New Faculty

Welcome New Faculty 2015-16!

Florentina AndreescuFlorentina C. Andreescu, Assistant Professor, International Studies

I hold a doctoral degree from the University of Miami's Department of International Studies, where I focused on international relations, international political economy and comparative politics. My prior academic preparation includes an M.A. degree from the University of Miami in international administration and an undergraduate degree in economics from the Romanian University Dunarea de Jos. My work investigates, through films, issues of legitimization and social authority, gendered, national and ethnic identities, transitions, trauma and space.


Fun fact:

I enjoy long walks and good stories.

Daisyane BarretoDaisyane Barreto, Assistant Professor, Watson College of Education

I was born and raised in Brazil. Before coming to the U.S. to pursue my graduate degrees, I earned a bachelor's degree in education from the Federal University of Ceará and worked in a private school in Brazil as a middle school teacher/media specialist. Currently, my research focuses on children's experiences playing and learning with online games. My interests involve designing and evaluating game-based learning environments as well as designing culturally sensitive learning experiences.

Fun fact:

I am a karaoke singer and amateur dancer.

Natalie BoeyinkNatalie L. Boeyink, Lecturer, Department of Music

I received my doctorate in music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, hold an M.M. in jazz performance from the University of Louisville and a B.M. in jazz studies from Indiana University. I am the bassist in Batuquê Trio, which fuses contemporary Brazilian, American, Caribbean and Afro-Cuban jazz. I am a bassist in the "Kentuckiana" region and have performed with Lorraine Feather, Jovino Santos Neto, Joe Piscopo, David "Fathead" Newman, Almir Côrtes, Keith McCutchen and John Hendricks. I have been an invited guest performer in Barbados, the Bahamas, Natal, Brazil, Moscow and Perm, Russia.

Fun fact:

I love salsa dancing and samba.

Francisco BrignoleFrancisco Brignole, Assistant Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures

I study 20th-21st century Spanish-American literature and culture and specialize in exile, migration and transnational identities in the Southern Cone and the Caribbean. Born and raised in Argentina, I first came to the United States in 1999. I completed my B.A. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa while playing for the university's Division 1 men's tennis team. In Hawaii I later completed a master's degree in business administration and an M.A. in Spanish. I moved to North Carolina in 2010 and completed my Ph.D. in Spanish at UNC Chapel Hill. I am currently co-editing a critical volume on the literary works of contemporary Argentine writer María Teresa Andruetto.



Fun fact:

I like to play tennis, practice yoga, travel and listen to live music.

Rachel UrbanekRachel Urbanek Cassel, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies

I earned my Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and my B.S. in wildlife and fisheries science with a forestry minor at Penn State University. I was assistant professor of wildlife science in the fish and wildlife program at Arkansas Tech University from 2012 to 2015. My research interests focus on the interdisciplinary threads of urban wildlife ecology and management, human-wildlife conflicts and human dimensions of wildlife. I have had the pleasure to conduct research on a wide variety of taxa, which reflects my broad interests in ecology.

Fun fact:

If I could take my field spaniel, Baxter, anywhere and everywhere with me, I would!

Subhra ChakrabartySubhra Chakrabarty, Associate Professor, Marketing

I completed my undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Jadavpur University in India, my master's degree in business administration from Northeast Louisiana University and my doctorate degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University. I have taught at universities in the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years. My areas of specialty are personal selling and sales management.

Fun fact:

I like to watch comedy movies or serials in my spare time. My favorite actor is Jim Carrey.

Lenis Chen-EdinboroLenis Chen-Edinboro, Assistant Professor, Public Health Studies

I did my undergraduate work at Duke and received my master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I did both my doctoral and postdoctoral work at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. My research interests consist of lifestyle factors that influence mental health, such as nutrition and sleep. I was a community education specialist for the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program at UNC Chapel Hill. As part of this wonderful program, buses equipped with lab materials drove to high schools throughout N.C. so that students could do science labs on the buses.

Fun fact:

I enjoy cooking and eating delicious food at restaurants.

Donna DeGennaroDonna DeGennaro, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

I obtained my undergraduate degree from Susquehana University, my master's from Chestnut Hill College and my Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. My passion for creating socially-just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven fueled my work with youth in informal learning environments in the U.S. and abroad for the past 10 years. During this time, I developed an innovative pedagogical model that simultaneously addresses the digital divide, culturally responsive learning and social justice education. I recently founded Unlocking Silent Histories, a nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices and identities of indigenous youth.

Fun fact:

I like to travel and learn about new cultures from the people I meet in new places.

Tom DownenTom Downen, Assistant Professor, Accounting

I received my B.B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University, my M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico and my Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Before going to graduate school, I worked in the accounting profession for 11 years, most recently as the director of accounting for a large state medical school and healthcare organization. I teach financial accounting at all levels. My research focuses on judgment and decision-making effects of variations in financial reporting. My wife and I and our four children (including twin girls who will be UNCW freshmen) are enjoying living on the beach!

Fun fact:

I am somewhat of a "gym rat" in general, but my particular addiction is basketball.

Susan FairclothSusan C. Faircloth, Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership Department

I received my B.A. from Appalachian State University and both my M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. I am an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina. My research interests include indigenous education, the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with special educational needs, and the moral and ethical dimensions of school leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCW, I was an associate professor in the Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education Department at North Carolina State University and an associate professor and director of the American Indian Leadership Program at Penn State University.

Fun fact:

I enjoy gardening, shopping at thrift stores and spending time with my husband, daughter and our two dogs.
Zhan FurnerZhan Furner, Lecturer, Department of Accountancy and Business Law

After graduating from Hunan University with a bachelor's in international
economic law, Zhan Furner obtained her Master of Accountancy from East
Carolina University and her Ph.D. in accounting from Texas Tech
University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as a senior tax
associate at KPMG in Jacksonville, FL and as a tax supervisor in Amarillo,
TX, during which time she served a wide variety of public, private and
nonprofit clients. Dr. Furner's research interests focus on archival and
behavioral taxation issues, particularly in an international context. She
has been a licensed CPA since 2005. She is excited to share her practical
insight with her students.

Fun fact:

She loves traveling and spending time on the beach.

Indranil GhoshIndranil Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Statistics

I received my B.Sc. in statistics from Maulana Azad College, under the University of Calcutta, India, my M.Sc. in statistics from Calcutta University and my Ph.D. in applied statistics from the University of California, Riverside. I prefer to call myself a mathematical statistician. My research includes, but is not limited to, characterization of bivariate and multivariate distribution, associated inference, hidden truncation models and their applications, bivariate and multivariate weighted distributions and associated classical and Bayesian inference, compatibility of discrete and continuous probability distributions, applications of hidden truncation models in healthcare data, and related survival analyses.

Fun fact:

I am a fun-loving guy.

Anne GlassAnne P. Glass, Professor and Gerontology Program Coordinator, College of Health and Human Services

I am a leading researcher in the new field of elder self-directed intentional communities, with a special focus on the potential for older adults to provide mutual support to each other. I come to UNCW after 10 years at the University of Georgia, where I was the associate director of the Institute of Gerontology and associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the College of Public Health. I received my Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Environmental Design and Planning with a graduate certificate in gerontology.

Fun fact:

I love music and am looking forward to joining the Cape Fear Blues Society.

Cara GrayCara Gray, Lecturer, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

I studied at Indiana University-Bloomington. I am a researcher, educator and practitioner in the areas of recreation therapy, inclusion and autism spectrum disorders.

Fun Fact:

I love to kayak, fish, hike, camp and go to concerts with my friends and family.

Martha Hepler Martha Hepler, Lecturer, School of Nursing

I received my B.S. in nursing from Glenville State College/West Virginia University and my M.S. in nursing from Duke University School of Nursing. My clinical experiences in nursing include neonatal intensive care, obstetrics (labor and delivery, postpartum) and gynecology. I served as a nursing faculty member for Bladen Community College from 2004 to 2010. I then transferred to UNC Pembroke and fulfilled the role of director for the Clinical Learning Center. In January 2015, I began as lecturer for the School of Nursing here at UNCW. My primary teaching responsibilities are in the accelerated RN-BSN program.

Fun fact:

I love traveling and photography.

Myke HolmesMyke Holmes, Lecturer, Department of Theatre

I received my B.A. from UNCW and my M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. I'm from the mountains of North Carolina. I'm a teacher. I'm an actor. I'm a father to identical twin daughters. I'm a husband to an angel.

Fun fact:

I used to be the mascot for UNCW and got to go to the NCAA men's basketball tourney in 2003.

Tammy IvinsTammy Elizabeth Ivins, Transfer Student Services Librarian, Randall Library

Prior to joining the UNCW faculty, I was head of the Reference & Instruction Department of Rogers Library at Francis Marion University, where I revised our library instruction program, particularly its interaction with the first-year experience. I received my master's in library science from UNC Chapel Hill (with an emphasis on assessment, research assistance and the study of librarianship) and my B.A. from Davidson College. Here at UNCW, I'll be teaching library instruction classes, providing on-call research assistance to students and offering outreach and library support to transfer students. My professional research interests include digital librarianship, instructional technology and the education of librarians.

Fun fact:

I love stories of any kind. Daredevil is my favorite superhero.

Jesse JarvisJessie Jarvis, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Biology

I attended Chowan University to complete my undergraduate work and received my master's degree and Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary, School of Marine Science, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Prior to joining UNCW, I worked as a senior research scientist for the Centre for Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. Throughout my career I have been involved with large-scale restoration of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay, mapping and quantifying impacts of dredging on seagrasses along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and investigating the impacts of sediment accretion on restoration efforts in the Louisiana coastal area.

Fun fact:

In my spare time, I enjoy watching college sports, especially college basketball.

Roderick JonesRoderick W. Jones II, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology

I received my B.A. in psychology from Georgetown College, my M.S. in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University and my Ph.D. in criminal justice from Indiana University. I am from Lexington, KY and am married to Sarah Jones. We have a baby astronaut (daughter) named Emmalynne and a princess (labrador retriever) named Sallie. My current scholarly interests are in areas related to crime and place, integration and elaboration of criminological theory, the role of urban housing policy and planning on crime rates, and the effects of social structure on homicide and suicide rates. My research focuses on why crime varies over time and by location.

Fun fact:

I play at least one game of chess every day.

Kristin KinzerKirsten Kinzer, Assistant Professor, Public and International Affairs

I recently completed my Ph.D. in urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania. I also hold a master in city planning from MIT and a bachelor of architecture from Rice University. My current research focuses on the role of public participation in the implementation of local government sustainability plans. Before returning to academia, I held professional planning positions with the city of Salem, MA, LCA Town Planning and Architecture and several nonprofit organizations. The majority of my professional work has focused on civic engagement, and this experience frames my research.

Fun Fact:

I have a giant writing spider living on my front porch.

Rudy LeonRudy Leon, Associate Director, Library Research Services & Learning Spaces, Randall Library

I received my B.A. in comparative religions from Humboldt State, my M.A. in women's studies in religion from Claremont Graduate School, my M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in religious studies at Syracuse University. My research has two primary foci: the roles of the librarian in user outreach, engagement and relationship-building in academic libraries, and effects of these myriad relationships on services, collections, learning spaces and student learning.

Fun fact:

At my last university, I established a project connecting the Burning Man organization with the university.

Holly LongHolley Long, Digitial Initiatives Librarian, Randall Library

I received my B.A. from the College of William and Mary and my M.S.I.S. from UNC Chapel Hill. I have worked on digital library initiatives for more than a decade. My interests include digital libraries, usability, mash-ups, pedagogical uses of digital collections and community curation.

Sara Miller Sara Miller, Lecturer, Department of Recreation Therapy

I'm a certified therapeutic recreation therapist and licensed recreational therapist. I'm also a certified child life specialist. I completed my bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation at Slippery Rock University and my master's degree in recreational therapy administration at ECU. I've worked in a variety of settings, including pediatric rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, behavioral health, early intervention and children's hospitals. I truly enjoy working with people with disabilities, especially children, and I am so excited to be joining the recreational therapy department at UNCW this fall!

Fun fact:

I am a huge Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan!

lindsey nanneyLindsey W. Nanney, Lecturer and Physical Activity & Wellness Coordinator, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

I attended NC State University for my undergraduate degree and ECU for my graduate degree. Most recently, I served as the coordinator for the lifetime physical activity and fitness program at ECU. I also taught activity courses, kinesiology courses and distance education courses for the Department of Kinesiology. My professional and research interests include motivation for physical activity and other healthy behaviors, behavior change for wellness, behavior tracking, the effectiveness of using technology for behavior change and wellness ministry.

Fun fact:

My favorite pastime is clogging... yes, the folksy dance form with Western North Carolina roots.

Peter NguyenPeter Nguyen, Master of Social Work Program Coordinator, School of Social Work

I received my degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. I have worked in the nonprofit sector throughout my career with a focus on helping abused children and their families. In addition, I am a licensed clinical social worker treating primarily Asian clients who have depression, self-mutilation tendencies, cultural dissonance, marital problems or parent-child relationship issues. I taught at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work from 2006 to 2015. My research interests focus on child welfare issues as well as cultural, acculturation and assimilation dynamics, parenting styles and mental health of Asian Americans and community organizing.

Fun fact:

I look forward to living out the "salt life" bumper sticker.

Tony PenceToni B. Pence, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

I received my B.S. in computer science from Winthrop University and both my M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Clemson University. I am a South Carolina native who recently completed my graduate degree at Clemson, where I was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. I spent my time developing a virtual pediatric patient system for nursing students to practice their interviewing and clinical decision-making skills. My current research focus involves the use of eye tracking tools to investigate eye contact behavior of health care professionals with obese virtual pediatric patients.

Fun fact:

In my spare time, you will usually find me doing something active or crafty, like tennis or quilting!

Hannah PriestHannah M. Priest, Assistant Professor, Public Health Studies

I received both my B.S. in physical education and my Master of Arts in education (concentrating in health education) from ECU, and my Doctor of Philosophy in health education and promotion from the University of Alabama. I am an assistant professor in the public health studies program. I currently teach Introduction to Public Health and Evaluation Methods. My research interests include adolescent and young adult health, sexually transmitted infection prevention, professional preparation and school health education.

Fun fact:

I enjoy playing tennis, spending time with my family and traveling.

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