58 New Faculty Bring Diverse Experience to 2023-24 Academic Year

A collage of new Gonzaga faculty
October 09, 2023
Gonzaga University News Service

Gonzaga enters the 2023-24 academic year with a warm welcome to 58 new professors. Reflecting the university's breadth of academic programs and pathways, these faculty bring expertise in an array of disciplines, including human health, mathematics, neuroscience, chemistry, art, international relations and climate change.

“Our faculty create excitement for learning on our campus and strongly contribute to the strategic interests of Gonzaga University," says Provost Sacha Kopp. "I am pleased to welcome and support the development of our newest teaching professionals from diverse backgrounds and academic fields."

College of Arts and Sciences

Douglas Addleman, Assistant Professor of Psychology -- Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2020. Expertise in cognitive neuroscience and human perceptual cognition. See faculty profile.

Jessica Brooke, Lecturer of Modern Languages -- King’s College, London, 2015; M.A., Eastern Washington University, 2022. See faculty profile.

Andrea Brower, Assistant Professor of Sociology -- M.A., University of Sussex, 2011; Ph.D., University of Auckland, 2017. Work focuses on environmental justice, capitalism, food and agriculture, social movements and politics of the possible. See faculty profile.

Rene Buell, Lecturer of Chemistry & Biochemistry -- M.S., Indiana University, 2013; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 2018

John Collett, Assistant Professor of Integrated Media -- M.S., Eastern Washington University, 2018. Research interests and professional experience in sports media and broadcast journalism. See faculty profile.

Jennifer Davis, Lecturer of Integrated Media -- M.F.A. University of Iowa, 2011

Matthew DeGarmo, Lecturer of Sociology & Criminology -- M.A., University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2008; Ph.D., Washington State University, 2014. Expertise in criminal theory and forensics.

Hala Elsayed, Lecturer of Biology -- M.S., Cairo University, 2009; Ph.D., Cairo University, 2019. Research interests revolve around vectors and vector-borne diseases, especially ticks and tick-borne diseases. See faculty profile.

Kristopher "Kip" Hill, Lecturer of Integrated Media --M.A., Belmont University, 2011; M.A., University of Missouri, 2013. Expertise in journalism. See faculty profile.

Michael Kropf, Assistant Professor of Music -- M.A., San Francisco Conservatory, 2016; D.M.A., University of Michigan, 2022. Expertise in music theory and composition. See faculty profile.

Evan Lauteria, Lecturer of Sociology & Criminology -- M.S., Syracuse University, 2012. Expertise in sociology with focus on culture, media and science/technology. See faculty profile.

Silvia Madrid, Lecturer of Mathematics -- Ph.D., Washington State University, 2020. Expertise in mathematics education.

Matthew Marcec, Lecturer of Biology -- M.S., Northern Illinois University, 2015; Ph.D., Washington State University, 2022. Expertise in plant biology.

Madeleine Mathews, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies & Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry -- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021. Expertise in environmental geochemistry. See faculty profile.

Ryan Merckle, Lecturer of Psychology -- M.S., Indiana University, 2007. Expertise in higher education See faculty profile.

Samantha "Sammi" Munson, Lecturer of Environmental Studies & Sciences -- M.S., The Ohio State University, 2012; Ph.D., George Mason University, 2023.Research is interdisciplinary, and centers around issues of equity and inclusion. Expertise in sustainability, climate solutions, activism and science communication. See faculty profile.

McCall Sarrett, Assistant Professor of Psychology -- Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2020. Expertise in neuroscience, specializing in how the brain understands spoken language and how people learn new languages. See faculty profile.

Jennifer Seo, Assistant Professor of Art -- M.F.A., University of Texas San Antonio, 2020. Expertise in painting and drawing. See faculty profile.

Joel 'Jay' Stafstrom, Lecturer of Biology -- Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985. Expertise in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, with a focus on model plant systems. See faculty profile.

Jadrian Tarver, Assistant Professor of Music -- M.M., Georgia State University; D.M.A., Michigan State University, 2021. Expertise in music performance, with experience as a conductor, clinician and recitalist; advocate for musicians of color. See faculty profile.

Elizabeth Tyson, Lecturer of Chemistry & Biochemistry -- M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013. Expertise in chemistry. See faculty profile.

Bi Zhao, Assistant Professor of Political Science -- M.A., Fudan University, 2009; M.A., Purdue University, 2012; Ph.D., Purdue University. Expertise in international relations, global climate change governance and human rights. See faculty profile.

Foley Library

Daniel Pringle, Assistant Professor, Foley Library -- M.A., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Research interests include user experience with library systems and information literacy in the social sciences. See faculty profile.

School of Business Administration

Maimuna Akter, Assistant Professor of Finance -- M.B.A., University of Dhaka, 2014; M.B.A., Illinois State University, 2019; Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2023. Research interests include climate finance, market manipulation and corporate culture. See faculty profile.

Shriya Shekhar, Assistant Professor Finance -- M.B.A., Indian School of Business; Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2023. Research interests include IPO underpricing, bank monitoring, capital structure, M&A and executive decision making. See faculty profile.

School of Education

Janel Anderson, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Administration -- M.A., University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse, 2006; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2023.

Emma Ariyo, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Sport Management -- M.B.A., University of Bridgeport, 2010; M.Sc., University of Georgia, 2016; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2022.

Kristen Arnold, Assistant Professor, School Psychology -- M.A., Whitworth University, 2009; Ed.D., Arizona State University, 2021.

Carissa Basile, Assistant Professor, Special Education -- M.S., California State University, Northridge, 2018; Ph.D., Marquette University, 2023.

Naomi Hagen, Lecturer, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages -- M.A., Gonzaga University, 2013.

YongJu Hwang, Lecturer, Kinesiology and Sport Management -- M.S., Chung-Ang University, 2013; M.S., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2018; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2023.

Andrew Kim, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Sport Management -- Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2023.

School of Engineering

Bryan Fischer, Lecturer, Computer Science -- M.S., Computer Science, Eastern Washington University. Research interests include multi-agent algorithms for pathfinding and shortest route calculations, parallel computing and computer science education. See faculty profile.

Luke Johnson, Instructor, Computer Science -- Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2023.

School of Health Sciences

Kimberly Cline, Lecturer, Nursing -- A.D.N., Spokane Community College, 2017; M.N. PH., Washington State University, 2021.

Jacqui Crissey, Lecturer, Human Physiology -- M.S., University of Texas, 2008; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2013.

Jennifer Evans. Lecturer, Nursing -- M.S.N., Western Governors University, 2021. Expertise in labor, delivery and post-partum.

Brooke Hoving, Lecturer, Nursing -- M.S.N., Simmons University, 2018.

Do-Houn Kim, Assistant Professor, Human Physiology -- M.S., Sungshin Women’s University, 2010; Ph.D., Florida State University, 2018. Expertise in aging, obesity, diabetes, exercise, nutrition, skeletal muscle physiology, blood flow, oxidative stress and Vitamin D

Megan Lewis, Assistant Professor, Human Physiology --  M.S., University of Calgary, 2012; Ph.D., University of Calgary, 2018. Research interests focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms responsible for adaptation to various physiological challenges. See faculty profile.

Kristen Maefsky, Lecturer, Nursing -- B.S.N., Washington State University, 2004; M.S., Gonzaga University 2010.

Shirley 'Dawn' Magee, Lecturer, Nursing -- M.S.N., Washburn University, 2010; D.N.P., Gonzaga University 2015.

Eric Marr, Lecturer, Department of Biology -- M.S., Eastern Washington University, 2015.

Robin Pickering, Professor of Public Health -- M.S., Eastern Washington University, 2003; Ph.D., University of Idaho, 2006.

Marcella "Joy" Staaben, Lecturer, Nursing -- D.N.P., Gonzaga University, 2019. Expertise in primary care, women's health and chronic illness.

Samantha Todd, Lecturer, Nursing -- M.S., Gonzaga University.

Tera Tveit, Lecturer, Nursing -- M.A., Gonzaga University, 2020.

Alissa Underhill, Lecturer, Human Physiology -- M.S.E., Stephen F. Austin State University, 2010; Ph.D., Washington State University, 2017.

School of Law

Angela Aneiros, Assistant Professor of Law -- J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2009. Research focuses on the intersection of law and corporate governance, with a focus on how recent social unrest and social movements influence diversity, equity, inclusions and justice in corporations. See faculty profile.

Michael Cecil, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law -- J.D, Georgetown University Law Center, 2018; LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2022.

Robert Olsen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law -- J.D., University of California Berkeley, 2018.

Olawale Olumodimu. Visiting Assistant Law Professor -- S.J.D., J.S.D., Tulane University Law School, 2020; L.L.M., Tulane University Law School; B.L., The Nigerian Law School, 2011; L.L.B., Kogi Stat University, 2010.

Maria Saladino, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law -- J.D., William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, 2016.

School of Leadership Studies

Salena Beaumont Hill, Lecturer, Teaching Fellow - Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies -- M.A., University of Montana, 2008; PhD, University of Montana, Missoula, 2020.Expertise in indigenous pedagogy and research methodology in higher education. See faculty profile.

Róisín Lally, Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies -- M.Litt., National University of Ireland, 2006; Ph.D., National University of Ireland, 2016. Research and published work focuses on the intersection of the philosophy of time, ethics, environment, feminism, science and technology. See faculty profile.

Military Science

CPT Richard Blakesleay, Assistant Professor of Military Science -- B.A., United States Military Academy – West Point, 2015. See faculty profile.

SFC Kenneth Rolle, Military Science Instructor -- B.A., Post University. See faculty profile.

MAJ Brent Vance, Assistant Professor of Military Science – B.S., Brigham Young University; M.S., Missouri University of Science and Technology. See faculty profile.

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