Mississippi University for Women

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Experts Guide

Art

Art Gender Issues
Dr. Beverly Joyce
O: 662-241-7812
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Assistant Professor of Art
Dr. Joyce's primary area of expertise is gender issues of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her current area of research is feminism of contemporary Southern women. The focus of her dissertation was on gender issues in English Pre-Raphaelite art. She has presented this material at professional conferences. Dr. Joyce teaches art history and art appreciation courses.
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Business

Information Systems
Mr. Scott Tollison
O: 662-329-7164    H: 662-494-6808
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Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems
Tollison teaches courses in Microsoft Suite, computer maintenance, computer networking, electronic commerce and the Linux operating system. His areas of interest include computer programming and open source software. He has experience in designing and maintaining commercial websites as well as administering computer networks in the instructional setting. Tollison conducts research in preparing distance learners for online courses and instructional technology. He is also knowledgeable in areas including the history of computing, the business environment of the computing industry and computer theory including hierarchical structures, Binary mathematics and Boolean logic.
M.S., Mississippi State University

Marketing and Management
Lucy Betcher
O: 662-241-6277
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Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
Betcher plans coordinates and administers activities for the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship. She has more than 20 years experience in economic and small business development including 20 years with the Small Business Development Centers system. Her areas of expertise include small business start-ups, finance, turnarounds, certifications, management and operations, marketing, business planning, strategic planning, audits and record keeping and minority and women's business issues. She also serves as a trainer and facilitator and a certified business counselor.
B.S., Mississippi State University

Dr. Dee A. Larson
O: 662-329-7251    H: 662-324-5717
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Professor of Marketing and Management
Dr. Larson's areas of expertise include marketing and management with an emphasis in social media marketing, customer service, retailing, consumer behavior, and human resource management.  She has a particular interest in consulting and has served as a marketing consultant for a diversified set of local and regional businesses.  In addition, she regularly conducts training seminars for small businesses on topics such as social media marketing, human resource management, customer service, target marketing, and general marketing for the small business.  She is actively involved in the MUW Center for Creative Entrepreneurship and has been the recipient of the annual Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year award.  She is committed to service learning and actively seeks to merge her consulting work with the classroom experience.  She has professional experience in the field of retailing, having worked as an area sales manager for a major regional department store.
Ph.D. & MBA, Mississippi State University

Management and Diversity
Dr. Kimberly Dean Dorsey
O: 662-329-7161   H: 662-347-6640
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Assistant Professor Management
Dr. Dorsey's classroom lectures cover effective and efficient management, the behavior of individuals in organizations, motivating employees, cross-cultural management and diversity. She is also the primary instructor for Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management. Dr. Dorsey has worked directly with businesses on strategic management projects and often conducts corporate seminars on "The Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace", "Diversity & Sensitivity Issues", and "Effective Supervision." Her current research interests include the impact of emotional labor in the funeral service industry and on politicians. Dr. Dorsey has published articles in "Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives" and "Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics" and several conference proceedings.
Ph.D. & M.B.A., Jackson State University

Education

 

Early Childhood Education
Dr. Linda Mahoney
O:  662-329-7183
H:  662-549-1807
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Associate Professor, Education and Human Sciences
Mahoney's areas of expertise include early childhood, elementary curriculum, instructional strategies and classroom management.  She is a member of the board of directors for ICS, INC., that manages Project Head Start for nine counties in Mississippi.  Mahoney has reviewed publications for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and conference proposals for the College Reading Association and International Reading Association. She was selected by the Department of Education to read grants.  She has published numerous publications and presentations. 
Ed.D., Texas A & M

Gifted Education
Dr. Suzanne Meriweather Bean
O: 662-241-7760     H: 662-327-6905
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Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Sciences
Community Liaison, Center for Creative Learning and Educational Consultant
Director of Center for Creative Learning
Dr. Suzanne M. Bean is currently serving in a part-time capacity as Community Liaison for the Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning. Her responsibilities as Community Liaison include external marketing for the Center, working with the Center Advisory Board, and leading the efforts to strengthen partnerships between schools and communities across the State of Mississippi.
Dr. Bean is the author of the first congressional request which established the Center and she served as Director of the Center from its inception in 2004-2010. She is also a retired faculty member and Professor Emeritus of Education at Mississippi University for Women. Prior to her work with the Center, Dr. Bean was awarded three of the highest honors MUW offers, Outstanding Faculty Member (selected by MUW students), the Kossen Award of Excellence (selected by professional colleagues) and the MUW Medal of Excellence.
Dr. Bean has co-authored 7 books and had numerous publications in professional journals. She has co-authored a textbook for teachers of gifted students, Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted. For the past three decades she has made numerous presentations at the state, regional, and national levels. She has served as President of the Mississippi Association of Gifted Children and Director of the Mississippi Governor's School. Her research interests include: Leadership and Personal Development for Young People and Adults, Professional Development for Educators, and Differentiating Instruction for Students with
Learning Differences.
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Gifted Education
Dr. Barbara J. Moore (see school curriculum)
O: 662-329-7150     H: 662-244-7137
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Professor, Education
Director of Continuing Education
Coordinator of Teacher Education Program and NCATE
Dr. Moore's areas of expertise include school curriculum, underachieving students and gifted child education. Her research includes "Case Studies of Three Underachieving Gifted High School Students." She has made numerous presentations and written many articles dealing with the gifted student, particularly the underachieving gifted student. Moore was selected by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education to be trained and become a member of the National Board of Examiners. She also has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to read grants. Moore has received awards for her research from the University of Virginia and the Virginia Educational Research Association.
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Home School/ Home Education/ Leadership
Dr. Kenneth V. Anthony
O: 662-241-7771
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Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Anthony has conducted research into the motivations of home school families, their curriculum choices, and challenges faced by families who choose to home school. He has presented his research at national and regional conferences and published articles on motivations to home school and curriculum choices. He was recognized by Mississippi State University as the 2009 College of Education Graduate Student Research Award Recipient. He has reviewed articles for two refereed journals in the field of education. Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 2009.

Dr.  Anthony taught leadership to US Army ROTC cadets from 2006- 2011 at Mississippi State University. His instruction focused on team building, small unit tactics and leadership in dangerous and high stress environments. He has practical experience as a leader in high stress environments. He was an assistant intelligence officer responsible for nine soldiers in Bosnia from September 2001 to March 2002. He was an infantry platoon leader responsible for training and leading a fifty soldier infantry platoon in combat operations in Iraq in 2005. He trained and led a 150 soldier Cavalry Troop in Iraq from June 2009- March 2010. Dr. Anthony has completed multiple Army leadership courses including the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non Commissioned Officer Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic Course for Military Intelligence, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, and the Air Assault Course. He helped develop a course in counselor education at Mississippi State University that focused on counseling veterans and their families. His contribution to the course was a module explaining military culture and the impact that combat and deployments have on soldiers and their families. He has shared and is available to share what he learned about leadership with local community and campus groups. Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 2009.

Professional Development
Kate Brown
O: 662-329-7676
H: 662-549-1661
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Director
Brown serves as the director of the Center for Creative Learning and has served as the project director and principle investigator for grants totaling more than $6 million. She has authored or co-authored grants totaling more than $25 million. She conducts teacher and administrator trainings on a number of topics across the state and is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. Brown has developed models for professional development in several areas over the past 10 years and serves as a consultant with school districts seeking to improve their professional development programs.She has developed and presented more than 100 professional development sessions at schools and state and national conferences, including four presentations for the U.S. Department of Education. She has contributed several articles and a book chapter in the field of education. She is a past president of the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children and in 2008 was awarded MAGC's Award of Excellence for significant contributions toward the improvement and advancement of gifted education. She has served on numerous educational and non-profit boards and is a former director of the Mississippi Governor's School. Brown is currently completing a Ph.D in Leadership at Mississippi State University.
M.Ed, Mississippi University for Women

School Curriculum
Dr. Barbara J. Moore (see gifted education)
O: 662-329-7150     H: 662-244-7137
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Director of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
Coordinator of Teacher Education Program and NCATE
Dr. Moore's areas of expertise include school curriculum, underachieving students and gifted child education. Her research includes "Case Studies of Three Underachieving Gifted High School Students." She has made numerous presentations and written many articles dealing with the gifted student, particularly the underachieving gifted student. Moore was selected by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education to be trained and become a member of the National Board of Examiners. She also has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to read grants. She has received awards for her research from the University of Virginia and the Virginia Educational Research Association.
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Youth Development
Ivey Ivy
O: 662-329-7159
H: 662-574-9916
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Youth Development Specialist
Ivy serves as the 21st Century Skills Specialist for the Center for Creative Learning. In that role, she is developing a student engagement model for 21st Century Learning. She also coordinates trainings for educators and parents and is organizing an after school program for West Lowndes Elementary School as part of the 21st Century Skills program. She has served as project director and project manager for several grants awarded to the Center that focus on youth development, including a five year $1 million project that funded a highly successful after school program for at risk middle school students. She serves on the board of the Lowndes Young Leaders program, a partnership with the Columbus Lowndes Development Link that provides focused leadership experiences and educations for high school students in Lowndes County. In addition, she has worked with the Mayor's Youth Council, Destination Imagination, Future Problem Solving, and other youth-centered programs.
M.Ed., Mississippi University for Women

Health and Human Sciences

Biological Sciences
Dr. Ross Whitwam
H: 662-329-7298
O: 662-240-0149
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Professor of Biology, Dept. of Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Whitwam's areas of expertise are in the molecular biology of infectious proteins, also known as prions, and how they are related to such diseases as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. Other areas of expertise include human genetics and cell biology. Dr. Whitwam's work on prions has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health since 2000. Dr. Whitwam has taught Genetics, Cell & Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry at MUW for more than 10 years.
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University

Disease and Exercise
Dr. Mark H. Bean
O: 662-329-7225    H: 662-327-6905
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Department Chair, Department of Health and Kinesiology
Professor of Health and Kinesiology
Special Assistant to the President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Bean is certified as an American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Program director. He has had five manuscripts and six abstracts published as senior or co-author in exercise science related areas. He has made eight presentations as primary or co-presenter primarily at the regional level. Dr. Bean was selected to attend a physical activity and public health course co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the University of South Carolina and to attend the American College of Sports Medicine Physical Activity Interventions Conference.
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi

Human Health and Disease
Dr. Ghanshyam D. Heda
O: 662-329-7245     H: 901-752-3967
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Department of Sciences and Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Biology at MUW; joint appointment as Professor of Genetics with the Dept. of Medicine, The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center at Memphis
Dr. Heda's expertise focuses on the role of protein folding in human health and disease, specifically in the area of cystic fibrosis. He has collaborated with scientists at the national and international levels in the area of cystic fibrosis. He has more than 20 years of experience in biological research in various sectors (industry, academia and government); more than two year of full-time teaching experience in the area of human anatomy, physiology and general biology.

Natural Childbirth

Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer
O: 662-329-7239   H: 662-324-1273
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Professor, Department of Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Oppenheimer was certified by the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Nutrition/Food Safety
Amanda Dahl
O: 662-329-8513
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Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Dahl's areas of expertise include nutrition and food safety. She is a registered dietitian and a certified ServSafe instructor. ServSafe is a food safety certification course regulated by the National Restaurant Association. Dahl is interested in nutrition for health, weight management and disease prevention particularly in school-aged children and at the community level.
B.S., Mississippi State University
M.S., Mississippi State University

Nursing
Patsy Smyth
O: 662-329-7320    H: 662-798-0093
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Professor of Nursing
Smith is a certified family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner and primary care provider. Her areas of expertise are alternative health interventions, herbal remedies, health care practices and child health care.
B.S.N., State University of New York
M.S.N., University of Pittsburgh
D.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Jiben Roy
O: 662-329-7384 H: 662-233-5914
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Department of Sciences and Mathematics
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr Roy is an Organic chemist by education but he has a long and unique experience and has established an impressive track record in teaching, research and working in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, his academic qualifications and work experiences have been enriched with international experience. Dr Roy had his undergraduate education from Bangladesh, PhD from Canada, and a post-doctoral fellowship in the USA; teaching experiences from Bangladesh, Australia and USA; pharmaceutical work experience in both bulk drugs and formulations from Bangladesh. He was the project director and principal scientist of Bangladesh first antibiotic raw material manufacturing unit, Gonoshasthaya Antibiotics Ltd and later on he joined Square Pharmaceutical Ltd. as head of R & D and technical services. He worked with many international consultants and visited many pharmaceutical companies in India, China, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Dr Roy has over four dozens publications, and has co-edited a special issue of journal, current medicinal chemistry. He is also an author of a textbook recently published, titled, "An Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences: Production, Chemistry, Techniques & Technology."

School Climate
Dr. Irene Pintado
O: 662-329-7259    H: 662-570-1168
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Assistant Professor, Health Education
Dr. Pintado's areas of expertise lie in the areas of school climate and bullying prevention. Other areas in which she actively works include program evaluation methods, injury prevention, achieving wellness across the lifespan, use of mass media to promote health behaviors and social marketing.
Ph.D., University of South Florida

History

European
Dr. Thomas G. Velek (see international law/crime)
O: 662-329-7389   
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Professor of History
Director, Ina E. Gordy Honors College
Dr. Velek's areas of expertise include The Holocaust, Communism, international law and the value of a college education.
Ph.D., Edinburgh University
J.D., Washington University

Diplomatic History
Dr. Jonathon Hooks
O: 662-241-6544   
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Instructor of History
Dr. Hook's areas expertise include diplomatic history, military history, the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
Ph.D., University of Alabama

Women's History

Dr. Bridget Pieschel
O: 662-329-7386    H: 662-234-4258
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Professor of English
Director, Southern Women's Institute
Dr. Pieschel has published on the history of MUW and Pauline Orr, the school's first mistress of English and an active Mississippi suffragist.
Ph.D., University of Alabama

Dr. Erin Kempker
O: 662-329-7155
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Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Kempker's main fields include 20th century U.S., women's history and political history.  Her dissertation discusses the interplay of anticommunist conservatives and feminists in the last half of the twentieth century.  She has given presentations through the Speakers Bureau of the Mississippi Humanities Council on topics related to consumerism in the 1950s and the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
Ph.D., Purdue University

International Issues

International Law/Crime
Dr. Thomas G. Velek (also see history)
O: 662-329-7389   
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Professor of History
Director, Ina E. Gordy Honors College
Dr. Velek's areas of expertise include The Holocaust, Communism, international law and the value of a college education.
Ph.D., Edinburgh University
J.D., Washington University
M.A., Washington University

Translation
Mr. Todd Bunnell
O: 662-329-7392    H: 662-328-7042
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Instructor of English
Director of TESL Certificate Program
Bunnell teaches both the Teaching English as a Second Language and Second Language Acquisition classes at MUW. He received a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate from Mississippi State University and is a member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Bunnell has taught ESL both abroad and in the United States. His experience includes teaching children, adolescents, university students and adults.
M.A., Mississippi State University
TESL Certification, Mississippi State University
B.A., Wright State University

Literature

Children's Literature
Dr. Gloria Bunnell
O: 662-329-7172    H: 662-328-7042
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Professor of English Education
Dr. Bunnell's professional memberships include the Academic Advisory Committee, the United States Sports Academy Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., and the Mississippi Philological Association.
Ph.D., Mississippi State University

Literary Translation
Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg
O: 662-329-7169  
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Associate Professor of English
Dr. Dunkelberg is knowledgeable in the areas of literary translation, Dutch and Flemish language and literature. He has published scholarly articles on Paul Snoek and other Dutch and Flemish poets. He has guest edited a special issue of The Literary Review on recent Dutch and Flemish writing and translated individual works by many other writers.
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Women's Literature/ African-American Literature
Dr. Amy Pardo
O: 662-329-7386
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Associate Professor of English
Dr. Pardo's areas of expertise include American and British women's text such as autobiography, biography, poetry and fiction (short story and novel). She is particularly interested in the development of women's reading history and writing. Pardo has studied this area for more than 10 years and has presented outside of academia numerous times. She also possesses expertise in the fields of African American literature as well as African American Women's literature.  She has presented a paper on Sojourner Truth and her legacy of leadership for women.
Ph.D., University of Alabama
M.A., University of Alabama

Mass Communications/Media

Film Criticism and History in the Popular Arts
Dr. Van Roberts
O: 662-329-7252
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Association Professor, Communication
Roberts has been teaching film classes for 23 years and supervises the film minor in communication. He grew up reading novels, watching television and going to the movies where his love of fiction prompted him to major in English literature with a minor in communication. Roberts has been published in the Planet Weekly newspaper in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since 1997 and is currently writing for the Columbus Packet. He wrote for nine years for The Commercial Dispatch. He takes special research interest in film history and criticism, especially as related to U.S. World War II propaganda films.
Ph.D. & B.A., Mississippi State University
M.A., University of Mississippi

Mass Communication Theory and Research
Mr. Eric Harlan
O: 662-329-7255
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Instructor, Department of Communication
Harlan teaches radio and television production, broadcast announcing and public relations. He has more than 25 years experience in radio as an announcer, general manager, station owner, professional voice actor and programming management consultant. He also has 20 years in television production and public relations as a producer/director and management and programming consultant. Harlan has also been a university instructor for 20 years with teaching experience in communication convergence, new technology, media law and ethics and public relations theory and practice.
M.A., Western Kentucky University

Media Effects and Media Literacy
Dr. Marty Hatton
O: 662-329-7248  
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Department Chair, Department of Communication
Associate Professor of Communication
Dr. Hatton's particular areas of interest include media literacy and social cognitive effects of the media.
Ph.D., University of Alabama

Music

Music and Technology
History of Popular Music
Dr. Richard Montalto
O: 662-329-7203    H: 662-329-3606
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Professor of Music
Dr. Montalto holds degrees in composition from the University of New
Orleans, Tulane University and the University of North Texas. He is the
recipient of numerous awards, including an American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) grant to young composers award for his "Symphony for Wind Ensemble," yearly ASCAP awards since 1982 and a Mississippi Artist Fellowship for his "Symphony #2." His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Montreaux International Jazz Festival, Symphony Space in New York, the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the International Computer Music Conference and throughout the United States and Europe. He has served as president of the Southeastern Composers' League and president of the College Music Society Southern Chapter. Montalto has performed on bass across the United States, in South America and in Europe with a number of ensembles, including Harry Connick and the New Orleans Pops. Prior to joining the MUW faculty in 1988, he served as director of the University of New Orleans Jazz Band.
D.M.A., University of North Texas

Political Science

Public Administration and Policy/American Politics
Dr. James D. Ward
O: 662-329-7173
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Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Ward has authored more than 21 journal articles and more than 25 conference paper on issues of public administration and American politics. His research focuses on the politics and policy of race, collaborative governance and public management, network theory and leadership and privatization. Samples of his research include, "A Quest for Leadership and Organizational Change: A 'Hybrid City' Experience," "Race, Ethnicity and Law Enforcement Profiling: Implications for Public Policy," "Privatization and Social Equity" and "Responding to Fiscal Stress: A Statewide Survey of Local Governments in Louisiana." Dr. Ward's research has appeared in journals such as Public Administration review, Journal of Public Affairs Education, International Journal of Public Administration and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He is currently writing a textbook on network theory and leadership.
B.A., University of Mississippi
M.P.A. & Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Political Parties and Elections
Dr. Brian Anderson (See Homeland Security and Terrorism)
O: 662-329-7390    H:662-338-5449
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Professor of Political Science
Dr. Anderson researches the American political party system and has presented conference papers and delivered public presentations on party reform and elections. His elections focus is on the national level, both presidential and congressional. He has been interviewed for comments on campaigns and elections several times by TV network news affiliates in the region. He served as guest analyst for election night 2008 coverage on WCBI-TV (CBS). He has also co-authored an award-winning article on Bill Clinton's town hall debate style.
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., University of Virginia

Homeland Security and Terrorism
Dr. Brian Anderson (See Political Parties and Elections)
O: 662-329-7390    H:662-338-5449
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Professor of Political Science
Dr. Anderson's interests include Islamic extremist organizations and their origins, agendas and activities, which may include terrorist acts against the West and pro-West secular regimes in the Muslim World. He has had two guest columns about terrorism published in The Clarion-Ledger. He also has taught Honors seminars and given presentations on these topics.
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., University of Virginia

Psychiatry

Death and Dying/End of Life Issues
Ms. Janice F. Giallourakis
O: 662-329-7369     H: 662-323-6945
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Assistant Professor of Nursing
Giallourakis, a psychiatric nursing faculty member since 1983, has presented numerous workshops on end of life issues, loss and grief, death and dying, coping with loss when chronically ill and stress management. She has served as senior level coordinator and interim program director for the Baccalaureate Nursing Program.
MSN, Case Western Reserve University

Religious Studies
Dr. Kim Whitehead
O: 662-329-7170    H: 662-329-4734
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Instructor of English and Religious Studies
Dr. Whitehead's specialties include world religions, women's spirituality, sacred texts, American literature and contemporary writing by women. She has published short fiction, the book "The Feminist Poetry Movement," and two books for adolescents on Islam. Her most recent scholarship is on images of the sacred in contemporary women's poetry.
Ph.D., Emory University
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Jacksonville State University