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UT Tyler Welcomes New Faculty

August 20, 2007

The University of Texas at Tyler has hired new faculty members, and UT Tyler officials introduced each at the 2007-08 Opening Convocation Aug. 20.


New faculty members, listed by college, are:


COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES


Kyle Huckins,
Assistant Professor of Journalism

            Ph.D. – UT Austin

            Former Position: Adjunct Professor, West Virginia University

Jennifer Kreft, Assistant Professor of Physics

            Ph.D. – UT Austin

Former Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Academia Sinica, Institute of Physics

Camille Lewis-Satchell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

            Ph.D. – University of Arkansas

            Former Position:  Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Katherine Pang, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

            M.Ed. – University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

            Former Position: CEO, EdWay Online, Inc.

John Petzet, Visiting Director of Choral Activities

            D.M.A. – Texas Tech University

            Former Position:  Assistant Professor, Lincoln University

John Placyk, Jr., Assistant Professor of Biology

            Ph.D. – University of Tennessee

            Former Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee

Rachel Sailor, Assistant Professor of Art History

            Ph.D. – University of Iowa

            Former Position: Olson Fellow, University of Iowa Library


Lance Williams, Associate Professor Biology

            Ph.D. – Mississippi State University

Former Position:  Assistant Professor of Stream Ecology and Fisheries, Ohio State University


Merrie Wright,
Assistant Professor of Art

            M.F.A. – Louisiana State University

            Former Position:  Visiting Lecturer, Georgia State University


COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY

Kristen Dobbs, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Development and Technology, and Director, HRD and Technology Advising and Career Services

            M.S. – UT Tyler

            Former Position:  Director Training & Development, Tyler Junior College

Russell Korte, Visiting Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development

            Ph.D. – University of Minnesota

            Former Position: Associate Professor, University of Minnesota


John Martin, Professor of Construction Management

            Ed.D. – Oklahoma State University

            Former Position:  Professor and Chair, University of North Florida


Wim Nijhof, International Professor of Human Resource Development and Scholar in Residence, HRD Research Center in the College of Business and Technology

            Ph.D. – University of Utrecht

            Former Position:  Professor, University of Twente

Greg Wang, Associate Professor Human Resource Development

            Ph.D. – Pennsylvania State University

            Former Position:  Associate Professor, Old Dominion University

Barbara Wooldridge, Associate Professor of Marketing

            Ph.D. – Louisiana State University

            Former Position:  Assistant Professor, University of Tampa

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY

Charles Barké, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology

            Ph.D. – University of Kansas

Former Position: Professor and Department Head, Missouri State University

Dennis Combs, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

            Ph.D. – Louisiana State University

            Former Position: Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa

Frank Dykes, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education

            Ed.D. – Stephen F. Austin State University

Former Position:  Director of Special Programs, Marshall Independent School District


Suzanne Thomas, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education

Ph.D. - University of Florida

Former Position:  Senior Project Consultant, The Columbus Organization

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE


Michael McGinnis, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

            Ph.D. – Lehigh University

Former Position:  Post-Doctoral Researcher / Adjunct Faculty, Lehigh University


Torey Nalbone,
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

            Ph.D. – Texas A&M

            Former Position:  Assistant Professor, UT Health Center at Tyler


Hector Ochoa,
Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

            Ph.D. – UT El Paso

            Former Position:  Research Assistant, UT El Paso


Peter Rogers,
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

            Ph.D. – Colorado State University

Former Position:  National Research Council Research Associate, Institute for Water Resources


Jan Sundell, Research Professor and Executive Director of TxAIRE

            D.M.Sci. – Karolinska Institute

Former Position:  Professor, International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark


Ronald Welch, Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering

            Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

            Former Position:  Associate Professor, United States Military Academy


COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES


Nancy Ballard,
Clinical Instructor

            M.Ed. – Texas Woman’s University

            Former Position:  Instructor, Tyler Junior College


Deborah Bell,
Clinical Instructor

            M.S.N. – UT School of Nursing at San Antonio

Former Position:  Family Nurse Practitioner, Diagnostic Clinic of Longview

Jenifer Chilton, Clinical Lecturer

            B.S.N. – University of Kansas

            Former Position:  School Nurse, Jacksonville Independent School District


Suzanne Collins, Clinical Instructor

            M.S.N. – University of Phoenix

            Former Position:  Staff/Resource Nurse, Northeast Medical Center


Terri Ford, Clinical Instructor

            M.N. – University of Washington, Seattle

            Former Position:  Instructor, West Texas A&M University

Cindy James, Clinical Instructor

            M.S.N. – UT Tyler

            Former Position:  Instructor, Tyler Junior College

Kandace Landreneau, Associate Professor

            Ph.D. – University of Missouri – Kansas City

            Former Position:  Associate Professor, Northwestern State University


One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.



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