First Year Program Faculty: 2017 - 2018

Olamojiba (Ola) Bamgbose

Ph.D., 2017, Northern Illinois University

Dr. Bamgbose joins the UW-Whitewater faculty from Northern Illinois University, where she was an instructor, practicum supervisor, and student success coach in the Department of Counseling, Adult & Higher Education. Dr. Bamgbose has extensive teaching and professional experience in Illinois and the United Kingdom.


Elizabeth Blair

Ed.D., 2013, Harvard

After a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Beloit College, Dr. Blair returns to UW-Whitewater where she previously held the position of associate lecturer. She has several publications and presentations and is an associate researcher and co-principal investigator for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Data System Project at the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.


Jenna Cushing-Leubner

Ph.D., 2017, University of Minnesota

Dr. Cushing-Leubner completed her Ph.D. in the area of second languages education. She has published several journal articles and book chapters, and she is the project director of Jovenes con Derechos, a social justice youth development and youth participatory action research curriculum at a Minneapolis high school.

Julia Davidyan

ABD, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

A member of UW-Whitewater’s first class of the Doctor of Business Administration program, Dr. Davidyan comes to campus after several professional positions in auditing in Illinois. She is a certified public accountant with research interests in public pensions, governmental financial reporting, audit quality, and audit fees.

Onochie Fan-Osuala

Ph.D, 2017, University of South Florida

With recent teaching experience in applied data science and global information systems, Dr. Fan-Osuala comes to UW-Whitewater with research interests in crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and IT management and strategy. He has had several conference presentations and industry collaborations with such companies as 3M and a McDonald’s franchise.


Arnab Ganguly

Ph.D., 2017, Louisiana State University

Dr. Ganguly comes to UW-Whitewater with several publications and research interests that involve designing succinct data structures for various generalizations of the classical pattern matching problem. He has professional experience in the U.S. and India in software development, as well as experience with software engineering at Amazon and PricewaterHouse Coopers.

Ray Godfrey

Ph.D., 2007, University of Florida

Dr. Godfrey most recently served as an assistant professor at Murray State University in Kentucky, and has held academic appointments in North Carolina, California, Mississippi, and Florida. He teaches classes in fire safety prevention and protection, hazardous materials and incident management, and OSHA standards for industry and construction and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Nicholas Gulig

Ph.D., 2016, University of Denver

Dr. Gulig joined UW-Whitewater as a lecturer and UW-Whitewater Inclusive Excellence Fellow during the 2016-17 academic year. Prior to joining UW-Whitewater, Dr.  Gulig taught English to faculty and students in Thailand.  He is the first place winner of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2017 Poetry Contest, with his poem “The New American Nostalgia.”


Wesley Hough

Ph.D., 2017, University of Kentucky

Dr. Hough earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky with a dissertation titled “On Independence, Matching, and Homomorphism Complexes.” He teaches courses on contemporary mathematics, calculus, and calculus for life sciences.  He was the co-chairperson for the UK Mathematics Graduate Student Council and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Yunsun Huh

Ph.D., 2011, University of Utah

Dr. Huh comes to UW-Whitewater from UW-Green Bay, where she served as an assistant professor of economics and democracy & justice studies since 2011. Her research focuses on the intersection of the economics of gender and discrimination, labor economics, and immigration. She has made several presentations and published journal articles on these topics, and has others under review.


Aruna Jha

Ph.D., 2001, University of Illinois

Dr. Jha comes to UW-Whitewater from the Veterans Administration, where she served as a suicide prevention coordinator in Wisconsin, then as a senior social worker in Chicago. Her research interests focus on the risk and protective factors for depression and suicide in immigrant populations. Dr. Jha has clinical and teaching experience in the U.S., India, and Europe, and she founded the Asian American Suicide Prevention Initiative.


Wesley Kephart

Ph.D., 2017, Auburn University

Dr. Kephart is a certified health fitness specialist who brings several years of teaching experience to UW-Whitewater. He has taught classes in nutrition, health promotion in the workplace, and exercise physiology, among others. Dr. Kephart has many conference presentations, has published several journal articles, and is a reviewer for the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Anna Lindell

Ph.D., 2017, University of Missouri

Dr. Lindell completed her Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Missouri.  She has several journal publications on the topics of family systems, adolescence, and sibling relationships. She has experience teaching in online and face-to-face formats, with courses such as social development in childhood, developmental psychology, and general experimental psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, among other organizations.

Krista McQueeney

Ph.D., 2006, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Before coming to UW-Whitewater, Dr. McQueeney served as an associate professor at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. She has extensive teaching experience at several institutions, including courses in criminology, sociology of the family, sociology of gender, and domestic violence. She has published several journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews and has been a reviewer for three professional journals.

Kimberly Nath

Ph.D., 2016, University of Delaware

Dr. Nath earned her Ph.D. in American History with a dissertation titled “The British are Coming, Again: The Flight, Return, and Reintegration of Mid-Atlantic Loyalists, 1776-1800.” She teaches courses in U.S. History to 1865, North American History to 1789, and Intro to Public History, and was a recipient of the Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship from the Maryland Historical Society.


Brian Rogers

Ph.D., 2016, University of Utah

Dr. Rogers comes to UW-Whitewater after holding positions with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah AIDS Foundation. He has experience at Utah Valley University, University of Utah, and Northern Arizona University teaching courses on health communication, gender and communication, and health and culture. Dr. Rogers is a manuscript reviewer for Qualitative Health Research and a member of the National Communication Association.

Sumin Shin

Ph.D., 2017, University of Alabama

Prior to joining the UW-Whitewater faculty, Dr. Shin served as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama.  His research interests include organizational communication, digital media, and sustainability issues. In April, 2017, Dr. Shin was awarded Top Paper at the annual meeting of the Broadcast Education Association, where he was invited to present on rational/emotional appeals in online videos.


Ruth Tallman

Ph.D., 2010, University of Oklahoma

Before her appointment at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Tallman served as an associate professor and Living and Learning Community Coordinator at Barry University in Florida. Her areas of specialization are applied ethics and bioethics, and she has several publications and presentations on the topics. Dr. Tallman has served as an honors thesis advisor to several students and is a member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

Keith Zukas

Ph.D., 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Zukas has held several academic positions, most recently serving as an assistant professor at Carroll University. He has taught a variety of courses, including newswriting and reporting, feature writing, broadcast journalism, and mass communication. Dr. Zukas has two journal articles accepted and forthcoming, and he received the best paper award at the International Conference on Journalism & Mass Communication in 2015.

Avishek Bhandari

ABD, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Bhandari will earn his Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University, where his dissertation focuses on CEO’s social networks and companies’ information environments. He is a member of the American Accounting Association and has been a reviewer for several of AAA’s regional meetings. Dr. Bhandari’s research interests include archival-financial, tax and auditing.

Bruce Cohen

MFA, 1996, University of Alabama

Mr. Cohen has extensive experience teaching and directing theatre productions at the New World School of the Arts in Florida, Arkansas State University, and Weber State University in Utah, among others. He is the creator of several works, produced at venues in Arkansas, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania


Andrew Dahl

DBA, 2017, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dr. Dahl joins the faculty of the Marketing Department, where he previously served as lecturer. A member of UW-Whitewater’s first class of the Doctor of Business Administration program, he has published several journal articles and has been the faculty advisor to the UWW student American Marketing Association since 2009.

Logan Edwards

Ph.D, 2017, Indiana University

Dr. Edwards is a health educator with teaching experience in personal health, consumer health, health education pedagogy and mental health and well-being. He has USA Track & Field Coaching Certification and has been an assistant coach in track and field where his responsibilities included recruiting prospective college athletes.


Yao Fu

Ph.D.,2017, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Fu has a variety of teaching experiences in higher education and in preK-4 institutions in the U.S. and in China. Her research interests include multicultural education and international education, integrating innovative educational technologies into the classroom, and program evaluation. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.


Aditi Ghosh

Ph.D., 2013, Texas A&M University

Prior to joining the UW-Whitewater faculty, Dr. Ghosh was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Idaho.  Her research interests include math biology, applied and computational math, and fluid dynamics, and she is currently working on mathematical modeling of acetaminophen metabolism and liver injury. She has taught math courses and co-mentored undergraduate research.


Lindsey Greviskes

ABD, University of Utah

Ms. Greviskes comes to Whitewater from the University of Utah, where her dissertation work focuses on physical therapy practitioner relationships and patients with Parkinson’s Disease. She has taught sport and exercise psychology at the University of Utah and Northern Illinois University. She is a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Michael Hammer

Ph.D., 2007, University of Kansas

After completing an adjunct appointment at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Hammer joins the faculty as associate professor this fall. He recently served as a clinical speech language pathologist with UW Health and the director of the Airway Sensory Physiology Lab at UW-Madison. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, among other organizations. Dr. Hammer has published manuscripts and book chapters, and serves as an NIH grant reviewer.

Brian Huels

DBA, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Dr. Huels is a graduate of UW-Whitewater’s first class of the Doctor of Business Administration program. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Huels held academic appointments at several Rockford, IL colleges and universities. He is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner and was recognized as one of “40 Leaders Under 40” by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

Sinae Hyun

Ph.D., 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison

After a completing a one year appointment as lecturer at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Hyun joins the faculty as assistant professor at UW-Whitewater. She has teaching experience in the U.S. and Singapore. Her research focuses on the Thai Border Patrol Police during the Cold war. Dr. Hyun has several journal publications, many presentations in the U.S. and abroad, and is proficient in five languages.

Ozgul Kartal

Ph.D., 2015, Illinois Institute of Technology

Prior to her appointment as assistant professor, Dr. Kartal served as lecturer at UW-Whitewater. She has taught courses in mathematics content for elementary teachers, statistics for teachers, and teaching mathematics in elementary/middle grades. Her research experience includes a collaboration designing and implementing a teacher preparation course focused on Common Core State Standards.


He Li

Ph.D., 2017, University of Texas

Dr. Li earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso with a dissertation titled “Vertical Integration to Mitigate Internal Capital Market Inefficiencies: Theory and Evidence.”  She taught classes in international finance, analysis of derivatives, and microeconomics.  Her research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, banking, and international finance. Dr. Li has research in progress on cross-border banking.

Miao-Ching Liu

Ph.D., 2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison

UW-Whitewater welcomes Dr. Liu as an Inclusive Excellence Fellow. She will be teaching courses in Curriculum and Instruction. She previously served as program coordinator at the Multicultural Graduate Network at UW-Madison. She was granted a doctoral study scholarship from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, placing first in the social science research category.  


Kymberly Mellen

MFA, 2000, DePaul University

Ms. Mellen joins UW-Whitewater after holding academic positions at DePaul University, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University, among others. She brings a vast array of directing, acting, and voice experience from the theatre, film, TV, commercial and voice-over industries. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

Paul Nylen

J.D., 2013, Marquette University

Prior to his appointment as assistant professor at UW-Whitewater, Mr. Nylen worked as an international tax senior consultant with Deloitte Tax in Milwaukee.  He also holds a CPA from The University of Iowa.  In additional to his professional experience for financial firms, Mr. Nylen has teaching experience at Marquette and the University of Iowa, and he is a member of the Wisconsin and Milwaukee Bar Associations.


Kai Rush

Ph.D., 2016, Northern Illinois University

Dr. Rush joins the UW-Whitewater faculty after holding a variety of positions in universities, K-12 school districts, and virtual schools. He holds teaching certificates in social science and technology areas in Illinois and Florida, and has given numerous presentations locally and nationally. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Society of Technology in Education and the American Library Association.

Barrett Swanson

MFA, 2010, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mr. Swanson served as a lecturer of creative writing at UW-Madison before joining the UW-Whitewater faculty. In addition to UW-Madison, he taught courses at Edgewood College, Upper Iowa University, and University of Illinois. He has published several works of fiction and is an associate editor at Colony Collapse Press. Mr. Swanson was the recipient of the 2015 Pushcart Prize for his story “Annie Radcliffe, You are Loved.”

Martin Tchernookov

Ph.D., 2010, University of Chicago

Dr. Tchernookov completed his Ph.D. in physics with a dissertation titled “Stochastic Treatments of Models of Gene Regulatory Networks.” Before coming to UW-Whitewater, he held academic appointments at Lamar University, McGill University, and Emory University, including two postdoctoral fellowships. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Statistical Physics and Physical Review.