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Welcome, New Faculty 2016-2017

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 2016-2017 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


Mary Bales, Ph.D. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, 2013
  • Professional experience includes Co-PI for the Ford Family Program in International Development, Rebirth of Quality Education in Uganda; Assistant Research Professor, University of Notre Dame; as well as many teaching positions

Diona Eskew, M.S. | Visiting Lecturer in Communication Studies

  • M.S. in Digital Media, Valparaiso University, 2016
  • Obtained a B.F.A. in Photography and a B.A. in Mass Communications from IU South Bend
  • Served as Managing Editor of Pilot News Group, Plymouth Indiana

 Susan Haithcox, R.N., M.S.N.| Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., University of Phoenix | 2013
  • Clinical faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College, Bethel College, and Saint Mary's College with expertise teachin oncology, medical surgical, geriatrics, fundamentals, and ortho/neuro cliical
  • 22 years experience in hospital and medical office environments

Andrea Meluch, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

  • Ph.D. | Kent State University | May 2016 [Emphasis on Health Communication, Organizational Communication, and Mixed Methods | Dissertation entitled, "Understanding Origins of Social Support in a Cancer Care Center]
  • M.A. in Communication | The University of Akron, May 2012 [Organizational Communication]
  • University Fellowship, August 15-Present | The Division of Graduate Studies | Kent State University
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity

Ryan Olivier, D.M.A. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

  • D.M.A. in Music Composition, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, 2015
  • Dissertation: An Exploration of the Multimedia Experience Through Theory and Practice
  • Teaching experience at St. Joseph's University and Temple University
  • Served as Chorister, Old Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, Philadelphia
  • Affiliated with numerous professional organizations

Sung-Jin Park, M.S., M.A. | Acting Assistant Professor in Accounting

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Accounting, University of Texas, 2016
  • M.S. in Taxation, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, 2011
  • M.S. in Accounting, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, 2008
  • M.A. in Public Administration, Yonsei University, 2000
  • Research interest lies in the effect of financial reporting on capital markets, executive compensation, accounting for income taxes, and auditing
  • Teaching interests in financial accounting, managerial accounting, and taxation

Rama Krishna Reddy, M.B.A. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Management

  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Memphis
  • Research emphasis on strategic management and international business
  • M.B.A., Western Kentucky University, 2009
  • Teaching experience includes the University of Memphis and Western Kentucky University
  • Recently awarded "Best Paper Award" and "Best Review Award" at the Southern Management Association Annual Conference

Caren Rossow, D.H.A.| Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

  • D.H.A., Central Michigan University, 2012
  • M.S. in Administration, University of Notre Dame, 1998
  • Experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate students in management principles, policy, and ethics related to healthcare administration
  • Extensive experience in healthcare management and leadership

Huanan Xu, M.A. | Acting Assistant Professor of Economics

  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Connecticut
  • M.A. in Economics, University of Connecticut
  • Research interests include labor and demographic economics, applied microeconomis, programs evaluation, immigration inequality, and public policy
  • Has served as an export business representative, an audit assistant, and bank associate-- all in China


Previously Visiting Faculty


Brian Davis, Ph.D. | Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1998

Sungkyu Jang, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Public Affairs

  • Ph.D. in Public Administration, Florida State University, 2012
  • Specialization in public policy and public finance
  • M.P.A. in public financial administration, Indiana University, 2006
  • M.P.A., Sung Kyun Kwan University (South Korea), 2001
  • Previously served as a visiting assistant professor at IU South Bend; as well as a lecturer at Hunsung University (South Korea) and Atlanta Metropolitan State College
  • Long list of awards, research, and service activities

Heather Jones, M.L.S. | Lecturer in French and Spanish

  • M.L.S., | IU South Bend, 2007
  • Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist in Spanish, University of Notre Dame
  • Visiting Lecturer in French and Spanish, IU South Bend
  • Lecturer of Spanish, Arabic, and French, Saint Mary's College
  • Speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish; and translates and interprets for literature and business
  • Graduated from high school in France, having lived 15 years in Caen, France

Erin Kelley, M.A. | Lecturer in English

  • M.A. in English | IU South Bend, 2012
  • Associate faculty and visiting faculty member in English, IU South Bend
  • Also works as an independent consultant, providing writing and research expertise to clients

Tony Randles, Ph.D. | Lecturer in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

  • Ph.D., North Dakota State University, 2012
  • Dissertation entitled, "The association between the consumer nutrition environment and free and reduced school lunch rates."
  • Prior to coming to IU South Bend as a Visiting Assistant Professor, served as the physical activity/nutrition program manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment

John Thompson, M.F.A. | Lecturer in Fine Arts

  • M.F.A. in Interactive Design and Game Development, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2014
  • Thesis on "Playing Apart: Enhancing Child and Parent Interaction through Distance Play Technology"
  • B.F.A., IU South Bend, 2006
  • Served in the United States Army/Indiana Army National Guard from 2006-2011

David Tobey, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Management

  • Ph.D. in Management, New Mexico State University, 2010
  • Dissertation: "Prosodic Forecasts: Emotive language shifts as a predictor of reversals in investor sentiment."
  • Research interests include individual and organizational learning and change, accelerated learning, learner readiness and engagement, psycometrics of formative assessment and certification, evidence-based management, creative problem-solving, risk assessment, CSR and social entrepreneurship, intellectual and social capital
  • Adjunct and visiting assistant professor at IU South Bend since January 2014
  • Long list of teaching, research, and service activities

Previously Adjunct


Jennifer Deranek, Ph.D.| Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2015
  • Dissertation, "Influences impacting the development of entry-level master's athletic training programs"
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2009
  • Adjunct instructor at IU South Bend and Southwestern Michigan College; and program director and marketing coordinator for Girls on the Run Michiana
  • Long history of volunteerism in athletics

Mallory Edmondson, MSDH | Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene

  • MSDH, Education Track, University of Bridgeport (CT), 2015
  • Served in many positions at IU South Bend, including Second Year Clinical Co-coordinator, adjunct clinical dental hygiene instructor and lecturer
  • PRN Office Manager at Dental Aspen (since 2013)
  • Lengthy experience in community outreach, including Center for the Homeless and Girls on the Run

Christine Hawkins, M.S.N. | Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

  • M.S.N., Valparaiso University, 1998
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Program, Valparaiso University, 1999
  • RN for 36 years
  • Serves as family nurse practitioner at the IU South Bend Health and Wellness Clinic since 2014
  • Worked as an associate professor at IU South Bend as well as serving as a family nurse practitioner at many local health facilities