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John Bannister

John Bannister

Title

Instructional designer

Department

Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2017, Walden University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Instructional design
  • Adult education   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Faculty development
  • Distance Education
  • Learning Technology
  • Adult Education
  • Innovation
Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport

Title

Chair, Department of Rhetoric and Culture; Associate Professor of English

Department

Rhetoric and Culture

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2000, The Pennsylvania State University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Critical Autobiography
  • African American Literature
  • Novel Writing   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Novel Writing
Matthew DeForrest

Matthew DeForrest

Title

Professor of English

Department

Languages and Literature

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in Irish Literature and Mythology, 1996, Boston University


Area(s) of expertise:
  • W. B. Yeats
  • Irish literature
  • Irish mythology
  • Literature
  • J. R. R. Tolkien 
Subject(s) of Interest
  • W. B. Yeats
  • Speculative fiction
  • Education and technology
  • Game design
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Gary Guffey

Title

Assistant professor

Department

Visual, Performing and Communication Arts

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2012, University of Georgia

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Media research and theory
  • Business communication   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Copyright
  • E-portfolio
  • Health communication
  • Media history
  • Entertainment and copyright law
  • Career and graduate school advising 
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Leslie Gutierrez

Title

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Co-Director of the Center for Languages, Rhetoric, and Cultures


Department

Languages, Rhetoric, and Cultures (in University College)

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in English, 2015, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Undocumented migration in the United States 
  • Second language acquisition and teaching (Spanish and English)
  • Afro-Latino cultures and lived experiences
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Digital storytelling and activism
  • Protest music and movements within African and Latino diasporas
BerNadette Lawson-Williams

BerNadette Lawson-Williams

Title

Associate Professor of Sport Management


Department

Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Highest academic degree obtained

Doctor of Sport Management, 2002, United States Sports Academy 

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Sport management
  • Experiential learning  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Sport marketing
  • Youth sports
  • Legal liability in sport 
  • Sport leadership
  • Sport sociology
Brian Madison Jones

Brian Madison Jones

Dean of the College of Arts and Letters; James B. Duke Distinguished Associate Professor of History 

Department

Arts and Letters

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2008

Area(s) of expertise:
  • American History
  • U.S. Presidency
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Dwight Eisenhower  
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Harriette Richard

Associate Professor of Psychology

Department

Social and Behavioral Science

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., Applied Experimental Psychology

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Faculty Development
  • African-American Psychology 
  • Gender and Inclusion issues
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Subjects(s) of interest:
  • Pedagogy
  • Breast cancer
  • Use of social media in the classroom
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Gabriel Sealey-Morris

Title

Assistant Professor of English

Department

Languages and Literature

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2010, University of Georgia

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Comics and graphic novels
  • Romantic-era poetry   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Hip-hop, folk, jazz
  • Film
  • Political rhetoric 
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Anthony Casper

Title

Assistant professor of theater 

Department

Theatre

Highest academic degree obtained

MFA, University of San Diego

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Theatre 
  • Acting
  • Directing  
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Frances Clarke

Title

Adjunct instructor

Department

Health and Human Performance

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Arts Education, Dance Education, 1999, New York University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Dance education, K - 12
  • 20th century African-American dance history and criticism
  • Adaptive dance and movement education for educationally challenged students  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Dance as a performance art for non-traditional dance bodies, non-traditional African-American students
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Jaclyn O'Toole

Title

Assistant Professor of Dance

Department

Visual and Performing Arts, College of Arts and Letters

Highest academic degree obtained

M.F.A., Dance Performance and Choreography, 2010, Florida State University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Dance Technique Choreography
  • Dance Conditioning/ Yoga and Pilates 
  • Lester Horton Technique
  • History of Dance
  • Dance Media   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Dance Composition
  • History of Ballet
  • Lester Horton Technique
  • History of Yoga and Yoga Asana
  • Life and Legacy of George Balanchine
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Shawn-Allyce White

Title

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and University Soloist 

Department

Music; College of Arts and Letters

Highest academic degree obtained

D.M.A., University of Kentucky, Voice Performance 

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Trained Opera Singer/Performer, Soprano
  • Teach Voice and Piano
  • Direct Mixed Choirs
  • Administrative Duties/Supervisor
  • Recruitment 
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Teach Vocal Technique
  • Vocal Lyric Diction (Italian, French and German)
  • Vocal Literature and Vocal Pedagogy 
  • Music History and Literature 
  • Music Theory/Sight Singing and Ear Training
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John Woodey

Title

Assistant professor of technical theater

Department

Visual and Performing Arts, Theatre

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Fine Arts, 2009, Ohio University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Theatre design 
  • Production design
  • Technical theatre 
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Lighting Design
  • Scene Design
  • Theatre production technology
Lucinda Blue

Lucinda Blue

Title

Assistant professor of business administration and adjunct professor of computer science

Department

Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., Business Administration and Computer Technology, 1999, Union Institute and University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Project management
  • Risk management   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Grant writing
  • Publishing
  • Assessments
  • Web Design
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Yvette Hall

Title

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Interim Department Chair

Department

Business and Economics

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Business Administration, 1993, University of Michigan; pursuing Ph.D. from Hampton University (ABD)

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Life Coaching
  • Business strategy   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Payday Lending
  • Personal branding
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Tara Bengle

Title

Community research manager

Department

Smith Institute for Applied Research

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in geography and urban regional analysis, 2015, UNC Charlotte

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Community development 
  • Community-based participatory research
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Social determinants of health
  • Food security
  • Community wealth building
  • Built environment and health
  • Participatory planning methods
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Rosalind Moore

Title

Evening Instruction Librarian and project manager of the Library Entrepreneur Hub

Department

Library

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Information literacy 
  • Instructional design 
  • Digital literacy
  • Entrepreneurship and technology integration  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Student retention
  • Design thinking
  • School libraries (K-12 licensed media specialist)
  • Career digital skill development
  • K-12 achievement gap
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Brandon Lunsford

Title

University Archivist and Digital Manager

Department

Library

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Arts in Public History, 2009, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Johnson C. Smith University history
  • Charlotte history
  • Archives    
Monika Rhue

Monika Rhue

Title

Director of Library Services and Curation

Department

Academic and Student Support Services

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Library and Information Studies, 2002, UNC Greensboro

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Preservation in photographs and paper documents 
  • Museum and curation 
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Community preservation and history
  • Information literacy
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Cheryl Harris Curtis

Title

Director, Educational Enhancement Services/Dedicated Veterans Advocate

Department

Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Highest academic degree obtained

Ed.D., 2016, Grambling State University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Developmental education and supports
  • Veterans  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Veterans’ transitional support
  • Postsecondary/higher education retention
  • Food insecurity
  • Racial equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • Academic writing, editing, and publishing
Jemayne King

Jemayne King

Title

Instructor of English and Communications

Department

Rhetoric and Culture

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Arts 2001, Virginia State University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Sneaker culture 
  • Post-modern Southern literature
  • Social media
  • 21st century pedagogy
  • Hip-hop culture 
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Marxist theory applied to sneaker culture
  • Technology in the 21st century classroom
  • Hip-hop culture as popular culture
  • Using social media to enhance student learning
  • Works of William Faulkner
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Rosalyn Lang

Title

Assistant professor

Department

Natural Sciences and Math

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2001, University of Miami

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Biology
  • Molecular biology and human health  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Aging in American society
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell biology
  • Public health
  • Community outreach and engagement in research
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Jennifer Lee

Title

HealthPlex Director

Department

Health and Wellness 

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Science, 2010, High Point University 

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Health coaching
  • Lifestyle and behavior change   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Food access
  • Physical activity 
  • Nutrition
  • Holistic wellness
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Terza Lima-Neves

Title

Associate Professor of Political Science and Dept. Chair - Social Sciences

Department

Social Sciences

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., Political Science, 2009, Clark Atlanta University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Modern African Diaspora Politics 
  • Africa, Gender and Development 
  • Cape Verdean Studies
  • African Immigrants in the US
  • Women and development  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Women and girls empowerment
  • Women and Academia
  • Culturally Competent Student Advising 
  • Global education for women and girls
Antonia Mead

Antonia Mead

Title

Professor of Health Education

Department

Health and Human Performance

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., University of Alabama, Health Education and Promotion, 2004

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Health Education & Promotion
  • College health   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Preconception Health
  • Minority Health
  • Faith-based initiatives
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Shawn Miklaucic

Title

Director of Liberal Studies, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Department

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, and Religion (College of Arts and Letters)


Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in Mass Communication, 2004, University of Illinois

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Media studies
  • Computer games   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Race in the media
Melita Mitchell

Melita Mitchell

Title

Assistant dean and director of adult degree programs

Department

Metropolitan College of Professional Studies 

Highest academic degree obtained

Ed.D. in adult and community college education, 2015, North Carolina State University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Adult education
  • Social justice   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Diversity/inclusion/equity
  • Adult learners
  • For-profit institutions
  • African Americans in higher education
  • Community activism
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Kendal Mobley

Title

Assistant Professor of Religion

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Arts and Letters

Highest academic degree obtained

Th.D. (Social Ethics), Boston University School of Theology

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Social Ethics
  • Sociology of Religion
  • History of Christianity in the United States
  • History of Baptists   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Civil Religion in the United States
  • Race, Gender, and Christianity in the United States
  • Separation of Church and State/Religious Liberty
  • Gun Violence and the 2nd Amendment
  • Capital Punishment
Irene Sandoval Arce

Irene Sandoval Arce

Title

Assistant director of Communications and strategic marketing, ESL coordinator

Department

Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Arts, Staffordshire University in England, 2005

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Communications; corporate responsibility
  • Diversity    
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Effective leadership
  • Women and equity
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Asha Sims

Title

Violence Prevention Coordinator

Department

Health & Welllness

Highest academic degree obtained

MA (Master in Counseling), UNC-Charlotte, 1995

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Counseling
  • Yoga
  • Holistic Treatment 
  • Women's Wellness
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Women's Welness
  • Chronic Pain
  • African-American Culture
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Layla Bluefort

Title

Adjunct professor

Department

School of Social Work

Highest academic degree obtained

MSW, 2013, University of South Carolina 

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Sexual assault
  • Foster care   
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Awatif Amin

Title

Instructor

Department

Computer Science and Engineering

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in Organizational management with concentration in Information System Technology, University of Phoenix

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Data Mining
  • Analytics   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Data Mining
  • Data analysis
  • Programming
  • System analysis and Design
  • Database
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Tracy Brown-Fox

Title

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Department

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2011, Clark Atlanta University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Polymers and thermosets 
  • Nanoparticles, Nanocomposites, and Nanotechnology
Todd Coolbaugh

Todd Coolbaugh

Title

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Department

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 1993, State University of New York at Buffalo

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Cellulose nanomaterials
  • Materials science
  • Chemical Sensors
  • Spectroscopy
  • Surface Modifications
  • Chemical/Biological Sensing
  • Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation
  • Corrosion  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Chemistry
  • Aluminum Corrosion
Alexa von Dohlen

Alexa von Dohlen

Title

Professor of biology

Department

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2005, Virginia Tech University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Parasitology
  • Zoology
  • Biology
  • Wildlife diseases
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Wildlife medicine
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Stephen Gilmore

Title

Adjunct Mathematics Professor

Department

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Science, 1975, Miami University 

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Education technology, particularly for teaching Mathematics courses
  • Statistics
  • Actuarial science   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Economics, particularly public policy; taxation; private property rights
  • Distance Learning
  • Non-traditional students
  • First generation college students
  • Maps and geography and the infrastructure
Brendan Kern

Brendan Kern

Title

Associate professor of biology

Department

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2003, Baylor College of Medicine

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Genetics
  • Developmental biology   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • STEM retention and advising
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Rosalyn Lang

Title

Assistant professor

Department

Natural Sciences and Math

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2001, University of Miami

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Biology
  • Molecular biology and human health  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Aging in American society
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell biology
  • Public health
  • Community outreach and engagement in research
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Philip Otienoburu

Title

Assistant professor of biology

Department

Department of Natural Science and Mathematics 

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2011, The Ohio State University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Mosquito-born Infectious Diseases 
  • Sustainability and Food Sovereignty 
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Sabina Otienoburu

Title

Assistant professor of bioinformatics

Department

Computer Science and Engineering 

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D., 2009, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Bioinformatics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Biomedicine
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Felesia Stukes

Title

Assistant professor

Department

Computer Science and Engineering 

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in Computing and Information Systems, 2016, UNC Charlotte

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Complex systems
  • Computer science education   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Network science
  • Social computing
  • Communities and technology
  • Data science
  • Human-computer interaction
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Thanh-Thuy Nguyen

Title

Math Instructor/Director of STEM Learning

Department

Math; College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Highest academic degree obtained

Ed.D., Gardner-Webb University, Curriculum and Instruction 

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Mathematics
  • Curriculum and Education
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Sharell Cannady

Title

Director      

Department

Institutional Planning, Effectiveness, Assessment, and Research

Highest academic degree obtained

M.Ed., 2006, Auburn University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Assessment
  • Research  
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Counseling/coaching
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Frank D. Dorsey, II

Title

Assistant Director of Student Engagement       

Department

Student Leadership and Engagement 

Highest academic degree obtained

Ed.S. Appalachian State University, Higher Education (currently enrolled). MS, Arkansas Tech University. BGS, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Area(s) of expertise:
  • LGBTQ+ Culture & Lifestyle 
  • Student Engagement
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Human Rights 
  • Social Media Marketing
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Tracey Foster

Title

Director

Department

Biddle Institute

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Business Administration, 2015, Webster University and Master of Arts in HR management, 2011, Webster University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Academic Advising--First year students and strategies for success
  • First year support programs   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Developing Innovative Support Programs
  • Alternative Entry into the University
  • Use of Metacognitive Skills for Academic Success
  • Developing Pre-Professional Experiences for Students
Cathy Jones

Cathy Jones

Title

Associate Dean, First-Year Experience

Department

University College

Highest academic degree obtained

Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education, 2013, Capella University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Parent and family engagement
  • Transitioning from high school to college
  • College, the first-year experience  
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Kelli Rainey

Title

Vice President

Department

Academic and Student Support Services  

Highest academic degree obtained

Ed.D., 2014, Benedictine University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Accreditation
  • Institutional research and planning  
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James Saunders II

Title

Director

Department

Student Support Services

Highest academic degree obtained

Master of Public Administration, 2000, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Program/grant management 
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Student retention
  • Disability services
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Terrence Warren

Title

Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs

Department

Athletics

Highest academic degree obtained

BS, Hampton University (Sports Management); MBA, Averett University

Area(s) of expertise:
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Business   
Subject(s) of Interest
  • Professional football