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Volume 59, Issue 1

August, 2009

UCCS welcomes new faculty

More than 30 new faculty members from various fields and with experiences from across the nation and around the world joined UCCS this fall in tenured or tenure-track positions. Brief introductions follow. In the next few weeks, new instructors will be introduced in Communique.

Jeremy Bono, assistant professor of Biology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, recently served at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he was a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching Fellow. He earned his B.A. from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. His recent experience in the UA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology helped build his expertise in insect habits and the development and behavior of ants.

Elaine Cheesman, assistant professor of Special Education in the College of Education, returns to UCCS after a brief stint as a K-12 Reading Specialist for the Olympia, Wash. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Holding a B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Ore., an M.A. in American Folk Culture from the State University of New York, Cooperstown, N.Y., and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn., she is also the recipient of several UCCS teaching awards. She is an expert and qualified instructor of language therapy.

Thomas DueningThomas Duening, El Pomar Chair for Business and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, joins UCCS from Arizona State University where he was director of entrepreneurial programs. He previously directed the University of Houston’s Entrepreneur and Venture Development Center and was assistant dean at the UH College of Business. He is the author of 12 books. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Julaine FieldJulaine Field, associate professor of Counseling and Human Services in the College of Education, came to UCCS from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in Speech/Language Pathology and an M.A. in Counseling, both from Edinboro University., Edinboro, Pa., and a Ph.D. in counselor education from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. She taught various counseling courses at graduate and undergraduate levels, and extensively researched areas that include adolescent aggression and bullying.

Janice GouldJanice Gould, assistant professor of Women's and Ethnic Studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, spent the last few years in Archives and Information Resources at the University of Arizona and acquiring an M.A. in Library Science and Certification in museum studies there. She had already earned a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico. She has comprehensive experience in creative writing, literary criticism and theory, and Native American literature, and more than a decade as an instructor in numerous areas of writing.

Kevin LandisKevin Landis, assistant professor of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, most recently taught acting and theatre at Tufts University, Medford, Mass., where he had been earning his Ph.D. Prior to that he was awarded his B.A. from Colby College, Waterville, Maine, his M.A. from Brown University, Providence, R.I., and a Master of Fine Arts from Brandeis, University, Waltham, Mass. His theatrical experience covers a broad range that encompasses directing, improvisation, and the art of clowning.

Gregory Martin, assistant professor of Accounting in the College of Business, joins UCCS after teaching at CU-Boulder. Holding a B.S. in American History from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, he came to CU-Boulder for his Ph.D. in accounting. With expertise in management and financial analysis, he has a special interest in researching corporate social responsibility and earnings management.

Molly MaxfieldMolly Maxfield, assistant professor of Psychology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences,came to UCCS, from The University of Arizona College of Medicine. She holds a B.A. from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and earned a clinical psychology M.A. from UCCS. Her broad range of interests has resulted in research areas that include aging, anxiety and terrorism.


Zena MelloZena Mello, assistant professor of Psychology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Her B.A. in psychology came from University of California, Santa Cruz, and she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She has performed extensive work in the psychological areas of time perspective and how perception of past present and future can impact thoughts and attitudes of minority youth.

Janel OwensJanel Owens, assistant professor of Chemistry in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, comes to UCCS from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif. where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She earned her B.S. at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Her range of expertise includes agricultural and environmental chemistry, forensic science, and analysis of wines. She has actively encouraged young girls to pursue educations in science and technology.

Barbara Prinari, assistant professor of Mathematics in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, came a long way to UCCS from teaching at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy. It was there she had previously earned a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, before serving twice as a visiting professor in the department of Applied Mathematics at CU-Boulder. Her research experience covers a vast range of theoretical mathematics systems, and recent efforts include applying mathematical methods to the analysis of biological and social systems.

Janet Sauer, assistant professor of Special Education in the College of Education, most recently taught graduate and undergraduate teaching programs at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa. She earned a B.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College, Boston, and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She received an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Early on in her career as an educator, as a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, she helped in the implementation of a national literacy program in Botswana, Africa. Her areas of research today involve unique methods of teaching students with disabilities.

Lonnie SchaibleLonnie Schaible, assistant professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs,comes to UCCS after working in the department of Sociology and Justice Studies at Eastern Washington University. His degrees in Sociology include a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Montana, Missoula, and a Ph.D. from Washington State University, Pullman. He extensively researched areas of juvenile delinquency, crime prevention, and social factors impacting crime rates. Recent research includes some of the emotional effects law officers face in the line of duty.

Brandon VogtBrandon Vogt, assistant professor of Geography and Environmental Studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, previously served in a lecturer position in the Pre-Collegiate Development Program, and the Freshman First Year Experience Program. He earned a B.S. in natural resource management from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geographical science from Arizona State University. His expertise includes landform processes, geomorphology, rock weathering and environmental systems.

Mingming ZhouMingMing Zhou, assistant professor of Finance in the College of Business, comes to UCCS from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and recent research and teaching experiences in Helsinki, Finland and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., where she earned a Ph.D. in finance. She earned a B.A. from the Nanjing University of Technology and an M.A. from the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, both in China. She brings a world perspective to areas of study including corporate finance, banking, and investment management.


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