Full-Time Faculty

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Jade Arnold

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts:

• MFA in Theatre, Acting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; BA in Theatre Performance from UNC-Wilmington
• Joins us from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
• Scholarly Interests include acting for the stage and camera, voice and movement, singing

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Bethany Brinkman

Associate Professor of Engineering:

• PhD in Civil Engineering and MS in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota; BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
• Bethany joins us from Sweet Briar College.
• Scholarly Interests include environmental engineering, water quality monitoring, drinking water treatment, engineering materials of historic structures

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Christian Burr

Christian Burr – Assistant Professor of Biology:

• PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MS in Biology and BS in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Montclair State University
• Christian joins us from Missouri Southern State University
• Scholarly Interests include plant development, genetics, biotechnology, cell and developmental biology

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Domini Castellino

Assistant Professor of Psychology:

• PhD in Developmental Psychology and MA in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University; and BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University
• Domini joins us from Duke University.
• Scholarly Interests include youth and family policy, adolescent scholastic achievement and career development, school-to-work transitions, parent-child relations, maternal employment issues

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Thomas Doyle

Instructor in Exercise Science:

• MS in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University; BS in Exercise Science from Ball State University
• Tom joins us from Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center
• Scholarly Interests include program design and administration, operations management, training/education, wellness

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Daniel Flores

Instructor in Mathematics:

• PhD in progress in Mathematics from the University of Hawaii; MA in Mathematics from UNC Greensboro; and BA in Mathematics from Michigan State University
• Daniel joins us from University of Hawaii.
• Scholarly Interests include low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, mapping class groups of oriented surfaces

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Heath Hillman

Instructor in Computer Science:

• MS in Mathematics from Youngstown State University; BS in Mathematics from Colorado Mesa University
• Heath joins us from Colorado Mesa University
• Scholarly Interests include engineering computer science, course design, programming, STEM education

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Christopher Motz

Assistant Professor of Art History:

• PhD in Classics and MA in Classics from University of Cincinnati; MA in Classical Archaeology from Tufts University; and BA in Archaeological Studies and Latin from Oberlin College
• Chris joins us from University of Cincinnati.
• Scholarly Interests include Greek and Roman art and archaeology, social history, sub-elite material culture and spaces, knowledge systems, urbanism, economy

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William Pluer

Assistant Professor of Engineering :

• PhD in Environmental Engineering and MS in Biological Engineering from Cornell University; BS in Biological Engineering from North Carolina State University
• Will Joins us from University of Waterloo.
• Scholarly Interests include environmental hydrology, watershed and landscape engineering, ecosystems

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Christopher Rayis

Music Director/ Conductor in Music Theatre:

• MFA in Musical Theatre – Music Direction from Pennsylvania State University; BM in Composition from Belmont University
• Christopher joins us from Broadway, off Broadway, national touring.
• Scholarly Interests include musical conducting and directing, piano, music theory

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Bridget Smeekens

Instructor in Psychology:

• PhD in progress in Cognitive Psychology and MA in Cognitive Psychology from UNC Greensboro; BS in Psychology from Michigan State University
• Bridget joins us from Wake Forest University
• Scholarly Interests include cognitive psychology, research and statistical methods, experimental psychology, memory, attention

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Alexandra Warren

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts :

• MFA in Dance Performance from UNC Greensboro; BA in Drama from Spellman College
• Alexandra joins us from Elon University and UNC Greensboro
• Scholarly Interests include African dance and diaspora, women’s studies, resistance in performance, choreography

Part-Time Faculty

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Kim Alexander

Instructor in Public Health Studies:

• MPH in Public Health from East Carolina University; BA in Spanish from Wake Forest University
• Joins us from The Alexander Group
• Scholarly Interests include racial equity in public health, institutional change, behavioral health services

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Chari Arespacochaga

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts:

• MFA in Theatre from University of Victoria; BA in Communications from University of the Philippines
• Joins us from Florida State University
• Scholarly Interests include theatre-making, acting, voice, movement, directing

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Matthew Bahnson

Instructor in Psychology:

• PhD in progress in Applied Social and Community Psychology from North Carolina State University; MA in Social Sciences from University of Chicago; and BA in Psychology and Independent Studies in Human Sexuality from University of Northern Iowa
• Joins us from North Carolina State University
• Scholarly Interests include engineering identity development, emotional processes, power dynamics

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Gabrielle Balance

Instructor in Philosophy :

• MA in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA in Philosophy from University of California, Santa Barbara
• Joins us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Scholarly Interests include ethical consumption, human rights, moral and philosophical issues

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Laurence Cantwell

Instructor in Mathematics:

• MS in Mathematics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA in Mathematics and Economics from University of Massachusetts
• Joins us from UNC Chapel Hill
• Scholarly Interests include actuarial science, financial planning, mathematical modeling

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Emily Cranford

Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures:

• PhD in Romance Studies (French and Francophone Studies) and MA in Romance Languages and Literatures from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA in French, English, and Women’s Studies from Wake Forest University
• Joins us from Augustana College.
• Scholarly Interests include introductory, intermediate, and advanced language and literature; medieval and early modern literature and culture, composition, cinema, current events, phonetics

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Billy Dee

Assistant Professor of Art:

• MFA in Studio Arts from UNC Greensboro; BFA in Theatre and Development from Concordia University
• Joins us from UNC Greensboro
• Scholarly Interests include creation, design, installation, social art, 2D design

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Isaiah Ellis

Instructor in History :

• PhD in progress in Religious Studies and MA in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA in Religion from Trinity University
• Joins us from the Center for the Study of Religion and Cities and Luce Foundation
• Scholarly Interests include religion, race and infrastructure in the American South, world religions, global cities

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Kristie Ellison

Instructor in English:

• PhD in progress in English from UNC Greensboro; MA in English from North Carolina State University; JD from UNC-Chapel Hill Law School; BA in English from North Carolina State University; and BS in Justice Studies from Arizona State University
• Joins us from UNC Greensboro
• Scholarly Interests include intersection of rhetorical and feminist theories, identity, representation, agency, using voice effectively

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Francis Falzarano

Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures:

• PhD in Chinese Literature from Chengchi University; MA in Chinese Literature from National Chung Hsing University; and BA in Religious Studies from Suny Stony Brook University
• Joins us from Bard High School Early College Newark
• Scholarly Interests include teaching internationally, evaluation, language immersion, conversational Mandarin

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Megan Fenrich

Instructor in World Languages and Cultures:

• PhD in progress in Italian Studies and MA in Italian Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and BA in Italian Studies and Religious Studies from Gettysburg College
• Joins us from UNC Chapel Hill
• Scholarly Interests include Italian language and literature, translation, mentoring, religion

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Bre Forbes

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts:

• MFA in Dance Choreography and BA in Media Studies from UNC Greensboro
• Joins us from Dance Project Artist in Residence and Parkview Village Expressive Arts Elementary
• Scholarly Interests include dance as a celebration of peoples, cultures and souls; film, live performance

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Whitney Goodman

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts:

• DPT from Medical University of the South; MA in Teaching from North Carolina State University; BA in French Studies from Wesleyan University
• Joins us from Footnotes Tap Ensemble and Duke Hospital
• Scholarly Interests include tap dance and choreography, physical therapeutics, teaching

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Donna Goodenow

Assistant Professor of Biology:

• PhD in Biological Sciences from UNC-Charlotte; BS in Biology from Queens University
• Joins us from North Carolina State University
• Scholarly Interests include toxicology, cell biology, genetics, anatomy, DNA damage and repair mechanisms

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Mason Hayes

Instructor in English:

• MA in English – Rhetoric and Composition and BA in English – Language, Writing and Rhetoric from North Carolina State University
• Joins us from NC State
• Scholarly Interests include communication, science writing, academic writing and research

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Christopher Howell

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies:

• PhD in American Religion and MTS in Theological Studies from Duke University/Duke Divinity School; BA in History from the University of California, Riverside
• Joins us from Duke University
• Scholarly Interests include American religion, theology and fiction, religion and film

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DeVonna King

Instructor in Human Service Studies:

• PhD in progress in Social Work from Norfolk State University; MSW from North Carolina A&T/UNC Greensboro; MS in Human Service from Capella University; and BS in Social Work from North Carolina A&T
• Joins us from Amedisys Hospice
• Scholarly Interests include practice frame works, late adulthood, hospice services and end-of-life care

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Sylvie Little

Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures:

• MA in French Literature from North Carolina State University
• Joins us from Wake County/Richmond County/Cabarrus County Public School systems
• Scholarly Interests include teaching internationally, evaluation, language immersion, multi-method assessment

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Andres Munar

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts:

• MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College; BFA in Theatre from Southern Methodist University
• Joins us from Ibis Consulting Group and Manhattan Theater Club
• Scholarly Interests include playwriting, screenwriting, acting, directing, Spanish interpretation and translation, voiceover, community-based theatre, new play development

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Suzanne Polak

University Accompanist:

• DMA in progress in Collaborative Piano from UNC Greensboro ; MM in Composition/Theory and BA in Piano Performance from Duquesne University
• Joins us from Virginia Tech and UNC Greensboro.
• Scholarly Interests include piano instruction, collaborative piano performance, electronic music

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Alex Richardson

Instructor in Philosophy:

• PhD in progress in Philosophy and MA in Philosophy from University of Tennessee, Knoxville; BA in Philosophy from University of West Georgia
• Joins us from National High School Ethics Bowl
• Scholarly Interests include contemporary moral problems, professional ethics, constructiveness and the moral requirements of civility

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Efrain Rivera-Serrano

Assistant Professor of Biology:

• PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences and M.Sc. in Plant Cell Biology and Biotechnology from North Carolina State University; B.Sc. Biology and Chemistry from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico
• Joins us from American Scientist Magazine and Genetics Society of America
• Scholarly Interests include virus pathogenicity and transmissibility, imaging, vaccine science, ecology of viruses

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James Skripchuk

Instructor in Computer Science:

• PhD in progress in Computer Science from North Carolina State University; BS in Computer Science from University of Delaware
• Joins us from NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and NC State
• Scholarly Interests include computer science education, artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital education, academic motivation

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Devon Smith

Assistant Professor of Art:

• MFA in Studio Art from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BFA in Interdisciplinary Art Studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
• Joins us from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Scholarly Interests include film, digital learning design and development, historical film

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Hill Taylor

Assistant Professor of English:

• PhD in English Education and Composition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MBA in Management and Finance from UNC-Wilmington; and BA in Management from North Carolina State University
• Joins us from Oregon Health and Science University
• Scholarly Interests include teaching, mentoring, advising, professional and technical writing, environmental and health humanities, cultural studies

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Kari Thatcher

Instructor in Public Health Studies:

• MPH in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BFA in Theatre Technology and Design from Chapman University
• Joins us from North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
• Scholarly Interests include violence prevention, health equity, racial equity, developmental evaluation

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Melissa Villodas

Instructor in Human Service Studies:

• PhD in progress in Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MSW from New York University; and BA in English Writing from Nyack College
• Joins us from UNC Chapel Hill
• Scholarly Interests include neighborhood environment, social connectedness, mental health of BIPOC youth and young adults

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Caitlin Williams

Instructor in Public Health Studies :

• PhD in progress in Maternal and Child Health, MS in Public Health, and BA in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Joins us from UNC-Chapel Hill
• Scholarly Interests include advancing health and rights, evidence-based practices, women’s access to reproductive health

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Eli Wittman

University Accompanist:

• BM in Music – Jazz Performance from UNC Greensboro
• Joins us from Kaloum Djembe LLC
• Scholarly Interests include teaching instruments, drumming, arranging and orchestration