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Welcome, New Faculty 2017-2018

The quality of our faculty represents the heart of our academic mission. Listed here are the talented new faculty members in tenure-track and lecturer appointments or visiting full-time positions who have joined the IU South Bend faculty in the 2017-2018 academic year as well as those faculty members in visiting full-time positions this year who have had previous part- or full-time appointments at IU South Bend.


New Faculty


Klajdi Bregu, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Economics

  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2017
  • M.A., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2014

Angela Gatto, M.S.N. | Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., Bethel College, 2014
  • B.S.N., Indiana University South Bend, 2010
  • Ivy Tech Community College | Taught obstetrical nursing to ASN and PN students; didactic and clinical
  • 15 years experience as a newborn intensive care nurse

 Jennifer Hatfield, M.S. | Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Speech Language Pathology

  • M.H.S., Governor's State University, 1997; concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Previously Speech Langugage Pathologist at President Therapy and Learning Services, Inc.
  • Experienced lecturer at Saint Mary's College
  • Teaching Interests | Typical and atypical speech and language development, neurology, business communication, dialect, clinical counseling,
    anatomy and physiology, articulation and phonology disorders, language disorders and diagnostic methods.

Brett Labbe, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

  • Ph.D. in Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, 2016
  • M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Communication, Central College, Pella, Iowa
  • Taught Political Communication; Communication Theory; Media, Culture and Communication; Introduction to Journalism and Mass Communication; International Mass Communication; Argumentation and Advocacy; and Public Speaking.

Barbara Spinda, M.S. | Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

  • M.S. in Biology, Purdue University, Calumet, 2011 (concentration in biotechnology)
  • M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2007 (concentration in infectious diseases)
  • Previously Microbology Supervisor at Methodist Hospitals
  • Experienced instructor at the collegiate level

Samaneh Torkzadeh, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Marketing

  • Ph.D., University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 2017
  • M.S., Business Management, University of Tehran, 2011
  • Research and teaching interests include consumer behavior, services maeketing, digital marketing, sales management, and market research

Rebecca Zellers, D.N.P. | Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing (Child and Community Health Nursing)

  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice, University of Southern Indiana, 2013
  • M.S.N., Bethel College, 2009
  • Previously Director of the M.S.N. Program at Bethel College

Visiting Faculty


Robert Girod, Ph.D., J.D. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

  • Ph.D. in Criminology and Public Administration, The Union Institute and University, 2001
  • J.D., Western Michiga University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2011
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, Central Misouri State University, 1986
  • Currently President/CEO/Attorney/Consulting Investigator at Robert J. Girod Consulting, L.L.C.
  • Currently Director of Security and Assessment / Chief Security Officer for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Currently Captain, Haviland-Latty Police Departments
  • Retired Detective Sergeant from the Fort Wayne Police Department
  • Experienced adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University

Alisha Mack, M.S.N. | Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N. | University of Southern Indiana, 2009
  • B.S.N. | Indiana University South Bend, 2006
  • Previously worked as a Registered Nurse at Memorial Children's Hospital

Gopeekrishnan Sreenilayam, Ph.D. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Organic Chemistry)

  • Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry | The University of Iowa, 2011
  • M.Sc. | Mahatma Gandhi Univeresity, Kottayam, Kerala, Indiana, 2000
  • Previously a postdoctoral associate at the University of Rochester
  • Avid volunteer with the New York State Rochester Regional Science Olympiad

Andrew Swain, J.D. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics

  • J.D. | Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Adjunct professor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business (graduate tax and accounting programs)
  • Chief Counsel of the Tax Litigation Division for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General