New Faculty: Fall 2013

 

College of Education

Jane Lynes

Adolescent and Adult Education
Instructor
Hometown: Meldrim, Georgia
Degrees:

  • Ed.D. Curriculum Studies, Georgia Southern University
  • Ed.S. Health/Physical Education, Georgia Southern College
  • M.S. Health/Physical Education, Armstrong State College
  • B.S. Health/Physical Education, Armstrong State College

Areas of Specialization: Health/physical education, educational leadership

Toni M. Franklin

Childhood and Exceptional Student Education
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Special Education, Auburn University
  • M.Ed. Learning Disabilities, Columbus State University
  • B.S.Ed. Mental Retardation, Columbus State University

Areas of Specialization: Special education

College of Health Professions

Nandi A. Marshall

Health Sciences
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Montclair, NJ
Degrees:

  • Dr.PH, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University
  • M.PH., East Stroudsburg University
  • B.A ., Spelman College

Areas of Specialization:
Community health, community engagement and research, minority health, social determinants of health, health equity

Julie Shappy

Rehabilitation Sciences/Physical Therapy
Full Time Temporary Faculty
Hometown: Rutland, Vermont
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, Springfield College
  • M.PT. Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University
  • B.S. Athletic Training, Springfield College

Areas of Specialization:
Cardiovascular and pulmonary as well as orthopedic physical therapy

 

College of Liberal Arts

Benjamin Warsaw

Art, Music and Theater
Temporary Assistant Professor
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Musical Arts, Boston University
  • M.A. Music, Eastman School of Music
  • B.A. Music, Eastman School of Music

Areas of Specialization:
Piano

Summer McWilliams

Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science
Instructor
Hometown: Thomaston, GA
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Sociology, Florida State University
  • M.S. Sociology, Florida State University
  • B.S. Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Areas of Specialization:
Sociology - aging & the life course, social psychology

Maxine Bryant 

Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science
Instructor
Hometown:
 Indianapolis, Indiana
Degrees: 

  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice and Corrections, Walden Univeristy
  • M.A. Criminal Justice Administration, Saginaw Valley State University
  • B.S. Criminal Justice and Corrections, Ball State University 

Areas of Specialization: 
Corrections, Offender Re-Entry

Jerry Silverman 

Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science
Instructor
Hometown:
Los Angeles, California 
Degrees:

  • Ph.D.,International Relations-Government
  • B.A.,Political Science

Areas of Specialization:
Political Science; specialization in Comparative and International Politics

Janice Powell

Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science
Instructor
Hometown:
Degrees:

  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Georgia

Areas of Specialization:
Legal Studies

Nalanda Roy

Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Calcutta, India
Degrees:

  • Ph. D. Global Affairs, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey

  • M.A. Sociology and Anthropology, University of Toledo

  • M. Phil International Relations, Jadavpur University, India

  • M.A. International Relations, Jadavpur University, India

  • B.A. Political Science, Jadavpur University, India

Areas of Specialization:
International security, Asian politics, International law, global politics, comparative politics, social movements, globalization, terrorism and counter insurgency, research methods, immigration and security.

Christopher Curtis

History
Professor
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. History, Emory University
  • M.A. History, Virginia Tech
  • B.A., University of South Carolina

Areas of Specialization:
American South, slavery, English common law

Amy E. Potter

History
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Geography, Louisiana State University
  • M.A. Geography, University of Kansas
  • B.S. Journalism, Minor in Geography, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialization:
Cultural geography of the Caribbean (especially Haiti/Antigua and Barbuda), food security, transnational migration, media geography, African Diaspora, post colonialism, plantation house museums in the American South/Caribbean, and qualitative methods

Felicity Turner

History
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. History, Duke University

Areas of Specialization:
Women’s and gender history; U.S.. history; legal history

Betsy Hoit-Thetford

Languages, Literature and Philosophy
Instructor
Hometown: Savannah, GA
Degrees:

  • Ed.D., East Tennessee State University
  • Ed.S., William Carey College
  • M.S., William Carey College
  • B.S., East Tennessee State University

Areas of Specialization:
English

Annie Mendenhall

Languages, Literature and Philosophy
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. English, Ohio State University
  • M.A. English, Ohio State University
  • B.A. English, North Georgia College and State University

Areas of Specialization:
Rhetoric and composition, history of higher education, writing across the curriculum

Julie Swanstrom

Languages, Literature and Philosophy
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Yankton, SD
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, Purdue University
  • M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A. Theology and Philosophy, University of Sioux Falls
  • B.A. History, University of Sioux Falls

Areas of Specialization:
Medieval philosophy, metaphysics

Robert Terry

Languages, Literature & Philosophy
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Mostly Dallas, Texas
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville
  • M.A. English, University of Louisville
  • B.A., Literary Studies University of Texas at Dallas

Areas of Specialization:
Professional writing, creative writing, rhetorics of identity, games studies, gender studies, rhetoric’s of technology

College of Science and Technology

Matthew Draud

Biology
Professor

Hometown: Covington, KY
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Biology, Lehigh University
  • M.S. Biology, University of Louisiana Lafayette
  • B.A. Biology, Thomas More College

Areas of Specialization:
Marine biology, ecology, and evolution

Krystal Goodwin

Biology
Instructor
Hometown: Belleville, Illinois
Degrees:

  • D.C. Human Biology , Logan University
  • B.A. Human Biology , Logan University
  • B.S. Biology, McKendree University

Areas of Specialization:
Anatomy and physiology, human biology

Heather Joesting

Biology
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Biology, Wake Forest University
  • M.S. Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University
  • B.S. Environmental Science, University of North Carolina

Areas of Specialization:
Plant physiological ecology

Sarah K. Burroughs

Chemistry and Physics
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Georgia State University
  • M.S. Chemistry, Georgia State University
  • B.S. Chemistry, Auburn University

Areas of Specialization:
Organic chemistry

Sarah Gray

Chemistry and Physics
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Analytical/Environmental Chemistry, University of Montana
  • B.A. Chemistry, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Areas of Specialization:
Analytical and instrumental chemistry, aquatic biogeochemistry

Gary L. Guillet

Chemistry and Physics
Assistant Professor
Hometown: Burrillville, Rhode Island
Degrees:

  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • B.S., University of Florida

Areas of Specialization:
Inorganic chemistry

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Matthew Brown

Mathematics
Temporary Full-time Instructor
Hometown:
Degrees:

  • B.A. Mathematics and English, Illinois College
  • M.A. Mathematics, University of Kentucky

Areas of Specialization:
Algebra

Julia Cochran

Psychology
Instructor
Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina
Degrees:

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • M.A., University of Georgia
  • B.A., Winthrop University

Areas of Specialization:
Counseling theory, crisis response

Sherry L. Serdikoff

Psychology
Temporary Instructor
Hometown:
 Philadelphia
Degrees: 

  • Ph.D, West Virginia University
  • M.A., West Virginia University
  • B.A., Temple University

Areas of Specialization:
Behavior Analysis: behavioral pharmacology, contingency management (CM) interventions (particularly for health promotion), laboratory models of psychopathology (e.g., AD/HD), scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and stimulus control.