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Congratulations to the following faculty for being promoted and tenured, beginning in the fall 2021 semester.

College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor with Tenure

Arthur-Mensah

Ty Brumback

Associate Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Dr. Ty Brumback is a clinical psychologist and has taught Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Biopsychology and a special topics course Substance Use and the Brain. His grant-funded research lab examines the effects of alcohol and marijuana use on the brain and the autonomic nervous system in young adults.

 
Banks

Amy Gillingham Culligan

Associate Professor

School of the Arts - Music Program

Amy Gillingham Culligan is a cellist, conductor, director, educator, and arts advocate dedicated to leveraging her roles to advance, empower, and inspire others through music. She is the Director of Orchestras, holds the Corbett Endowed Principal of Strings distinction, is currently serving as interim Program Head of Music, and has also served as the Executive Director of the National String Project Consortium, forming String Project sites across the United States where hundreds of children are able to learn a string instrument and college students are able to learn how to be great teachers.

 
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Gang Sun

Associate Professor

Department of Physics, Geology, and Engineering Technology

Gang Sun teaches courses in electrical and electronics engineering technology and in mechatronics engineering technology, making important contributions to curriculum development for both programs. His research interests lie in mechatronic and electronic systems and in the study of complex dynamic systems, employing big-data analytics and machine learning techniques.

 
Downing

Kalif Vaughn

Associate Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Dr. Kalif Vaughn investigates strategies to optimize learning and improve retention of academic material. He strives to teach students not only their course content (and how to best learn it), but also how to think critically about scientific data and how to develop strong communication skills.

 
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Darrin Wilson

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

Dr. Darrin Wilson studies local government management and community/economic development, connecting his students to government leaders through applied learning. His research is focused on the relationship between local economic diversity and fiscal health of local governments, managing fiscal crises, and new types of “third places” in community development.

Full Professor

Breitenbecher

Nathan De Lee

Professor

Department of Physics, Geology, and Engineering Technology

 

Nathan De Lee is Director of Astronomy at NKU, coordinating the popular astronomy general education classes, overseeing use of the Schneider Observatory, and teaching upper-division courses for the astronomy minor.  He studies variable stars, brown dwarfs, and extra solar planets, serving as the Northern Survey Operations Scientist for the APOGEE-2 project and as Survey Scientist for Stellar Astrophysics and Solar System Architecture in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. 

 
Gazzaniga

Kajsa Larson

Professor

Department of World Languages and Literatures

Since arriving at NKU in 2010, Dr. Kajsa Larson has taught at all levels of the Spanish program, has served as Honors Capstone director for student projects inspired by Spanish courses they took with her, and was instrumental in developing our Spanish 101 & 102 courses in the online format, including AP versions. For the past few years she has been the faculty coordinator for the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project and has engaged in scholarship on related topics such as service learning, community engagement, and student philanthropy. She is the loving “mother” of two pet birds and enjoys biking, yoga, and travel with her husband Andrew. 

 
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Lili Ma

Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Lili Ma’s specialty is organic chemistry and she has been instrumental in integrating research experiences into our organic chemistry laboratory courses. Her research focuses on developing new methods that are used in the synthesis of novel of anti-cancer agents.

 
Olberding

Kelly Moffett

Professor

Department of English

Kelly has been the mainstay of our creative writing program since she joined us in 2010, and has directed our graduate program since 2016. A widely published and internationally recognized poet and a gifted and inspirational teacher, Kelly was the winner of the Outstanding Junior Faculty award in the College of Arts and Sciences and received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Core Award in 2020 to help introduce creative writing techniques and curricula in Romania.

 
Walters

Andrea Watkins

Professor

Department of History and Geography

An accomplished scholar, Andrea Watkins has established herself as a rigorous, yet popular, instructor through her numerous courses focused on early America. She engages students and readers by examining the intersections of race, class, and gender, particularly in her research fields of Kentucky and the pre-Civil War South.

 
Walters

Melissa Moon

Professor

Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership

Dr. Melissa Moon serves students in many different ways and has spent much of her career researching active shooting events; her work with community partners has improved police and by-stander response to these tragedies. Fun facts about Dr. Moon are that she has earned her 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo and she and her husband are on a mission to visit every National Park in the United States.

 
Walters

Justin Yates

Professor

Department of Psychological Science

Dr. Justin Yates uses animal models to study the neurobehavioral mechanisms of psychostimulant addiction. He primarily teaches Animal Learning, Research Methods, Biopsychology, and Cognitive Processes Lab.
College of Education

Associate Professor with Tenure

Alverson

Funda Gonulates

Associate Professor

Teacher Preparation and Educational Studies

Dr. Funda Gonulates teaches math methods courses in the Department of Teacher Preparation and Educational Studies, and she assists the Kentucky Center for Mathematics as well. Dr. Gonulates empowers her students by teaching them to be constructivists, reflecting on their thinking and the process of inquiry. Her scholarship and service have focused on developing mathematics teachers as well, with mentorship and high quality resources being priorities for effective mathematics teaching.
College of Health and Human Services

Associate Professor with Tenure

Glance

Jason Applegate

Associate Professor

School of Allied Health

 

Jason Applegate serves as Program Director of the Radiologic Science Program where his teaching interests are radiation biology and safety, computed tomography (CT) imaging, and pathology.  He has recently been involved in research related to the conversion of medical imaging data into 3D models that can be printed for implantation.

 
Patten

Jitana Benton-Lee

Associate Professor

School of Nursing

Dr. Jitana Benton-Lee is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow and has secure multiple grants to move her work forward in diversity equity and inclusion in higher education and nursing.  Dr. Benton-Lee teaches in the graduate nursing program and student comments indicate she is outstanding professor and is able to support students in their courses and doctoral capstones.

 
Terhune

Shawn Nordheim

Associate Professor

School of Nursing

Dr. Shawn Nordheim is an outstanding educator with very positive student scores and comments.  She has developed multiple gaming techniques to assist students in learning critical thinking and clinical reasoning.  Dr. Nordheim is a simulation expert and has multiple presentations, grants and publications in this area of expertise.

Full Professor

Macke

Tara McLendon

Professor

School of Social Work

Dr. Tara McLendon is promoted to Professor in the School of Social Work. In addition to Tara’s years of service as Bachelor of Social Work program and field director, she is known as a national authority on social work and police initiatives.

 
Sanders

David Tataw

Professor

School of Allied Health

Dr. David Tataw is the director of the Health Science and Health Administration graduate programs, and his teaching interests are health sciences and public affairs.  Dr. Tataw’s research interests include community health, health policy and management, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

 
Sanders

Jessica Taylor

Professor

School of Social Work

Dr. Jessica Taylor is promoted to Professor in the School of Social Work. In addition to numerous scholarly works and grants, she developed and served the university as the FUEL NKU Project Director 2018-2021.
College of Informatics

Associate Professor with Tenure

Glance

Susan Brudvig

Associate Professor

Department of Business Informatics

 

Dr. Susan Brudvig is Associate Professor in the Department of Business Informatics, specializing in Analytics. Her published research has focused on consumer and marketing analytics, she developed NKU’s first ever course in Blockchain, and she redesigned and served as the coordinator for the Quantitative Analysis for Business service course.

 
Glance

Stacie Jankowski

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

 

Dr. Stacie Jankowski is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, specializing in Journalism. She received an award from the AEJMC Law and Policy Division Teaching Competition and was featured in their Media Law Notes newsletter for her creative and effective teaching of difficult topics, was a co-author of the book, Health News and Responsibility: How Frames Create Blame, and is a co-editor of the book, Laughter, Outrage, and Resistance: Post-Trump TV Satire in Political Discourse and Dissent.

 
Glance

Rasib Khan

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

Dr. Rasib Khan is Associate Professor of Computer Science, specializing in Cybersecurity, who has published on security aspects of cloud computing and the Internet of Things. Rasib developed the pre-proposal for NKU’s new accelerated online Master’s program in cybersecurity, and designed rubrics and assessment tools for selecting improving programming class assessments.

 
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Tracy songer

Associate Professor

Department of Communication

 

Professor Tracy Songer is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, specializing in Electronic Media and Broadcasting. A recipient of NKU’s 2018 NKU Excellence in Teaching and Instruction Award, she published a case study about one of her study abroad classes in the Journal of Media Education including a 45-minute video that integrates the work of students involved in the experience, and she has received a Leibner Cooper Grant for Creative Productions on the History of Media from the Broadcast Educators Association.

 
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Anthony Tsetse

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

 

Dr. Anthony Tsetse is Associate Professor of Computer Science, specializing in Computer Information Technology and IT education, who has published a range of papers on topics from virtualization to networking. Tony has played a key role in the advancement of the curriculum by serving as director of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Computer Information Technology.
Haile College of Business

Associate Professor with Tenure

Glance

Cristiane Biazzin

Associate Professor

Department of Management

 

Cris grew up in Brazil and spent 18 years as a Supply Chain executive before earning an MSc and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Sao Paulo Business School (Fundacao Getulio Vargas), where she also lectured for 7 years. Her current research centers on how and why social relations impact supply chain and operations management, strategy, and firms' competitiveness.

 

Full Professor

Fatemi

David Raska

Professor

Department of Marketing, Sports Business, and Construction Management

David's research interests include teaching pedagogy to improve student engagement and a wide array of consumer behavior issues such as the impact of sustainability marketing on consumers and consumers' evaluations of advertising. His teaching interests are Market Research and Market Strategy.