FIRST YEAR PROGRAM FACULTY: 2013-2014
(Sc.D., 2003, University of Massachusetts-Lowell)
OCCUPATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY & HEALTH
Dr. Ahn joins the UW-Whitewater faculty from the University of Michigan where he held the position of lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He received his Doctorate of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene. His research interests include ventilation applications in laboratory and industry environments and exposure methods and controls for airborne hazards.
(Ed.D., 2010, University of Calgary)
Dr. Agnew has served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at UW-Whitewater since 2011. She has experience teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, has served as an Education Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and spent time as a crisis counselor.
(Ed.D., 2012, Teachers College Columbia University)
HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION, AND COACHING
Dr. Cameron was most recently a professor of undergraduate and graduate courses in physical education at Hofstra University in New York. Prior to teaching at the university level, he was a physical education teacher and a coach for a variety of high school sports. He has consulted in schools in the New York area and authored multiple articles in prominent education journals.
(ABD, University of Kansas-Lawrence)
Mr. Chang comes to UW-Whitewater after working on his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. He has experience as an undergraduate instructor and as a teaching assistant in graduate-level courses. His research focus and interests are in social and ethical issues in macro and micro levels in management.
(Ph.D., 2012, Clemson University)
Dr. Collins joins the UW-Whitewater faculty from South Carolina where he most recently served in a supervisory role in a school district addressing educational legal and ethical issues and implementing school-wide practices. He has direct experience working with college students with intellectual disabilities, spent three years as a practicing school psychologist, and worked for five years as a police officer.
(Ph.D., 2010, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Dr. Elliott has been a lecturer for three Educational Foundations courses at UW-Whitewater for the past year. She was previously an associate lecturer in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned her Ph.D. Dr. Elliott’s research and teaching interests focus on gender and sexuality studies; anthropology of education; and race, class, and inequality in schools.
Miao (Mia) Feng
(Ph.D., 2013, New York University)
Dr. Feng joins the UW-Whitewater faculty after serving as a full-time visiting lecturer in the UW-Whitewater History Department for the past year. Her primary specialization is Chinese history, but she also focuses on comparative gender and women’s history, particularly pertaining to Asia. She is a member of the American Historical Association and the Association of Asian Studies.
(MFA, 2011, Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
ART & DESIGN
Ms. Foster joins the UW-Whitewater faculty after completing postgraduate research in media arts at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Her areas of specialty include new media and net art, conceptual and installation art, art and media art history, and communication design. She has experience as a teaching assistant, preservation assistant, and as a lab assistant.
(MFA, 2008, Pennsylvania State University)
ART & DESIGN
Ms. Frame has a wide range of teaching experience including positions at Northland College, Alberta College of Art and Design, and Interlochen Arts Academy Boarding High School. Her master’s degree concentration was in ceramics. Some of her artwork can be viewed on her website at www.teriframe.com.
(Ph.D., 2011, Northwestern University)
Dr. Girard comes to UW-Whitewater following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry and has an abundance of research publications focusing on thermoelectric materials. He has served as a faculty assistant, teaching assistant, and laboratory teaching assistant. In 2011, Dr. Girard was invited and served as a scientific and cultural ambassador at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in India.
Lei (Nick) Guo
(Ph.D., 2010, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis)
Dr. Guo joins the faculty at UW-Whitewater from Utah State University where he served as an instructor in the department of economics and finance. He also has teaching experience in economics at Wuhan University in China and at the University of Minnesota, where he received multiple distinguished instructor awards. His research interests include macroeconomics, financial economics, and public economics.
(Ph.D., 2011, Loyola University-Chicago)
Dr. Guthrie comes to us from Loyola University in Chicago where she has served as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work for the past four years. Her professional experience includes serving as director of a counseling program for interns and disadvantaged youth, working as a clinical social worker, working with siblings of children with disabilities through a support group, and working with autistic children. Dr. Guthrie has identified her goal as a professor to “ensure that my students apply themselves and realize their optimal learning potential.”
Amal Gaber Saleh Ibrahim
(Ph.D., 2005, Georgia State University-Atlanta)
Dr. Ibrahim most recently has worked as the coordinator of the mass communication program in English and an assistant professor through the College of Communication at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She has served as a media trainer in television production to international students. Her research and training interests include media effects, video editing, television production, and writing for radio and television.
(ABD, Kennesaw State University)
Mr. Jastrzebski comes to UW-Whitewater with teaching experience from Penn State University, Loyola University in Chicago, University of Maryland University College, and Northwestern University. His research interests include real earnings management, corporate governance, and ethical judgment and decision making. His teaching interests include financial reporting; tax, auditing and assurance services; and financial statement analysis.
(Ph.D., 2013, Purdue University)
Dr. Jones recently received her Ph.D. with an emphasis on health communication in underserved populations from Purdue University. She has focused her education and much of her research on public health communication. She served as a teaching and research assistant at Purdue University since 2009.
(ABD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Ms. Karnes comes to UW-Whitewater with graduate and undergraduate teaching experience from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her Ph.D. concentration focused on psychology and exercise physiology with her dissertation titled “Motivational Interviewing for Physical Activity Promotion.” Her recent professional experience includes serving as a program evaluator and clinical coordinator for Midwest Rehabilitation Associates.
(ABD, University of Iowa)
Ms. Law joins the faculty of UW-Whitewater with teaching experience from the University of Iowa and St. Ambrose University. She has taught courses in social policy analysis, social welfare policy and practice, human behavior in the social environment, and fundamentals of social work practice. She has experience in advocating for and creating effective campus and state social policies.
(ABD, HEC Montreal)
FINANCE & BUSINESS LAW
Mr. Letourneau comes to UW-Whitewater from Montreal, Canada, where his professional experiences include serving as an elected member of the board of directors and a member of the audit committee for a large financial cooperative institution. He also has experience as a research assistant, lecturer, teaching assistant, and teacher in the private sector. He is fluent in French and English.
(MFA, 2008, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
ART & DESIGN
Mr. Miller most recently served as an assistant professor at Penn State University in Altoona. He has focused his education on painting and drawing. Mr. Miller believes that “The world is information and an artist’s role is to convert that information into other formats in ways that bring their own unique perspective into being.”
(ABD, University of Colorado at Boulder)
SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY, & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Mr. O’Brien joins the faculty at UW-Whitewater from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he has taught courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Drugs in U.S. Society, and Deviance in U.S. Society. His areas of interest include criminology and delinquency, social control, and social psychology. He has been a member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems since 2005.
(ABD, Ohio State University)
GEOGRAPHY & GEOLOGY
Mr. Olson has been a graduate teaching associate at Ohio State University in the department of geography since 2008. His recent doctoral dissertation is titled, “The Evolution of Urban-Rural Space: The Case of the U.S. Midwest.” His research experience also includes serving as a research fellow with the Appalachian Ohio Forest Research Group.
(ABD, Iowa State University)
MATHEMATICAL & COMPUTER SCIENCES
Mr. Oster comes to UW-Whitewater from Iowa State University where he served as a research and teaching assistant, and from Grand View University where he was an adjunct lecturer. His professional experiences include designing, implementing, and conducting initial testing on a system for automating satellite downlink operations through the U.S. Geological Survey. His research interests include formal methods for specification, analysis, and verification of requirements and design preferences in component-based and compositional software systems.
(Ph.D., 2012, University of Texas at Austin)
Dr. Paddock joins the UW-Whitewater faculty after serving as a lecturer at our university for the past year. Previous courses he has taught include World Civilizations since 1500, Introduction to African History, and Historical Perspectives. His Ph.D. dissertation and continued research focuses on African history and current challenges.
(Ph.D., 2013, Bowling Green State University)
MATHEMATICAL & COMPUTER SCIENCES
Dr. Paneru’s most recent teaching experiences include teaching introductory statistics and mathematics courses at Bowling Green State University where he received awards for excellence in graduate teaching and graduate academics. He also served as an assistant lecturer for three years at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He has co-authored two books titled, “Fundamentals of Business Mathematics” and “Business Statistics.”
(ABD, Illinois Institute of Technology)
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS EDUCATION
Ms. Platt comes to UW-Whitewater from the department of computer science at ITT where she served as an adjunct professor, research assistant, and teaching assistant. Her professional experiences include serving as faculty instructor at an academic enrichment program for high school students and as a software engineer. She has co-founded a company to develop and provide tools to support patient understanding and management of their chronic health conditions; led a team in the design and implementation of a novel, real time disease outbreak monitoring system; and developed a search engine to be used at ITT.
(ABD, Temple University)
Ms. Porterfield joins the UW-Whitewater faculty with teaching experience in courses such as Urban Policy Analysis and Education in the Global City. Her teaching interests include social contexts in education, visual culture and the hidden curriculum of schools, and social and gender theory. Her primary research areas focus on urban education, social and cultural contexts of education, gender and feminist theory, and visual school culture.
(Ph.D., 2008, Marquette University)
LANGUAGES & LITERATURES
Dr. Prodoehl joins the faculty after having served as a lecturer in Languages and Literatures at UW-Whitewater since 2011. Her previous experience includes teaching a variety of English courses at Marian University, Marquette University, and Wisconsin Lutheran College. Her teaching and research interests include composition theory, writing across the curriculum, race in American literature, dystopian fiction, and writing center administration and tutor training.
(Ph.D., 2011, University of California-Santa Barbara)
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Dr. Prude has served in the position of academic teaching staff in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at UW-Whitewater for the past year after also completing her postdoctoral teaching fellowship at our university. Her research interests include Tibetan Buddhism and South Asian religions. She has various levels of proficiency in Tibetan, Nepali, French, and Chinese languages.
(Ph.D., 2009, Washington State University-Pullman)
Dr. Simha comes to UW-Whitewater from Gonzaga University where he served as an assistant professor of organizational leadership since 2009. His research interests include organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Management History and was awarded the Emerald Publishers Highly Commended Paper Award in 2011 for his article submission to this journal.
(Ph.D., 2012, Indiana University)
Dr. Street recently completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at Indiana University in their cognition and action neuroimaging lab within the department of psychological and brain sciences. Her teaching experience includes courses in adolescent development and developmental psychology. Her research interests include perception/action interactions, spatial cognition, and cognitive development.
(Ph.D., 2012, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
MATHEMATICAL & COMPUTER SCIENCES
Dr. Thao joins the UW-Whitewater faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he recently served as a visiting lecturer. His teaching experience includes classes such as computer applications, database development, and assembly language programming. He has impressive technical skills including a comprehensive understanding of programming and scripting languages as well as a wealth of experience with software development.
(ABD, University of Connecticut)
SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY, & CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Ms. Waring comes to UW-Whitewater after working on her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. She has taught courses on social problems, white racism, and ethnicity and race. Her areas of specialization include racial and ethnic relations; minority and multiracial families; quality research methods; and race, culture, and gender. In 2012 she received the Association of Black Sociologists Graduate Student Paper 1st Place Winner award.
(Ph.D., 2009, University of Florida)
Dr. Yankelevitz recently held positions at Willamette University and Portland State University where she taught courses including Drugs & Behavior, Judgment & Choice, and Learning: The Science of Behavior Analysis. Some of her professional interests include decision making, impulsivity, risk-taking, and social influence. She enjoys community service at the humane society and has volunteered with the Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center’s outreach program.
(Ph.D., 2009, University of Massachusetts)
Dr. Yavuzcetin joins the UW-Whitewater faculty from Northeastern University where he served as an instructor in the physics department and as an associate research scientist. In 2012, he received the National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps Award for Entrepreneurial Lead. His research interests include plasmonic and photonic structures, solar cells and anti-reflective coatings, and EEG and electric fields of the brain.
Tong “Robert” Yu
(ABD, Oklahoma State University)
Mr. Yu comes to UW-Whitewater from Oklahoma State University. His teaching experience includes courses on managerial accounting, principals of financial accounting, and federal income taxation. His research interests include financial reporting and corporate taxation, fair value accounting, and real earnings management.