The College of Sciences is excited to introduce 25 new faculty members into eight departments in 2019. Welcome!

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Edward Gonzalez-Tennant portrait

Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Archaeology, ethnography, and history.


Katelyn Cooper

Katelyn Cooper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Inclusive education.

Melinda Donnelly

Melinda Donnelly, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Estuarine ecology and restoration, with a focus on wetlands and shoreline habitats, in order to improve conservation and management of critical habitats.

Robert Fitak

Robert Fitak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: An integrated approach, using a variety of genomic, statistical, behavioral, and experimental techniques to both characterize the traits of different species and conserve the biodiversity in which they persist.


Alaa Hashim

Alaa Hashim, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Chemistry education research and curriculum development for teaching and learning at the undergraduate level.

Kangsang Lee

Kangsang Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Catalysis, synthetic method development, and synthesis of natural products and materials.

Christopher Randles

Christopher Randles, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Chemistry education research. Problem-solving research using a grounded theory approach; communities of practice in Web2.0 learning environments; reflective practice and the teaching practices of graduate teaching assistants; the use of multiple literacies in learning sciences through the K-16 curriculum.

Erin Saitta leaning against tree

Erin Saitta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: The extent to which professional development interventions such as learning communities, teaching simulations, and peer teaching observations elicit change in instructor attitudes, beliefs, and practices.


Boaz Haberman

Boaz Haberman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Applications of harmonic analysis to partial differential equations. In particular, he has been using Fourier restriction theory to study inverse problems arising in electrical impedance tomography and quantum inverse scattering.

Robert Jenkins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Integrable Systems, Nonlinear Dispersive PDE, Random Matrix Theory, Orthogonal Polynomials and their relation to combinatorics and probability.

Yukun Li

Yukun Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Continuous and discontinuous finite element methods; numerical solutions of stochastic ordinary and partial differential equations; adaptive methods and fast solvers.

Nicholson School of Communication & Media

Michael Strawser

Michael Stawser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Instructional and organizational communication.

Seth Fendley

Seth Fendley
Instructor and Director of Debate

Research Interests: Digital Rhetoric, public sphere, argumentation, advocacy rhetoric.


Li Fang

Li Fang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Photo-induced charge dynamics in atomic, molecular and plasma systems at their natural time scales using ultrafast lasers.

Zoe Landsman

Zoe Landsman, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Surface properties of airless Solar System bodies.

Kerri Donaldson Hanna

Kerri Donaldson-Hanna, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Formation and evolution of airless bodies.

Theodora Karalidi

Theodora Karalidi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Explanatary and brown dwarf atmospheres, mapping exoatmospheres, spectropolarimetry.

Politics, Security, and International Affairs

Annabelle Conroy

Annabelle Conroy, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Democratization and comparative public policy.


Vikki Gaskin-Butler

Vikki Gaskin-Butler Ph.D.
Visiting Clinical Associate Professor,
Psychology Clinic Director

Research Interests: Spiritual, psychological and physical well-being in adolescents and adults.

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David Rozek

David Rozek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Cognitive and behavioral interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and depression.


Alison Cares

Alison Cares, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Intimate Partner Violence; Campus Sexual Violence; Teaching About Victimization; Program and Policy Evaluation; Criminal Economic Sanctions.

Bhoomi Thakore

Bhoomi Thakore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Structural inequality; Race and gender in the media; Qualitative methods; Interventions research (racial and gender diversity in STEM careers).

Jacqueline Woerner

Jacqueline Woerner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Violence victimization and perpetration, interpersonal relationships, substance use, risk-taking  behavior.

Statistics & Data Science

Larry Tang

Liansheng “Larry” Tang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Research Interests: Statistical methods in diagnostic accuracy, statistics in forensics and biometrics, clinical trial design, statistics in criminology.

Rui Xie

Rui Xie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: The development of statistical sketching and sampling methods for large-scale streaming dependent data.