Meet UD's 15 New Faculty Members
The University of Dallas welcomed 15 new faculty members this fall. The faculty members
began teaching classes for undergraduate Constantin College of Liberal Arts and Satish
& Yasmin Gupta College of Business programs, the School of Ministry and the Braniff
Graduate School of Liberal Arts on Sept. 2.
Steven Foutch, assistant professor of art, most recently worked as director of operations at UberPrints,
an online commercial printing company located in Georgia. He received a master's of
fine arts in printmaking from the University of Notre Dame.
Nicole Phillips, assistant professor of biology, has received research grants from the Alzheimer's
Association and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Specializing
in bioinformatics and genetics, she holds a doctorate from the University of North
Texas Health Science Center.
Tammy Leonard, affiliate assistant professor of economics, received a doctorate from the University
of Texas at Dallas. She served as scholar-in-residence at the Dallas Federal Reserve
Amie Sarker, associate professor of education, received a doctorate in elementary education from
the University of North Texas. Previously, she taught in the Education Department
at Dallas Baptist University as a reading specialist.
Jason Lewallen, affiliate assistant professor of French, is finishing a doctorate at Stanford University.
In 2011, he received the Stanford-cole Normale Suprieure Visiting Research Fellowship
to conduct research in Paris toward his dissertation.
Carla Pezzia, assistant professor of human sciences, received a doctorate in anthropology from
the University of Texas at San Antonio. She will be the directorand the first full-time
faculty memberof the Human Sciences in the Contemporary World program.
Rudy Bush, affiliate instructor of journalism and newspaper adviser, is also a member of the
Dallas Morning News' Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial board. A University of Dallas
alumnus, he previously served as a national correspondent at the Chicago Tribune's
Chad Engelland, assistant professor of philosophy, previously taught at John Carroll University
and Borromeo College Seminary, both in Cleveland, Ohio. His book, "Ostension: Word
Learning and the Embodied Mind," will be published by MIT Press in November. His doctorate
is from The Catholic University of America.
Christopher Wolfe, professor of politics, is one of the country's leading constitutional law scholars,
having authored a foundational book in the field, "The Rise of Modern Judicial Review."
Six of his children are University of Dallas alumni. He received his doctorate from
Stephanie Scalambrino, assistant professor of psychology, is currently working in private practice for
the Lakewood Group. She will be responsible for the University of Dallas' graduate
program in clinical psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, she received her
doctorate from Duquesne University.
Kerri Lenartowick, affiliate assistant professor of theology, received a doctorate from the Pontifical
Lateran University in Rome, Italy. She has worked as an associate editor for Roman
Catholic Books and a journalist for the Catholic News Agency.
Sr. Catherine Joseph Droste, affiliate assistant professor of theology at the Eugene Constantin Rome Campus,
is a Dominican sister of the Congregation of St. Cecilia. She holds a doctorate in
sacred theology from the Angelicum Pontifical University of Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Shawn Groves, affiliate professor of finance in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business,
received an MBA from the University of Chicago. His professional experience includes
serving as CFO at Simran Capital Management and senior finance analyst at Verizon.
Lynn Kendall, assistant professor of finance in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business,
received her doctorate in finance from the University of North Texas. Kendall previously
served as vice president and senior consultant at Cambridge on the Brazos, where she
conducted and managed qualitative research and analysis of focus groups.
Rev. Rafael Ramirez, affiliate assistant professor of biblical studies in the School of Ministry, is
a priest of the Diocese of Cancun, Mexico. He received his doctorate from the Pontifical
Biblical Institute in Rome.
PHOTO: Christopher Wolfe, professor of politics.