College of Arts & Sciences - Faculty Profiles

Shazia Ahmed, Ph.D.

Shazia Ahmed, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor

Senior Fellow HEA

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.Sc., University of Karachi

Interests

Pedagogy Improvement; STEM Pedagogy Improvement; Graduate Students as Teachers Training; Course Development

Dayna L. Averitt, Ph.D.

Dayna L. Averitt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of the Vivarium

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Georgia State University; M.S., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; M.S., Georgia State University; B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

Neuroscience; Neuroanatomy; Sensory Systems; Pain Mechanisms; Pain Management; Opioid and Non-opioid Analgesia; Inflammation; Sex Differences; Trigeminal System; Animal Models

Agatha Beins, Ph.D.

Agatha Beins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Rutgers University; M.F.A., Eastern Washington University; M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., Carleton College

Interests

Histories of Feminism; Women's and Gender Studies in Higher Education; Social Movements; Print and Material Cultures; Cultural Studies; Art and Activism; Pedagogy; Food Studies

Christina Bejarano, Ph.D.

Christina Bejarano, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., University of Iowa; B.A., University of North Texas

Interests

American Politics: Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Women; Latina Politics and Leadership; Legislative Studies; Political Behavior.

Ashley Bender, Ph.D.

Ashley Bender, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., University of North Texas; M.A., University of North Texas; B.A., University of North Texas

Interests

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature; Genre Studies; Discourses of Identity' Shakespearean Adaptations; Textual Studies; Service Learning; Online Pedagogies; Social Media in the Classroom

William Benner, Ph.D.

William Benner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Tulane University; M.A., University of South Carolina; B.S., College of Charleston

Interests

Memory Politics; Human Rights Activism in the Southern Cone; Post-Dictatorship Literature and Film; Women's Studies in Latin America

Michael Bergel, Ph.D.

Michael Bergel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; M.S., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; B.S., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Interests

Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Genetics; Chromatin Remodeling in Cellular Stress Response; Cancer

Mary Berger, Ph.D.

Mary Berger, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio; B.Sc., University of Texas at San Antonio; Associate Degree, Pensacola Junior College

Interests

Principles of Biology; Molecular Biology; Biology of Aging

Mandy Biggers, Ph.D.

Mandy Biggers, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator for Science Education

Lecturer II

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., The University of Iowa; M.Ed., Texas A&M University; B.S., Texas Tech University

Interests

Elementary and Secondary Science Teaching; Science Education; Engineering Education; Science Teacher Preparation

Paul D.C. Bones, Ph.D.

Paul D.C. Bones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma; M.A., University of Oklahoma; B.A., University of Oklahoma

Interests

Disability and Crime; Environmental Criminology; Rural Crime; Victimology; Stigma and Victimization; College Deviance; Cultural Sociology; Race and Crime; Domestic Terrorism

Christopher Brower, Ph.D.

Christopher Brower, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; M.S., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; B.S., Northeastern State University

Interests

Protein Degradation; Ubiquitin Proteasome System; Autophagy; Gene Expression; Neurodegeneration; Metabolism; Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation

Kimberly Burdine, Ph.D.

Kimberly Burdine, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

Practicum Coordinator

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Oklahoma State University; B.S., Langston University

Interests

Preventative Treatment and Community Intervention; Cultural Identity Development; Family of Origin and other Interpersonal/Relationship Concerns; Trauma Healing; Counseling Psychology Training and Supervision; Group Therapy

Heather Conrad-Webb, Ph.D.

Heather Conrad-Webb, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Ohio State University System : Columbus; B.S., Baylor University

Interests

Molecular Cell Biology, Gene Expression, Genetics Research Interests: Regulation of rRNA synthesis

Jennifer Danley-Scott, Ph.D.

Jennifer Danley-Scott, Ph.D.

Lecturer I

Director for the Women in Politics Certificate Program

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., University of California System: Riverside; M.A., University of California System: Riverside; B.A., University of Southern California

Interests

Political Science; Elections; Socialization; Public Opinion; Pedagogy of Political Science

Rachel C. Daugherty, Ph.D.

Rachel C. Daugherty, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Assistant Director of First-Year Composition

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Texas Christian University; Graduate Certificate, Texas Christian University; M.A., Oklahoma State University; B.A., Oregon State University

Interests

Feminism; Feminist Rhetoric; Coalitions; Writing Program Administration; Mentoring; First-Year Composition; Digital Archives; Networks

Ann M. Davis, Ph.D.

Ann M. Davis, Ph.D.

Lecturer II

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; B.A., Rice University; B.A., Rice University

Interests

Undergraduate Biology Education; Undergraduate Curriculum Design; Pre-Health Professions Advising

Elisa De La Rosa, M.F.A

Elisa De La Rosa, M.F.A

Assistant Professor

School of Arts & Design

Education

M.F.A., Montclair State University; B.A., Texas Woman's University

Interests

Basic-Beginning-Intermediate-Modern Dance; Basic-Beginning-Ballet Technique; Basic-Beginning-Hip Hop; Latin Fusion Dance; Improvisation; Pedagogy; Dance and Digital Media; Choreography; Culture and Dance 

Lauren DiMaio, Ph.D., MT-BC

Lauren DiMaio, Ph.D., MT-BC

Assistant Professor of Music

School of Arts & Design

Education

Ph.D., Temple University; M.M., Temple University; B.Mus., Berklee College of Music

Interests

Music Therapy; End of Life Music Therapy; Bereavement Music Therapy; Ethical Thinking in Music Therapy Education

Diana Elrod, Ph.D.

Diana Elrod, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Student Research

Senior Lecturer

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of North Texas; M.S., University of Memphis; B.S., University of Arkansas - Little Rock

Interests

Program Development and Assessment; STEM Education; First Generation Students; Student Access and Success; Cultural Competency; Evolutionary Biology; Genetics

Lionel Faure, Ph.D.

Lionel Faure, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University Bordeaux Victor Segalen; M.S., University of Victor Segalen (France); B.S., University of Victor Segalen (France)

Interests

A. Thaliana; Lipid Metabolism; Plant Development; GC-MS (Intuvo 9000); HPLC; live Cell Emaging (Incucyte and Lionheart); Confocal Microscopy (LSM900, A1, SFC); Next Generation Sequencing (Miseq); Plant Culture; Cell Culture; C. Elegans; Cell Flow (Cytoflex); RT-qPCR (Quantstudio 3); Molecular Biology Techniques; Biochemistry; Enzymatic Assays; Protein Purification (Akta)

Youlonda FitzGerald, LAT, MSEd

Youlonda FitzGerald, LAT, MSEd

Assistant Clinical Professor

School of Sciences

Education

M.S.Ed., Baylor University;

Interests

Anatomy & Physiology; Medical Physiology; Athletic Training; Pre-Nursing; Pre-Medicine; Pre-Dental

Karen V. Goodwin, D.C.

Karen V. Goodwin, D.C.

Visiting Lecturer I

School of Sciences

Education

D.C., Parker University; B.S., Parker University; B.S., Parker University; B.A., Delta State University

Interests

Human Anatomy & Physiology; Diagnosis; Health & Wellness; Clinical Pathology; Clinical aspects of neuromusculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation

Megan Griffiths, M.F.A.

Megan Griffiths, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

School of Arts & Design

Education

M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design; B.A., University of Texas; B.A., University of Texas

Interests

Photography; Film and Digital; 19th Century Photographic Processes; Domestic and Interpersonal Relationships; Cultural and Historical Intersections; Women and Community; United States; The South; Cuba; Collaborative Projects; Book Arts

Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D.

Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research, College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., Southwest Texas State University; B.A., Texas Tech University

Interests

Ethnography; Qualitative Inquiry; Post-Humanism; Health and Environment

Tina Gumienny, Ph.D.

Tina Gumienny, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., State University of New York; B.S., Texas A&M University

Interests

Biology; Advanced Genetics; Cell Communication

Amy Jo M. Hammett, Ph.D.

Amy Jo M. Hammett, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station; B.S., Texas Woman's University

Interests

Microbiology; Botany; Ecology; Environmental Biology

Brian Harding, Ph.D.

Brian Harding, Ph.D.

Professor

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Fordham University; M.A., Fordham University; B.A., University of Dallas

Interests

Medieval Philosophy; Phenomenology and Existentialism; Ethics; History of Philosophy; Moral and Political Philosophy; Phenomenology; Existentialism

Christian L. Hart, Ph.D.

Christian L. Hart, Ph.D.

Professor

Director of Master's in Psychological Science Program

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas Christian University; M.S., Texas Christian University; B.A., University of North Texas

Interests

Deception; Suspicion; Trust; Evolutionary Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Physiological Psychology; Developmental Psychology

Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D.

Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D.

Director of First-Year Composition

Assistant Professor of English

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Texas Christian University; M.A., Iowa State University; B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Interests

Embodied Writing Pedagogy; Embodied Cognition; First-Year Composition; Professional Writing; Editing and Publishing; Writing Program Administration

DiAnna Hynds, Ph.D.

DiAnna Hynds, Ph.D.

Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Postdoctoral Studies, University of Kentucky Medical Center; Postdoctoral Studies, University of Kentucky Medical Center; Other, The Ohio State University; Other, The Ohio State University; B.S., Hillsdale College

Interests

Mechanisms of Axon Growth and Guidance; Neuroanatomy; Neurophysiology; Biology; Signal Transduction

Sara Ishii, Ph.D.

Sara Ishii, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

School of Arts & Design

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., York University; M.F.A., University of Texas at Dallas; B.A., University of Texas at Dallas

Interests

Contemporary Feminist Ar;, Women-of-Colors Art; Gloria AnzaldĂșan Theorizing; Interpersonal Violence; Open Educational Resources; Feminist and Womanist Theories

Wendi Leigh Bauman Johnson, Ph.D.

Wendi Leigh Bauman Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Practicum and Internship Coordinator

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., Western Carolina University; Other, University of North Carolina - Wilmington; B.A., Bryan College

Interests

Video Self-Modeling Interventions Targeting Social, Behavioral, and Functional Deficits for Children and Adolescents with Autism; Intellectual Deficits; Emotional Disturbance; ADHD; Traumatic Brain Injury

Samanthi Kottegoda, Ph.D.

Samanthi Kottegoda, Ph.D.

Lecturer I

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., North Carolina State University; M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago; B.S., University of Kelaniya

Interests

Microbiology; Anatomy and Physiology; Environmental Biology

Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D.

Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee; M.A., University of Tennessee; B.A., University of Arkansas

Interests

History; Oral History; Women Airforce Service Pilots; World War II;

Noah Lelek, Ph.D.

Noah Lelek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theatre

School of Arts & Design

Education

Ph.D., University of Missouri; M.A., Missouri State University; BS.Ed., Southwest Missouri State University

Interests

Theatre; Theatre History; Diversity; Communications

Yunxiang Li, Ph.D.

Yunxiang Li, Ph.D.

Lecturer I

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Texas Tech University; B.S., Tianjin University

Interests

Bioenergetics; Structrural Biology; Protein Biochemistry; Tryptophan Fluorescence

Julie U. Libersat, M.F.A.

Julie U. Libersat, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor, Studio Art

School of Arts & Design

Education

M.F.A., University of North Texas; M.A., University of North Texas; B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art

Interests

Space Perception; Architecture Intervention; Interactive and Participatory Environments; Visual Art; Transportation Art; Travel Art; Structure Art

Zane R. Lybrand, Ph.D.

Zane R. Lybrand, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University; B.S., Texas A&M University

Interests

Neuroscience; Brain Health; Regenerative Medicine; Traumatic Brain Injury; TBI; Epilepsy; Stem Cells; Embryonic Stem Cells; Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells; Electrophysiology; Neurophysiology

Denise E. Maricle, Ph.D., LP-MN, NCSP, ABSNP

Denise E. Maricle, Ph.D., LP-MN, NCSP, ABSNP

Professor

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado; M.A., University of Notre Dame; B.A., University of Minnesota

Interests

School Neuropsychology; Neuropsychological Assessment with Children; Executive Fuctioning and Working Memory in Children; Cognitive Assessment; Role and Function of School Psychologists; Child Psychopathology

Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D.

Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D.

Division Lead

Associate Professor of Physics

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee; M.S., Bowling Green State University; B.S., University of Tehran

Interests

Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering; Interaction of Anticancer Drugs with DNA; Negative Ions; Radiation Damage to DNA; Spectroscopy Techniques

Debra Mollen, Ph.D.

Debra Mollen, Ph.D.

Professor

Core Counseling Psychology Faculty

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Indiana State University; M.A., University of Denver; B.A., Adelphi University

Interests

Women's Sexuality; Childfree Women; Reproductive Justice; Multicultural Counseling; Training/Teaching Issues; Professional Development

Della Molloy-Daugherty, Ph.D., MT-BC

Della Molloy-Daugherty, Ph.D., MT-BC

Assistant Professor, Music Therapy

Program Coordinator, Music Therapy

School of Arts & Design

Education

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City; M.M.E., University of Kansas; B.M.E., University of Kansas

Interests

Music Therapy; Pediatrics; Neurorehabilitation; Visual Impairment

Angela Rodriguez Mooney, Ph.D.

Angela Rodriguez Mooney, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Tulane University; M.A., University of New Orleans; Graduate Certificate, New York University; Graduate Certificate, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela; B.A., Universidade Estadual Paulista-UNESP

Interests

Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese; Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film; Gender and Women's Studies; Narratives of Displacement; Representation of Women and Minorities in Film and Literature; (Re)construction of National Identities; Post-Dictatorship Literature and Film in Latin America

Ilana Morgan, Ph.D.

Ilana Morgan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Arts & Design

Education

Ph.D., Texas Woman's University; M.A., Texas Woman's University; B.F.A., Ohio University

Interests

Dance Education; Dance; Community Dance Practices; Action Research; Juvenile Justice; Arts Advocacy; Dance Pedagogy

Elisa Na, Ph.D.

Elisa Na, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Core Undergraduate Psychology Faculty

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Doctors Degree or Equivalent, The University of Iowa; B.S., University of Washington

Interests

Using Transgenic Mouse Models; Epigenetic and Neurobiological Bases of Obesity; Behavioral Food Response

Shamsun Nahar, Ph.D.

Shamsun Nahar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Arlington; M.S.W., The University of Texas at Arlington; M.Soc.Sci, University of Dhaka

Interests

Disasters and Women's Health; Women's Reproductive Health; Health Disparities; Gender Equality; Intimate Partner Violence; International Social Work

Ronald S. Palomares, Ph.D.

Ronald S. Palomares, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychologist

Assistant Executive Director, Governance Operations

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University System : College Station; M.A., Lesley College; B.S., Texas A&M University

Interests

Telepractice; Psychology; The Military; Military-Connected Children; Legislative & Public Policy; Clinical Psychological Practice

Sheli Petersen

Sheli Petersen

Associate Professor of Art: Graphic Design

School of Arts & Design

Education

M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design; B.F.A., Missouri State University

Interests

Children's Book Design and Illustration; Character Design; Art Direction; Typography; Print and Web Design; Animation; Mythology; Multiculturalism; Social Justice; Western and Non-Western Art History; Literature; Music; Wildlife and Natural History

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Rutgers University; B.A., Spelman College

Interests

Domestic Work; African American Women's History; Irish Immigrant Women's History; Women's Labors; Women's Migrations; Labor Activism; Diversity Issues In Higher Education

Catalina I. Pislariu, Ph.D.

Catalina I. Pislariu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of North Texas; M.S., University of Gent; B.S., University of Bucharest

Interests

Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation; Plant-Microbe Interactions; Forward and Reverse Genetics; Plant Cell and Molecular Biology; Legume Research; Symbiosis

Claudia Porras Pyland, Ph.D.

Claudia Porras Pyland, Ph.D.

Professor

Core Counseling Psychology Faculty

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Oklahoma State University; M.S., Oklahoma State University; B.A., Texas Tech University

Interests

Emotional Intelligence: Negative Self-Schemas; Romantic Attachment Styles; Intimate Parter Violence

Nila N. Ricks, Ph.D., LCSW

Nila N. Ricks, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor

Chair

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington; M.S.W., University of Oklahoma; B.S., Oklahoma State University

Interests

Emarely Rosa-Dávila, Ph.D., MSW

Emarely Rosa-Dávila, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

BSW Program Coordinator

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus; M.S.W., University of Puerto Rico; B.A., University of Puerto Rico

Interests

Mental Health; Community Mental Health; Diversity; Culturally Competent Practice; Emerging Technologies

Lisa Rosen, Ph.D.

Lisa Rosen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Psychology Program

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas System : Austin; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Rice University

Interests

Peer Relations Across The Lifespan; Aggression and Victimization; Attractiveness and Weight Stereotyping; Psychology of Women; Developmental Psychology;

Linda Rubin, Ph.D.

Linda Rubin, Ph.D.

Professor

Faculty Ombudsperson

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.S., University of Kansas; B.S., University of Kansas

Interests

Relational Violence; Domestic Violence; Dating Violence; Sexual Assault; Sexual Harassment; Bullying; Stalking; Traumatic Stress

Mahmoud Sadri, Ph.D.

Mahmoud Sadri, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., New School for Social Research : New York; M.A., University of Tehran; B.A., University of Tehran

Interests

Current Social Problems; People and Cultures of the Middle East; Social Theory; Film in Sociocultural Context; Classical Social Theory; Contemporary Social Theory; Sociology of Terrorism; Islam and Modernization

Gustavo A. Salazar, Ph.D.

Gustavo A. Salazar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of North Texas; M.Sc., University of North Texas; B.Sc., Autonomous University of Coahuila

Interests

Environmental Chemistry; Analysis of Particulate Matter in the Troposphere, Studies of Microplastics in Water and Soil; Chemical Recycling of E-waste; Green Chemistry; Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences; Structural Chemistry

Shannon Scott, Ph.D.

Shannon Scott, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean

Professor and Co-Chair

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., Tufts University; M.A., Tufts University; B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University

Interests

Peer Victimization; Sizism; Anti-Fat Attitudes; Body Image; Eating Dysfunction; Women’s Leadership; Cognitive Psychology; Cognition And Emotion; Physiological Psychology; Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience; Seminar In College Teaching; Research Team

Maria Serrano, Ph.D.

Maria Serrano, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor 1

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Texas A&M University; Postdoctoral Studies, Baylor College of Dentistry; M.S., Texas Woman's University; Doctors Degree or Equivalent, Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino

Interests

Genetic Factors of Cleft Pallet; Craniofacial; Biology Lab Techniques; Histology

Sushmita Sinha, Ph.D.

Sushmita Sinha, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences; M.Sc., Dr BR Ambedkar University

Interests

Immunology; Immune Dysregulation; Autoimmunity

J. Logan Smilges, Ph.D.

J. Logan Smilges, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies

Education

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; B.A., Capital University

Interests

Disability Studies; Queer Studies; Trans Studies; Rhetoric

Gabrielle P.A. Smith, Ph.D.

Gabrielle P.A. Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Core Undergraduate Psychology Faculty

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., The University of Alabama; M.A., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Alabama; B.A., Spelman College

Interests

Racial Identity; Stereotype Threat; Intersecting Social Identities

Juliet V. Spencer, Ph.D.

Juliet V. Spencer, Ph.D.

Professor, Biology

Director, School of the Sciences

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Virginia; B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Interests

Herpesviruses; Virus-host Interactions; Viral Immune Modulation; Virus Evolution

Sally Stabb, Ph.D.

Sally Stabb, Ph.D.

Professor & Acting Co-Chair

Director of Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University; B.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Interests

Couples; Attachment; Women's Emotion; Diversity (Gender; Sexuality; Disability; Class; Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Concerns; Intersectionality); Training; Qualitative Research Methods

Deepani Tennakoon, Ph.D.

Deepani Tennakoon, Ph.D.

Lecturer I

School of Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Texas A & M University; B.S., Texas A&M University

Interests

Pathophysiology; Immunology

John Anthony Terrizzi, Jr., Ph.D.

John Anthony Terrizzi, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., West Virginia University; Other, Virginia Commonwealth University; M.A., The College of William & Mary; B.S., Juniata College

Interests

Disgust; Behavioral Immune System; Prejudice; Social Psychology; Evolutionary Psychology; Political Attitudes; Religious Beliefs

Beverly Wagner, Ed.D., LCSW

Beverly Wagner, Ed.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ed.D., University of South Carolina; M.S.W., University of South Carolina; Associate Degree, Tennessee Technological University; B.S., Tennessee Technological University

Interests

Culturally Responsive Teaching; International Social Work

Rebecca West, Ph.D., MT-BC

Rebecca West, Ph.D., MT-BC

Assistant Professor of Music

School of Arts & Design

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.M., Michigan State University; B.A., Bethel College

Interests

Music Therapy

James L. Williams, Ph.D.

James L. Williams, Ph.D.

Professor

Graduate Program Director, and Criminal Justice Program Director

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., University of Georgia; M.A., University of Georgia; M.Ed., Western Carolina University; B.A., University of Georgia

Interests

Women and Crime; Deviant Behavior; Sociology of the Internet; Global and Comparative Sociology; Globalization; Crime and Justice; Contemporary Criminology; Social Psychology Theory

Marlene G. Williams, Ph.D.

Marlene G. Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville; M.A., Stephen F. Austin State University; B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

Intersectionality Theory; Gendered Racial Microaggressions; Gendered Racial Identity Development; Black Woman's Health and Well Being; Social Justice Advocacy; Equity

Mary Williford-Shade, M.F.A.

Mary Williford-Shade, M.F.A.

Chair and Co-Coordinator

Professor

School of Arts & Design

Education

M.F.A., The Ohio State University; B.Ed., University of Arkansas

Interests

Performance Process; Collaborative Dance Making; Body Therapy and Movement Patterning; Bartenieff Fundamentals; Movement Analysis; Performance Coaching; Dance/Theater Solo Performing

Philip Q. Yang, Ph.D.

Philip Q. Yang, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies

Education

Ph.D., University of California System : Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., Zhongshan University; Associate Degree, Chinese Language and Literature. Shaoguan Normal School

Interests

Immigration; Race and Ethnicity; Asian Americans; Citizenship; Demography; Quantitative Methodology

Deborah Young, Ph.D.

Deborah Young, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair

School of Arts & Design

Education

Ph.D., Texas Tech University; M.S., Texas Tech University; B.S., Texas Tech University

Interests

Textiles and Merchandising