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Welcome, New Faculty 2009-10

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 2009-2010 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

  Michelle Bakerson
Michelle Bakerson, ABD, Acting Assistant Professor 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.
Lori Balmer
Lori Balmer, B.G.S., Clinical Coordinator in Radiography and Coordinator of the BSMIT Program, Radiograpy Program, College of Health Sciences
Vishal Bindroo
Vishal Bindroo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, School of Business & Economics, received the Ph.D. from University of Central Florida. Vishal has taught courses in international marketing, marketing intelligence, and principles of marketing.  His primary research interests include consumer satisfaction, brand loyalty, how consumers evaluate brand extensions, and how the locations of firms affect their innovativeness. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Vishal was a managing partner of a family-owned export firm.
Brooke Bodart
Brooke Bodart, B.A.S.D.H., Clinical Lecturer in Dental Education, Dental Program, College of Health Sciences, received her A.S.D.H. in 2002 from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI and the B.A.S.D.H. in 2008 from St. Petersberg College, St. Petersburg, FL.
Matthew Costello
Matthew Costello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Duquesne University in 2006.  Most recently he served as a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Aging and Development at Duke University Medical Center.  His research focuses on the effect of aging on cognition and attention.
Hope Smith Davis
Hope Smith Davis, Ed.D., Assistant Professor in Secondary/Reading & Literacy, School of Education, joins us in our department of secondary education and foundations as a specialist in literacy.  She just completed her doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati.  Her interest is in using extant research in Metaphor Analysis to identify and analyze conceptual metaphors underlying educational practices.  Dr. Davis has also taught high school English and is a licensed political science teacher.
Diane Economakis
Diane Economakis, M.A.., Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received B.A.s in English, Secondary Education and Violin Performance from Penn State University and an M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.  She has been teaching in IU South Bend’s writing program since 2006.
Kathy Gipson
Kathy Gipson, B.S.D.H., Clinical Lecturer in Dental Education, Dental Program, College of Health Sciences, received the A.S.D.H. in 2004 and B.S.D.H. in 2009 from IU South Bend’s Programs in Dental Education.
Chu He
Chu He, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in English from Shanghai International Studies University and recently defended her Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami.  Chu's scholarship focuses on post-colonial literature, particularly Irish playwright Brian Friel.
Si-Yan Darren Li
Si-Yan Darren Li, M.M. and Artist Diploma, Violoncello, joins the Euclid String Quartet as a Lecturer in Music, Raclin School of the Arts. Si-Yan is from China and is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music. He received his masters and artist diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He won a top prize in the 2003 Young Concert Artists International Competition, was one of the top prize winners in Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1992 and was one of the winners of the World Cello Congress III held in Towson, MD.
Anne Magnan-Park
Anne Magnan-Park, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Director of the English as a Second Language Program, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. from the Université d'Avignon and her Ph.D. in English Literature from Université Rennes 2 in France.  Her scholarship addresses New Zealand literature and questions of translation.
Bryce Merrill
Bryce Merrill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  His dissertation explores the everyday lives of home music recorders.  His current research is an ethnography of Girls Rock Camp Denver, a summer camp in Colorado that teaches girls to be rock musicians.
Clayton Michaels
Clayton Michaels, M.A., Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his B.A. from IU South Bend and his M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico.  He has been teaching composition, ESL, and Creative Writing at IU South Bend since 2005.
Grace W. Muna
Grace W. Muna, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University and comes to us from a post-doctoral position at the University of Utah.  Her research focuses on the development of electrochemical sensors and the use of electrochemical detection in liquid chromatography.
Sandra Peek
Sandra Peek, B.S., Clinical Lecturer in Dental Education, Dental Program, College of Health Sciences, received her A.S.D.H. in 1998 from IU South Bend’s Programs in Dental Education and the B.S. in Organizational Management in 2006 from Bethel College. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public and Environmental Affairs Graduate Program at IU South Bend.
Silvia Ruzanka
Silvia Ruzanka, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of New Media, Raclin School of the Arts, comes to us from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College majoring in Physics and minoring in Film Studies. She received her M.F.A. in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also been on the faculty of IU Bloomington teaching Digital Media.
Anna Savvopoulou
Anna Savvopoulou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her B.A. in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.  She received an M.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Economics with a concentration in Finance, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from SUNY Albany.  Her primary area of research is dynamical systems and ergodic theory.
James M. Smith
James M. Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has taught at UIC, Northeastern Illinois University, and IU South Bend.  Jamie's teaching and research interests are in the fields of urban politics and American government.  His research focuses on governmental accountability and autonomy in processes of urban economic development.
Heidi Walker
Heidi Walker, B.S., Clinical Coordinator in Radiography, Radiography and Medical Imaging Program, College of Health Sciences, received the A.S. in Radiography from IU South Bend and a B.S. in Education from Eckerd College in Florida.
Bruce Watson
Bruce Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor 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., Assistant Professor of Social Informatics, joint appointment in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Informatics Program, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received a Ph.D. in anthropology and a minor in computer science from IU Bloomington last year.  His research focuses on how changes in Neolithic technologies were tied to the growth of complex political systems, economic networks, and ethnic identities in the American Midwest and Southeast approximately 1,000 years ago.  In the modern world, Josh investigates the ways that new technologies affect roles and expectations within governmental functions, business practices, and classroom organization.
Barbara White
Barbara White, M.S.N., Clinical Lecturer in Nursing, Nursing Program, College of Health Sciences, holds a B.S.N. and M.S.N from Bethel College and is enrolled in the Ph.D. in Nursing Program at Loyola University, Chicago.
David Wilkes
David Wilkes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received a B.S. degree in Chemistry and an M.S. degree in Zoology from Miami University, and a Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from Purdue University.  He comes to us from a position as Assistant Research Professor at Harvey Mudd College, where he gained extensive experience in mentoring undergraduate researchers.  David's research uses the model single-celled organism, Tetrahymena, to explore relationships between the structure and function of dynein proteins in molecular motors and the activity of cilia.
Emily Williams
Emily Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education, School of Education, joins us in our professional education services department as a special educator and school psychologist.  She has just completed her doctoral studies at New Mexico State University.  Her research interest is in characteristics of teaching and teacher efficacy.  Dr. Williams has been a special education teacher and school psychologist and is licensed to teach language arts.
Haiyan Yin
Haiyan Yin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of International Business, School of Business & Economics, received her Ph.D. from George Washington University. Prior to joining IU South Bend, Haiyan spent two years doing research with the World Bank in Washington DC.  She has taught courses in international finance, international business, corporate finance and financial markets and institutions. Haiyan’s research interests include international finance, banking and financial economics.
Pam Zarazee
Pam Zarazee, M.S., Lecturer of Human Resources, School of Business & Economics, received an M.S. in Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in Business from IU South Bend. Pam has over 17 years experience in human resources in banking, medical, transportation, higher education, and environmental consulting industries.  Most recently she was Vice President for Human Resources and a stockholder for JFNew in Walkerton, Indiana.  Last year, she led JFNew’s successful bid to be recognized as a finalist for the Wall Street Journal’s top small business of the year award.  She has been an adjunct professor at IU South Bend and St. Mary’s College.

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

Lisa Ahlberg
Lisa Ahlberg, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Margaret Chapman
Margaret Chapman, M.F.A., Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.F.A. in creative writing from The Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. She is co-author of the book Poetry for Beginners.
Steven Estrada
Steven Estrada, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his M.A. and is scheduled to receive his PhD in Human Development from Cornell University.  He has done research on the involvement of emotion on decision processes and risk perception as well as the formation of false memories, with a focus on development..
Gregory Fowler
Gregory Fowler, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester in 2009.  His research in metaphysics focuses on the nature and structure of space.
Rebecca Gerdes
Rebecca Gerdes, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from IU South Bend.  She plans to eventually pursue a Ph.D.
  David James, M.L.S., Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Ulenbek Mambetakunov
Ulenbek Mambetakunov, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar in the Fullbright Scholar Program in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences
  Jerry Nurenberg, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Brook Rohlman
Brook Rohlman, B.G.S., Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Dental Program, Dental Program, College of Health Sciences, received the A.S.D.H. in 2001  from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and her Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Psychology in 2006 from IU South Bend.
Joshua Rubin
Joshua Rubin, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Carol Subiño Sullivan
Carol Subiño Sullivan, ABD, Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, joins us this academic year as a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow in Anthropology.  She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at IU Bloomington. Her dissertation is based on a year of fieldwork in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico where she worked with a community dedicated to the practice of Guinean dance and drum. Carol is also a dancer herself; she danced professionally with Windfall Dancers in Bloomington for 5 years and since then has continued training in modern and Guinean dance.
  Karl M. Traxler, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in Computer and Information Sciences, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Christopher Wedrychowicz
Christopher Wedrychowicz, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Mathematics from SUNY Albany.  He has been a lecturer in mathematics at SUNY Albany for the past two years.  His research area is ergodic theory.
Alisea Williams-McLeod
Alisea Williams-McLeod, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Kim Wooden
Kim Wooden, M.B.A., Visiting Lecturer of Finance, School of Business & Economics, received her Undergraduate degree in Commerce, DePaul University, Chicago and her MBA from IU South Bend. She holds several licenses, including Series 7 (stock broker license); Life and Health (insurance agent license); CPA (tax preparer and non-auditing accounting license). Kim has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses at IU South Bend as an associate professor for many years.  She also advises clients on portfolio building and management, retirement planning and small business retirement plans.
Albert Zambone
Albert Zambone, D.Phil., Visiting Lecturer in History, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is a doctoral candidate in History at St. Cross College, University of Oxford.  His research focuses on the Anglican Enlightenment and Intellectual Culture in Virginia in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  He comes to us from a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor appointment at Purdue North Central.

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

Jessie Borgman
Jessie Borgman, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received her M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from Western Michigan University in 2008. She had a visiting appointment last year at IU South Bend.
Lori Cox
Lori Cox, M.S.N., Visiting Lecturer in Nursing, Nursing Program, College of Health Sciences, received the B.S.N. from the University of Michigan and an M.S.N. from IUPUI – Critical Care CNS.
  Kevin Fuchs, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in Spanish, Department of World Language Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mary Alice Hardy
Mary Alice Hardy, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in English, 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.
Heathyr Harkless
Heathyr Harkless, M.A., Visiting Lecturer in Communication Arts, Raclin School of the Arts, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and Sociology from IU Bloomington and the Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Purdue University. She has been an associate faculty member with IU South Bend and an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech.
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. She has taught previously 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 and visiting faculty member at IU South Bend.
Kevin Lamarr James
Kevin Lamarr James, ABD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natatorium, 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.
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.
Kerry K. Lawson
Kerry K. Lawson, M.L.S., Visiting Lecturer in English, 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.
David Dodd Lee
David Dodd Lee, M.F.A., Visiting Assistant Professor in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University in 1992.  He has been teaching Creative Writing at IU South Bend since 2004.  This year, he will launch the Lester M. Wolfson Poetry Award, which is a national poetry competition.
Patricia Lewis
Patricia Lewis, M.L.S., Visiting Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences, 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 as well as a visiting faculty member 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)
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 and visiting faculty member at IU South Bend.
John R. Pankow
John R. Pankow, M.S., Visiting Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences, 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 and visiting faculty member at IU South Bend.

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