FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 22, 2000
Contact: Donna McCracken (217) 206-6716
SPRINGFIELD - Twenty-five new faculty members have joined the University of Illinois at Springfield for the 2000 fall semester -- three will teach in programs in the College of Business and Management, six in the College of Education and Human Services, 13 in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and three in the College of Public Affairs and Administration.
Terry Bodenhorn, assistant professor of history, comes to UIS from the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, where he had been an assistant professor and director of the history and political science programs since 1997. At UIS he will concentrate in Asian history. He earned the B.A. in east Asian studies at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the Ph.D. in modern Chinese history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Hei-Chi Chan, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, was formerly a graduate assistant at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He earned the B.S. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the M.S. and Ph.D. at Yale. His area of special interest is differential geometry.
Sharon Chanley, assistant professor of liberal studies, had been an instructor in the women's studies program at Arizona State University West, Phoenix, since 1998. She earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies from St. Edwards University, Austin, Texas, where she concentrated in the management of nonprofit organizations. She earned the M.P.A. and D.P.A. from ASUW, concentrating on domestic violence and welfare reform. She has served as executive director of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Austin Women's Center, and Planned Parenthood of Austin and was a member of the Arizona Governor's Commission on Violence Against Women.
Scott Day, assistant professor of educational leadership, had been a visiting assistant professor at UIS 1998. Before coming to UIS he was an art teacher, school principal, and director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Art and Design Saturday School Art Program. Day earned the B.A. in art education from Eastern Illinois University and the M.A. in the same subject from UIUC. His Ed.D., also from UIUC, is in educational organization and leadership.
Heather Dell, assistant professor, women's studies, comes to UIS from the women's studies program at Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, where she had served as assistant professor and director since 1998. She earned the B.A. in anthropology from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; the M.A. in anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario; and the Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. She also served a Fulbright Research Scholarship in India.
Keenan Dungey, assistant professor of chemistry, comes to UIS from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he had held a postdoctoral Camille and Henry Dreyfus fellowship since 1998. He earned the B.S. magna cum laude from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Eric Fisher, assistant professor of chemistry, served as a National Institutes of Health research fellow for three years and taught in the University of Wisconsin - Madison physiology department before coming to UIS. He also spent a year as a National Science Foundation research associate in UWM's chemical engineering department and received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Madison. He earned the B.A. in biochemistry and Slavic languages and literature from the University of Kansas and the Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lynn Fisher, assistant professor of sociology/anthropology, had been a visiting instructor at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, since 1995. She has done extensive fieldwork in Germany, Switzerland, and France and at UIS will work closely with the Illinois State Museum. Her current research involves a regional settlement in southern Germany for which she is conducting an archeological survey and developing a GIS database and predictive modeling of settlement in the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods. Fisher earned the B.A. in anthropology at Oberlin and the M.A. and Ph.D. in the same subject at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Hal Goldman, assistant professor of legal studies and history, was previously an instructor at City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he taught since 1998. He has also taught at the University of Vermont, and has practiced law, especially civil liberties, administrative and constitutional law, in Vermont. Goldman earned the B.A. in Russian from Middlebury College in Vermont; the M.A. in history from the University of Vermont; the J.D. from Boston College Law School; and the Ph.D. in history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also holds a certificate in Russian philology from the Pushkin Institute of Russian Language in the former Soviet Union.
James Hall, assistant professor of management information systems, had served as planning services chief of the Illinois Department of Transportation since 1994 and has been a lecturer at UIS since 1999. At IDOT, Hall published and presented articles on geographic information systems, strategic information processes, and system implementation at numerous professional conferences. He has served as chair of the Liaison Committee, State of Illinois Geographic Information Council, since 1998 and was a member of the Transportation Research Board's Statewide Transportation Data Committee. He was named Engineer of the Year by the ISPE Capital Chapter in 1996. He earned the M.B.A. from UIS and the Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Seok-Hwan Lee, visiting assistant professor of public administration, has special interests in organization theory and behavior, human resource management, and analytic methods and research methodology. He is active in professional publications and at UIS hopes to facilitate faculty/student exchanges between the campus and a university in his native South Korea. He earned the B.A. in public administration from Kookmin University in Seoul, the M.P.A. from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, also in Seoul, and is pursuing doctoral studies at Rutgers University.
Cynthia Lehman, assistant professor of African-American studies, comes to UIS from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. She had been a visiting assistant professor of African-American studies there since 1997, served as acting director of the program in 1999, and was actively involved in K-12 outreach programs with area schools. She earned the B.A. in history/ speech communication at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and the M.A. and Ph.D. in African-American studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, where she twice received teaching assistant awards.
Larry Livingston, visiting assistant professor of social work, is a clinical social worker and clinical professional counselor and is certified as an early intervention family support specialist. He has worked as counselor/health educator, residential therapist, behavioral specialist, mental health consultant, administrative/resident services director, teacher, and private counselor. His research interests focus on domestic and children's violence issues. He has received the Meritorius Services Award from the Youth Advocate Program and the Volunteer Services Award from the Illinois Department of Mental Health. He earned B.A. in psychology and M.S.W. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Ph.D. in counseling from Southwest University.
Deshae Lott, assistant professor of English, was formerly a lecturer at Texas A&M University, a position she had held since 1999. At TAM she received a universitywide graduate student teaching award sponsored by the McDonald's corporation, as well as the Killingsworth Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. Her focus at UIS will be in technical and professional writing. She earned the B.A. summa cum laude in English at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and the M.A. and Ph.D. at Texas A&M. Michael McDonald, assistant professor of political studies, had been an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, since 1999. Before that, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-MIT Data Center where he maintained U.S. precinct-level election data for the Record of American Democracy. He has consulted on congressional redistricting in California and worked with pollsters for several political campaigns, both in the Phillippines and in the U.S. at the national and state levels. At UIS, McDonald's will also hold an appointment in the Illinois Legislative Studies Center. He earned the B.S. in economics at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and the Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, San Diego.
Rosina Neginsky, assistant professor of liberal studies, has served as director of instructional technology services for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, since 1999. Before that, she served as technology coordinator for guided individual students, Continuing Education and Special Programs, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a visiting assistant professor at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Paris, Nouvelle Sorbonne, and earned the Ph.D. in foreign languages and literatures from UIUC. She has also studied at the Louvre and at Oxford, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago.
Margaret Noe, visiting assistant professor of educational leadership, has been superintendent of schools for both the Bourbonnais and Elmwood districts and was an adjunct professor in Southern Illinois University- Carbondale's Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education. Research interests include curriculum, strategic planning, legislation, public relations, and policy. She earned the B.A. cum laude from Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, the M.S. in education and the Ph.D. in educational administration from Illinois State University, and the J.D. from the SIUC School of Law, where she received several student awards including a national award from the American Bar Association.
Janet Novak, assistant professor of communication, had been a visiting assistant professor at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, since 1999. She had also been on the faculty at Augustana College. Novak earned the B.A. in speech communication from State University of New York College at Geneseo, the M.A. in communication studies from NIU, and the Ph.D. in the same area from The Pennsylvania State University, where her dissertation examined Narrative Constructions of Leadership in the 1992 Campaign Biography Films of George Bush and Bill Clinton.
Nancy Perkins, assistant professor of English, comes to UIS from Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, where she served as director of the Writing Center and associate professor of English for 10 years and received several awards for excellence in teaching. Before that, she taught high school in Kentucky and was nominated as Kentucky Teacher of the Year in 1987. She is a published poet and at UIS her focus will be on creative writing. Perkins earned the B.S. in education, and the M.S. and D.A. in English at Illinois State University, Normal.
Carol Rankin, assistant professor of child, family, and community services, had been a substance abuse counselor at the Gateway Foundation, Taylorville (Illinois) Correctional Center, since 1998. Her research focuses on women's treatment issues and she is certified as a substance abuse counselor through the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. She earned the B.A. and M.A. in psychology from Sangamon State University (UIS), and the doctorate in rehabilitation counseling from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
George Rompot, visiting assistant professor of management information systems, has taught in the program part time since 1986. In addition, he has served as chief information officer for a large agency, a technology adviser in the executive branch of state government, and owner of a consulting firm performing database system development projects for clients in Chicago and Washington, DC. His research interests include diffusion of technology and the use of mark-up languages which serve as the basis for e-commerce. He earned hiss bachelor's degree in linguistics and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Iowa, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in information systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Michael Small, associate professor of business administration, had been an assistant professor at the University of New Haven, Connecticut, since 1997. Before that, he held positions on the faculties of Cleveland State University and the College of Business at East Tennessee State University. He has published papers and made presentations at many professional conferences and has been nominated for several awards for excellence in teaching. He earned the B.A. from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, the M.B.A. from Howard University, Washington, DC, and the D.B.A. from Cleveland State University.
Tara Stevens, assistant professor of psychology, was previously a graduate research assistant at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, a position she held since 1998. A licensed specialist in school psychology, Stevens was crisis intervention coordinator for the Concho Valley school, San Angelo, Texas, and provided psychological services to the schools in Plainview, Texas. She earned the B.A. and M.S. in psychology at Angelo State University, San Angelo, and the Ed.D. in educational psychology from Texas Tech University. Dolores Trello, visiting assistant professor of human development counseling, is a registered nurse and licensed clinical psychologist. She has worked at numerous hospitals and mental health centers and for mental health professionals in private practice. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Psychological Association and Society for Personality Assessment, and has received several awards, including the Lincoln Land Behavior Science Award. She earned the B.A. in psychology and the M.A. in clinical psychology from Sangamon State University, and a doctorate in psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.
Kyle N. Weir, assistant professor of human development counseling, had been an assistant lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, since 1998. His research focuses on clinical marriage and family therapy. He earned the B.S. in public policy and management and the M.A. in sociology, MMFT in marital and family therapy, and Ph.D. in sociology/marriage and family therapy from USC.