New Faculty

New Faculty (last name A-M)

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Omar Alzaghari, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing 
B.S.N.: Alzaytoonah University 
M.S.N.: University of Jordan 
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina Greensboro 
Fun fact:
I like to play soccer in my spare time.


No PhotoJoni “Osku” Backstrom, Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science
B.S.: Florida Atlantic University
M.S.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ph.D.: Ulster University
Fun fact:
I really enjoy surfing - no better way to start the day than an early morning surf. Watching our 6-month-old puppy wrestling and playing with other dogs is pretty comical!


Placeholder ImagePaula Baisden, Lecturer, School of Nursing
M.S.N.: Aspen University
B.S.N.: Valparaiso University
Fun fact:
I enjoy anything outdoors - camping, fishing, hiking and the beach. 


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José Pablo Barragán, Lecturer, Department of World Languages and Cultures
B.A.: Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)
M.A.: Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)
Ph.D.: Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)
Ph.D.: University of Iowa
Fun fact:
I like cooking, watching soccer and learning new languages (studying Mandarin right now).


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Tawny Burgess, Lecturer and Clinical Coordinator, School of Nursing
A.D.N.: Cape Fear Community College
B.S.N.: Chamberlain School of Nursing
DNP: University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis
Fun fact:
I sew historical clothing, mostly 1760-1800 by hand from extant examples and sometimes patterns from extant gowns, read Jane Austen as often as possible and keep chickens.


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Maia L. Butler, Assistant Professor of African American Literature, Department of English
B.A.: University of Alaska at Anchorage
M.A.: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Ph.D.: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Fun fact:
I enjoy traveling and adventures, gardening and building community through food sharing.


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Tom Cariveau, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
B.S.: University of Minnesota Duluth
M.S.: University of Oregon
Ph.D.: University of Oregon
Fun fact:
I enjoy activities that include a healthy dose of competition.


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Sabrina T. Cherry, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.S.: Morris Brown College
M.S.P.H.: University of South Carolina
M.T.S.: Emory University
Dr.P.H.: University of Georgia
Fun fact:
I love to read, still enjoy spending time at libraries and am fascinated by the architecture in older buildings. One of my bucket list items is to take an international library tour.


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Clydie Coward-Murrell, Lecturer, School of Nursing
B.S.N.: Indiana State University
M.S.N.: South University
Doctoral Candidate - South University
Fun fact:
In my spare time I love to travel, spend time with family and friends.


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Melissa Crowe, Lecturer and MFA Coordinator, Department of Creative Writing
B.A.: University of Maine
M.F.A.: Sarah Lawrence College
Ph.D.: University of Georgia
Fun fact:
Unlike most human beings on earth, I'm a huge fan of even the silliest puns. Try me!


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Tim Daniels, Assistant Professor, Physics and Physical Oceanography
B.A.: St. John's College
M.S.: UNC Chapel Hill
Ph.D.: UNC Chapel Hill
Fun fact:
I'm a new parent!


PhotoB. Suzy Diggle, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
B.S.N.: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
M.S.N.: Hunter College
Ph.D.: Capella University
Fun fact:
I love being outdoors as much as possible, especially in or near water. I have three fantastic, successful daughters who all live in different states.


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Hélène B. Ducros, Lecturer, International Studies
B.A.: University of Maryland-College Park
J.D.: University of North Carolina School of Law
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Rochelle DuFord, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion
B.A.: New College of Florida
M.A.: Binghamton University
Ph.D.: Binghamton University
Fun fact:
I’m really into learning new D.I.Y. skills. In the last year, I taught myself to how to can food, bind books and build an indoor garden.


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Jason Foster, Lecturer, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.S.: Slippery Rock University 
M.S.: James Madison University 
Ph.D.: University of Northern Colorado (in progress)
Fun fact:
I enjoy homebrewing, working out and watching both collegiate and professional sports.

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Timothy M. Gill, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
B.A.: John Carroll University
M.A.: Cleveland State University
Ph.D.: University of Georgia
Fun fact:
I enjoy following Venezuelan and U.S. politics. I recently returned from a trip to Albania and Kosovo, among a few other places, which I greatly enjoyed.


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Gaurav Gupta, Assistant Professor. Department of Accountancy and Business Law, Cameron School of Business
B.com.: University of Delhi
MBA: Pepperdine University
Ph.D.: The University of Texas at El Paso
Fun fact:
I enjoy playing tennis and spending time at the beach.


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Linda G. Haddad, Professor and Associate Chair, School of Nursing
M.S.N.: University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D.: University of Maryland at Baltimore
Fun fact:
I love traveling.


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Debra Rhodes Jackson, Lecturer and Assistant Program Coordinator, School of Social Work
B.S.: Campbell University
M.S.W.: East Carolina University
Fun fact:
I am happy to be a devoted mom/taxi driver for my two busy, smart and athletic kids!


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Meredith Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education, Watson College of Education
B.A.: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.Ed.: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fun fact:
Every February I participate in a polar plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics. It's a chilly good time!


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Ashley Knox, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Randall Library
B.A.: Campbell University
M.S.: North Carolina Central University
Post-grad: University of South Carolina
Fun fact:
I like quilting, walking, hanging with my husband and pup at the beach and parks, and spending time with friends and family.


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Hikmet Kocamaner, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
B.A.: Hacettepe University 
M.A.: Middle East Technical University 
Ph.D.: University of Arizona
Post-doctoral: Brandeis University
Fun fact:
I am what many people call these days a “foodie.” I like taking photographs and sharing them on Instagram. I enjoy watching foreign films and attending film and art festivals.


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Athena R. Kolbe, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
B.A.: Skidmore College
M.A.: Golden Gate Seminary
M.A.: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
M.S.W.: Wayne State University
Graduate Certificate: Wayne State University
Ph.D.: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Fun fact:
I love ice cream, travel and taking afternoon naps.


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Georg Koszulinski, Assistant Professor, Film Studies
M.A.: University of Florida
MFA: University of Iowa


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Kirsten Kringle-Baer, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religion
B.A.: College of St. Catherine
M.A.: University of Minnesota
Ph.D.: University of Minnesota
Fun fact:
I hate Disney World!


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Roby Kurian, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S.: University of Calicut, India
M.S.: Mahatmagandhi University, India
Ph.D.: University of Maine
Postdoctoral Research - University of Massachusetts Amherst
Fun fact:
I like to watch movies, mostly arthouse and classics.


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Brooke H. Langston-DeMott, Assistant Professor, Department of Early, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education, Watson College of Education
B.A.: Rollins College
M.Ed.: University of North Florida
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina Greensboro
Fun fact: 
In my early 20s, I was a huge fan of the show “One Tree Hill.” I once drove 12 hours to be an extra on the show! These days I love spending time at the beach and exploring local parks with my husband, our 6-month-old daughter and our 6-year-old fur baby.


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Lucas Layman, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
B.S.: Loyola College
M.S.: North Carolina State University
Ph.D.: North Carolina State University
Fun fact:
I have a scar on my forehead from where my cousin attacked me with an Etch A Sketch.


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Pierre Le Pabic, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
B.S.: University de Bretagne Occidentale
Ph.D.: East Carolina University
Fun fact:
I'm learning to sail the Wilmington waters with my wife and daughters.


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Jennifer Le Zotte, Assistant Professor, Department of History
B.S.: University of Florida
M.A.: University of Florida
Ph.D.: University of Virginia
Fun fact:
I love to cook with my husband and spend time outside with our two young sons. Bad puns make me laugh!


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Lizzette Perez Lespier, Assistant Professor, Department of Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain, Cameron School of Business
B.S.: Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus 
M.S.: Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology 
Ph.D.: Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology
Fun fact: 
Asking Alexa for the flash briefings of the day when I wake up and before bed. Running, biking, dancing and finding hidden restaurant gems.


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Shu-Yu (Aaron) Liao, NMR/MS Facilities Director, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
B.S.: University of Iowa
Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Post-graduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fun fact:
I like to play badminton.


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Tamara Link, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
B.S.N.: Bowling Green State University
M.S.N.: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
DNP: Duke University
Fun fact:
Love anything outdoors - boating, biking and hiking with the dogs.


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Elizabeth Loparits, Lecturer, Department of Music
B.A.: Frank Liszt Academy of Music
M.A.: Illinois State University
D.M.A.: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Fun fact:
I love the ocean, high mountains and chocolate.


PhotoJohn E. Lothes II, Lecturer, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.A.: Shepherd University
M.A.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ed.D.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Fun fact:
I founded the UNCW Aikido club while in graduate school. Since starting the club we have had five students and five faculty/staff go on to get their black belts in aikido (and more to come!), as well as other members from the greater Wilmington community.


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Jennifer M. Lozano, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature, English Department
B.A.: Texas A &M University 
M.A.: Kansas State University 
Ph.D.: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Fun fact: 
I have lived in six states over the last 15 years. Our last move (to North Carolina) involved two dogs, a two-and-a-half-month-old baby, a 26-foot moving truck and a small car in tow. Happy our journey brought us to UNCW!


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Donna Maglio, Lecturer, School of Social Work
B.A.: Rutgers University
M.S.W.: University of Pennsylvania
Fun fact: 
In my other life, I love riding and training horses!


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Jennifer McCall, Assistant Professor, Clinical Research, College of Health and Human Services
B.S.: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
M.S.: University of North Carolina Charlotte
MBA: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina Charlotte
Fun fact: 
In my “spare time” (what is that??), I like to play with my kids.


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Minoo Modaresnezhad, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain, Cameron School of Business
B.S.: Ferdowsi University (Iran)
M.S.: Ferdowsi University (Iran)
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina Greensboro
Fun fact:
I enjoy playing racquetball, hiking and cooking with my husband. I used to write short fiction and nonfiction stories.


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Laura Morris, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.S.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S.: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ed.D.: East Carolina University
Fun fact:
I’m a huge college football fan.


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