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College of Arts and Sciences Fall Address September 23, 2010. I wish to operate with : . Transparency Honesty Knowledge and consultation. I’ve Observed. Stellar programs, faculty, and staff. I’ve Observed. Frustration Being ‘under the radar’ Some poor collegial climates

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College of Arts and Sciences

Fall Address

September 23, 2010


I wish to operate with :

  • Transparency

  • Honesty

  • Knowledge and consultation


I’ve Observed

  • Stellar programs, faculty, and staff


I’ve Observed

  • Frustration

    • Being ‘under the radar’

    • Some poor collegial climates

    • Feeling like a ‘service college’

    • Doing more with less


New Initiatives

  • Celebrate Successes

    • Web site re-design

    • Monthly e-newsletter

    • Magazine


New Initiatives

2. Connect with faculty and staff

  • Department visits

  • Meet with untenured faculty

  • Lunch discussions


New Initiatives

3. Academic Planning

  • Program Review

  • Academic Planning Cycle


Open House

Sunday, October 3

1-5 pm

2221 Wild Cherry Court


New Faculty and Staff

College of Arts and Sciences


John Murray – Arts & Sciences

  • Dean

  • Most recently: Chair of Psychology, Georgia Southern University

  • Subdiscipline: Cognitive Psychology


Christopher “Kit” Murphy - Biology

  • Chair of the Department of Biology

  • Doctorate from Cornell University.

  • Most recently: Department of Biology at James Madison University.


Joy O’Keefe - Biology

  • Ph.D. from Clemson University (Wildlife and Fisheries Biology).

  • Joy will be working closely with the Center for North American Bat and Research Conservation.


Gary Gill – Chemistry & Physics

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from Jackson State University.

  • Research interests are in undergraduate chemistry education and structural studies with computational chemistry.


Richard Gunawardane – Chemistry and Physics

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Aberdeen in the UK.

  • Research in inorganic chemistry.

  • Has taught in Sri Lanka, the UK, Germany, Sweden, France, and the US.

  • Comes to ISU from New Hampshire University.


LaKesha Anderson - Communications

  • Ph.D. in Communication with health emphasis from George Madison University.

  • Research agenda primarily on women’s health and nursing communication.


Avdi Avdija – Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

  • Teaching courses in law enforcement and criminal justice.


Melanie D’Amico – Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

  • M.A. in Spanish with concentration in Linguistics from the University of Florida.

  • Completing her doctorate in Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics also at the University of Florida.


  • Administrative Assistant

  • Has served at ISU in various capacities.

  • Past member of the Support Staff Council.

Paula Riggen – Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics


Jeffrey Kinne – Math and Computer Science

  • Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University.

  • Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Jeremy Strayer – Math and Computer Science

  • Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Mathematics Education.

  • Scholarly interests include learning environments, pedagogical use of technology.


Roby George - Music

  • Director of Bands

  • Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music.

  • Most recently: The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana


Matthew Bergbower – Political Science

  • Ph.D. in Political Science from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

  • Worked for the Illinois Governor’s office before coming to ISU.


Nathan Myers – Political Science

  • Ph.D. in Public Affairs from University of Nevada.

  • Teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration program.


Lois Pilipis - Psychology

  • Director of the Psychology Clinic

  • Masters and PhD in School Psychology from Ball State University.


Have a GREAT Fall semester!


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