IU Kokomo Increases Faculty
Indiana University Kokomo says it has hired nearly a dozen faculty members to fill newly-created positions. The school says it now employs close to 120 faculty members. September 17, 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo announces the addition of 22 new faculty members.
Kathy Parkison, vice chancellor for academic affairs, said of the new faculty hired, 12 are for newly created positions, needed because of student enrollment growth and addition of new programs.
“We have an extremely talented class of new faculty, from a variety of great institutions,” she said. “This brings a lot of new ideas and new thoughts into every academic unit, and that's exciting. They will help lead this campus into the future.”
The new additions bring total faculty count to 119.
New faculty members, listed by school, include:
Division of Allied Health
David Hancock, assistant professor, health sciences. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports psychology and a Master of Arts in human development from Laurentian University, Ontario; and a Ph.D. in human kinetics from University of Ottawa. He previously was an adjunct assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow at Queen's University School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Ontario.
Polly Boruff-Jones, dean. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental science, a Master of Library Science, and a Master of Public Affairs in nonprofit management, all from IU. She previously was director of library and information services at F.W. Olin Library, Drury University.
School of Business
Olga Korne, visiting lecturer in accounting. She has a bachelor's degree in education from Kolomna University, and a Master's degree in accounting from the IU Kelley School of Business. She was on faculty at DeVry University, an accounting analyst for Chase Student Loans, and an investment accountant for Conseco Services.
Gloria Preece, Master of Business Administration director, lecturer in business. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing and an M.B.A., both from IU Kokomo. She previously was interim director, and was CEO of Prism Property Management.
School of Education
Lance Mason, assistant professor of social studies education. He has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, with a minor in social thought, from Penn State University. He was a graduate assistant at Penn State.
Kelli Servizzi, assistant professor of special education. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Butler University, master's degrees in education from Butler and Ball State, and a Ph.D. in elementary education from Ball State. She was previously an instructor at Ball State and a developmental therapist at First Steps Network.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jeffery Batis, assistant professor of psychology. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Utah State University, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in psychology from Wayne State University. He previously was a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University, and associate director of image processing for Molecular NeuroImaging.
Scott Blackwell, visiting lecturer in humanities. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in English and philosophy from Purdue University. He has been an adjunct instructor at IU Kokomo, and a lecturer at Butler University.
Rosalyn Davis, clinical assistant professor of psychology. She received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She previously was an instructor at University of Phoenix.
Meredith Neville-Shepard, visiting assistant professor of communication arts. She earned a Ph.D. from University of Kansas. She previously was an adjunct lecturer at IUPUI.
Peter Sposato, acting assistant professor of history. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been an adjunct instructor at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Kathy Steinberg, visiting lecturer of psychology. She earned her bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Purdue University. She previously was director of student assessment at ITT Technical Institute and an academic assessment specialist and assistant director of research at IUPUI.
Guin Thompson, visiting assistant professor of new media. She has a Bachelor of General Studies degree from IUPUI and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Hartford. She was an adjunct professor at Emily Carr University, Canada.
Michelle Westervelt, visiting assistant professor in English. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois College and a Master of Arts degree in English from Indiana State University. She previously taught English as a second language in Japan and was an adjunct English instructor at IU Kokomo.
School of Nursing
Sylvia Jones, visiting lecturer in nursing. She has a master's degree from IUPUI. She has been a staff nurse at Community Howard Regional Health and an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College.
Amanda Leffler, visiting lecturer in nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from IU Kokomo, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. She previously was an adjunct clinical instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Carolyn Townsend, visiting lecturer of nursing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from IU Kokomo, a Master of Science in Nursing from IUPUI and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Southern Indiana. She has been a registered nurse at Clarian Health, chief quality coordinator at IU Health, and a lecturer in the IU School of Nursing.
School of Sciences
Mohammad Almalag, assistant professor of informatics. He received a bachelor's degree in computer science from King Saud University, a Master of Science in computer science from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Old Dominion University. He was an instructor, course developer and lab instructor at Old Dominion University.
Megan Dailey, lecturer in math. She has a Master of Arts degree from University of Kentucky. She was an instructor at Centre College, and a teaching assistant at University of Kentucky.
Ashley Duffitt, lecturer in biology. She has a bachelor's degree in biological and physical science from IU Kokomo, and a master's degree in environmental science from Taylor University. She previously was a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo, and was a research lab tech at IUPUI and a teaching assistant at Taylor University.
Diane Hampshire, lecturer in math. She has a bachelor's degree in biological and physical sciences from IU, and a master's in mathematics from Oakland University. She previously had been a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo, and also was an instructor at University of Dayton, a special lecturer at Oakland University, and an adjunct faculty member at Oakland Community College.
Hisako Masuda, assistant professor of biochemistry. She has bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from Hiram College, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and biochemistry from Rutgers University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an instructor at Middlesex County College.
The campus has two IU Future Faculty Teaching Fellows. This program gives doctoral students an opportunity to spend one or two semesters as half-time faculty members at an IU campus. The fellows experience what it is like to teach and be a faculty member, preparing them for successful academic careers.
IU Kokomo's Future Faculty Teaching Fellows are Joo Hyung Kim, history and political science; and Cecil Sayre, humanities.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
Source: Indiana University Kokomo