New Faculty

Welcome New Faculty 2015-16!

Robin PostRobin Root, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre

I attended Colorado College and the Ohio State University for my degrees. I specialize in acting, voice, movement, devising and community engagement theatre. I am joining UNCW from OSU, where I founded and directed InterACT, a community engagement theatre program whose mission is to devise and perform interactive theatre with socially conscious content. I was also the director of Shakespeare and Autism, a component of OSU's partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). I recently performed with the RSC at the Other Place Theatre in Stratford Upon-Avon.

Fun fact:

I am an Ultimate Frisbee fan.

Rebecca ScottRebecca Scott, Assistant Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management Department

I received my B.B.A. in international marketing and my M.S. in finance from Texas A&M University, and my graduate certificate and my M.B.A. in logistics and supply chain management and my Ph.D. in logistics systems from the University of North Texas. I have more than 15 years of logistics, supply chain and operations management experience. I am a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves with more than 13 years of both active and reserve duty. I am very excited to be a part of the UNCW family.

Fun fact:

I love adventure and travel and making memories!

David Spieser-LandesDavid Spieser-Landes, Assistant Professor of French, World Languages and Cultures

I did my undergraduate work at Université Lyon 2, received my first M.A. ( in American civilization) from Université Lyon 2 and my second M.A. (in French literature with a track in politics) from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as my Ph.D. in French literature with a track in politics. I come from Alsace, where I grew up speaking French, Elsässerditsch (Alsatian) and Hochdeutsch (German). Prior to coming to UNCW, I taught all levels of French courses at the University of Pittsburgh, preceded by teaching experiences at Penn State University and Lycoming College.

Fun fact:

I love gardening with my adorable bilingual three-year-old daughter.

Aprel VentuaAprel Ventura, Lecturer, School of Nursing

I received my associate degree in nursing from Robeson Community College, my B.S.N. from UNC Pembroke and my M.S.N. in nursing education from Duke University. I am currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in nursing program at ECU. I have been a registered nurse for 15 years. My practice background is home health and hospice. My research interests are in the areas of palliative care and heart failure.

Fun fact:

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband; we like to travel and enjoy spending time with our five dogs and two cats.

Alex VestalAlex Vestal, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Management Department

I received my Ph.D. in business management from the University of Central Florida. Before coming to UNCW, I was an assistant professor of technology management at Oregon State University. My research interests are in the areas of technology and innovation.

Fun fact:

I enjoy fishing and playing fantasy football.

Ying WangYing Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

I received my B.S. from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; my Ph.D. from Texas Christian University, and my postdoc from MIT. Before joining UNCW, I worked as a research associate in Professor George Benedek's lab at MIT. My research focuses on phase behavior of multi-component protein solutions. I am interested in using the knowledge of fundamental biophysics to solve practical problems in diseases and pharmaceutical applications. In my research, I worked with physicians in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to reveal the physical basis of the cryoglobulinemia in blood cancer. I also had extensive experience in the research of protein and peptide drug formulations in collaboration with scientists at Hoffmann La Roche and Amgen Inc.

Fun fact:

I like swimming, playing basketball, hiking, reading books, and most of all, testing new ideas in the lab.

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