Meet UD's 22 New Faculty Members
The university welcomed 22 new faculty members this fall, although many are new only
to the role, having previously studied or taught in different roles at UD. The faculty
began their academic year Aug. 19 with Faculty Day and 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 Aug. 26.
Irene Alexander , affiliate assistant professor of theology, is a moral theologian with an interest
in the common good as seen in Thomas Aquinas work. She earned her doctorate at Ave
Paolo Asso , affiliate assistant professor of classics, obtained his doctorate from Princeton
University. He has published on several Latin authors, including Lucan, Silius and
Statius. His first book is a commentary on Book Four of Lucans Civil War and his second
is the edited Brill's Companion to Lucan.
Sarah Brown , instructional services and outreach librarian, is completing a doctor of education
degree by developing a rubric to assess information literacy in library bibliographic
Amy Borja , assistant professor of modern languages, studies 15th century Castilian literature
and earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Matthew Brumit , director of the writing lab, earned a masters degree from the University of Dallas
and will oversee the university's programs to provide writing assistance to undergraduate
Sr. Yolanda Cruz , affiliate instructor of Hispanic ministry, has worked in catechetical ministry
from Mexico to New Jersey. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur.
Teresa Danze , assistant professor of classics, focuses her scholarly work on Athenian drama.
She earned a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Kathryn Davis , assistant professor of English, is a Jane Austen scholar and a University of Dallas
Rev. Thomas Esposito , affiliate assistant professor of theology, received his doctorate from the Pontifical
Biblical Institute in Rome and is a member of the Cistercian Order.
Philip Gonzales , affiliate assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in the intersection between
theology and philosophy in 20th century Catholic thought and earned a doctorate from
the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Jacob Moldenhauer , assistant professor of physics, studies the origins of the universe through theoretical
cosmology. His doctorate is from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Carmen Newstreet , assistant professor of education, boasts a wealth of in-class experience as a social
studies teacher in addition to earning a doctorate in education from Florida Atlantic
Cynthia Nielsen , assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in philosophical hermeneutics (especially
Hans-Georg Gadamer) and the intersection between philosophy, music and art. She earned
her doctorate from the University of Dallas.
P. Christian Nielsen , affiliate assistant professor of information technology and cybersecurity, has
nearly 30 years of industry experience in management, IT and information security.
He earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
Catherine Nolan , affiliate assistant professor of philosophy, specializes in bioethics and metaphysics
and earned her doctorate from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Joe Oliveti , affiliate instructor of accounting, has more than 30 years of accounting and consulting
Jude Olson , affiliate assistant professor of management, is an accredited, professional coach
and organizational development consultant providing coaching to individuals, teams
and organizations. She earned her doctorate from Fielding Graduate University and
has 30 years of industry experience.
Mark Petersen , assistant professor of history, specializes in Latin American history and received
a doctorate from Oxford University.
Elizabeth Robinson , affiliate assistant professor of art history, earned her doctorate from the University
of North Carolina Chapel Hill and will be teaching on the university's Eugene Constantin
Campus near Rome, Italy.
Kevin Saylor , affiliate assistant professor of English, is an expert in English Romantic poetry
and earned his doctorate from Indiana University.
Matthew Spring, affiliate instructor of English, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Dallas.