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Forty-one new faculty join UIS

August 18, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Forty-one new faculty members have joined the University of Illinois at Springfield for the 2006 fall semester. Twenty-four will teach in programs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; ten will teach in the College of Public Affairs and Administration; five in the College of Business and Management; and two in the College of Education and Human Services.

Mary Addison-Lamb, clinical instructor of Liberal Studies, has a long history with the UIS campus, having served in a variety of positions, including administrative assistant in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and adjunct faculty member in the Credit for Prior Learning and Women’s Studies programs. She is also the founder and director of Springfield’s Namaste Yoga Center. Addison-Lamb earned a B.A. in liberal arts/social work at the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Women’s Studies/Innovative Education through the Individual Option program at Sangamon State University (now UIS).

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Deborah Anthony, assistant professor of Legal Studies, comes to UIS from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a teaching assistant. She was also in practice for three years as an attorney in Minnesota and has been a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the ACLU of Colorado. She earned the J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Her research/professional interests include race and gender politics and the law, particularly employer practices, discrimination, and affirmative action.

Kandice Biggs, clinical instructor in writing in the Center for Teaching and Learning, has been an adjunct instructor in reading, writing, English, and computer science at UIS and Richland Community College and previously was assistant to UIS’ interim vice chancellor for undergraduate education.  She earned the bachelor’s and master’s degree in English at UIS.  Her research/professional interests include reading and writing strategies for the unprepared college student.

Donna Bussell, assistant professor of English, is a medieval specialist with a 2005 Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her research interests are in socio-political dissent as reflected in narratives of the lives of female saints. She also focuses on medieval science and medicine, reflecting a previous career as a nurse. She began her duties at UIS in January.

William Carpenter, assistant professor of English, comes to UIS from Chapman University, Orange, California, where his teaching included courses in creative non-fiction and rhetoric. He also taught at Lafayette College, where he received an award for teaching excellence.  At UIS, he will focus on composition. His professional interests include writing across the curriculum, creative non-fiction, and poetry. He earned the Ph.D. in composition studies and the English language from the University of Kansas and the M.A. in English from Kansas State.

Lucinda Caughey, instructor in Computer Science, was a visiting associate professor of computer science at Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, before returning to UIS where she earned a master’s degree in computer science in 2001. Caughey has 16 years’ experience in the aerospace industry, where she had served as a senior engineer and managed an electronics calibration lab.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Hua Chen, assistant professor of Biology, was previously a research fellow in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Chen’s areas of expertise include simulation modeling, field management, GIS and spatial analysis, and computational biology. He earned the Ph.D. in forest ecology from Oregon State University and the M.S. in forestry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Vickie Cook, visiting assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Program, comes to UIS after serving for 14 years at Kaskaskia Community College, the past five years as dean of Continuing Education and University Alliance. In the EDL program, she will support the areas of curriculum, assessment, and leadership. Cook’s research interests include adult literacy, adult learning, and leadership.  She earned the Ph.D. in higher education leadership from Capella University in 2004.

Adriana Crocker, assistant professor of Political Studies, has been an instructor at Northern Illinois University and a visiting faculty member at Wheaton College and Benedictine University. She earned the Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in 2005. Her research/professional interests focus on  Latin American politics, women in politics, and the diffusion of gender quota legislation in Latin America.

Tansu Demir, assistant professor of Public Administration, comes to UIS from Florida Atlantic University, where he taught courses in human resource management and ethics and values. He earned the Ph.D. from FAU in 2005. His research and professional interests are public administration theory, politics-administration interaction, strategic planning and management, public policy implementation, state/local government administration, and organization theory.

Lan Dong, assistant professor of English, will serve the program as a specialist in comparative literature. She has most recently been an instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she completed her Ph.D. in comparative literature. Her research interests include Asian literature in the diaspora, representations of Asians and Asian-Americans in literature and film, and gay cinema in China. She holds two master’s degrees in comparative literature, one from Beijing University and one from Dartmouth College.

Pamela Doughman, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, has been a staff member on the Renewable Energy Program of the California Energy Commission since 2001. She previously taught courses in environmental law at the University of California Irvine and conducted post-doctoral research in sustainable development at the University of Maryland. She holds the Ph.D.  in environmental health science and policy from UC Irvine. Her research interests include U.S./Mexico relations and natural resource policy, trade policy and the environment, and urban growth and sustainability.

Erik Freas, assistant professor of History, comes to UIS from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he recently completed his Ph.D. in modern Middle East history. He previously served as a staff assistant with the International Monetary Fund and conducted independent research at the Rehovot Development Study Center into possible modes of economic cooperation between Israel and Palestine. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology from New York University and has studied Arabic and Hebrew at American University in Cairo and The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Richard Gilman-Opalsky, assistant professor of Political Studies, comes to UIS from the New School University in New York City, where he designed and taught a course on public opinion and political power. He earned the Ph.D. in political science from The New School for Social Research, and the B.A. in philosophy from Hofstra University. His professional interests focus on the history of political philosophy, continental and contemporary political theory, socialist philosophy, and social movements.

Kathy Guthrie, clinical instructor of Applied Study, comes to UIS from the U of I in Urbana-Champaign, where she was assistant director of the Illini Union and director of the Office of Volunteer Programs. Her previous positions have also included assistant director of student activities and off-campus education coordinator at North Central College in Naperville. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in educational organization and leadership at UIUC and holds a master of science in education from Illinois State University.

Kristen Hefley, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, was previously an instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma at Norman. She earned the Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Oklahoma in 2006. Her research and professional interests include the intersections of race, gender, and class with the criminal justice system; sexual assault; crime theory; and representations of crime and deviance in the media.

Jonathan Isler, assistant professor of sociology/anthropology, has most recently been a graduate student instructor and teaching assistant at the University of California-Davis, where he earned the Ph.D. in sociology in 2005. His professional interests focus on work, organizations, labor markets, and inequalities of class, race, and gender.

Kenneth Johnson, instructor of Liberal Studies/Individual Option, earned the master of arts in 2004 from the University of Southern Indiana. He comes to UIS from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he was an adjunct professor teaching courses in rhetoric, composition, and the philosophy of ethics. He also has extensive experience in information technology and change management in the private sector. His research interests include gender language in conservative religious groups.

Ranjan Karri, associate professor of Management, has been an assistant professor in the Management Department at Bryant College in Rhode Island and an instructor in the Department of Management and Decision Sciences at Washington State University. He has also served as a program officer at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in New Delhi, India. He earned the Ph.D. in strategic management at Washington State University, an MBA at Cleveland State University, and another from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, India. His research and professional interests focus on entrepreneurship, business ethics, and strategic management.

Denise Keele, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, comes to UIS from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she had been a graduate and research assistant and instructor. She is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental and natural resources policy there and earned a bachelor of science and master of science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her professional interests include natural resource conflict management, judicial decision making and natural resource policy, forest and natural resources management, and wild land recreation policy.

Marc Klingshirn, assistant professor of Chemistry, was a postdoctoral fellow at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, before coming to UIS where he will teach courses in analytic and inorganic chemistry. He earned the Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Alabama in 2005. His research interests include green/environmental chemistry, green laboratory design, and curriculum development.

Donald Kussmaul, visiting assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Program, previously served for 21 years as superintendent of schools at East Dubuque Unit School District #119. At UIS, he will act as the EDL program’s lead faculty in the new online Chief School Business Official Post Master Certificate.  His research interests include finance, leadership and school systems.  Kussmaul earned the doctorate of education in leadership and policy development from Loyola University of Chicago in 1991.

David Larson, assistant professor of Management Information Systems, earned the Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Illinois State University in 2005. His research and professional interests include ethics, project management, decision support systems, web-based delivery of courseware and training, and the effective use of information technology and systems in government and small businesses.

Chung-wei Lee, assistant professor of Computer Science, was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and faculty member in the Center for Innovations in Mobile, Pervasive, and Agile Computing Technologies at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and has teaching and research experience in wireless networking and security. He earned the Ph.D. in computer and information science and engineering at the University of Florida. His other research interests include multimedia system/streaming/security, and mobile commerce.

Jung Wook Lee, assistant professor of Public Administration, has most recently served as a research assistant in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, where he is a Ph.D. candidate. His research and professional interests are public management, organization theory and behavior, public administration theory, performance management, and program evaluation.

Rosemary Lenaghan, visiting assistant professor of Accountancy, was most recently a transportation policy analyst with the Illinois Commerce Commission in Springfield. She has also served as director of finance and administration with Prevention First, Inc., and controller of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield. She earned the doctorate in public administration and the M.A. in accountancy at UIS.

John Martin, assistant professor of Astronomy/Physics, comes to UIS from the University of Minnesota, where he spent three-years as a postdoctoral research associate studying data from the Hubble Space Telescope. He holds the Ph.D. in astrophysics from Case Western Reserve University and an undergraduate degree in the same subject from the University of Virginia. At UIS he will teach courses in both astronomy and physics.

Nicole Meismer, clinical instructor in mathematics in the Center for Teaching and Learning, was previously a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she is also a doctoral candidate in mathematics and received an award for excellence in teaching. She earned the M.A. and B.A. in mathematics at Eastern Illinois University.

Yashanad Mhaskar, assistant professor of Chemistry, comes to UIS from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he was an instructor and research assistant in the Department of Pharmacology. He earned the Ph.D. in biochemistry at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in 1988. His research interests include the role of selenium in sleep regulation, sleep deprivation and onset of Type II diabetes, and the effects of aging on different regions of the brain. At UIS he will teach courses in biochemistry.

Karen Mooney, lecturer in Psychology, was previously an instructor and teaching assistant at Florida Atlantic and Purdue universities, where she taught courses in child development and introductory psychology. She is a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Florida Atlantic University. At UIS her teaching will focus on developmental issues. Her research interests are early adolescent friendships and their association with individual adjustment.

Donald Morris, assistant professor of Accountancy, comes to UIS from Eastern New Mexico University where he was an associate professor of accounting and chairperson of the Department of Advanced Studies in the College of Business. He was owner/manager of a public accounting firm in Chicago for a number of years and was also a candidate for Illinois state comptroller in 1986. He earned the Ph.D. in philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1978 and an M.S. in taxation at DePaul University in 1986. His research and professional interests are tax issues of non-profit organizations and ethics education in business.

Patrick Mullen, assistant professor of Public Administration with an appointment in the Center for State Policy and Leadership, served for five years as senior analyst in the Center for Evaluation Methods and Issues, Applied Research and Methods, of the Government Accountability Office. He has also been an assignments manager with the GAO and a deputy director with the National Academy of Public Administration. He is a Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research and professional interests include information technology and public administration, digital government and individual privacy, program evaluation, and public financial management.

Elizabeth Murphy, assistant professor of Visual Arts, comes to UIS from the University of West Florida, Pensacola, where she was a visiting instructor in digital media. She previously held teaching positions at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she earned an M.F.A. in photography and digital imaging in 2003. Her work has been represented in a number of group exhibitions as well as in two solo shows, including “Facing Shadows: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s” at Gallery 88 in Pensacola.

Tung Nguyen, assistant professor of Mathematics, was a research and teaching assistant at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics. He earned the bachelor’s degree and served on the faculty at the University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and was invited to study at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. His research interests are partial differential equations, applications of PDEs, mathematical geology, dynamical systems, and numerical analysis.

Livinus Odozor, assistant professor of English, was most recently a lecturer at the University of Toronto, where he earned the Ph.D. in English in 2004. Before that, he taught for nine years at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He has been a student of Nobel Prize-winner Chinua Achebe. His specialty is African literature; other research interests include world literatures in English, postcolonial literature and theory, Caribbean literature, cultural studies, and the modern novel.

Debra Parker, clinical writing instructor for the Capital Scholars Honors Program, was previously a lecturer in composition and coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum at Columbia College in Chicago. She earned an M.A. in linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University and another in intercultural communications at Wheaton Graduate School.

Nathan Steele, assistant professor of Management, has been a postdoctoral fellow in organizational behavior at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah at Salt Lake City since 2004. He earned the Ph.D. in social psychology at Indiana University. His research and professionalinterests focus on decision making, game theory, negotiation, coalitions, and equity theory.

Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor of Communication, has been an adjunct lecturer in UIS’ Capital Scholars program and assistant professor of Theater at Illinois College and has teaching experience at Cornell University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her primary focus at UIS will be in the Theater program. She earned an M.F.A. in acting at the University of Nebraska. Her research and professional interests center on acting and performance, acting and performance pedagogy, Shakespearean performance, and women’s role in theater. She has appeared in four off-Broadway productions and directed some two dozen plays.

Roger West, instructor of Computer Science, has previously served at UIS as visiting instructor and adjunct lecturer and has been a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University Medical Center. At UIS, he has taught courses in artificial intelligence, software engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in microbiology at Southern Illinois University, and an M.S. in computer science at UIS. His research interests include software engineering, Java programming, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction.

Angela Winand, assistant professor of African American Studies, comes to UIS from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she was a lecturer in the history department. She has also served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University and as a visiting assistant professor at DePaul University. She earned the Ph.D. in American culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests include the New Orleans Creole community.

Yang Zhang, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, comes to UIS from Texas A & M University, where he taught in the Department of Urban Planning and where he is a Ph.D. candidate in urban and regional science. He also earned the M.S. in physical geography at Beijing University, where he was a teaching assistant in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences. His research interests include environmental and land use planning, environmental hazards management, and geographic information system (GIS).

In addition, Ping Zhou is the new China Scholar in the China Faculty Exchange Program and will be housed within the College of Public Affairs and Administration. Zhou earned the M.A. in English Language at Heilongjiang University and has research interests in American women writers, English language (introduction to literature and linguistics), and ecological criticism on literature.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.