Meet UD's 15 New Faculty Members

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 Bank.

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 Washington bureau.

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 Boston College.

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.

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