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Welcome, New Faculty 2008-09

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 2008-2009 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 Tenure Track & Lecturer Faculty
Visting Faculty - First-Time Appointments
Visiting Faculty - With Previous Appointments

NEW TENURE-TRACK & LECTURER FACULTY

Allen F. Anderson
Allen F. Anderson, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the new Department of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his PhD in Political Science from Southern Illinois University in 1984. His most recent position was as Department Head of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Valdosta State University, and also served 8 years as campus Dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) program at IU Kokomo. He does research on prevention of HIV/AIDS, especially in the prison environment.
David D. Blouin
David D. Blouin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2008. His research is in the area of culture and human-animal relations. This spring he won the Lieber Associate Instructor Award, which is the highest honor for graduate student instructors at IU Bloomington (article).
Kristin Brandon
Kristin Brandon, MSW, LCSW, Lecturer and Field Instruction Coordinator in Social Work, School of Social Work, received her M.S.W. from Indiana University South Bend in 2003. In addition to teaching, she is responsible for the field component of the MSW program. Her areas of interest/expertise are mediation, family work, and women’s issues.
Dana Costea
Dana Costea, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business & Economics, received her Ph.D. from Lehigh University in 2008. Her research focuses on health economics, including Medicaid drug pricing, the effects of advertising on physicians’ prescribing behavior and also on sales and market performance of pharmaceuticals.
Marvin V. Curtis
Marvin V. Curtis, Ed.D., Professor of Music and Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, received his doctorate from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He did additional studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and The Juilliard School of Music in New York. He was a 1993 Ford Foundation Fellow to the National Council for Black Studies Conference in Accra, Ghana, where he studied at the University of Ghana at Lagon. He was the former Assistant Dean and Choral Director at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He previously served on the faculties of California State University, Stanislaus, Virginia Union University, Lane College, and The Virginia Governor’s School for the Humanities and the Performing Arts at the University of Richmond. Dean Curtis is the first African-American composer commissioned to write a choral work for a Presidential Inauguration. His work, The City on the Hill was premiered at President Clinton’s 1993 Inauguration performed by the Philander Smith Collegiate Choir of Little Rock, Arkansas and the United States Marine Band.
Glenda Davidson
Glenda Davidson, MSN, Clinical Lecturer in Nursing, Division of Nursing and Health Professions, received her MSN from Troy State University with a major in Child Health. She has practiced as a pediatric nurse, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in pediatrics, and as a faculty member teaching child health.
Linford D. Fisher
Linford D. Fisher, Th.D., Assistant Professor of History (Colonial America), Department of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his Doctorate of Theology from Harvard University in 2008. His area of expertise is The Great Awakening and the Shaping of Native American Cultures in the 18th century.
Christina Gerken
Christina Gerken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Women's Studies (Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Identities), Department of Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her PhD in American Culture Studies with certificates in women’s studies and ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University in 2007. Her research focuses on gender and immigration policy, and on US immigration reform.
Sharon Imes
Sharon Imes, MSN, Clinical Lecturer in Nursing, Division of Nursing and Health Professions, received her MSN from the IU School of Nursing Indianapolis with a major in Nursing Administration. She has expertise in nursing administration, Emergency Room care, and Critical Care. She will primarily teach the courses in Leadership and Management.
Maria J. Mendez
Maria J. Mendez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, School of Business & Economics, received her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 2008. Her research interests include team leadership research, cross-cultural leadership, and followership.
Robert J. Meyer-Lee
Robert J. Meyer-Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English (Medieval-English Literature), Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received the PhD in English Language and Literature from Yale University in 2001. His first book entitled Poets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt was published by Cambridge University Press. He will be teaching medieval literature and linguistics for the department. Bobby comes to us from a tenure-track position at Goshen College.
Ronald Monsma
Ronald Monsma, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, has been teaching drawing and painting at Indiana University South Bend since 1997. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and recognized with numerous awards and solo exhibitions in Chicago, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. He is represented in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Shawn Nichols-Boyle
Shawn Nichols-Boyle, Ph.D., Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her PhD from the University College of Dublin in Ireland in 2007. Her dissertation explored oral traditions in the literature of Maria Edgeworth, William Carleton and Sherman Alexie. She joins us as a lecturer in 200-level writing with a specialty in technology based classes, such as Writing for the Web.
Bruce Nowlin
Bruce Nowlin, M.A., Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, School of Education,doctoral student in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at Indiana State University (appointment converts to assistant professor upon completion of doctoral studies). Holds a Master of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education from Ball State University. His presentations have been in the areas comprising early childhood education.
Anurag Pant
Anurag Pant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, School of Business & Economics, received his Ph.D. from University of Kansas in 2006. Previously, Anurag taught at the University of Tulsa and the University of Kansas. His dissertation was on the multimedia effects on consumer memory and he is continuing this research into how multimedia components affect consumers' memory for advertising and other product-related information.
Judith M. Schafer
Judith M. Schafer, RDH, M.S., Clinical Lecturer and Program Director in Dental Education, Division of Nursing and Health Professions, received her Masters of Science in Counseling and Human Services from Indiana University South Bend and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Dental Hygiene Education Program. Prior to teaching at IU South Bend she practiced extensively as a dental hygiene clinician in many regions throughout the country.
Mark P. Schroeder
Mark P. Schroeder, M.S., Lecturer in Decision Sciences, School of Business & Economics, received his M.S. from Indiana University South Bend in 2007. He has been both a programmer and a systems analyst. He has worked for firms including Hartmarx, Allied-Signal, National Steel, and Fiserv. His prior teaching experience includes teaching Business Software, and Networking Technology at Ivy Tech and Davenport University.
Tara Stokes
Tara Stokes, MSN, Clinical Lecturer in Nursing, Division of Nursing and Health Professions, received a MSN from Case Western Reserve University and the Frontier School of Nursing; she is a certified nurse midwife, who has practiced the full scope of nurse midwifery and women’s health. She will primarily teach in Family and Child Nursing.
Barbara M. Thomas
Barbara M. Thomas, M.S., Lecturer in Elementary Education, School of Education, earned her Education Specialist degree at IU Bloomington in School Administration, her Master of Science in Special Education at IU South Bend, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Central College in Iowa. This appointment converts to an assistant professorship upon completion of her doctoral studies in educational leadership at Ball State University. Her presentations have centered on the application of theory into practice.
Roxanne Wolfram
Roxanne Wolfram, MSN, Clinical Lecturer in Nursing, Division of Nursing and Health Professions, received her MSN from Valparaiso University. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has functioned in that role, as well as a certified legal nurse consultant. She has clinical expertise in the specialty of cardio-thoracic care. She is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program at Valparaiso University.
Dazhong Wu
Dazhong Wu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences, School of Business & Economics, received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from University of Texas at Austin in 2006. His research interests include studying information service and pricing strategies, consumer search, and channel coordination in electronic markets. His research has been published in Information Systems Research, Marketing Science, and the Journal of Management Information Systems, considered among the most important journals in these fields.

New Tenure Track & Lecturer Faculty
Visting Faculty - First-Time Appointments
Visiting Faculty - With Previous Appointments
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VISITING FACULTY - FIRST-TIME APPOINTMENTS

Michelle Bakerson
Michelle Bakerson, ABD, Visiting Lecturer in Educational Research, Measurement, and Assessment, School of Education, she is ABD in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research at Western Michigan University. Her work has centered on evaluation, capacity-building, information, reporting, internet usage, language usage, and the use of individual education programs in K-12 schools.
Jessie Borgman
Jessie Borgman, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English (Fall 2008), Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Western Michigan University in 2008.
Cristia Coffey-Reed
Cristia Coffey-Reed, M.Ed., Visiting Lecturer in Special Education, School of Education, earned a Master of Education in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction degree with Certification in Early Education of the Handicapped Child from Ashland University and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree from Ohio University. She has enjoyed a career as a teacher of young children with disabilities.
Kevin Lamarr James
Kevin Lamarr James, ABD, Visiting Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is working on the determinants and processes of HIV status disclosure. As a student at UIC he held the title of “Master Teacher” and received the department’s first graduate student teacher award.
Diane K. McCubbin
Diane K. McCubbin, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received a master’s in acquatic biology and fisheries from Ball State University and a PhD in Biology from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. She comes to us from a contract position as assistant professor at Ball State where she conducted research on the acquatic ecology of the Ohio River and its tributaries.
David J. Piacenti
David J. Piacenti, ABD, Visiting Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is a PhD candidate completing his dissertation at Western Michigan University. His research focuses on immigration, globalization, and the impact of immigration on racial and ethnic identity. He has almost 10 years of teaching experience at the university level.
James M. Smith
James M. Smith, ABD, Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is finishing his PhD in American Government at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His teaching and research interests include urban politics, urban economic development, local government institutions, metropolitan government, American politics, interest groups, and elections.
Kyoko Takanashi
Kyoko Takanashi, ABD, Visiting Lecturer in English (Fall 2008), Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature (with an interdisciplinary minor in Eighteenth-Century Studies) at Indiana University Bloomington. She received the MA in English Literature from University of Buffalo, SUNY in 2002
Bruce Watson
Bruce Watson, Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer in Educational Leadership, School of Education, received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University and his Educational Specialist at Central Michigan University. His career has included stints as a teacher, alternative education administrator, business manager, superintendent, assistant superintendent, and adjunct instructor at Lake Michigan College and Western Michigan University at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Joshua Wells
Joshua Wells, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Informatics, joint appointment in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and Informatics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his PhD in Anthropology with PhD minors in Biological Anthropology and Computer Science from IU Bloomington in 2008. His dissertation topic was The Vincennes Phase: Mississippians and Cultural Plurality in the Late Prehistoric Wabash Valley.

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VISITING FACULTY - WITH PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

Nuran Bradley
Nuran Bradley, M.S., Visiting Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences (Fall 2008), Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Indiana University South Bend in 2007. Nuran has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Ginger DeBrule
Ginger DeBrule, ABD, Visiting Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is a PhD candidate at Indiana University School of Medicine in clinical psychology. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. This is her second year as a visiting faculty member at IU South Bend.
Diane P. Economakis
Diane P. Economakis, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in English from University of Notre Dame in 2005. Diane has taught previously as a visiting faculty member at IU South Bend.
Mary Alice Hardy
Mary Alice Hardy, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English (Fall 2008), Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in American Studies from University of Notre Dame in 1989. Mary Alice has taught previously as both a visiting and an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Catherine C. Hebert
Catherine C. Hebert, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in Spanish, Department of World Language Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in Spanish from Western Michigan University in 2007. This is her second year as a visiting faculty member at IU South Bend.
Matthew Holloway
Matthew Holloway, M.S., Visiting Lecturer in Computer and Information Sciences, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his MS in Systems Engineering from Oakland University in Michigan in 1989. Matthew has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Jenny S. Huffman
Jenny S. Huffman, Visiting Lecturer in Dental Education, Division of Nursing and Health Professions. Jenny has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Michael Huszar
Michael Huszar, M.S., Visiting Lecturer in Marketing, School of Business & Economics, received his M.S.in Management from Krannert Executive Education Program at Purdue University in 1990. He has been a member of our associate faculty for the past year and, previous to that, taught part-time at the South Bend campus for Purdue School of Technology. He has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience with General Motors, Holiday Rambler RV Company, GMAC Mortgage Company and Non-profit marketing experience with the Family & Children’s Center, Mishawaka, IN. He also owned his own training and development business for 8 years specializing in Leadership, Management and Sales training. Michael has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Julia L. Jordanich
Julia L. Jordanich, J.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received the J.D. degree from the Suffolk University School of Law in Boston in 1997. Julia has taught previously both as a visiting and an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Jessica Kaiser
Jessica Kaiser, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English (Fall 2008), Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in English from Indiana University South Bend in 2008. Jessica has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Maryann Keating
Maryann Keating, Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer in Economics, School of Business & Economics, received her Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame in 1974. Her scholarly interests include international macroeconomics and public policy. She co-authored a textbook Microeconomics for Public Administrators that will be published in 2008. This is her second year as a visiting faculty member and she has previously taught as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Kerry K. Lawson
Kerry K. Lawson, M.L.S., Visiting Lecturer in English (Fall 2008), Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.L.S. from Indiana University South Bend in 1998. Kerry has taught previously both as a visiting and an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Patricia Lewis
Patricia Lewis, M.L.S., Visiting Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences (Spring 2009), Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.L.S. from Indiana University South Bend in 2003. Pat has taught as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend for several years and has received the IU South Bend Associate Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006 and an Indiana University Part-Time Teaching Award in 2007 (article). (photo courtesy IU Home Pages)
Clayton Michaels
Clayton Michaels, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his M.A. in English from University of New Mexico in 2005. Clayton has taught previously as both a visiting and an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Barbara Mociulski
Barbara Mociulski, M.D., B.F.A., Visiting Lecturer in Graphic Design, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, received a Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1981 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from IU South Bend in 2002. Barbara has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Virginia Olson
Virginia Olson, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English (Fall 2008), Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in Secondary Education/Spanish from University of Notre Dame in 2003. Virginia has taught previously as both a visiting and an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
John R. Pankow
John R. Pankow, M.S., Visiting Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences (Fall 2008), Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his M.S. in Education from Indiana University South Bend in 1996. John has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Sandra Peek
Sandra Peek, Visiting Lecturer in Dental Education, Division of Nursing and Health Professions. Sandra has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.
Chris D. Thornton
Chris D. Thornton, MBA, Visiting Lecturer in International Business, School of Business & Economics, received his MBA from University of Notre Dame in 1989. He has been a Senior Vice President in the Corporate Banking Division of National City Bank. He has 18 years of Corporate Banking experience in both domestic and international markets. He will be teaching courses in international business and personal finance. Chris has taught previously as an associate faculty member at IU South Bend.

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