Thursday, August 21, 2014

Twenty three new faculty members join UIS for fall 2014

Twenty three new faculty members have joined the University of Illinois Springfield for Fall Semester 2014. Eleven will teach in programs within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, four in the College of Business and Management, seven in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, and one in Brookens Library.

Richard Alltizer, assistant professor of accountancy in the College of Business and Management, holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include tax research and public policy implications. His personal interests include gardening, reading, and yoga instruction.

Kanwal Alvarez, assistant professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received a Ph.D. in cell, molecular, & developmental biology from the University of California Riverside. She is currently studying the effect of stress on the mosquito immune system. Personally, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and bargain shopping.

Aimee Barbeau, a post-doc in liberal & integrative studies/ liberty studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Tulsa. Her professional interests include nationalism, the history of political thought, and democratic theory. Personally, she enjoys running and music.

Gillian Nelson Bauer, an English instructor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, earned a Ph.D. in English at Loyola University Chicago. Her professional interests include composition, gothic fiction, American realism and naturalism, and class studies. Her personal interests include the French horn and bicycling.

Glenn Cassidy, visiting assistant professor of economics in the College of Business and Management, holds a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include policy evaluation, state and local government finance, and economic development. Outside of UIS, he enjoys poetry and short stories and is currently writing a novel about a college professor who teaches cost-benefit analysis.

John Champaign, assistant professor of computer science in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Waterloo. His professional interests include computer science, artificial intelligence, intelligent tutoring systems, and recommender systems. Personally, he enjoys board games and personal finance.

Adam Clay, assistant professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received a Ph.D. in English/creative writing from Western Michigan University. His professional interests include creative writing, digital publishing, and contemporary literature. Outside of work, he enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.

T. Price Dooley, assistant professor of public administration in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, earned a Ph.D. in public policy–community development from the University of Arkansas. His professional interests include social justice, human capital development, program implementation, and education. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, chess, family, dining, and general camaraderie.

Richard Funderburg, assistant professor of public administration in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, holds a Ph.D. in planning, policy, and design from the University of California. He enjoys researching the impact of state and local economic development policy on business location and expansion and budget consequences of public efforts. Outside of UIS, he enjoys long-distance running, gardening, and playing with his daughters.

Jae Ha, assistant professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University. His professional interests include the relationships between media and society, including digital journalism, social media, international reporting, and political communication. Personally, he enjoys family activities, including bicycling, traveling, watching movies, and jogging on nature trails.

Helena Hall, a visiting instructor of English in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is finishing her Ph.D. in second language acquisition and teacher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her professional interests include writing across the curriculum and second language literacy; second language writing development, assessment, and instruction. Personally, she enjoys travel, photography and baking.

Anne-Marie Hanson, assistant professor of environmental studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, received a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Arizona. Her research and professional interests include political ecology, garbage, recycling, and marine litter. Other interests include environmental justice, gender and global environmental change, coastal conservation and urbanization, and Latin America. Personally, she enjoys piano and double bass, hiking, biking, swimming, and baking.

Sibel Oktay Karagul, assistant professor of political science in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, earned a Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University. Her research and professional interests include foreign policy analysis, political leadership, coalition governments, party politics, European politics, and Turkish politics. Her personal interests include exercising, cooking, soccer, music, movies, and spending time with family.

Brad Logsdon, clinical assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University. His research and professional interests include small molecule and protein crystallography, VOC pollution in water, teaching and curriculum development. Outside of work, he enjoys nature walks, gardening, and travel.

Angela Maranville is a clinical assistant professor of library instructional services and director of library technical services and information systems at Brookens Library. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her professional interests include library systems, electronic resources management, environmental justice, and GIS. Personally, she enjoys organic gardening, fishing, and canoeing.

Frank Nation, visiting assistant professor of accountancy in the College of Business and Management, holds a Ph.D. in business administration/accountancy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His professional interests include behavioral accounting, including research in auditing and fraud. His personal interests include outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing.

Erica Nichols-Cook is a visiting assistant professor of legal studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration. She received a J.D. from Drake University Law School. Her professional interests include criminal law, wrongful convictions, forensic science, legal research and writing. Personally, she enjoys family, yoga, and reading mystery novels.

Hamed Qahri Saremi, a management information systems lecturer in the College of Business and Management, is completing a Ph.D. in information systems at McMaster University. His research interests include data science, social media and social networking, business value of information technology, and agent-based modeling. Outside of UIS, he enjoys socializing, watching/playing soccer, reading, and listening to music.

Richard Stokes, an instructor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cincinnati. He researches genetic variation in plants with unusual breeding systems and life cycles. His personals interests include playing board games and spending time with family.

Shipeng Sun, assistant professor of environmental studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota. His professional interests include geographic information science, spatial network analysis, and human-environment systems. Personally, he enjoys reading, playing ping pong and card games.

Jacqueline Tanner, visiting clinical instructor in the Office of Student Learning Services/The Learning Hub in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, received a master’s degree in German language & literature from the University of Pittsburg. She’s working to develop a reading and writing curriculum for ESL students at the university level. Her research interests include achieving fluency through literature. Personally, she enjoys traveling and visiting historical sites and is an avid fan of every Pittsburgh sports team.

Riaz Tejani, assistant professor of legal studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University. His professional interests include global governance, neoliberalism, race and ethnicity, tort liability, and legal education. His personal interests include vintage guitars, retro bicycles, and woodworking.

Toni Waggoner, a visiting instructor of computer science in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is finishing a Ph.D. in educational administration and foundations at Illinois State University. Her professional interests include K-12 school finance theory and relational database design. Outside of work, she enjoys flower gardening and music.

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