Archives: 2007-2008 New Faculty Profiles

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

William L. Alexander

Dr.William L. Alexander, Assistant Professor, will begin his tenure-track assistant professor position in theAnthropology Department in fall 2007. Dr.Alexander received his Ph.D. from the University ofArizona in 2000. His revised dissertation "Resiliency in a Hostile Environment: The Comunidades Agricolas of Chile's Norte Chico" is in press atLehigh University Press. A Fulbright Fellow (1998-1999), Dr. Alexander has publishedarticles on neoliberalism in Latin America, Chilean agricultural communities, bio-prospecting and medicinal plants, and homelessness along the Arizona-Mexican border.

Department of Art and Art History
Carlton F. Wilkinson Mr. Carlton F. Wilkinson, Assistant Professor, joins the Department of Art and Art History in January 2007. He received his M.F.A. from University of California, Los Angeles and his B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Department of Biology and Marine Biology
Stuart R. Borrett Dr. Stuart R. Borrett, Assistant Professor, will begin his tenure-track position in the Biology and Marine Biology department in fall 2007. Dr. Borrett completed a BA in biology at Austin College, and then worked for ENTRIX, Inc. as an environmental consultant before pursuing his PhD at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology. After finishing his PhD, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Learning Laboratory at the Center for the Study of Language and Information located at Stanford University. His research interests include systems ecology, ecological modeling and analysis, and ecological informatics. The overarching goals of Dr. Borrett's research program are (1) to understand the fundamental processes that create, constrain, and sustain ecological systems and (2) to develop a formal science of environment that we can use to comprehend the causes and consequences of both local and global environmental changes. To achieve these goals, he has investigated the factors that regulate indirect effects in ecosystems as indirect effects allow one species to affect the distribution, abundance, and behavior or other species with out direct contact. His work shows how indirect effects create a hidden environment of interactions that can integrate communities into functional systems. He is also developing and applying a new computational technique to facilitate simulation model construction called Inductive Process Modeling. Currently, he is using this approach to build and evaluate ecosystem models of the Ross Sea, Antarctica, to explain the observed spatial variability in the phytoplankton community.
Dr. Christopher M. Finelli, joined the Department of Biology and Marine Biology as an Assistant Professor in January 2007. After receiving a BS in Biology from St. Francis College (Loretto, PA) in 1991, Dr. Finelli entered the Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina where he earned his PhD in 1997. After a two-year post-doctoral appointment at the Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia, PA), Dr. Finelli joined the faculty of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2005. Throughout his career, Dr. Finelli’s research has examined the influence of water flow on the behavior, physiology, and ecology of aquatic organisms. Recent projects include studies on the effects of water flow on planktivory and gas exchange on coral reefs, bioirrigation in sedimentary habitats, water quality of inland waterways, filtration rates of sponges and oysters, and oysterrecruitment and reef restoration. Heis PI or Co-PI onover one-million dollars in research funding, including a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
Alison R. Taylor Dr. Alison R. Taylor, Assistant Professor, joined the Department of Biology and Marine Biology in Spring 2007. Dr Taylor’s interest in cell biology, signal transduction and membrane transport developed during her undergraduate studies in The Department of Biological Sciences at Leicester University, UK. After graduating with honors, Dr Taylor pursued her research interests at Oxford Brookes University, UK, obtaining a PhD in invertebrate cell biology in 1991. Dr Taylor continued her research on algal and plant cell biology with postdoctoral appointments at the Marine Biological Association U.K., Harvard and University of California, before returning to the UK to take up a prestigious Leverhulme Research Fellowship followed by a Marine Biological Association Research Fellowship. During that time she established and led a research team focused on addressing questions of environmental physiology that underpin the success of key marine phytoplankton species. Her work has been funded by over $2 million in individual and collaborative grants and has been published in over 25 journal articles and 5 book chapters. Dr Taylor continues to enjoy research collaborations in UK, Europe and USA and will be retaining and developing her international links here at UNCW via a recently awarded Senior Visiting Fellowship from the Marine Biological Association.

Dr. Marcel van Tuinen, Assistant Professor, began his tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology in January 2007. Dr. van Tuinen received his MA from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands in 1997 and his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park in 2000. He has been a research associate at the Pennsylvania State University, California Academy of Sciences, and Stanford University, a postdoctoral scholar at the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and a visiting scientist at the DC Zoo Genetics lab, the Smithsonian laboratory of Analytical Biology and the Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics at Uppsala University, Sweden. Dr. van Tuinen’s research focuses on bird systematics and comparative genomics as well as conservation genetics of marine mammals and birds. In addition, he has started a research lab in “ancient DNA” at the Center of Marine Science and curates the Department’s frozen tissue bank of the unique Carolina coast flora and fauna.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Hee-Seung Lee Dr. Hee-Seung Lee, Assistant Professor, received both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Seoul National University (Korea) before coming to the United States and attending The Ohio State University, where he earned his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry in 2001. Since then he has completed highly successful postdoctoral research experiences under John C. Light at The University of Chicago and Mark Tuckerman at New York University. Professor Lee is the author or coauthor of nineteen publications in the most prestigious journals in his discipline, and brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of physical chemistry. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses in general and physical chemistry, he will be involving students in projects that address his current research interests, which include oxidation/reduction reactions on fuel cell electrodes and organic functionalization of semiconductor surfaces.
Ralph N. Mead, Dr. Ralph N. Mead, Assistant Professor, received his PhD in Chemistry from Florida International University in 2003, and served as a postdoctoral research associate under M. A. Goni at the University of South Carolina from 2003 – 05. Since 2005 he has held the position of assistant professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. Dr. Mead has an impressive research record which includes six publications and twenty research presentations, and is co-pi of research grants totaling over $1.7 M currently pending with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Mead will teach introductory organic chemistry and advanced techniques in organic chemistry, and continue his research interests, which compliment those of other marine science faculty in the department.
Jeremy B. Morgan

Dr. Jeremy B. Morgan, Assistant Professor, was an Eli Lilly Graduate Fellow (2004) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD in Chemistry in 2004. Since that time he has served as National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow and Group Coordinator of the L. E. Overman group at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Morgan is author or coauthor of seven publications in highly respected journals, and has presented papers at three national meetings of the American Chemical Society, as well as a poster at the 2004 Gordon Conference in Stereochemistry. Dr. Morgan will teach introductory organic chemistry, and has sought funding from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to support his research in Catalytic Enantioselective Cohalogenation of Unactivated Alkenes.

Department of Communication Studies
Karen J. Ellison Dr. Karen J. Ellison, Assistant Professor, teaches courses in public relations. Karen earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her B.A. from Boise State University in Idaho. She taught courses in communication theory, language, gender and skills courses such as public speaking at the University of California in Davis, CA for ten years. Most recently Karen has worked in the private sector as a regulatory affairs specialist and public relations executive in the telecommunications industry. Karen joins the faculty Fall of 2007. Karen enjoys the outdoors and flying – she is a private pilot and owns a small antique aircraft.
Kelli L. Fellows

Dr. Kelli L. Fellows, Assistant Professor, will begin her tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Communication Studies in fall 2007. Dr. Fellows received her BA in public relations and MS in speech communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, and PhD from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation, funded by the University of Georgia’s Graduate Dean’s Research Award, is entitled “Deconstructing the Perfect Identity: Exploring the Existence and Role of Smoker Identity in Cognitive Processing of Smoking Cessation Messages.” The dissertation develops a quantitative measure of smoker identity and tests the identity’s impact on cessation message processing. Two-time recipient of the Robert N. Bostrom Young Scholar Award from the Southern States Communication Association, Dr. Fellows’ publications focus on the intersection of health and identity. Her research interests center around tobacco cessation, tobacco document research, and risk and crisis communication.

Department of Creative Writing
Emily L. Smith

Ms. Emily L. Smith will begin as Interim Director of the Publishing Laboratory in the Department of Creative Writing in July 2007. A native of South Carolina, Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from UNCW, where she held the Byington Fellowship. As a student teaching assistant in the Publishing Laboratory, she designed and typeset the place-based literary journal Ecotone and Andy Wood’s Backyard Carolina, in addition to many others. Most recently, she served as Writer-in-Residence for the independent press, Hub City Writers Project and its sister arts initiative HUB-BUB in Spartanburg, SC. Spartanburg Revisited: A Second Look at the Photographs of Alfred and Bob Willis, for which she wrote an introduction, is forthcoming in fall 2007. Smith’s poems have recently appeared in journals and anthologies including Columbia Poetry Review, Front Porch, Kakalak, The Journal, Smartish Pace, and Tar River Poetry.

Department of English
Shirley A. Mathews Ms. Shirley A. Mathews, Lecturer, spent more than two decades writing for newspapers and magazines, winning numerous awards from The Associated Press, United Press International, the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations. Most recently, she spent four years as the managing editor of a health news wire service, reporting and writing on the latest developments and interviewing the foremost experts in every aspect of science, nutrition and medicine and is herself the author of a nutrition book. In her multi-layered career, she has been a police reporter, night city editor, humor columnist, travel writer, arts/entertainment editor, magazine writer, editor, photographer and Web master. She has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
John P. Walter Mr. John P. Walter,Visiting Lecturer, is finishing his Ph.D. work at Saint Louis University. His dissertation, “Remembering That Which We Forgot: The Canon of Memory and English Studies” examines the role memoria (the rhetorical canon of memory) plays in the study and practice of rhetoric, composition, and literary studies by focusing on the connections between memory and mental, verbal, and graphic imagery and how such imagery is used to make meaning; on mnemonic practices and technologies as compositional tools; and on the role social memory plays in rhetoric and literature. His teaching and research interests center around a historical and comparativist study of traditions, with a focus in the intersections of the history and theory of rhetoric and composition, orality-literacy studies (oral, chirographic, print, electronic and digital technologies and cultures), medieval studies and medievalism, social memory studies, and science fiction and fantasy. For the past three years, he has been the processing archivist of Saint Louis University’s Walter J. Ong, SJ, Manuscript Collection. Currently, in addition to serving as a consulting curator to the Ong Collection, he serves on the CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication and on the editorial board of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
Jesse B. Waters Mr. Jesse B. Waters, Lecturer, earned both a BA in English and an MFA in poetry from UNCW. Having been Department Chair for General Studies at Miller-Motte College for the past five years, he has now returned as a Visiting Lecturer in the English Dept. for the 2007 - 2008 academic year.
Department of Environmental Studies
Anthony G. Snider

Dr. Anthony G. Snider, joins the Department of Environmental Studies in Fall 2007 as an Assistant Professor in Natural Resource Management. Dr. Snider received his Ph.D. in Forestry at NC State University. He was the Southern Sites Manager for NC Coastal Reserve and NC National Estuarine Research Preserve before joining the department. Dr. Snider also taught natural resource policy, administration, and management at the University of Minnesota. He has published in Forest Policy and Economics and Journal of Forestry among others. He is an award winning poet and has recently completed an M.F.A. in poetry at Vermont College.

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Jess M. Boersma Mr. Jess M. Boersma, Lecturer,will begin his tenure-track position as assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures in fall 2007. Mr. Boresma received his B.S. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is anticipating completion of his Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University prior to the beginning of classes. His dissertation is titled “Combating the Modern State: War and Literature as Weak Dialectic in Galdós, Sender, Semprún and Goytisolo,” and it provides a literary and critical context for the examination of state-sponsored violence in four defining moments in the contemporary history of Spain and Europe. Mr. Boersma was selected in the summer of 2004 by The Carter Center to participate as a member of an international delegation for the Venezuelan presidential recall vote, and in 1999 he headed a medical clinic for Hurricane Mitch relief deployment in Nicaragua. His teaching experience includes courses in film, violence theory, Spanish language, and graduate courses in Spanish literature.
Brian T. Chandler Dr. Brian T. Chandler, Assistant Professor, starts his tenure-track position in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures in fall 2007 as an assistant professor of Spanish with a focus on Latin America. He received a B.A. from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a M.A. from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He has just completed his doctorate at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a dissertation titled “The Past is Present: Mexican Historiographic Metaliterature.” His research interest lies in the history and literature of contemporary Mexico. He is also interested in the cultural, economic and political interaction between Mexico and the U.S. Dr. Chandler has had experience with service-learning and is seeking to implement this methodology in his classes at UNCW.
Amrita Das Dr. Amrita Das, Assistant Professor, will begin her tenure-track position as an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures in fall 2007. Dr. Das earned her B.A. in English Literature and her M.A. in Spanish at the University of Delhi, India. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Florida State University, and has served for 2 years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at The Citadel. Her dissertation, “Writing Memory: The Latino Community and Continuity in the Writings of Julia Alvarez, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Achy Obejas,” examined the continuing connection of the diasporic communities in the U.S. to their native Caribbean cultures, through the modes of Memory and narrative. Her research interests in the area of Contemporary Latin American literature focus on the postmodern narrative, the autobiography as a communal text, and U.S. Latino literature.
David A. Gagliano Mr. David A. Gagliano, Lecturer, will begin teaching Latin and Classics in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures in fall 2007. Mr. Gagliano received his B.A. from Tulane University in Classics and Anthropology and his M.A. in Classics from Florida State University. Mr. Gagliano has teaching experience in Latin, mythology and courses in translation. He served as Assistant Site Director and Trench Supervisor on archaeological expeditions in Italy.
Jiangbo Wan Dr. Jiangbo Wan, Lecturer, will initiate a program in Chinese in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures in fall 2007. Dr. Wan received her B.A. and her Ph.D. from Shanghai International Studies University and her M.A. from Fudan University where she now teaches as Senior Lecturer. Her teaching and research interests focus on the cultural and literary perspectives in translation.
Department of Film Studies
Andrew M. Hulse

Mr. Andrew M. Hulse, Assistant Professor, is a filmmaker who hails from Kingston, Ohio. He has worked in the film industry in Los Angeles and New York for more than ten years as a writer, director, actor and cinematographer. He received a B.A. from Denison University, an M.T.S. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at New York University where he was a Global Fellow in the Performing Arts. He has directed several award-winning short films, and his feature documentary, Gibson Girls, premiered on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. in 2005. Hulse was recently hired to adapt and direct a feature film based on War Memorials, the Pulitzer-nominated novel by Clint McCown.

Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences
Jorge Figueroa Dr. Jorge Figueroa, Assistant Professor, will be joining the facultyof Health and Applied Human Sciences in Fall 2007 and will serve as coordinator of Community Health. Dr. Figueroareceived his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. He interned at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Brown University, School of Medicine. Dr. Figueroa is the author of numerous professional journal articles and book chapters. He has devoted his professional career to improving community health and is a widely recognized health psychologist.
Margo Greicar Ms. Margo Greicar, will be joining the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences in Fall 2007 as an Athletic Training Education Lecturer. Ms. Greicar attended University of North Dakota and Temple University for her B.S. and Master’s degrees respectively. She anticipates graduating in 2008 from Bowling Green State University with an Ed.D in Educational Administration and Leadership Studies. She has over 15 years of athletic training experience, including several years served as Head Athletic Trainer at the high school and college level.
Cara Sidman Dr. Cara Sidman, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, will begin her tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences in Fall 2007 and will coordinate PED 101. Dr. Sidman received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, M.S. from Appalachian State University, and B.A. from UNCW. She has been teaching as an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin- Whitewater since 2005. Among her research topics are physical activity of sedentary women and the use of pedometers during physical activity. Dr. Sidman has been a part of several international, national, and regional professional presentations, including numerous National Wellness and National AAHPERD Conferences in years past.
Laura Spivey

Ms. Laura Spivey will begin lecturing in Parks and Recreation Management for the Department of Health and Applied Human Sciences in Fall 2007. As an adjunct professor at ECU, Ms. Spivey has taught courses for more than two years and has served as an academic advisor for the past three years. She earned both her B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently in the process of completing her Doctor of Education at ECU. In recent years past, Ms. Spivey has served as Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Assistant Director of Intramural Sports, Summer Camps, and Special Events at the ECU Department of Recreational Services.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Cuixian (Tracy) Chen Ms. Cuixian (Tracy) Chen, Visiting Assistant Professor, will begin her position in the Mathematics and Statistics Department in the fall 2007. Dr. Chen received a B.A. in Statistics and Probability and a M.A. in Applied Math from Zhongshan University, China and a M.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Binghamton University. Her dissertation is titled “Asymptotic Properties of BJE in Linear Regression Models with Bivariate Mixed Interval-Censored Data.”
Xiaojie (Stanley) Hou Dr. Xiaojie (Stanley) Hou, Assistant Professor, will begin his tenure-track assistant professor position in the Mathematics and Statistics Department in the fall 2007. Dr. Hou received his BS and MS from Shan-Dong Teacher’s University, China. He received his PhD from The University of Iowa in 2004. His dissertation, “Traveling Wave Solutions of One Dimensional Reaction Diffusion Equation,” is a study in dynamical systems and partial differential equations and their applications, especially in biology. Before coming to UNCW, Dr. Hou held the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at University of Cincinnati, where he taught a variety of undergraduate mathematics courses and conducted research on the effects of class size and college mathematics study in addition to his primary research topics.
Kelli M. Slaten

Dr. Kelli M. Slaten, Assistant Professor, began her tenure-track assistant professor position in the Mathematics and Statistics Department in January 2007. Dr. Slaten received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University in 2006. Her dissertation “Effective Teaching and Uses of Instructional Representations in Secondary Geometry: A Comparison of a Novice and an Experienced Mathematics Teacher” has been nominated for NC State’s Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Award. Her research in software engineering education has been published in the ACM Journal of Educational Resources in Computing and the International Journal on Engineering Education. She has presented numerous conference papers concerning the teaching and learning of mathematics through the use of representations and has participated in a variety of related research projects through the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) at NC State.

Department of Philosophy and Religion
Jeffrey S. Durham Dr. Jeffrey S. Durham, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (2004) and his B.A. from University of Texas at Austin. His areas of research include Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He has mastered, among other languages, Sanskrit, classical Tibetan, ancient Egyptian, Greek, Latin, and ancient Mayan. He has a book, The Immortality Project: Seven Adventures in the Archaeology of Religion, and several articles, including “Sensory Sam€dhi: Textual Transcendence Technologies” and “Rationalization & the Ratnak™˜a Reforms: An Analysis of Early Mah€y€na Protest Tracts,” under review. Jeffrey will be teaching, in addition to other classes, a 495 seminar “The Immortality Project.”
Matthew C. Eshleman Dr. Matthew C. Eshleman, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. from Duquesne University (2005), his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. His area of research interest is history of philosophy, with a special interest in French Philosophy from Descartes to Derrida. He is developing a book project on Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. He has published “The Cartesian Unconscious” History of Philosophy Quarterly, “Sartre and Foucault on Ideal Constraint,” Sartre Studies International, and “Two Dogmas of Sartrean Existentialism,” Philosophy Today, and has presented papers in the US and Canada. Matthew will be teaching, in addition to other classes, a 495 seminar “French Existentialism.”
Scott M. James Dr. Scott M. James, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (College Park, 2005), and a B.A. in Philosophy from Connecticut College. His areas of research interest are normative ethics and meta-ethics, with special interests in the relationship between ethics, cognitive psychology and evolution, and in the concept of beneficence. He has published “Good Samaritans, Good Humanitarians,” Journal of Applied Philosophy, “Human Evolution and the Possibility of Moral Realism,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and has Making Sense of the Inevitable: A Reader in the Philosophy of Death under review. Scott will be teaching, in addition to other classes, a 495 seminar “Foundations of Ethics.”
Eva D. Kort Dr. Eva D. Kort, Lecturer, received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida (Gainesville, 2001), and a B.A. from Indiana University. Her area of research interest is applied ethics with the interest in the application of the concept of personal identity. She has published “Stillingfleet and Locke on Substance, Essence, and Articles of Faith,” Locke Studies, “Indecent Bodily Exposure: A Reply,” Professional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal and has presented papers across the US. Eva will be teaching PAR 101, Invitation to Philosophical Thinking, and PAR 110, Logic.
Department of Psychology
Wendy Donlin Dr. Wendy Donlin will begin her tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Psychology Department in August, 2007. Dr. Donlin received her BA from West Virginia University and her MA and PhD in Experimental Psychology from Auburn University with specialties in behavior analysis and behavioral toxicology. She was awarded a prestigious National Institute on Drug Abuse Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she has been studying behavioral treatments of addiction.
Cameron Gordon Dr. Cameron Gordon, Assistant Professor, will join the Psychology Department in a tenure-track position in August, 2007. Dr. Gordon received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne and his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He recently completed his clinical internship at the Duke University VA Medical Center. His research interests are in the study of interpersonal relations, particularly marriage and intimate relationships.
Dr. Christine E. Hughes, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. and M.S. from University of Florida and B.A. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Ms. Jennifer G. Myers, Lecturer, received her M.A. from Western Carolina University and B.A. from Ohio University.
Department of Public and International Affairs
Angela Y. Douglas Ms. Angela Y. Douglas is a Lecturer in Political Science and also the MPA Professional Administrative Coordinator. Angela is A.B.D. in Political Science at the University of South Carolina, holds an M.P.A. degree in Transportation and Public Management from Georgia State University, and a B.A. degree in Political Science and History from UNC Charlotte. Her teaching and research interests focus on health and welfare policy changes that improve the quality of life of disadvantaged populations.
Laurie E. Paarlberg Dr. Laurie E. Paarlberg, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Her teaching and research interests include: nonprofit management and leadership, managing NGOs in an international context, and organization theory and behavior. Laurie is a true “pracademic,” blending prior professional and practical experience in a variety of nonprofit settings in Indiana, New York (at the Rockefeller Institute of Government at SUNY-Albany), and California (at San Francisco State University). In the process, she has authored or coauthored articles in International Journal of Public Management, American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration Review, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Jungkun Seo

Dr. Jungkun Seo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Political Science from Seoul National University. In addition, Jungkun completed coursework in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California at San Diego. His teaching and research interests focus on applying time-series analysis to American politics, especially policy changes in the U.S. Congress and American political parties. Jungkun is the coauthor of an article in Asian Perspective and has research in progress on the domestic sources of China policy in the U.S. Congress and the role of moderate coalitions in a polarized Congress.

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Erin J. Farley Dr. Erin J. Farley, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D., M.A. from the University of Delaware and her B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Yunus Kaya Dr. Yunus Kaya, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D., M.A. from Duke University, and B.A. from Koc University Istanbul.
Shannon A. Santana Dr. Shannon A. Santana, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D., from the University of Cincinnati and her M.S. from University of Central Florida and B.A. from University of Florida.
Chelsea Starr Dr. Chelsea Starr, Lecturer, received her Ph.D., M.A. from University of California, Irvine and B.A. from University of California Los Angeles.
Dr. Jean-Anne A. Sutherland, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D., and M.A. in 1999 from University of Akron, M.A. in 1995 from University of West Georgia and B.A. from Georgia State University.
Department of Theatre
Scott D.  Nice

Mr. Scott D. Nice, Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement, received his B.A. in Theatre/Performance, Western Michigan University, M.F.A. in Acting, University of Northern Illinois and Graduate Certificate, American Musical Dramatic Academy. He has taught at numerous universities and was also the resident voice and movement instructor for the Gately/Poole Acting Intensives where he trained actors for work in film and television. Professor Nice has been certified with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has choreographed over 50 plays and trained actors all over the US and Western Europe. He has worked as a professional mime and clown for nearly 25 years and has over 20 year’s experience as a professional actor.

In addition to serving KC/ACTF as a respondent and a member of the selection committee, Scott was associate editor for the International Dialects of English Archive for the region of Iowa. He is currently finishing his certification as an Associate Fitzmaurice Voice Works Teacher. Scott has also done numerous television commercials and voiceovers and teaches voice and speech privately. Scott is very excited to be a part of the Department of Theatre at UNCW.

Graduate Liberal Studies

Dr. Mika Elovaara, Lecturer and Assistant Director of Graduate Liberal Studies, will begin his position in the Graduate Liberal Studies program in fall 2007. A four-year letterman and former team captain of the Seahawk soccer team, Dr. Elovaara received his BA from UNCW in 1999, and his MA and PhD from the University of Oulu, Finland. His dissertation, Suicidal Alcoholics, Metrosexual Family Men and Other Heroes? – Representations of Modern Athletic Hero examines the characteristics of modern athletic heroes and the concept of heroism in contemporary mediated culture. Dr. Elovaara's dissertation aroused vast media attention in his native country, Finland, and the evaluation committee was unanimous in granting Dr. Elovaara an outstanding grade for his dissertation work. In 2006, Dr. Elovaara was the Recipient of the substantial Emil Aaltonen Foundation’s (Tampere, Finland) Young Researcher’s Grant. He has also published ESL textbooks and worked as a translator for a number of years.

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