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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

 

Graphic Design & Computers in Arts

 

 

Illustration, Metalwork

Robert Gibson
Office: (662) 329-7344
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Professor of Art

 

Painting

Alex Stelios-Wills
Office: (662) 329-1185
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Associate Professor of Art

 

Pottery & Sculpting

Ian Childers
Office: (662) 241-7814
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Assistant Professor of Art

 

Printmaking

Shawn Dickey
Office: (662) 329-7364
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Professor of Art, Chair of the Department of Art & Design

 

 


Business

 

Diversity in the Workforce

Dr. Kimberly Dean Dorsey
Office: 662-329-7161
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Professor of 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

 

Economics

Dr. R. Andrew Luccasen, III
Office: (662) 329-7256
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Professor of Finance and Economics
Dr. Luccasen’s research in public finance and behavioral economics has published in top journals, including the Journal of Public Economics and Economics Letters. Dr. Luccasen majored in economics at Birmingham-Southern College. He teaches finance courses at The W.
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, M.A., Vanderbilt University

 

Finance

Dr. R. Andrew Luccasen, III
Office: (662) 329-7256
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Professor of Finance and Economics
Dr. Luccasen’s research in public finance and behavioral economics has published in top journals, including the Journal of Public Economics and Economics Letters. Dr. Luccasen majored in economics at Birmingham-Southern College. He teaches finance courses at The W.
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, M.A., Vanderbilt University

 

Information Systems

Dr. Marty Brock
Office: 662-241-6244
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Dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies
Professor of Management Information Systems
Dr. Brock’s research interests include the effectiveness of distance education, cost vs. effectiveness of multimedia use in distance education, latest trends in instructional technology tools for the classroom, and distance education design for the millennial learner. Previously, Dr. Brock served as the LMS administrator and director for the Center for Teaching Excellence at The W and had considerable experience building and supporting interactive video classrooms while employed with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Dr. Brock’s current teaching areas include: basic programming, web development, mobile application development and systems analysis. Dr. Brock also has several years’ experience teaching Microsoft Office software application courses and has served as a consultant to deliver customized Microsoft Office training to local businesses.

Dr. Scott Tollison
Office: 662-329-7164
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Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Tollison has previsouly taught 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, Ph.D. Mississippi State University

 

International Business

Dr. Dee A. Larson
Office: 662-329-7251
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Professor of Marketing and Management
Coordinator, Graduate Business & Global Commerce
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 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

Dr. Dee A. Larson
Office: 662-329-7251
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Professor of Marketing and Management
Coordinator, Graduate Business & Global Commerce
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 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

Dr. Lina McNeely
Office: (662) 329-7152
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Assistant Professor of Management

 

Marketing

Dr. Dee A. Larson
Office: 662-329-7251
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Professor of Marketing and Management
Coordinator, Graduate Business & Global Commerce
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 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

Thomas Haffey, MBA
Office: 662-329-7158
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Instructor of Marketing
Social media usage and impact from both the user/consumer’s and the brand’s perspectives, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
M.B.A. & B.B.A., Mississippi State University, A.A., Holmes Community College

 

Taxes

Hugh Cooper, MBA
Office: (662) 329-7504
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Instructor of Accounting

John Williams, MBA
Office: (662) 329-7152
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Instructor of Accounting

 


Education

Mathematics Education

Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer
Office: 662-329-7376 H: 662-617-1819
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Professor of Mathematics and Chair, Department of Sciences and Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin


Health, Medicine, and Human Sciences

Biological Sciences

Dr. Blanca Simmons-Diez
O: 662-329-7244
C: 714-510-1250
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Instructor of Biology
Dr. Simmons-Diez’s areas of expertise are in the field of parasitology with emphasis on gastrointestinal parasites that can cause dysentery, an inflammation of the intestines, especially the colon, that often causes severe diarrhea with blood or mucus in the feces which can lead to severe dehydration, weakness and eventually death. Particular interest was applied to any parasitic disease or infection that is naturally transmissible from vertebrate animal (Ostrich, Struthio camelus) to humans and vice-versa which is classified as a zoonosis such as in the case of Toxoplasmosis caused by the coccidian Toxoplasma gondii.  Other areas of expertise include molecular characterization of protozoans. Dr. Simmons-Diez has taught biology ranging from year seven through to university, General Biology I & II,  Introductory Biology, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Methods Course for Pre-Service Biology majors, Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates and Comparative Physiology of Animals at The W this past year. Ph.D. La Autónoma of Madrid, Medical School in Madrid Spain

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 The W 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

Family Practice and Women's Health

Dr. Carey E. McCarter
O: 662-329-7323
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Assistant Professor of Nursing
Dr. McCarter was employed at Mississippi University for Women as an instructor in the associate degree-nursing program from 1998 until 2004. She joined North Mississippi Medical Clinics at Lowndes Medical Clinic as a nurse practitioner in 2004 where she continues to practice in order to maintain her national certification as a nurse practitioner.  She returned to The W in 2006 and is an assistant professor in both the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Dr. McCarter is a member of the American Nurses' Association, Mississippi Nurses' Association, North Mississippi Special Interest Group, Sigma Theta Tau and the National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She serves on the MNA continuing education provider unit and on the Advanced Practice Council.  Dr. McCarter was instrumental in developing a Nurse Practitioner Residency Program in collaboration with North Mississippi Health System, which was the first NP residency program in the state of Mississippi.
DNP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
MSN & BSN, Mississippi University for Women
BBA, Mississippi State University

Health Education

Steven McCorkle
O: 662-329-7179
H: 662-312-9419
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McCorkle, assistant professor of kinesiology and exercise physiologist, has broad experience in exercise, working with everyone from athletes to clinical populations.  With over a decade of experience in hospital wellness, McCorkle has split his focus between the management of chronic diseases and conditions and the training/continuing education of health/fitness professionals.  He is interested in both the prevention and management of common health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and obesity. He also is focused on the advancement of exercise as a medicine.
MS & BS, Mississippi State University
ABD, University of Alabama

Human Health and Disease

Dr. Ghanshyam D. Heda
Professor of Biology; Fulbright U.S. Scholar
Department of Sciences and Mathematics
Office: 662-329-7245 Home: 901-752-3967
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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 25 years of experience in biological research in various sectors (industry, academia and government); and 12 years of full-time teaching experience in various topics of biology.  He has also developed an elective biology course entitled, “Protein Misfolding & Human Diseases”.  At The W Dr. Heda actively engages undergraduate students in his research labs, who have presented their work at regional and national level conferences  and published research in peer reviewed journals.  Dr. Heda has published many papers in journals of international repute and currently on editorial board of 3 journals.  He is the recipient of William J. Stickel award in Podiatric medicine and Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholarship of Academic Excellence.

Medicine and Healthcare 

Dr. Maria Scott, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
O:  662-329-7311
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Dr. Scott is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology and has taught undergraduate nursing for nine years.  She serves as the ASN sophomore level coordinator and is an adviser for The W's Chapter of the Mississippi Associate Degree Nursing Student Organization. She teaches nursing theory, clinical and role courses. Her background as a staff nurse is primarily in the areas of pediatrics and surgical services.  Dr. Scott is a pediatric nurse practitioner and holds a certification as a family nurse practitioner. She has worked in the area of family practice for eight years. Dr. Scott has completed and presented research regarding the issue of childhood obesity prevention in relation to parental attitudes. She has also presented on topics including ASAP – The Road to Retention, Telehealth, Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis and Curriculum Development for BSN Education. Dr. Scott is actively involved in professional organizations such as the Mississippi Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National/Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She currently serves as treasurer of the MUW Zeta Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. 
DNP, Samford University
MSN, Mississippi University for Women
BSN, Mississippi University for Women

Natural Childbirth

Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer
Office: 662-329-7239 H: 662-324-1273
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Professor of Mathematics and Chair, 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
Office: 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

Sueanne Davidson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
O: 662-329-7322
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Assistant Professor
Davidson teaches graduate nursing courses in pathophysiology and evidence based practice management. She holds a certification as a family nurse practitioner. Davidson’s research interests are health promotion with teenagers and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Her capstone project was the development of an educational model regarding acne awareness in teenagers. She has presented on topics including controlled substances, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Primary Care, as well as other topics. She is a member of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association Speaker’s Bureau.
DNP, University of Alabama Birmingham
MSN, Mississippi University for Women

Dr. April Greenway, DNP, RN
Office:  662-620-5380
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Dr. Greenway is an assistant professor in the RN-to-BSN Advanced Placement Option program of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is the coordinator of Pathophysiology; Theory, Research, and Evidence Based Practice for the Professional Nurse I; and Advanced Nursing Concepts for the Professional Nurse.  In addition to coordinating three courses, Dr. Greenway also assists with instruction in all courses in the RN-to-BSN curriculum.  Her background is primarily in emergency care.  She has also worked in medical/surgical care, critical care, and short stay. Dr. Greenway has conducted and presented research on the implementation of a health program in a faith based organization and overuse of the emergency department.  She has also presented on topics including Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act, strategic management of organizations, and Meditech.  Dr. Greenway is an active member of American Nurses’ Association, Mississippi Nurses’ Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau, and Mississippi Hospital Association – Organization of Nurse Executives.
DNP, Samford University
MSN and BSN, University of North Alabama

James Terry Todd, MSN, RN
Office: 662-620-5982
Cell: 662.-231-7521
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Instructor, RN-to-BSN Advanced Placement Option Online, Tupelo Campus. 
Terry is course coordinator of NU 362: Introduction to Health Promotion and also assists with other courses in the RN/BSN online program. He has also taught the Pathophysiology course for nursing and also teaches Death, Dying, and Bereavement (elective course). His background includes Critical Care, Cardiology, Medical-Surgical, Neurology, and Rehab Nursing. Terry has also served as Critical Care Charge Nurse, Critical Care Nurse Educator, and Resource Nursing Educator. Terry received his Masters of Science degree in Nursing Education in 2008 from University of North Alabama and completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Administration with additional emphasis on Education from Samford University in 2015.

Dr. Donna Williams, DNP, RN
Office: 662-620-5395
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Dr. Williams is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and has taught in the APO (RN to BSN) program since 2015. She serves as the coordinator of the Leadership and Management course and co-coordinator/nurse faculty to several other junior/senior nursing courses. Her background is in acute care nursing in the hospital setting for medical, surgical, pediatrics, and Women’s services. She also served in management and leadership roles. Dr. Williams has taught in the Licensed Practical Nursing and Associate Degree nursing programs from 2004 – 2015 for Alabama and Mississippi community colleges. Dr. Williams has completed and presented research regarding High-Fidelity Simulation on a state, national, and international level since 2009. She holds professional memberships in the American Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International for the Zeta Rho Chapter and the Gamma Eta Chapter.
DNP, Samford University
MSN, University of Southern MS
BSN, MS University for Women (RN to BSN)
RN, Northeast MS Community College

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."

Public Health

Dr. Irene Pintado
O: 662-329-7259 
H: 239-699-8786
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Associate Professor, Health Education
Dr. Pintado's areas of expertise lie in the areas of adolescent health and bullying prevention. Other areas in which she actively works include community health issues, unintentional and intentional injury prevention, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and injury.
Ph.D., University of South Florida 

School Climate & Bullying

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

Sexual Health

Dr. Caroline Purvis
Office: 662-241-6027
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Associate Professor of Public Health Education
Dr. Purvis’ areas of expertise include: sex education within higher education, training sexual health educators,  women’s health, sexual health education course development, sexual health behavior among adolescents, risk-taking behaviors among young adults and adolescents.
Ph.D., University of Florida

Speech-Language Pathology

Lynn Hanson
Office 329-7266
Home 327-4584
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Speech-Language Pathologist
Mrs. Hanson is a speech-language pathologist at The W's Speech and Hearing Center where she has worked for over 30 years as an instructor in the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and as a supervisor of graduate clinical practicum.  She has taught courses in normal speech and language development, child language disorders, and clinical strategies.  Her areas of expertise include child language, autism, and literacy/reading deficits.  B.S & M.S., Mississippi University for WOmen

 


History

European History

Dr. Thomas G. Velek (see international law/crime)
O: 662-329-7389
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Professor of History
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 The W 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
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. 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

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

 

Southern Literature

Dr. Michael Farris Smith
Office: (662) 329-7551
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Associate Professor of English

Dr. Smith is a critcally-acclaimed, bestselling author of several novels set in Mississippi and the American South. Dr. Smith's academic reach focuses on Southern Literature and Fiction Writing. He has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South magazine, and more literary magazines.

 

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 Communication & 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

 

Political Advertising and Media and Political Literacy

Dr. Melissa Smith
O: 66-329-7354
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Assistant Professor of Communication and Gibbons Chair of Journalism
Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include political campaigns and rhetoric; political campaigns and advertising; campaign finance reform; media and political literacy. She is co-author of two books on campaign finance reform, most recently “Dark Money, Super PACS, and the 2012 Election,” co-written with Dr. Larry Powell of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
B.A., Auburn University
M.A., University of Alabama
Ph.D., University of Alabama

 

Video Games

Dr. Barry Smith
Office: (662) 241-6248
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Professor of Communication
Chair, Department of Communication

Academic training in Communication theory, processes and effects. Research interests include media effects & cognition, political communication, and entertainment theory (especially in the area of new media, such as the Web and video games). Research presentations before Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Southern States Communication Association (SSCA), Southwest Education Council for Journalism & Mass Communication (SWECJMC), American Academy of Advertising (AAA), and Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR). Elected officer in SSCA. Published research on video games and political communication. Experience in television production, audio production, and graphic design.

 


Politics

 

Campaigns & Advertising

Dr. Melissa Smith
Office: 662-329-7354
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Assistant Professor of Communication and Gibbons Chair of Journalism
Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include political campaigns and rhetoric; political campaigns and advertising; campaign finance reform; media and political literacy. She is co-author of two books on campaign finance reform, most recently “Dark Money, Super PACS, and the 2012 Election,” co-written with Dr. Larry Powell of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
B.A., Auburn University; M.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D., University of Alabama

 

Contentious Politics & Protest

Dr. Chanley Rainey
Office: (662) 329-7173
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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Rainey's areas of expertice include: Contentious politics (encompassing phenomena from political protest to revolution to civil war), regimes and repression, deliberative democracy, women in politics, the politics of signification and public discourse, social movements and frame analysis, multiculturalism and ethnic power-sharing, the politics of sexual and reproductive rights, as well as feminist theory.
Ph.D., University of Alabama; B.A., Huntingdon College

 

 

Elections

Dr. Brian Anderson
Office: (662) 329-7386
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Professor of Political Science
Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, & Education

Dr. Anderson researches the American political party system and has presented conference papers and delivered public presentations on party reform and elections. He also co-authored an award-winning article on Bill Clinton's town hall debate style. TV network affiliates in the region frequently interview him for comments on national and state elections, and he has served as guest analyst for election night coverage on WCBI (CBS-Columbus) and WTOK (ABC-Meridian).
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; B.A., University of Virginia

 

Dr. Chanley Rainey
Office: (662) 329-7173
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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Rainey's areas of expertice include: Contentious politics (encompassing phenomena from political protest to revolution to civil war), regimes and repression, deliberative democracy, women in politics, the politics of signification and public discourse, social movements and frame analysis, multiculturalism and ethnic power-sharing, the politics of sexual and reproductive rights, as well as feminist theory.
Ph.D., University of Alabama; B.A., Huntingdon College

 

Dr. Melissa Smith
Office: 662-329-7354
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Assistant Professor of Communication and Gibbons Chair of Journalism
Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include political campaigns and rhetoric; political campaigns and advertising; campaign finance reform; media and political literacy. She is co-author of two books on campaign finance reform, most recently “Dark Money, Super PACS, and the 2012 Election,” co-written with Dr. Larry Powell of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
B.A., Auburn University; M.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D., University of Alabama

 

U.S. Foreign Policy

Dr. Brian Anderson
Office: (662) 329-7386
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Professor of Political Science
Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, & Education

Dr. Anderson published a book chapter examining the principles that underlie America’s post-Cold War foreign policy. He has also presented conference papers that analyzed the foreign policy agendas of the 2008 presidential candidates, and the Bush administration’s post-9/11 counterterrorism strategy. Other papers have undertaken textual analysis of pronouncements made by Ayman al-Zawahiri (leader of al Qaeda), and national security messages appearing on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed during the 2016 campaign. In the years immediately after 9/11, he gave public presentations exploring the basis of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist agenda.
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Pennsylvania State University; B.A., University of Virginia

 

 

Politics & The Press

Dr. Melissa Smith
Office: 662-329-7354
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Assistant Professor of Communication and Gibbons Chair of Journalism
Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include political campaigns and rhetoric; political campaigns and advertising; campaign finance reform; media and political literacy. She is co-author of two books on campaign finance reform, most recently “Dark Money, Super PACS, and the 2012 Election,” co-written with Dr. Larry Powell of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
B.A., Auburn University; M.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D., University of Alabama

 

Sexual & Reproductive Rights

Dr. Chanley Rainey
Office: (662) 329-7173
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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Rainey's areas of expertice include: Contentious politics (encompassing phenomena from political protest to revolution to civil war), regimes and repression, deliberative democracy, women in politics, the politics of signification and public discourse, social movements and frame analysis, multiculturalism and ethnic power-sharing, the politics of sexual and reproductive rights, as well as feminist theory.
Ph.D., University of Alabama; B.A., Huntingdon College

 

 

Women & Minorities in Politics

Dr. Chanley Rainey
Office: (662) 329-7173
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Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Rainey's areas of expertice include: Contentious politics (encompassing phenomena from political protest to revolution to civil war), regimes and repression, deliberative democracy, women in politics, the politics of signification and public discourse, social movements and frame analysis, multiculturalism and ethnic power-sharing, the politics of sexual and reproductive rights, as well as feminist theory.
Ph.D., University of Alabama; B.A., Huntingdon College

 

Dr. Bridget Pieschel
Office: (662) 329-7386
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Professor of English
Director, Center for Women's Research & Public Policy
Coordinator, Graduate Studies in Women's Leadership

Dr. Pieschel has published on the history of MUW and Pauline Orr, the school's first mistress of English and an active Mississippi suffragist. She is the Director of the Center for Women's Research & Public Policy and the Coordinator of the Graduate program in Women's Leadership. Dr. Pieschel is one of the key organizers of the Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership program, designed to educate and prepare college-aged women for careers in public service and politics.
Ph.D., University of Alabama

 


Psychology and Family Studies

Psychology

Cecilia Brooks, MBA, ABD
Office: 662-325-7181
Visiting Assistant Professor of Family Studies

Professor Brooks’ teaches in the Department of Psychology and Family Studies and her research interests are focused on the interrelated nature of knowledge, attitudes, and actions. Her current project integrates concepts from consumer behavior and consumer economics to explore the financial capability of young adults, specifically college students. She is also part of a USDA-AFRI Foundational and Applied Science grant team focused on exploring human dimensions associated with the understanding of antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Brooks has been featured in WalletHub’s ask the experts, is a co-author in a peer reviewed article in the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, and has presented her research at the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), and in 2019 she was awarded the Family Economics and Resource Management (FERM) Community Emerging Researcher Award at the AAFCS national conference.
A.B.D. Mississippi State University;
M.B.A. Mississippi State University;
B.S.B.A. in Marketing, University of Arizona

 


Religion

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


STEM (science technology, engineering, and mathematics)

Dr. Travis Hagey
Ofice: 662-329-4987
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Assistant Professor  

Dr. Hagey’s interests focus on asking why animals are shaped the way they’re shaped. He looks at how animals vary and how they have adapted to their environments. Specifically he works with gecko lizards and other lizards with adhesive toe pads, combining engineering and biology to study how the sticky toes of these lizards let them climb. Dr. Hagey combines evolutionary simulations to understand how traits originate and evolve with studies of live animals in the lab and field along with museum specimens to understand the connection between how animals are shaped, what they’re capable of doing, and how use those capabilities in the wild. Dr. Hagey also values teaching and engaging the public. An important part of being a scientist is sharing knowledge and getting other people excited about biology and evolution. He often works with the public or kids to help them learn more about science. At The W since 2018, Dr. Hagey typically teaches introductory biology and evolution and in the past has taught biomechanics, herpetology, and zoology.
Ph.D. University of Idaho

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