The Campus Chronicle

The Campus Chronicle, an online newspaper
for University of West Georgia faculty and staff, is the official
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Welcome New Faculty

Welcome back to campus. Here’s hoping you had a productive summer. Let’s get started on a great Fall 2011 by greeting our new faculty members. In your travels around campus, if you see a new face or hear a new name, please stop and say hello. If we missed anyone, sorry! And please let the editor know.

College of Education

Dr. Michael T. Garrett joins us as professor and chairman of the Department of Collaborative Support and Intervention. His Ph.D. is from UNC, Greensboro. Previously he was at the University of Florida, where he was the acting chair of the Department of Counselor Education, Educational Administration, and Educational Psychology.

Dr. James DeVita also joins the faculty of the Department of Collaborative Support & Intervention from Iowa State University’s Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, where he was a lecturer. Previously, Dr. DeVita was a research assistant at the University of Tennessee, Knoville, where he worked on the NSF grant project, African-American and Latino Males in STEM, Center for Higher Education Research.

Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa joins the department’s Speech Language Pathology program. Her doctorate is from Georgia State University and her research has included sports-related concussions and young children with traumatic brain injuries.

Dr. Michael Keim moves into a tenure track position in the department. Dr. Keim’s research interests include ethical and legal issues in professional counseling, as well as issues relating to counseling in the military community and deployment.

The Department of Educational Innovation welcomes Dr. Yun-Jo An. She has her doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington. Her current research interests include learner-centered technology integration, problem-based learning, and instructional theory building.

Dr. Yan Yang comes to us from the University of Texas at Brownsville, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies. She has also been an assistant professor in TESOL at Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China and an instructor at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Brian Mosier, assistant professor of health and physical education, in the Department of Leadership and Applied Instruction, moves into a tenure-track position. Also joining LAI are Dr. Mack Bullard and Dr. Thomas Thrasher. Bullard has extensive district and building level administrative experience throughout Georgia. Thrasher has extensive experience as both a math teacher and an assistant principal.

Francis Stonier joins the Department of Early Learning and Childhood Education. He comes to us from Old Dominion University. His research interests are: digital literacy; technology integration; multicultural education; and distance learning.

Richards College of Business

Dr. Kimberly M. Green comes to the Department of Management from Clemson University, where she was an assistant professor. Her research interests are: corporate entrepreneurship; corporate venturing; new product development; strategic management of innovative firms; and strategic alliances.

Susana Velez-Castrillon, who comes to us from the University of Houston, also joins Management. Her research interests include: corporate reputation; team composition and dynamics in top management teams; management of technology and innovation; and improvisation in strategic decision making.

Also joining Management is Michael Borsodi. The courses he taught Brenau University include: introduction to information systems, introduction to project management; and operations management. He has 17 years of business experience and seven years of military experience. His master’s is from Georgia Tech and his BS is from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Dr. Michael Sinkey joins the Department of Economics from Ohio State University. His research includes: behavioral finance and behavioral economics; empirical finance and industrial organization; applied game theory; and contract theory.

Linxiao Liu joins the Department of Accounting & Finance from the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research includes: the role of accounting numbers in firm contracts; executive compensation, earnings management; and auditing.

College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Hwahwan Kim is a new assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences. He comes to us from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Geographic Information Science and Technology group. His doctorate in geography is from UGA.

Dr. Kyunghee Moon joins the Department of Mathematics as an assistant professor. She has been an instructor at Santa Barbara City College, where she taught calculus and intermediate algebra.

Also joining Mathematics as limited term instructors Dr. Guven Yuceturk, Robert Staples, Dr. Debrata Mukherjee, Dr. Imre Patyi and Carrie Thielemier.

Yuceturk comes to us from Auburn University, where he earned his doctorate in mathematics and where he was an adjunct instructor. His master’s is from Koc University in Istanbul Turkey. His research interests are: graph theory, design theory; discrete mathematics and combinatorics.

Staples joins us from West Central Technical College in Douglasville where he was an adjunct instructor. He has taught in Georgia public and private schools for more than 20 years. His career specialty is “preparing people for college level mathematics coursework by focusing on content mastery and character development.”

Dr. Debrata Mukherjee earned his doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill. Previously he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Dallas. Among the courses he taught were group theory, discrete math and calculus. He also taught at Arkansas State University and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Patyi comes to us from GSU. His doctorate is from Purdue University and his master’s in mathematics is from Eotvos University in Budapest, Hungary.

Thielemier joins us from Arkanas State University-Mountain Home, where she used the computer-based MyMath Lab to teach basic methods and applications of algebra. Her master’s and bachelor’s degrees are from Arkansas State University.

College of Social Sciences

Dr. Kerriann Marden joins the Department of Anthropology. Her experience includes a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution and as a visiting researcher with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Dr. Kathleen Skott-Myhre, whose doctoral research topic was a multigenerational study of young Irish women, joins the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore also joins Psychology. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience and most recently was a senior research fellow at the Rhine Research Center in Durham, N.C.

Laura Lutgen and Patricia Riley join the Department of Criminology as limited term instructors. Lutgen’s experience includes working at UWG as a graduate research assistant. Riley comes to us from Axia College in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was an adjunct psychology professor.

Viviene Wood and Winston Tripp join the Department of Sociology, as limited term instructors. Wood’s experience includes work as testing coordinator for the Department of Juvenile Justice and a part time adjunct instructor at UWG. Tripp’s teaching experience includes political sociology and social statistics.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing welcomes Holly Dever, a professional nurse and educator. Dever’s experience includes time as staff member of Fidelity on Call and a nursing instructor at Illnois Central College. Her professional interests include: palliative care, quality of life with chronic illness; and patient education.

Sherese Howell, who has been a teacher at Brenau University and a Cardiac ICU staff nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, also joins Nursing. Her experience includes caring for children with heart disease in critical care settings.

Also joining the Nursing faculty is Julie Weber, whose professional experience includes time as a nurse practioner at the West Georgia Center for Plastic Surgery and as a staff nurse at the Urology Associates Surgery Center in Marietta. She has also been an operating room staff nurse at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where she was a member of the Orthopedic Specialty Team.

Deborah Davison, who obtained her MSN here at UWG, also joins the faculty. Her extensive experience includes time as a school nurse and as pediatric nurse. Her BSN is from Cal State, Fresno.

Tina Warren comes to us from West Georgia Technical College, where she was an instructor, and WellStar Douglas Hospital, where she was a staff nurse. Her MSN/Ed.D. is from the University of Alabama.

College of Arts and Humanties

Dr. Felix W. Tweraser joins UWG as professor and chairman of the Department of Foreign Languages. Tweraser’s scholarly interests include: interdisciplinary German studies; Austrian literature and culture; the cultural Cold War; and Film Studies. His Ph.D. in Germanic studies is from Indiana University.

William McGuire joins Foreign Languages as a limited term instructor. McGuire has been a Spanish teacher in schools in Coweta and Henry counties. He’s also been an interpreter in Coweta County State Court.

Dr. Joshua Byrd joins the Department of Music as an assistant professor and the director of bands. Byrd comes to us with extensive experience in UGA’s band program, including serving as the drumline instructor and visual designer of UGA’s 400+ Redcoat Marching Band.

Emily Hunt joins Music as a limited term instructor. She comes to us from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She also taught there, including music theory and music appreciation.

Dr. David Pye joins the Department of History as a limited term instructor. His Ph.D. in U.S. history and American legal history is from the University of California, San Diego. He has taught at the University of Louisiana, UC San Diego, San Diego Mesa College. He has also been a teaching assistant at UGA and served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Laura Miller joins the Department of English as an assistant professor. Miller comes to us from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was a full time lecturer. She has also taught the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her languages include French, Latin and Spanish.

Crystal O’Neal and Burke Nixon also join the English Department as limited term instructors.

O’Neal’s teaching experience includes Georgia State, where she taught composition, business writing and world literature. Her conference presentations include “Writing Irish: Coming to Terms with Irish Identity,” at the American Conference for Irish Studies Southern Regional Conference.

Nixon comes to us from the University of Mississippi, where he was a creative writing instructor. He has also been the fiction editor of the Yalobusha Review, the University of Mississippi literary journal.