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New faculty at Washburn University

TOPEKA –  Thirty-two  new faculty members have joined Washburn University.

Edmond  A. Alleyne, lecturer, School of Business. A certified public accountant, he has served as an adjunct instructor at Washburn and previously held positions with Colgate-Palmolive and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.  He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Long Island University, Brooklyn, N.Y., and a master of business administration degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

Elise Blas, librarian, university libraries. She received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religious studies from Southwestern College of Kansas, Winfield; a master of library and information science from Emporia State University, where she is pursuing a master of science degree in instructional design and technology.

Andrea Boyack, associate professor, School of Law. Boyack has been a visiting professor at the schools of law at Fordham University, New York, N.Y., and George Washington University and Catholic University of America, both in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelor of arts degree in Russian and international relations from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; a master of arts in law and diplomacy from  Tufts University, Medford, Mass.; and a juris doctor from University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Cedric Burrows, lecturer, English.  Burrows received a bachelor of arts degree in literature from Alcorn State University, Lorman, Miss.; a master of arts degree in composition and rhetoric from Miami (Ohio) University; and a doctorate in composition and rhetoric from the University of Kansas, where he was a lecturer. He is a tutor for University of Kansas Athletics.

Stephanie Decker, assistant professor, sociology/anthropology.  She previously was an instructor at the University of Kansas and an adjunct instructor at Washburn.  Decker received a bachelor of science degree in journalism; bachelor of arts degrees in Russian, psychology and sociology; a master of arts degree in sociology and a doctorate in sociology, all from KU.

Amber Dickinson, first year experience lecturer/coordinator, Center for Student Success and Retention.  Dickinson received a bachelor of arts degree in communication from the University of Oklahoma, Norman; a master of arts degree in political science from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater;  and a doctorate in political science at the University of Kansas.  She has been a visiting assistant professor at OSU and an instructor at Ottawa (Kan.) University.

Jason Emry, assistant professor, biology. He previously served as a visiting professor at Washburn and as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Kansas, where he received a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology. Emry also received a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, and a master of science degree in biological sciences ecology, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Reza Espahbodi, professor/Dibble Professor in Accounting, School of Business.  A certified public accountant, Espahbodi received a master of business administration degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He has been a member of the faculty at Indiana University, South Bend; Western Illinois University, Macomb; and Suffolk University, Boston, Mass.

Keith Farwell, lecturer/program director, diagnostic medical sonography, allied health.  Farwell previously worked at St. Francis Health Center and as an adjunct instructor at Washburn.  He received a bachelor of health science degree in health administration services from Washburn and a master of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Linzi M. Gibson, assistant professor, psychology. Gibson received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and recently completed a doctorate in psychology at the University of Kansas, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant and instructor.

Brandon Gillette, lecturer, philosophy.  Formerly a high school science teacher, Gillette has also served as an instructor at the University of Kansas.  He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., and a master of arts degree in philosophy at KU, where he is pursuing a doctorate.

Stacey Hus, lecturer/clinical coordinator, radiation therapy, allied health. Hus previously worked as a radiologic technology at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and as a radiation therapist at the University of Kansas Hospital.  She received an associate of applied science degree in radiation technology and a bachelor of health science degree in radiation therapy from Washburn.

Hillary Lolley, lecturer/radiographer clinical education coordinator, allied health.  Lolley previously worked in the St. Francis Health Center radiology department. She received an associate degree in applied studies in radiology technologist and a bachelor of science degree in health care administration from Baker College, Baldwin City. She is currently pursuing a master of business administration degree in health care management from Baker.

Roberta Mansfield, associate professor, School of Nursing.  A family nurse practitioner, she previously served as an adjunct instructor at Washburn and was on the faculty at Baker University School of Nursing. Mansfield received a bachelor of arts degree in geology from University of Rochester, N.Y.; a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Washburn and a master’s degree and doctorate in nursing from the University of Kansas.

Leslie McCullough, lecturer, social work. McCullough received a bachelor of science degree in individual and family studies from Pennsylvania State University, University Park; a master of science degree in social work from the University of Texas, Austin; and a doctor of philosophy in psychology from Northcentral University, Prescott, Ariz.  She previously was in a private psychotherapy practice in San Antonio, Texas.

Angela McFarland, lecturer/occupational therapy clinical coordinator, allied health.  McFarland received a bachelor of health science degree and a master of occupational therapy from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  She previously served as an adjunct instructor at Washburn and as an occupational therapist at St. Francis Health Center.

Louella Moore, professor, School of Business.  A certified public accountant, Moore received a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master of business administration degree from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, and a doctor of business administration degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetville, where she served was a member of the faculty.

Justin Moss, lecturer, philosophy.  He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and history and a master of arts in philosophy from the University of Idaho, Moscow, and a doctorate in philosophy in philosophy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he also served as a teaching assistant.  Moss previously served as an adjunct instructor at College of Saint Mary and Southeast Community College, both in Lincoln, Neb.

Amy L. Nebesniak, assistant professor, education.  A former middle school math teacher, she taught teacher education courses at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she received master of arts and doctorate of education degrees in teaching, learning, teacher education. Nebesniak also received a bachelor of science in education degree from the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Barbara Quaney, assistant professor/bachelor of health science program coordinator, allied health.  Quaney received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from  the University of Kansas and a master of arts degree in neurorehabilitation science and a doctorate in molecular and integrative physiology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She previously was on the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center and an adjunct instructor at Washburn.

Emmy Rice, lecturer, art.  Rice received a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art from  Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., and a master of fine arts degree in visual communications from Kansas State University.  Rice previously was an instructor at Emporia State University and was owner and creative director of a graphic design studio.

Brenda Ridgeway, assistant professor, human services.  Ridgeway previously worked as a master level therapist, certified alcohol and drug counselor, for the South Jersey Healthcare System and as an adjunct instructor at Cumberland County College, Vineland, N.J., where she received a degree in social work.  She received a master of human services degree from Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pa., and a doctorate in professional psychology from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn.

Takrima Sadikot, assistant professor, biology.  Sadikot received a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and biochemistry and a master of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Mumbai, India, and a master of science degree and a doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  He worked as a graduate research assistant at UMKC and at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he was a post-doctoral fellow.

Dennis Schafers, lecturer, School of Nursing.  He previously was an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Pathway Family Services and a counseling site supervisor for Catholic Community Services. Schafers received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Washburn and a master of science in nursing degree from the University of Texas, Austin.

Pamela Schmidt, assistant professor, School of Business.  Schmidt previously was Executive in Residence at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Kansas; a master of science degree in computer science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; a master of business administration degree in management at Northwestern University, Evansville, Ill., and a doctorate in business administration, information systems, at the University of Arkansas.

Peggy Smalley, lecturer/clinical coordinator, respiratory therapy, allied health. Smalley previously was lead respiratory care instructor at Concorde Career College, Kansas City, Mo. She received an associate of arts degree from Kansas City (Mo.) Metropolitan Community College, professional certification from State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Mo., and a bachelor of arts degree in management from Webster University, St. Louis. Mo.

Sara Smith, lecturer, psychology.  Smith was an adjunct instructor at Washburn and Johnson County Community College.  She received a bachelor of science degree, a master of science degree and a doctorate in psychology from Kansas State University, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant and a graduate research assistant.

Frederic Sourgens, associate professor, School of Law.  He previously was an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University, a member of the faculty at the International Law Institute and an associate at a law firm, all in Washington, D.C.  He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Oslo, Norway, a master of arts degree in political philosophy from the University of York, England, and a juris doctor from Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, La.

George Turner, lecturer, social work. He received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; a master of social work degree from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in education at Widener University, Philadelphia, Pa.  Turner has served as an instructor at UMKC, KU and Park University, Parkville, Mo.

Katharine Ure, lecturer/director of mobile simulation and community education, School of Nursing.  Ure has held numerous positions as a registered nurse.  She received an associate’s degree in nursing at Hinds Junior College, Raymond, Miss.; and a bachelor of science in nursing and a master of science degree in nursing administration at Fort Hays State University.

Kelly Watt, assistant professor, art. She received  bachelor of arts degrees in fine arts and history from Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Ill.; a master of arts degree in medieval art from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a doctorate in art history from the University of Louisville, Kentucky.  Watt has been an adjunct instructor at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and Elizabethtown (Ky.) Community and Technical College.

Gwendolyn Wilson, health sciences librarian, Mabee Library.  Wilson received a bachelor of science in information resource studies and a master of library science degree from Emporia State University, where she also served as a graduate teaching assistant.

Rebecca Woodman, visiting associate professor, School of Law.  She previously worked for the local appellate defender and capital appellate defender offices. Woodman received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Wichita State University and a juris doctor from Washburn. 

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