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Donna McCracken

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Thirteen new faculty join UIS

August 27, 2003

SPRINGFIELD – Twelve new faculty members have joined the University of Illinois at Springfield for the 2003 fall semester, with one additional appointment set to begin in spring 2004. Seven will teach in programs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, three will teach in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, two in the College of Business and Management, and one in the College of Education and Human Services.

Mary Addison-Lamb, who will serve as visiting instructor of Liberal Studies, has a long history with the UIS campus. She earned a B.A. in liberal arts/social work at the University of Iowa and began graduate work there, however she completed it as a non-traditional student at Sangamon State University, earning an M.A. in Women’s Studies/Innovative Education through the Individual Option program. She went on to a position as administrative assistant for SSU’s Innovative and Experimental Studies Cluster and moved into a similar position in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in UIS’ Credit for Prior Learning and Women’s Studies programs.

James Bonacum, assistant professor of Biology, comes to UIS from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he held a position as postdoctoral researcher working with DNA sequencing techniques. His teaching experience includes courses for high school students at AMNH, and he has also taught at Barnard College in New York, the Woodrow Wilson Summer Biology Institute, and Yale. He earned the B.S. in biology, at SUNY Stony Brook and the M.S. and Ph.D. in biology at Yale

Patrick Cheak, visiting instructor of Visual Arts and Graphics, has been employed in UIS’ Office of Educational Technology for a number of years while also teaching graphic design part-time. He previously worked as a photographer and graphic artist and was a graphic artist and web developer at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he earned a B.S. in cinema and photography, an M.A. in interactive multimedia, and an M.F.A. from the School of Art and Design.

Sara Cordell, assistant professor of English, has taught composition and literature part-time at DePaul University and other Chicago-area institutions for the past three years. At DePaul, she developed “The Creation of Frankenstein,” a course with an online component, for the First-Year General Education program. At UIS she will specialize in writing and 19th century British literature. Cordell earned the B.A. in English from George Peabody College in Nashville and the M.A. and Ph.D. in the same subject at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dennis Gaffney will begin his position as professor of Accountancy in January. He comes to UIS from Le Moyne College in Syracuse where he has been a tenured professor in accounting for three years. He held a similar position at the University of Toledo from 1989 to 2000 and at Michigan State University from 1977 to 1986, and was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1995 to 1996. Gaffney is the author of more than 55 journal articles, 11 books and manuscripts, and a number of other publications and is active in many professional associations. He earned his undergraduate degree at Marquette University and the master’s degree and doctorate from UIUC.

Angappa Gunasekaran, professor of Business Administration, comes to UIS from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where he was a tenured professor. He previously served as a senior lecturer at Brunel University in England, a lecturer in business and information systems at Monash University in Australia, a senior researcher and associate professor at the University of Vaasa, Finland, and an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Madras, India. He has done postdoctoral work at Concordia University in Montreal, Laval University in Quebec City, and the University of Toronto. Gunasekaran is the author of well over a hundred refereed journal articles and he serves in an editorial or advisory capacity for more than 40 publications. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the Government College of Technology, University of Madras. His Ph. D., in industrial engineering and operations research, is from the Indian Institute of Technology.

James Hanley, who joins UIS as a visiting assistant professor of Political Studies, was most recently on the faculty of Adrian College in Michigan. His academic specialties include methodology, public policy, evolutionary theory of social behavior, and political economy. He holds the B.A. in political science from California State University, Bakersfield, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in the same subject from the University of Oregon.

Chuck Iwashita, assistant professor of Mathematical Sciences, previously held visiting faculty appointments at Truman State University and Eastern Washington University, where he coordinated graduate students teaching pre-calculus. He earned the B.A. in mathematics summa cum laude at Eastern Washington and the M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics at UIUC.

Meredith Newman is associate professor of Public Administration and will serve as chair of the department. She was previously on the faculty of Washington State University, Vancouver, and is widely published in such areas as gender issues, sexual harassment, family-friendly workplace policies, and ethics. Before beginning her academic career, Newman worked for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, the World Bank, and the U.S. State Department. She holds the B.A. in political science and Ph.D. in policy studies from Deakin University in Australia, and the M.P.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Jim Ottery, assistant professor of English, has taught at various institutions in and around Chicago, including Columbia College. He has made numerous presentations at professional conferences and his article “The real imperative of ‘Native’ education in American Indian Literature” is forthcoming in Studies in American Indian Literature, and was the basis of a presentation at the Newberry Library. He earned the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Tih-Fen Ting, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, recently completed her Ph.D. in natural resources and environment at the University of Michigan. She also holds a B.S. in biology from Tunghai University in Taiwan an M.S. in wildlife from Humboldt State University. Her academic specialties include demography and ecology of owls and other birds, societal responses to water pollution, and human reproductive ecology in revolutionary China.

Patricia Tucker-Ladd, visiting assistant professor of Educational Leadership, comes to UIS from Shiloh, Illinois, where she was superintendent of schools. Her teaching and school experience includes 10 years as a high school, junior high, and elementary teacher; 11 years as building principal in Charleston, Illinois; two years as an assistant professor of Educational Administration at Eastern Illinois University; two years as director of the laboratory school at Southwest Missouri State University; and 10 years as superintendent of schools in Waverly, Dwight, and Shiloh. Most recently, she has been teaching courses for the EDL program’s Master Teaching and Leadership online concentration. She earned the B.S., M.S., and educational specialist certificate, all at EIU, and completed the doctorate in education at UIUC, where she also received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

Roger West, visiting instructor of Computer Science, previously served as a part-time faculty member for the program. He spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and three years in postdoctoral work at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans where he worked on a variety of computer applications. He holds the B.S. in microbiology from UIUC and the Ph.D. in microbiology from SIUC.