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UT Tyler Welcomes 41 New Faculty for 2012 – 13 Academic Year

August 17, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler officials introduced new faculty members at the 2012 – 13 Opening Convocation Aug. 17.

New faculty members, listed by college, are:

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

  • Marco Castaneda, Assistant Professor of Economics

Ph.D. – Washington University in St. Louis

Former Position: Assistant Professor, Tulane University

  • James Daniel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages

Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Former Position: Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Kevin Dilley, Senior Lecturer in Communication

M.A. – Ohio University

Former Position: Lecturer, Fayetteville State University

  • Jesse Dobson, Lecturer in Literature and Languages

M.A. – UT Tyler

Former Position: Instructor, Montessori School 

  • Luis Gautier, Assistant Professor of Economics

Ph.D. – Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Former Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Austin College

  • Luke Goebel, Assistant Professor of English

M.F.A. – University of Massachusetts

Former Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, UT Tyler

  • Gayathri Kambhampati, Lecturer in Mathematics 

M.S. – University of Toronto

Former Position: Lead Math Instructor, Cloud County Community College

  • Van Mayes, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

Ph.D. – Texas A&M University

Former Position: Adjunct Instructor, Mesa Community College

  • Fara Meza, Lecturer in Mathematics

M.A. – UT El Paso

Former Position: Adjunct Lecturer, UT Tyler

  • Colin Snider, Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D. – University of New Mexico

Former Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University

  • Emily Standridge, Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director

Ph.D. – Ball State University

Former Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, UT Tyler 

  • Justin Velten, Assistant Professor of Communication

Ph.D. – Regent University

Former Position: Lecturer, UT Tyler

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Marina Astakhova, Assistant Professor of Management

Ph.D. – Kent State University

Former Position: Teaching Fellow, Kent State University

  • James Cater, Associate Professor of Management

Ph.D. – Louisiana State University

Former Position: Assistant Professor, Nicholls State University

  • Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani, Assistant Professor of Management

Ph.D. – Kent State University

Former Position: Teaching Fellow, Kent State University

  • Chialing Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Finance

Ph.D. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Former Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Texas at Dallas

  • Robert Jones, Assistant Professor of Retailing

Ph.D. – University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Former Position: Graduate Teaching Assistant/Instructor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

  • Randall Napier, Lecturer in Management

J.D. – University of Houston

Former Position: Adjunct Instructor, Dallas Baptist University

College of Education and Psychology 

  • Jessica Rueter, Assistant Professor in the School of Education

Ph.D. – Texas Woman’s University

Former Position: Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University

  • Colleen Swain, Professor and Director of the School of Education

Ph.D. – University of North Texas

Former Position: Associate Professor, University of Florida

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

  • Althea Arnold, Assistant Professor of Construction Management

Ph.D. – Mississippi State University

Former Position: Assistant Research Professor, Mississippi State University

  • Michael Gangone, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Ph.D. – Clarkson University

Former Position: Research Assistant, Clarkson University

  • Jae Joong Ryu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. – Iowa State University

Former Position:  Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Arturo Arce-Esquivel, Assistant Professor of Health and Kinesiology

Ph.D. – Louisiana State University

Former Position:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Rebecca Carrasco, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – Texas Tech University

Former Position:  Instructor, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 

  • Jenifer Chilton, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Ph.D. – UT Tyler

Former Position:  Clinical Instructor, UT Tyler

  • Julie George, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position: Nursing Instructor, Angelina College

  • Christy Gipson, Clinical Instructor

B.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position: Staff RN, Hospice of East Texas

  • Nicola Hill, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – University of South Alabama

Former Position: Staff Nurse, Good Shepherd Medical Center

  • Lee Johnson, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position: Administrative Director Quality Management, Mother Francis Hospital

  • Shannon Kemp, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position:  Staff Nurse, East Texas Medical Center

  • Debra McNamara, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – Texas Tech University

Former Position: Staff RN, Good Shepherd Medical Center

  • Vicki Nackos, Clinical Instructor

B.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position: Staff Nurse, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital

  • Fletcher Njororai, Assistant Professor of Health and Kinesiology

Ph.D. – Texas Woman’s University-Denton

Former Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

  • Wycliffe Njororai, Associate Professor of Health and Kinesiology

Ph.D. – Texas Woman’s University-Denton

Former Position: Associate Professor, Wiley College

  • Galinda O’Connor, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position: Clinical Manager and Coordinator, East Texas Medical Center

  • Sandra Petersen, Associate Professor of Nursing

DNP – Rush University

Former Position: Assistant Professor, UT Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Linda Rath, Associate Professor of Nursing

Ph.D. – UT Medical Branch at Galveston

Former Position: Associate Professor, UT Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Sandra Savage, Clinical Instructor

B.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position:  Operational Manager, Total Healthcare Center

  • Amy Toone, Professor of Nursing

Ph.D. – University of North Texas

Former Position: Professor, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing  

  • Mary Williams, Clinical Instructor

M.S.N. – UT Tyler

Former Position: Case Manager, Hospice of East Texas

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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