New Faculty 2018-19

New Faculty (last name M-Z)

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Jennifer Martinez, Lecturer, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
B.S.: St. Joseph's College
Ph.D.: Stony Brook University
Fun fact:
I am a proud New Yorker adapting to southern life. My very patient fiancé is teaching me how to play disc golf.


PhotoMichele A. Mendes, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
B.A.: Simmons College
M.S.: Boston University
Ph.D.: University of Rhode Island
Fun fact:
I practice yoga, paint watercolors and play the flute in a community band.


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Amy Merritt, Lecturer, School of Nursing
M.S.N.: East Carolina University
B.S.N.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
A.D.N.: Sampson Community College
Fun fact:
I love embroidery and sewing whenever I get time to myself.


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Erin Michaels, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
B.A.: Portland State University
M.A.: Portland State University
Ph.D.: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Fun fact:
I enjoy learning to cook new foods. I recently learned to make Thai curry pastes.


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Sarah Mueth, Coordinator of Serials and Electronic Resources, Randall Library
B.A.: University of Illinois Springfield
M.S.L.I.S.: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Fun fact:
My first visit to North Carolina was when I interviewed for my current job.


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Mary Murray, Lecturer, School of Nursing
B.S.N.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
M.S.N.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Fun fact:
I love to cook, shop, paint, exercise, travel and spend lots of time with my family and pets.


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Xaver Neumeyer, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Cameron School of Business
M.S.: Illinois Institute of Technology
Ph.D.: Northwestern University
Fun fact:
I visited Disney for the first time this year.


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Jenny Parlier, Lecturer of Accountancy, Department of Accountancy and Business Law, Cameron School of Business
B.S.: High Point University
B.A.: High Point University
M.S.A.: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Fun fact:
I love to travel, both in the U.S. and abroad. My U.S. trips generally focus on baseball and breweries. I have been to games in 24 out of the 30 MLB ballparks.


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Melannie Pate, Lecturer, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.A.: North Carolina State University
M.S.: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Fun fact:
I love cooking at home and spending time with my twin daughters, my husband and our dog.


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Todd C. Peterson, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
B.A.: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.S.: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ph.D.: Southern Illinois University
Postdoctoral Scholarship: Stanford University
Fun fact:
I like to stay active by playing sports like softball, volleyball, surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and mountain biking.


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Greg Putnam, Lecturer, Department of Economics and Finance, Cameron School of Business
B.A.: University of South Carolina
M.A.: University of South Carolina
Fun fact:
I love books, movies and music. I also constantly reference old jokes from "Seinfeld" and quotes from my favorite film, It's a Wonderful Life.


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Ursula Ramsey, Assistant Professor of Business Law, Department of Accountancy and Business Law, Cameron School of Business
B.A.: Furman University
J.D.: University of Tennessee College of Law
Fun fact:
I enjoy running and playing tennis.


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Elizabeth Rawitsch, Lecturer, Department of Film Studies
B.A.: Dickinson College
M.A.: University of East Anglia (UK)
Ph.D.: University of East Anglia
Fun fact:
I love learning new things. I spent the summer watching more than 50 Turkish films, reading all 15 "Dresden Files" novels and teaching myself to paint miniature figurines for Dungeons & Dragons.


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Eric L. Richardson, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.S.: The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
M.B.A.: Liberty University
M.P.H. (candidate): Liberty University
Ph.D.: Capella University
Fun fact:
I love to run and travel the world.


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Sharon Richter, Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy, and Special Education, Watson College of Education
B.A.: Georgian Court University
M.Ed.: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Fun fact:
I love to keep in touch with my students so I can learn about where their special education degrees take them. In my free time, my favorite activities are being outside with my husband and kids and running with groups.


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Anka Roberto, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
B.S.N.: Fairfield University
M.S.N.: Hunter College
M.P.H.: Hunter College
D.N.P.: Fairfield University
Fun fact:
I love to travel and call Croatia my home away from home.


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Christopher Robinson, Outreach and Engagement Librarian, Randall Library
B.S.: Methodist University
M.S.: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Fun fact:
I am huge fan of Adidas and Apple products. In my spare time, I like to build things, enhance my graphic design skills, and dabble in photography and writing.


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Monica Rother, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
B.A.: Willamette University
M.S.: University of Tennessee
Ph.D.: University of Colorado
Fun fact:
I love the outdoors - especially hiking, beach-going and bike riding.


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Alicia M. Sellon, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
B.A.: Grinnell College
M.S.W.: University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D.: University of Kansas
Fun fact:
I enjoy traveling, reading and watching soccer.


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Sheri A. Shiflett, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
B.A.: Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S.: Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S.: Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D.: Virginia Commonwealth University
Post-doctoral Research: University of California, Riverside
Fun fact:
My favorite activities are hiking, backpacking, botanizing and exploring nature, reading, crochet, anything Star Trek, French studies and learning violin. I also cherish spending time with my family and friends.


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Chamindika Siriwardana, Lecturer, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
B.S.: University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)
M.S.: Texas State University
Ph.D.: University of Oklahoma
Fun fact:
I love cooking and gardening.


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Justin Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
B.A.: Western Michigan University
M.A.: Western Michigan University
Ph.D.: University of Florida
Fun fact:
I enjoy spending time with my family and playing basketball.


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Robert Smithson, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion
B.A.: University of Virginia
M.A.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fun fact:
I love rock climbing, riding bikes, playing music, reading fiction and playing with my 8-month-old daughter.


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Geoff Stoker, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
B.S.: United States Military Academy
MCS: University of Virginia
Ph.D.: University of Maryland
Fun fact:
Before every class, I randomize the seating chart – no student has ever correctly guessed the primary reason why.


PhotoAdam J. Toth, Lecturer, Department of World Languages and Cultures
B.A.: The University of California-Riverside
M.A.: The Pennsylvania State University-University Park
Ph.D.: The Pennsylvania State University-University Park
Fun fact:
I don't know how to drive or ride a bike.


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Mike Turner, Assistant Professor of Arabic, Department of World Languages and Cultures
B.A.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A.: University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D.: University of Texas at Austin
Fun fact:
I am fascinated by the history of cartography and particularly love maps from the early 17th century.


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Jessica Van Meter, Lecturer, School of Health and Applied Human Science
B.S.: East Carolina University
M.A.: East Carolina University
Fun fact:
I love to spend time with my family at the beach.


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Manoj Vanajakumari, Associate Professor, Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain, Cameron School of Business
B.Tech: University of Kerala (India)
M.Tech: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
M.S.: The University of Texas at Dallas
Ph.D.: The University of Texas at Dallas
Fun fact:
I love photography and watching soccer games.


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Till Wagner, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
M.S.: University of Bristol
MASt: University of Cambridge
Ph.D.: University of Cambridge
Postdoctoral Scholar: University of California San Diego
Fun fact:
I was once captain of the unicycle hockey team in middle school. 


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Ian Weaver, Assistant Professor, Department of English
B.S.: Brigham Young University-Idaho
M.S.: Utah State University
Ph.D.: Texas Tech University
Fun fact:
I love weather; it's an obsession. I have 20+ weather apps on my phone and a personal weather station.


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Li Wei, Visiting Instructor, Department of World Languages and Cultures
B.A.: Fujian Normal University (China)
M.A.: Fujian Normal University
Ph.D.: Fujian Normal University
Post-doctoral: Fudan University
Fun fact:
I like swimming very much.


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Christine M. Willingham, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
B.A.: Salisbury University
M.A.: Barry University
Ph.D. (candidate): Florida State University
Fun fact:
My mother once enrolled me in the Queen Nicotina contest to build my self-confidence. I came in third place.


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Yiyi (Cici) Yang, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
B.A.: Communication University of China
M.A.: The University of Alabama
Ph.D.: The University of Alabama
Fun fact:
I love traveling, cooking and being outdoors – hiking, camping, reading on the beach, etc.


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Hongyu Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs
B.A.: Xiamen University (China)
M.A.: The Paris Institute of Political Studies
M.S.: The University of Georgia
Ph.D.: The University of Georgia
Fun fact:
I enjoy watching college football!


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Shaoling (Katee) Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, Cameron School of Business
B.M.: Sun Yat-sen University (China)
M.M.: Sun Yat-sen University
Ph.D.: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Fun fact:
I am a big fan of traveling, Harry Potter and high-tech startups.


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Steven M. Zinder, Associate Professor, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
B.S.: University of Arizona
M.S.: University of Arizona
Ph.D.: University of Virginia
Fun fact:
I am a fitness enthusiast and amateur woodworker.


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Angie Zombek, Assistant Professor, Department of History
B.A.: The College of Wooster
M.A.: The University of Akron
Ph.D.: The University of Florida
Fun fact:
I'm a certified spinning instructor and have been teaching indoor cycling classes for 10 years. As a Cleveland native, I'm also a huge Cleveland sports fan, including the Browns!