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UT Tyler Welcomes 35 New Faculty for 2010-11 Academic Year

August 23, 2010

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The University of Texas at Tyler officials introduced new faculty members at the 2010-11 Opening Convocation Aug. 23.

New faculty members, listed by college, are:

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Richard Batman, Senior Lecturer in Physics

Ph.D. – Kent State University

Former Position: Instructor, the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts

James Bozeman, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice

M.S. – Sam Houston State University

Former Position: Assistant Professor, Mesa State College

Rachel Bzostek, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Ph.D. – Louisiana State University

Former Position: Assistant Professor, California State University, Bakersfield

Stephanie F. Daugherty, Lecturer in Biology

Ph.D. - Mayo Graduate School

Former Position: Biology & AP Biology Teacher, Dallas Independent School District

Karen Gomez, Assistant Professor of Biology

Ph.D. – University of Arkansas

Former Position: Post Doctoral Associate, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research

Jennifer Jones, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry

M.S. – Virginia Tech

Former Position: Adjunct Instructor, Kilgore College

Rachel Mason, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. – University of Oklahoma

Former Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Oklahoma

Roberto Mendoza, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Ph.D. – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Former Position: Graduate Assistant, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Amentahru Wahlrab, Senior Lecturer in Political Science

M.S. – Illinois State University

Former Position: Instructional Assistant Professor, Illinois State University

David Weinstock, Assistant Professor of Journalism

Ph.D. – Michigan State University

Former Position: Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Guclu Atinc, Senior Lecturer in Management

M.B.A. – Louisiana Tech University

Former Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Louisiana Tech University

Sherry Avery, Assistant Professor of Management

Ph.D. – The University of Texas at Arlington

Former Position: Adjunct Lecturer, Dallas Baptist University

Brent Beal, Associate Professor of Management

Ph.D. – Texas A&M University

Former Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, McNeese State University

Stephen Bushardt, Professor of Management and Department Chair

D.B.A. – Mississippi State University

Former Position: Professor of Management, Spring Hill College

Dominick Fazarro, Associate Professor of Industrial Technology and Industrial Management

Ph.D. – Iowa State University

Former Position: Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University

Ryan Gardner, Assistant Professor of Accounting

LL.M. – University of Houston

Former Position: Tax Attorney, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

Jerry Gilley, Professor of Human Resource Development and Department Chair

Ph.D. – Oklahoma State University

Former Position: Professor and Chair, Colorado State University

Kathryn Kapka, Senior Lecturer in Accounting

M.B.A. – The University of Texas at Tyler

Former Position: Director of Audit Services, UT Tyler

Heshium Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology

Ph.D. – Mississippi State University

Former Position: Adjunct Instructor, Jackson State University

Roger Lirely, Professor of Accounting and Department Chair

D.B.A. – Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Former Position: Professor, Western Carolina University

Judy Sun, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Development

M.B.A. – Peking University, China

Former Position: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Instructor, UT Tyler

Krist Swimberghe, Assistant Professor of Marketing

D.B.A. – Louisiana Tech University

Former Position: Assistant Professor, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY

 

Joanna Neel, Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Education

Ed. D. – Texas A&M

Former Position: Literacy Facilitator, Tyler Independent School District

Sarah Sass, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. – University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Former Position: Clinical Psychology Intern, Veteran’s Affairs Illiana Health Care System

 

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

 

Sohraab Soltani, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Ph.D. – Michigan State University

Former Position: Post Doctoral in Wireless Network, Michigan State University

C.J. Ginny Soong, Associate Professor of Computer Science

Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Chicago

Former Position: Senior Systems Analyst, Bridgestone America Business Technology

COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Elaine Ballard, Assistant Professor of Nursing

D.N.P. – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Former Position: Assistant Professor, Texas Woman’s University

Reuben J. Cowan, Lecturer in Health & Kinesiology

M.S. – The University of Texas at Tyler

Former Position: Adjunct Lecturer, UT Tyler

Karen Day, Clinical Instructor in Nursing

M.S.N., M.B.A. – University of Phoenix

Former Position: Registered Nurse, East Texas Medical Center

Xuanliang Neil Dong, Assistant Professor of Health & Kinesiology

Ph.D. – Columbia University

Former Position: Assistant Professor of Research, UT San Antonio

Tara Eaton, Lecturer in Health & Kinesiology

M.S. – Southern Illinois University Edwardswille

Former Position: Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Joni Edmond, Clinical Instructor in Nursing

M.S.N. – The University of Texas at Tyler

Former Position: Assistant Nurse Manager, UT Medical Branch

Kevin Gosselin, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Ph.D. – Texas Tech University

Former Position: Instructor, UT Austin

Janelle Martinez, Clinical Instructor in Nursing

M.A.T. – Miami University

Former Position: Staff Nurse, Good Shepherd Medical Center

Joni McGee, Clinical Instructor in Nursing

M.S.N. – The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Former Position: Faculty Instructor, San Jacinto Junior College

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