FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date: August 27, 2002

          Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


20 new faculty members join UIS for 2002 fall semester

SPRINGFIELD -- Twenty new faculty members have joined the University of Illinois at Springfield for the 2002 fall semester. Eight will teach in programs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; five will teach in the College of Business and Management; and three each will teach in the College of Public Affairs and Administration and College of Education and Human Services. One appointment is to the Library.

Heather Bailey, assistant professor of History, comes to UIS from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, where she was a visiting professor. Her area of specialization is 19th century Russian intellectual and cultural history and her research interests include the cultural ties between imperial Russia and the West and relations between the Orthodox Church and society in late-imperial Russia. Bailey earned the B.A. in history with distinction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Minnesota, where she also taught western civilization and European history. Her thesis was on the orthodox struggle against the de-Christianization of Christ in Russia, 1863-1917, for which she spent the fall of 1999 doing research in Russia.

Harshavardhan Bapat, assistant professor of Chemistry, comes to UIS from Northwestern State University in Louisiana where he was an assistant professor.  He previously taught at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, and worked briefly in an environmental lab in Columbia. His paper “ChemChar Gasification of Hazardous Wastes and Mixed Wastes on a BioChar Matrix” received a Certificate of Merit for a notable first appearance at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society.  He earned the Ph.D. in analytical/environmental chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia; the master of science degree in polymer chemistry from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; and the B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from the University of Pune, India.

Ethan Bernick, assistant professor of Public Administration, also has a joint appointment in UIS’ Illinois Legislative Studies Center. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Florida State


University where his dissertation concerned the politics of Medicaid-managed care in the states. Research interests include state policy making, health politics and administration, and legislative politics and his work has been published in professional journals in political science and public administration.

Leanne Brecklin, visiting assistant professor of Criminal Justice, comes to UIS from the University of Illinois at Chicago where her doctoral dissertation concerned self defense training and women’s responses to rape attacks. Her professional interests focus on the prevention of sexual and physical violence against women, with emphasis on situational risk factors, substance abuse, various health consequences, suicidal behavior, and service-seeking by victims. She has published articles and made numerous presentations at professional meetings on these and related topics.

Kamyar Dezhgosha, associate professor of Computer Science, has more than 11 years teaching and research experience in the field. From 1989 to 2000 he was on the faculty of Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio. He has industrial experience working in telecommunications in Iran and most recently was a senior software engineer with NCR. Two of his areas of expertise are high-speed networking and web-based application development. He has been a principal investigator for research grants and contracts funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation. He earned the B.S. electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, the M.S. in computer science from the University of California - Los Angeles and the Ph.D. in engineering science from the University of Toledo.

Nancy Forth, assistant professor of Human Development Counseling, earned her Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Wyoming. Her most recent teaching experience was also at the University of Wyoming, where she taught courses in domestic violence awareness, flora therapy, elementary and middle school guidance, and marriage and the family. Her research interests focus on art therapy and counselor development and supervision. Her many clinical experiences include a stint at Texas Women’s University.

John Grznar, assistant professor of Business Administration, comes to UIS from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he spent five years as a visiting professor/junior lecturer in operations management and management information systems. His professional publications have been on the subjects of cellular manufacturing, fuzzy and robust neural networks, and product scheduling. He holds the B.B.A., M.B.A., and Ph.D. from Kent State University where his dissertation was titled “The Use of Robust Smoothers in Nuclear Material Safeguards and Statistical Process Control.”

Taiebeh Hosseinali, assistant professor of Teacher Education, earned her doctorate in


curriculum and instruction from the University of Arkansas where she also served for three years as a visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow. Her most recent teaching experience was in the Department of Education at Blackburn College where she taught courses in multicultural education, secondary teaching methods, and assessment.  At UIS she will teach courses in education technology, assessment, and social studies methods. Her research has been published in various professional journals, including the Society of Philosophy of Education Journals, and she has made presentations at many academic conferences and conducted technology inclusion workshops for public school teachers.

Ronald McNeil, dean of the College of Business and Management and professor of Business Administration, comes to UIS from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he had been dean of the Charlton College of Business and professor of Management since 1992. McNeil earned the B.A. in communication at Ambassador College, Bricketwood, England, and the B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Memphis.  He has a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, with nonprofit organizations, and with the national and international business and educational communities.

Douglas Marshall, assistant professor of Sociology/Anthropology, comes to UIS after a year at the College of William and Mary. He earned the B.S. in applied psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology, which he attended on a National Merit Scholarship. His M.A. is in social psychology from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in sociology is from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in social theory and social psychology and received the Departmental Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Mike Miller, assistant professor of Visual Arts, earned the B.F.A. with a major in painting at Texas Christian University and the M.F.A. in painting from the University of Michigan. He previously taught at the University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburgh, Texas, and at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth. He was commissioned by the JFK Museum of Fort Worth for “Memory Journal,” an artist’s book for the inaugural exhibition and permanent collection. His work has been represented in numerous juried and invited exhibitions.

Kristine Muschal, visiting lecturer in the English program, also teaches at Richland Community College in Decatur, offers professional and technical writing classes to local businesses, and has published more than 200 articles, poems, short stories, and essays as a freelance writer. She has made presentations at several academic conferences, including the international

conference of the Science Fiction Writers Association last year in New York. She earned the B.A. and M.A. from UIS and will teach courses in composition and professional and technical writing online.                                                                                  -more-

Xia Pan, lecturer in Business Administration, is finishing his Ph.D. in decision science from the University of Rhode Island.  He earned the B.S. in opto-electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, China, and the M.S. in electronic physics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He worked for more than six years in international business operating export and overseas business cooperative projects, was a policy researcher on high-tech industries for Beijing municipal government administering the Chinese Silicon Valley, and also an engineer in the scientific instrument industry. Pan=s academic research focuses on decision science, time series analysis, quality control, and risk control. He has served as a consultant on international operations and international business, especially for China and Southeast Asian markets.

Amir Parssian, assistant professor of Management Information Systems, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and from 1990 to 1994 was employed by several European companies as an electronics engineer. Subsequently he joined the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas and earned an M.S. in management information systems, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in management science. He has previously worked as a consultant, project manager, and senior architect for several high-tech companies in Texas and Wisconsin.

Carolyn Peck, assistant professor of Human Services, spent six years on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma where she taught courses in human relations, death and dying, and adulthood and aging. Before that, she was at Southern Nazarene University for 10 years, teaching in the Family Studies and Gerontology and Masters in Counseling Psychology programs. She has worked as a curriculum development consultant for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, and also served as state coordinator of the Centenarian Club of Oklahoma. She earned the Ph.D. in human environmental science at Oklahoma State University.

Jonathan Perkins, assistant professor of Visual Arts, received his A.B. in fine arts cum laude from Harvard and the M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Michigan. He also studied 15th century European art at the Courtauld Institute, University of London, and served as assistant guest curator for “The Fair View: Representations of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893” at the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.  He previously taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis and Webster University, and

worked as a researcher for the Phillips-Selkirk Fine Arts Auction House in St. Louis. His research focuses on modern art and he has presented lectures and published articles on Swiss artist Paul Klee.

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor of Communication and director of theater,


most recently taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, where he was primarily responsible for instruction in acting and directing. He has also taught at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, and at the University of Virginia College at Wise. He is also a professional director with almost 20 plays to his credit and has earned many nominations and awards for acting. He earned the B.A. in theater arts from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and the M.F.A. in acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jane Treadwell, university librarian and dean of Library Instructional Services, comes to UIS from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, where she had been for 14 years, most recently serving as director of the Office of Program Assessment and Coordination. Treadwell earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Furman University and a master’s degree in library science from Florida State University. She has extensive experience in collection development and management, technical services, and teaching.

Ryan Williams, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, joins the department from Pennsylvania State University where he was a doctoral student in the sociology department’s Crime, Law, and Justice Program. His dissertation concerned juvenile justice and gang activities, and his research interests focus on juvenile offending, juvenile justice, and violence among juveniles in specific contexts such as school and sports. Originally from British Columbia, he has prior law enforcement experience as a Canadian customs and immigration officer. He has made numerous presentations at academic conferences in Canada and this country and is the author of an article in an upcoming issue of International Criminal Justice Review.

Tatyana Zabotina, lecturer in Business Administration, received her Ph.D. in finance and her M.A. in economics and finance from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her B.S. in operations research from Kazan State University in Russia. Zabotina’s research interests include market microstructure, investments, and time series analysis. Her research has been published in the Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Futures Markets and Applied Economic Letters. She is a member of the Financial Management Association and has made presentations at FMA and FMA Doctoral Seminar meetings.

Additionally, Li Lanyu is this year’s exchange faculty member from Heilongjiang

University in Harbin, People’s Republic of China. An associate professor of English at Heilongjiang, her areas of expertise include English literature -- especially the works of D.H. Lawrence, W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and contemporary British poets -- and the translation and teaching of foreign languages in China.