11 Added to Tenure Track; 5 Named Visiting Faculty

Posted: August 21, 2014

Guilford has added 11 tenure-track faculty and five visiting faculty. Academic Dean Adrienne Israel introduced these faculty members at the Community Meeting on Aug. 19.

Of the 11 faculty members new to the tenure track, seven are new faculty at the College:

Ron Cardwell, Accounting, earned a J.D. at Wake Forest University and a Master of Accountancy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. A Certified Public Accountant and a licensed attorney, he was an assistant professor at Salem College. He has worked for the Greensboro CPA firm Leeper Kean Rumley, preparing tax returns and completing general tax research.

Krista Craven, Justice and Policy Studies, is ABD from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. She earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto. She is a former instructor at Vanderbilt and has published an article online on race and incarceration and the disproportionate minority contact in Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Michael Dutch, Business, earned a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Houston (Texas) and an MBA with a Production Operations Concentration from Drexel University. He was the Fred L. Proctor Sr. Professor of Business Administration and the chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics at Greensboro College. He has a long list of publications, including chapters and instruction materials for textbooks published by McGraw Hill and articles for Amity Global Business Review.

Landon Huffman, Sport Studies, earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science: Sport Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former instructor at UT, Knoxville, he has an extensive publication record, including articles that have appeared in The Journal of Applied Sport Management, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, and Journal of Contemporary Athletics.

Danielle Moran ’07, Mathematics, is ABD in Computational Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed an undergraduate degree at Guilford with majors in Mathematics and in Computing and Information Technology. She has taught part-time at Guilford since 2011 and has also taught at UNCG and UNC Chapel Hill. She has an article under consideration for publication.

Holly Peterson, Geology, is ABD in Geology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, where she had taught since fall 2011. Her scholarship has been published in conference proceedings, and one of her papers is currently under consideration by The Journal of Hydrology. She is a former geotechnical engineer/geologist with Carlin-Simpson and Associates in Sayreville, N.J. In addition, she has taught ceramics classes and is fluent in Spanish.

Christine Stracey, Biology, earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and an M.A. in Conservation Biology, from Columbia University. She was formerly an instructor at the University of Florida and an assistant professor at Westminster College. She specializes in ornithology. Her most recent of many publications, appears in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. She has also co-authored a chapter in a series entitled Studies in Avian Biology published by University of California Press.

The other four new tenure-track faculty formerly served in visiting positions:

Mylène Dressler, English, earned a Ph.D. from Rice University and has been a visiting assistant professor in the English Department since fall 2011. She received the Bruce Stewart Award for Teaching Excellence for an untenured faculty member in 2013-14. Before coming to Guilford she was writer in residence, Carson McCullers Center, Columbus State University; distinguished visiting writer, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin; and assistant professor of English, University of St. Thomas, Houston. She has published four novels and many works of non-fiction. One of her scholarly articles appears in Arizona Quarterly.

Robert Duncan, Political Science, earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University and an M.A. in Government from Texas Technological University. He had served as a visiting assistant professor at Guilford since fall 2002. He previously taught at Greensboro College, High Point University and Brunswick Community College (N.C.). Before launching a career in college teaching, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and was awarded the CIA Distinguished Unit Citation.

Jill Peterfeso, Religious Studies, earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School. A visiting assistant professor at Guilford since 2012, she has published articles in The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and Ecumenica. She formerly taught at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was also instructor and course designer for Carolina Courses Online. She has given professional conference presentations and public presentations on women and the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church, Mormonism, the Old Testament, teaching writing, and women in the history of American religion.

Sarah Theusen, History, earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from UNC Chapel Hill. She had served as a visiting assistant professor at Guilford since fall 2011 and is on personal leave in fall 2014. She was formerly a faculty member at Warren Wilson College and was a visiting scholar for the Southern Oral History Program at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was lead investigator for its major initiative, which was on civil rights. Her book entitled Greater Than Equal: African American Struggles for Schools and Citizenship in North Carolina, 1919-1965, was published by UNC Press. Her scholarship also appears in North Carolina Historical Review and Southern Cultures.

Five individuals have been hired as visiting faculty:

Will Mackin, Biology, earned a Ph.D. in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill. He had been a part-time faculty member at Guilford and previously an assistant professor at Elon University. He has been awarded grants to study a wide range of topics including the restoration of Allen Cay for shearwaters and iguanas, and avian influenza in Caribbean seabirds. His publications appear in several venues, including Bahamas Journal of Science.

Betsy Mesard, Religious Studies, earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. She specializes in Islamic Studies, attended the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo, and is a former instructor at UVa. She is proficient in both written and spoken Arabic. Her research and teaching interests include ethics, human rights, youth activism and Muslim societies. She has presented her work in a range of scholarly venues.

Jeanette Acevedo Rivera, Foreign Languages (Spanish), earned a Ph.D. in Romance Studies at Duke University and an M.A. at the University of Puerto Rico. She has taught Spanish and French at Duke University.

Michelle Wells, Sport Management, earned an M.S. in Sports Administration & Facility Management from Ohio University. Formerly program coordinator and assistant professor of sports administration at the University of Charleston (W.Va.), she has managed logistics for the New York City Marathon and other annual races, and has created and led several sports event management companies. She is co-editor of Event Management Blueprint: Creating and Managing Successful Sports Events, Kendall Hunt, 2009, and has published a number of articles in her field.

Kenneth Zogry, History, earned a Ph.D. in American History from UNC Chapel Hill. His primary field is the American South, and his secondary field is public history. He taught at UNC Chapel Hill, William Peace University and North Carolina State University. He served as executive director of the Pope House Museum in Raleigh and curator of collections at the Bennington Museum in Vermont. His most recent publication is Print News and Raise Hell: The Daily Tar Heel and the Evolution of a Modern University published by UNC Press, 2014.

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