior, and Health Education from University of Michigan; MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from University of Michigan, and BA in Development Studies from UC Berkeley
  • Joins us from University of Michigan
  • Scholarly interests include migration and health, acculturation, social support and mental health outcomes for refugee populations

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Jeremy D. Hohertz

Lecturer in Physics:

  • PhD in progress in Physics from Wake Forest University; MS in Physics from Miami University; BA in Physics from the College of Wooster
  • Joins us from Elon University
  • Scholarly interests include black holes, stellar clusters, and particle dynamics

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Shaina P. Jones

Assistant Professor of English:

  • MFA in Creative Writing and Poetry from Virginia Tech; BA in African Studies, Theater, and Poetry from Hampshire College
  • Joins us from University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Scholarly interests include poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction writing,

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Douglas Jurs

Associate Professor of Music:

  • DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison; MM in Piano Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music and BS-OF in Piano Performance and English Literature from Indiana University
  • Joins us from Allegheny College, PA
  • Scholarly interests include Suzuki theater, music improvisation, student research, and innovatio in teaching

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Adam Kim

Assistant Professor of Psychology:

  • PhD in Psychology from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; MA in Psychology from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and BS in Psychology from University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Joins us from Wesleyan University
  • Scholarly interests include theory and development of the Diasporic Identity Scale with adopted Korean Americans, psychological correlates of interest in genetic testing, birth family thoughts and adoption studies

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Amanda Laury Kleintop

Assistant Professor of History:

  • PhD in History from Northwestern University; BA in History with honors and Leadership studies from the University of Richmond
  • Joins us from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Scholarly interests include American history, race, slavery and the Civil War, and national culture

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Julianne Liebenguth

Assistant Professor of Political Science:

  • PhD in progress in Political Science from Colorado State University; MA in Political Science from Colorado State University, and BA in International Relations and Environmental Geoscience from West Virginia University
  • Joins us from Colorado State University
  • Scholarly interests include International relations, environmental politics, and political theory

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Mena Marino

Lecturer in Italian:

  • DML in Italian from Middleburry College; MA in Italian Language from Middlebury College, Masters in Marketing and Communications from University of Bologna Alma Mater
  • Joins us from Elon University
  • Scholarly interests include pedgogical considerations on the use of communication by young people in teaching Italian as a second language, languages and foreign literature

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Robert Kevan Schoonover McClelland

Lecturer in Biology:

  • in progress in Biology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BS in Biology and BA in Anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Joins us from Elon University and as a Teaching Fellow at UNC-CH
  • Scholarly interests include Plant Biology and the Flora of North America, and paleobotany

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Shayna Mehas

Lecturer in History and Geography:

  • PhD in History from the University of Arizona; MA in History and BA in History from the University of Nevada
  • Joins us from Elon University
  • Scholarly interests include Colonial Latin American History, Cultural Latin American History, and cultural studies

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Craig Morehead

Lecturer in English:

  • PhD in English from UNC Greensboro; MA in English from University of Alabama, and BA in English from Baylor University
  • Joins us from Elon University
  • Scholarly interests include Twentieth century British and Anglophone literature; transatlantic modernisms; Victorian studies; cosmopolitanism theory; law and literature; film history and theory; rhetoric and composition

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Benjamin J. Murphy

Lecturer in English:

  • PhD in progress in English from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA in Humanities and Writing from Houghton College
  • Joins us from UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Scholarly interests include 19th and early 20th-century African American literature, Black Studies, Science and Literature, Biopolitics and Critical Theory, Film Studies

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Jessica Navarro

Assistant Professor of Human Service Studies:

  • PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from UNC Greensboro; MS in Human Development and Family Studies from UNC Greensboro, MSW in Gerontology from Washington University in St. Louis, and BA in Public Health from Brown University
  • Joins us from UNC Greensboro
  • Scholarly interests include child and adolescent well-being, family diversity, and families and technology

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Andrea Perreault

Assistant Professor of Biology:

  • PhD in Chemical and Physical Biology from Vanderbilt University; BS in Biology and BA in Mathematics from High Point University
  • Joins us from UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Scholarly interests include gene regulation, cancer research, investigation of yes-associated proteins

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Paul Travis Phillips

Assistant Professor of Art:

  • MFA in Studio Art from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BFA in Studio Fine Art and Humanities from Milligan College
  • Joins us from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Scholarly interests include Interdisciplinary Contemporary Art, gallery management and curation, art handling and installation

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Jasmine Maya Powell

Lecturer in Performing Arts:

  • MFA in Dance from Hollins University; BA in Dance from Oberlin College
  • Joins us from Elon University and Empower Dance Studio
  • Scholarly interests include Theory and Criticism/ History, Contemporary Body Practices, Performance workshop/Critique, Creative Process/ Studio, Mentored Studio Practice, Creative Art Practices/ Seminar

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Antonio Reyes

Assistant Professor of Human Service Studies:

  • PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison; MA in Counseling from California State University, and BA in English Literature from Yale University
  • Joins us from California State University
  • Scholarly interests include associations between mental health and job loss, vocational rehabilitation, chronic conditions and disabilities

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Nancy C. Scherich

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics:

  • PhD in Mathematics from University of California at Santa Barbara; MS in Mathematics from Oregon State University, and BS in Mathematics from UCLA
  • Joins us from Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University
  • Scholarly interests include math and dance: algebra, geometry, and toplogy; geometrical knot theory; braids

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Helen Christine Stein

Lecturer in English:

  • MA in Teaching English from Beloit College; BA in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Beloit College
  • Joins us from Elon University
  • Scholarly interests include writing argument and theory, literature on the margins, academic readiness

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Karen P. Wirth

Lecturer in Sociology:

  • PhD in Sociology from NC State; MS in Sociology from NC State, MBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and BS in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Joins us from Elon University and NC State University
  • Scholarly interests include gender gap in occupational status, sociology of families, career and family

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Deidre D. Pinnix Yancey

Lecturer in Human Service Studies:

  • PhD in progress in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University; MS in Counseling and Educational Development from UNC Greensboro, and BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Joins us from Durham Technical Community College
  • Scholarly interests include communication, culture and change; leadership theories; decision-making theories

Part-Time Faculty