Academics

New 2021-2022 faculty, promotions and appointments announced

Dr. Kathryn McClymond, provost and vice president for academic affairs, recently announced new full-time and part-time faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year, plus notable academic position changes.

Faculty Promotions

Dr. Lea Marie Alford was promoted to Associate Professor of Biology.
Dr. Mariel Meier was promoted to Associate Professor of Physics.
Dr. Katharine Zakos was promoted to Associate Professor of Communication Studies.

Division Chairs

Division I – Dr. Katharine Zakos
Division II – Dr. Nicholas Maher
Division IV – Dr. Justin Wise
Division V – Dean Stephen H. Craft
Division VII – Dr. Sarah Terry
Division VIII – Dr. Viviana Plotnik (2020-2023)
Division IX – Dr. John Merkel (2020-2023)
Core Co-Directors – Dr. Reshmi Hebbar and Dr. Stephen Herschler Mattern

New Full-Time Faculty – Fall 2021

Dr. Ahmet Akin
Senior Lecturer, Finance/Business Analytics – Division V: Hammack School of Business
B.E., Business Engineering, Istanbul Technical University; M.A., Management, Faith University, Istanbul; Ph.D., Finance, Istanbul University

Mr. Matthew V. Bryant
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry – Division III
B.S., Chemistry, University of Central Florida; M.S., Chemistry, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Leroy Carson, Jr.
Senior Lecturer, Business Management – Division V: Hammack School of Business
B.S., Johnson & Wales University; M.B.A., Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business; D.B.A. (in progress), Georgia State University, J. Robinson Mack College of Business

Dr. Melanie Covert
Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology – Division IV
B.S., Psychology, Kennesaw State University; M.S., Clinical Counseling Psychology, Brenau University; Ph.D., Sociology, Georgia State University

Dr. Zachery J. Deckner
Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology – Division III
B.S. Biology, Georgia College and State University; Ph.D., Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ms. Chamyre M. Hynson
Reference and Instruction Librarian
B.A., English, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; M.L.I.S., Valdosta State University

Dr. Christopher Ty Karaba
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry – Division III
B.S., Chemistry, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Ph.D., Materials Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Judith Levy
Lecturer, Core Studies – Core
B.A., English, M.A., English, California State University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Emory University

Dr. William Lyle
Senior Lecturer, Accounting – Division V: Hammack School of Business
B.A., Economics, B.S., Business, University of Pittsburgh; M.B.A., M.S., Robert Morris University; D.B.A. (ABD), University of Florida

Dr. Kathryn Marsden
Senior Lecturer, Core Studies – Core
B.A., History, University of Georgia; M.A., Ph.D., History, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Chris C. Martin
Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology – Division IV
B.A., Psychology, Davidson College; M.S., Human-Computer Interaction, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.A., Experimental Psychology, College of William and Mary; Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University

Dr. Megan Murphy
Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology – Division III
B.S., Molecular Biology and Microbiology, University of Central Florida; Ph.D., Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Emory University

Dr. Anna Patrick
Lecturer, Core Studies – Core
B.A., English, Middle Tennessee State University; M.A., Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies, Florida State University

Dr. Ashley Perko
Assistant Professor, Physics – Division III
S.B., Physics and Mathematics, M.I.T.; Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University

Dr. Milana Thomas
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry – Division III
B.S., ACS Certified Chemistry, Xavier University of Louisiana; M.S., Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Graham E. Wyatt
Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology – Division III
B.S., Biology, Clemson University; M.S., Plant Biology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil; Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of Georgia

New Part-Time Faculty – Fall 2021

Dr. Nana Boateng
Part-Time Lecturer, Mathematics – Division IX
B.S., Mathematics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana; M.S., Mathematics, Middle Tennessee State University; M.A., Economics; M.S., Ph.D., Statistics, The University of Memphis

Dr. Vladimir Chelyshkov
Part-Time Lecturer, Mathematics – Division IX
M.S., Mechanics, Rostov State University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Ph.D., Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Institute of Hydromechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Dr. Mary L. Goldschmidt
Part-Time Lecturer, Core Studies – Core
B.A., English, La Salle University; Ph.D., English, Emory University

Ariel Liberman
Part Time Lecturer, Core Studies – Core
B.A., English and American Literature, New York University College of Arts and Sciences; J.D., Boston University School of Law

Ms. Hannah Jane Malicki
Part-Time Instructor, French – Division VIII
B.F.A., Creative Writing; M.A., French and Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University; PhD (in progress), French and Romance Linguistics, University of Georgia

Dr. Christine M. McCulloch
Part Time Lecturer, Core Studies – Core
B.A., Liberal Arts, St. John’s College; Ph.D., English, Emory University

Mr. Mesrop A. Najarian
Part-time Instructor, Core Studies – Core
B.S., Mathematics & Physics, Yale University; M.St., University of Oxford, U.K.

Dr. Saba Naseer
Part-time Lecturer, English – Division VII
M.A., English Literature, Georgia State University; Ph.D., Literary Studies, Georgia State University

Mr. Patrick Pierson
Part-Time Instructor, Politics – Division II
B.A. International Affairs, University of Georgia; M.A., International Studies, University of Denver; M.A., Political Science, Ph.D. candidate, Emory University

Ms. Lianna Wimberly Williams
Affiliate Artist in Voice – Division I
B.M., Music Performance, Clayton State University; M.A., Vocal Pedagogy, The Ohio State University; D.M.A., (in progress), Vocal Performance, University of Georgia

Dr. Hala Zein-Sabatto
Part-Time Lecturer, Biology – Division III
B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Tianwei Zhang
Part-Time Lecturer, Economics – Division V: Hammack School of Business
B.A., Economics, Nankai University; M.S., Applied Statistics, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Environmental and Energy Economics, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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