Meet UD's 22 New Faculty Members

Meet UD's 22 New Faculty Members


New FacultyThe 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 Maria University.

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 instruction.

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 students.

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 doctorate alumna.

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 University.

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 experience.

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.


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