Faculty

Dr. Kirk Abraham
  • Dr. Kirk Abraham
  • Professor of Exercise Science;
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2003
    M.S., University of Arizona, 1997
    B.S., University of Puget Sound, 1994
Dr. Kristie Abt
Dr. Brian Arganbright
  • Dr. Brian Arganbright
  • Professor of French
  • Ph.D., New York University, 2001
    M.Phil., New York University, 1997
    M.A., New York University, 1995
    M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1991
    B.A., B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1988
Ms. Madeline Aulisio
Dr. Larry Barnes
  • Dr. Larry Barnes
  • Professor of Music
  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, 1979; M.M
    M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 1973
    B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 1972
Dr. Carole Barnsley
  • Dr. Carole Barnsley
  • Associate Professor of Religion;
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2011
    M.A., Miami University, 2000
    B.A., Middlebury College, 1998
Dr. W. Alan Bartley
  • Dr. W. Alan Bartley
  • Associate Professor of Economics;
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2000
    M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1998
    B.A., Transylvania University, 1993
Dr. Clyde Beavers
Dr. Christopher Begley
  • Dr. Christopher Begley
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1999
    M.S., University of Chicago, 1992
    B.A., Transylvania University, 1988
Dr. Martha Billips
  • Dr. Martha Billips
  • Professor of English;
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1997
    M.A., University of Kentucky, 1987
    B.A., Transylvania University, 1978
Dr. Gregg Bocketti
  • Dr. Gregg Bocketti
  • Professor of History
  • Ph.D., Tulane University, 2004
    M.A., Tulane University, 1998
    B.A., Hartwick College, 1996
Dr. Sarah Bray
  • Dr. Sarah Bray
  • Associate Professor of Biology;
  • Ph.D., Botany, University of Florida, 2005
    B.A., Biology and Environmental Science, Coe College, 1998
Dr. Jessica Brown
  • Dr. Jessica Brown
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara, 2013
    B.S., Sonoma State University, 2008
Dr. Sharon Brown
  • Dr. Sharon Brown
  • Professor of Exercise Science
  • Ph.D., M.S., University of South Carolina, 1994
    B.S., Eastern Illinois University, 1984
Dr. David Bryant
Dr. Michael Cairo
  • Dr. Michael Cairo
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs;
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1999
    M.A., University of Virginia, 1994
    B.A., S.U.N.Y. College at Geneseo, 1992
Mr. Daniel Cecil
Dr. Lynn Celdran
Dr. Simonetta Cochis
  • Dr. Simonetta Cochis
  • Professor of French and Spanish
  • Ph.D., New York University, 1998
    M.A., University of Kentucky, 1990
    B.A., Arizona State University, 1967
Ms. Lisa Contreras
  • Ms. Lisa Contreras
  • Instructor in Spanish
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
    B.A., Arizona State University
Dr. Elizabeth Corsun
  • Dr. Elizabeth Corsun
  • Associate Professor of English;
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
    B.A., University of California-Santa Cruz
Dr. Ellen Cox
  • Dr. Ellen Cox
  • Professor of Philosophy;
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, DePaul University, 2001
    M.A., Philosophy, DePaul University, 1997
    B.A., Philosophy and History, Miami University of Ohio, 1993
Dr. Eva Csuhai
  • Dr. Eva Csuhai
  • Professor of Chemistry;
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1992
    B.A., Kossuth Lajos University, Debrecen, Hungary, 1988
Dr. James Day
  • Dr. James Day
  • Professor of Physics and Program Director
  • Ph.D., Experimental Atomic Physics, University of Kentucky, 1995
    B.A., Carson-Newman College, 1988
Dr. Veronica Dean-Thacker
  • Dr. Veronica Dean-Thacker
  • Professor of Spanish;
  • Ph.D., Spanish Language and Literature, University of Kentucky, 1986
    M.A., Spanish Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa, 1981
    B.A., Spanish, Nazareth College, 1978
Mr. Gary Deaton
  • Mr. Gary Deaton
  • Instructor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication;
  • M.A., Miami University, 1987
    B.S., Miami University, 1983
Dr. Douglas Drewek
Dr. Paul Duffin
  • Dr. Paul Duffin
  • Associate Professor of Biology and Program Director
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2011
    B.A., Grinnell College, 2005
Dr. Don Dugi
  • Dr. Don Dugi
  • Professor of Political Science;
  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 1981
    M.A., St. Mary's University, 1971
    B.A., St. Mary's University, 1969
Dr. David Durbin
Mr. Richard Dwyer
Mrs. Merrilee Elliott
Dr. Robert England
  • Dr. Robert England
  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, The University of Tennessee, 1989
    M.S., Computer Science, The University of Tennessee, 1985
    B.A., Mathematics, Rhodes College, 1979
Dr. G. Rod Erfani
  • Dr. G. Rod Erfani
  • Professor of Economics
  • Ph.D., The Florida State University, 1984
    M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 1976
    B.S., National University, 1972
Dr. Logan Fields
Dr. Simona Fojtova
  • Dr. Simona Fojtova
  • Associate Professor of Women's Studies;
  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2006
    M.A.., University of New Mexico, 1998
    B.A., Masaryk University, 1996
Dr. Melissa Fortner
  • Dr. Melissa Fortner
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University, 2004
    M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University, 2000
    B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Transylvania University, 1996
Mr. Lee Fortner
  • Mr. Lee Fortner
  • Part-Time Instructor, First Year Seminar
  • M.S., California State University, 1995
    B.A., California State University, 1990
Dr. Peter Fosl
  • Dr. Peter Fosl
  • Professor of Philosophy;
  • Ph.D., Emory University, 1992
    M.A., Emory University, 1990
    B.A., Bucknell University, 1985
Dr. Rebecca Fox
  • Dr. Rebecca Fox
  • Associate Professor of Biology;
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 2007
    M.S., University of California at Davis, 2002
    B.S., Arizona State University, 2000
Dr. Qian Gao
  • Dr. Qian Gao
  • Associate Professor of Chinese Language and
  • Ph.D., Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film, University of Oregon, 2007
    M.A., Asian Studies, University of Oregon, 2003
    B.A., English Language and Literature, Northwest University, 1995
Mr. Brian Gardner
  • Mr. Brian Gardner
  • Part-Time Instructor in Business Administration
  • J.D., University of Kentucky, 1984
    B.A., Government and Economics, Centre College, 1981
Ms. Martha Gehringer
Mr. Jack Girard
  • Mr. Jack Girard
  • Professor of Art
  • M.F.A., East Carolina University, 1976
    B.F.A., East Carolina University, 1973
Mr. Kurt Gohde
  • Mr. Kurt Gohde
  • Professor of Art; Chair, Division of Fine Arts
  • M.F.A., Syracuse University, 1998
    B.F.A, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, 1995
Dr. Emily Goodman
  • Dr. Emily Goodman
  • Assistant Professor, Art History
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2016
    M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2013
    B.A., McGill University, Montreal, 2009
Dr. Kerri Hauman
  • Dr. Kerri Hauman
  • Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric,
  • Ph.D., Rhetoric and Writing, Bowling Green State University, 2013
    M.A., English, Composition, and Rhetoric, Wright State University, 2009
    Certificate in Women's Studies, Wright State University, 2009
    B.A., English, Wright State University, 2006
Dr. Ben Hawkins
  • Dr. Ben Hawkins
  • Professor of Music; Program Director;
  • Post-doctoral study, University of Michigan, 1993
    Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1989
    M.M., University of South Carolina, 1980
    B.M.E., Southwest Texas State University, 1977
Mrs. Christina Hayne
  • Mrs. Christina Hayne
  • Assistant Professor of Accounting;
  • J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 2007
    M.S., Accounting, University of Kentucky, 2004
    B.A., Accounting, Transylvania University, 2003
Mr. Scott Heersche
Ms. Kimberly Heersche
Dr. Stephen Hess
Dr. Rebecca Hochradel
  • Dr. Rebecca Hochradel
  • Associate Professor, Business Administration
  • Ph.D., Business Philosophy, Old Dominion University, 2007
    M.S., Management in Community Nutrition, Georgia State University, 1984
    B.S., Home Economics, University of Louisville, 1978
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hopper
  • Dr. Jeffrey D. Hopper
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration;
  • Ph.D., Economics, Middle Tennessee State University, 2008
    M.A., Economics, Middle Tennessee State University, 2005
    M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 1997
    B.A., Business Administration, Transylvania University, 1994
Dr. Mark Jackson
  • Dr. Mark Jackson
  • Associate Professor of Psychology and Program Director
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1999
    M.A., University of Kentucky, 1996
    B.A., University of Memphis, 1993
Dr. Kimberly Jenkins
  • Dr. Kimberly Jenkins
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Ph.D., Auburn University, 1997
    M.A., Auburn University, 1993
    B.S., Auburn University, 1991
Dr. Stephen Johnson Jr
  • Dr. Stephen Johnson Jr
  • Assistant Professor of Physics
  • B.A., Physics Transylvania University, 2004
    M.S., Physics, Vanderbilt University, 2006
    Ph.D., Physics, Vanderbilt University 2008
Ms. Melissa Johnston
  • Ms. Melissa Johnston
  • Interim Director of Theater Activites
  • B.A., Theater and Contemporary Humanities, Converse College, 1974
    M.F.A., Playwriting and Theater Design, Trinity University, 1979
Dr. Paul H. Jones
  • Dr. Paul H. Jones
  • Professor of Religion
  • Ph.D., M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1988, 1984
    M.Div., Texas Christian University, 1978
    B.A., Yale University, 1972
Dr. Judy Jones
  • Dr. Judy Jones
  • Professor of Accounting;
  • D.B.A., Anderson University, 2012
    M.B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 1974
    B.B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 1971
    C.P.A., 1975
Dr. Bethany Jurs
  • Dr. Bethany Jurs
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 2009
    B.A., Psychology, Purdue University, 2004
Dr. Iva Katzarska-Miller
  • Dr. Iva Katzarska-Miller
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2009
    M.A., University of Kansas, 2005
    B.A., University of Kansas, 2003
Dr. David Kaufman
  • Dr. David Kaufman
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics;
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Classics, 2013
    M.A., Princeton University, Classics, 2011
    M.A., New School for Social Research, Philosophy, 2005
    A.B., Brandeis University, Philosophy and European Cultural Studies, 2003
Dr. Michael Kelly
  • Dr. Michael Kelly
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • B.A. Mathematics, Franklin and Marshall College, 2008
    Ph.D. Mathematics with concentration in Mathematical Ecology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014
Dr. Daniel Koehn
Dr. Mike LeVan
  • Dr. Mike LeVan
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics;
  • Ph.D., Auburn University, 1995
    M.A.M., Auburn University, 1991
    B.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1989
Dr. Wei Lin
  • Dr. Wei Lin
  • Associate Professor of Art History
  • Ph.D., History of Art, The Ohio State University, 2006
    M.A., Archaeology, Beijing University, 1994
    B.A., History and Archaeology, Nanjing University, 1989
Mr. Maurice Manning
  • Mr. Maurice Manning
  • Professor of English; Transylvania Writer in Residence
  • M.F.A. in creative writing, University of Alabama, 1999
    M.A. in English, University of Kentucky, 1996
    B.A. in English, Earlham College, 1988
Dr. Amy Maupin
  • Dr. Amy Maupin
  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Tennessee, 2000
    M.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 1996
    B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 1991
Dr. Jennifer McCloud
  • Dr. Jennifer McCloud
  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in ESL and multicultural education, 2013
    M.A., Virginia Tech, History: Area Studies (concentration in Latin America), 2005
    B.A., Bridgewater College, Spanish and Sociology, 2000
Dr. Jonathan McCloud
Mr. Dennis McElroy
Dr. Melissa McEuen
  • Dr. Melissa McEuen
  • Professor of History;
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1991
    M.A., Louisiana State University, 1986
    B.A., Georgetown College, 1983
Dr. Kenneth Moorman
  • Dr. Kenneth Moorman
  • Professor of Computer Science;
  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, Cognitive Science Certificate, 1997
    M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
    B.A., Transylvania University, 1991
Dr. Martha Ojeda
  • Dr. Martha Ojeda
  • Professor of Spanish and French;
  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Kentucky, 1998
    M.A., French, University of Kentucky, 1993
    B.A., French, Berea College, 1991
Dr. Hande Ozkan
  • Dr. Hande Ozkan
  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology;
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2013
    M.A., Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boģaziçi University, 2002
    B.A., Marmara University, 1999
Dr. Bethany Packard
  • Dr. Bethany Packard
  • Associate Professor of English
  • Ph.D., M.A., English, Vanderbilt University, 2010, 2006
    B.A., English and Political Science, Washington University, St. Louis, 2005
Dr. Jeremy Paden
  • Dr. Jeremy Paden
  • Professor of Spanish
  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2004
    M.A., University of Memphis, 1998
    B.A., Harding University, 1996
Dr. Gregory Partain
  • Dr. Gregory Partain
  • Professor of Music
  • D.M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1994
    M.M., University of Texas at Austin, 1984
    B.M., University of Washington, 1982
Dr. Timothy Polashek
  • Dr. Timothy Polashek
  • Associate Professor of Music
  • D.M.A., Columbia University, 2002
    M.A., Dartmouth College, 1996
    B.A., Grinnell College, 1994
Dr. Julia Poynter
  • Dr. Julia Poynter
  • Associate Professor of Business
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1991
    M.B.A., University of Georgia, 1989
    M.N.S., University of Kentucky, 1983
    B.S., University of Kentucky, 1980
Dr. Brian Rich
  • Dr. Brian Rich
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
    M.A., Sociology, California State University, East Bay, 1984
    B.A., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego, 1981
Mr. Christopher Roseland
Dr. Robert Rosenberg
  • Dr. Robert Rosenberg
  • Professor of Chemistry;
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Yale University, 1990
    B.S., Chemistry, M.I.T., 1985
Dr. Frank Russell
  • Dr. Frank Russell
  • Professor of History
  • Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 1994
    M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 1991
    B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1988
Dr. Kyle Schnitzenbaumer
  • Dr. Kyle Schnitzenbaumer
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, 2015
    B.S., Illinois Wesleyan University; 2007
Dr. Kenneth Slepyan
  • Dr. Kenneth Slepyan
  • Professor of History
  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 1994
    M.A., University of Michigan, 1991, 1990
    B.A., Williams College, 1987
Dr. Belinda Sly
  • Dr. Belinda Sly
  • Associate Professor of Biology;
  • Ph.D., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Indiana University, 2004
    B.S., Zoology, Oregon State University, 1996
Dr. Timothy Soulis
  • Dr. Timothy Soulis
  • Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication
  • Ph.D., University of Denver, 1980
    M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1975
    B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1971
Dr. Elizabeth Steva
Ms. Zoe Strecker
  • Ms. Zoe Strecker
  • Associate Professor of Art;
  • M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, 1997
    B.A., Grinnell College, 1988
Dr. Ryan Stuffelbeam
  • Dr. Ryan Stuffelbeam
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics;
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2004
    B.A., Knox College, 1998
Dr. John Svarlien
  • Dr. John Svarlien
  • Professor of Classics;
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1989
    M.A., The Florida State University, 1981
    B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1976
Dr. Richard Taylor
  • Dr. Richard Taylor
  • Kenan Visiting Writer
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1974
    J.D., Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, 1967
    M.A., University of Louisville, 1964
    B.A., University of Kentucky, 1963
Dr. Kremena Todorova
  • Dr. Kremena Todorova
  • Associate Professor of English
  • Ph.D., M.A., English, University of Notre Dame, 2003, 2001
    B.A., English, Hope College, 1997
Ms. Misty Tolle
Dr. Avery Tompkins
  • Dr. Avery Tompkins
  • Diversity Scholar
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Syracuse University, 2011
    C.A.S., Women's Studies, Syracuse University, 2007
    M.A., Sociology, Syracuse University, 2004
    B.A., Sociology and Psychology, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, 2003
Mr. Oscar Trujillo
Dr. Margaret Upchurch
  • Dr. Margaret Upchurch
  • Professor of Psychology;
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1984
    B.S., Michigan State University, 1977
Dr. Todd Van Denburg
  • Dr. Todd Van Denburg
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988
    M.A., Experimental Psychology, Hollins College, 1983
    B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Drury College, 1982
Dr. James Wagner
  • Dr. James Wagner
  • Professor of Biology; Chair, Division of
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1995
    M.S., University of Maryland, 1993
    B.S., University of South Florida, 1985
Ms. Juanita Wallace
  • Ms. Juanita Wallace
  • Visiting Lecturer, Exercise Science
  • M.S., Exercise Science, EKU
    B.A., Physical Education, Berea College
Dr. Tiffany Wheeler
  • Dr. Tiffany Wheeler
  • Associate Professor of Education; Program Director
  • Ed.D., University of Kentucky, 2007
    M.A., University of Kentucky, 1994
    B.A., Transylvania University, 1990
Dr. Scott Whiddon
  • Dr. Scott Whiddon
  • Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and
  • Ph.D., English/Writing and Culture, Louisiana State University, 2006
    M.A., English, McNeese State University, 1999
    M.F.A., Creative Writing, McNeese State University, 1999
    B.A., English, Winthrop University, 1996
Dr. Geoffrey Williams
  • Dr. Geoffrey Williams
  • Associate Professor of Economics;
  • Ph.D., M.A., Economics, Rutgers University, 2012, 2009
    M.B.A., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
    B.F.A., Acting, New York University, 1991