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New Faculty & Faculty Administrators

College of Arts & Letters


Dr. Jan Joel Andersson

Dragas Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Studies, received a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations, in 2002 and 1996 respectively, from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Political Science, in 1995 and 1994 respectively, from Uppsala University, Sweden. Previously he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Director of the Institute's program on Security and Defense.

Ms. Jennifer L. Baker

Lecturer of Communication/Theatre Arts, received an M.F.A. in Scenography and Theatre Design in 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A. in Art in 2001 from Longwood University. Previously she was an Adjunct Faculty Member and costume shop manager in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Gary A. Beck

Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, received a Ph.D. in Communication Studies in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in American History, in 2004 and 2001 respectively, from the University of Rhode Island. Previously he was an Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and an Adjunct Professor at both Austin Community College and St. Edward's University.

Dr. Elizabeth C. Black

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received a Ph.D. in French and an M.A. in French Studies in 2011 and 2006 respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. Joint Honours in French and Italian in 2001 from the University of Glasgow, UK. Previously she was teaching in the Department of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Mengyan Dai

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 2007 from the University of Cincinnati and an LL.B. and a B.A. in English and Sciences in 2001 from the University of Science and Technology of China. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore.

Ms. Alicia DeFonzo

Instructor of English, received an M.A. in English Literature in 2007 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in Mass Communications in 2001 from the University of South Florida. Previously she was an Adjunct English Instructor at Old Dominion University.

Ms. Sharon DiLustro

Lecturer of Art, received an M.A. in Art History in 2002 from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.A. in Economics in 1982 from the College of William and Mary. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Art at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Luis Guadaño

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Studies in 2006 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, an M.A. in Modern Languages, Spanish in 1995 from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in Philosophy in 1992 from Universidad Complutense. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Weber State University.

Dr. Erin L. Jordan

Associate Professor of History, received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Medieval European History, in 2000 and 1995 respectively, from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in 1993 from Grinnell College. Previously she was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Northern Colorado.

Mr. Travis Linnemann

Instructor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, received an M.A. in Sociology in 2006 from Kansas State University, a B.S. in Sociology in 1997 from Emporia State University and is expected to receive a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from Kansas State University. Previously he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kansas State University.

Ms. Megan McKittrick

Instructor of English, received a Professional Writing Certificate and an M.A. in English, in 2010 and 2008 respectively, from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in English in 2005 from California State University, Fresno. Previously she was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Anne H. Muraoka

Assistant Professor of Art, received a Ph.D. in Art History in 2009 from Temple University, an M.A. in Art History in 1997 from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Art History in 1993 from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Previously she was an Adjunct Associate Professor at St. Ambrose University, a Lecturer at Figge Art Museum and an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University.

Dr. Benjamin D. Neimark

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography, received a Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department Geography at Rutgers University, an M.S. in 2001 from Cornell University and a B.S. in Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies in 1995 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Previously he was Director and Head Academic Advisor in Environmental Studies and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.

Dr. Rochelle Rodrigo

Visiting Associate Professor of English, received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in English and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, in 2009, 2004 and 2001 respectively, from Arizona State University and a B.A. in English Literature in 1996 from the University of California, Riverside. Previously she was a Residential Faculty member in the English Department at Mesa Community College.

Dr. James R. Van Dore

Lecturer of Philosophy and Religious Studies, received a Ph.D. in New Testament in 2011 from Claremont Graduate University, an M.T.S. in 1996 from Calvin Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English and Economics in 1989 from the University of Michigan. He has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Kathleen H. Winters

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography, received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science, in 2011 and 2009 respectively, from The Ohio State University, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2006 from Pennsylvania State University. Previously she was an Instructor at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Dylan E. Wittkower

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy, in 2006 and 2004 respectively, from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in Society and Human Condition in 1997 from the University of Redlands. Previously he was a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Coastal Carolina University.

Dr. Elizabeth Zanoni

Assistant Professor of History, received a Ph.D. in History in 2011 from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in History in 2005 from Western Michigan University, and a B.A. in American Studies in 2001 from the University of Notre Dame. Previously she was an Instructor of History and Teaching Assistant at the University of Minnesota and Western Michigan University.