New faculty at Washburn University

Washburn

Twenty-six new faculty members have joined Washburn University.

Ryan J. Alexander, assistant professor, criminal justice. Alexander has served as a faculty member at Wichita State University and University of St. Mary, Leavenworth. He received a bachelor of science degree at South Dakota State University, Brookings, a master of criminal justice at Washburn and a doctorate in sociology at Kansas State University.

Susan Alexander, lecturer, education.  She formerly had teaching positions in USD 343 and USD 450, has been an instructor at Washburn and Highland Community College and most recently was supervisor of student teachers at the University of Kansas. Alexander holds a bachelor of science in English education and a master of arts degree and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Kansas.

Benjamin V. Beier, assistant professor, English.  Beier received a bachelor of general studies degree in English and history from the University of Kansas, a master of arts degree in English from the University of Dallas and a doctorate in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he served as a teaching assistant.

Julianne Boydston, lecturer, psychology.  Boydston received a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Texas, Austin; a master of arts degree in clinical psychology and a doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She previously was a child and family services team leader and coordinator of psychological testing at Bert Nash Center, Lawrence, and a part-time lecturer and clinical supervisor at the University of Kansas.

Brian Boyer, lecturer, kinesiology. He comes to Washburn from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a graduate assistant and later a business administration project manager. He received a bachelor of science degree in biology at Washburn, a master of science in education at the University of Kansas, and a doctor of philosophy, a master of business administration and a master of public health education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Brendan L. Fay, instructional librarian. Fay previously served as a fellow and visiting lecturer at Indiana University, Kokomo, and as a research assistant at the Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, Ind. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Texas, Austin, a master of arts degree in history, a master of library science degree and a doctorate in history at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Connie Gibbons, lecturer and director, Mulvane Art Museum. Gibbons comes to Washburn from the Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, Casper, Wy. And previously served as director of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, Miss. She received a bachelor of science degree in photography at Drury College, Springfield, Mo., and a master of fine arts degree in photography and art history at Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

Erin P. Grant, assistant professor, criminal justice. Grant received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice at Illinois State University, Normal, and a master of science degree and doctorate in criminal justice at Texas State University, San Marcos. She served as a graduate research assistant and as a doctoral teaching assistant at Texas State and as a research specialist associate with Travis County Criminal Justice Planning Department, Austin.

Stacie Hawkins, clinical coordinator, health information technology.  Hawkins previously worked as a coding and compliance specialist and as a reimbursement/data quality coordinator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She received a bachelor of science degree in health information management from the University of Kansas.

Thomas M. Hickman, assistant professor of marketing, School of Business.  Hickman received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master of business administration degree at Iowa State University, Ames, and a doctorate in marketing at Arizona State University, Phoenix. He has served as a faculty member at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph; Loyola University, New Orleans, La.; and Arizona State University.

Kiley Hicks, visiting lecturer, biology.  Hicks received a bachelor of science degree in biology at Washburn and a doctorate at Portland (Ore.) State University., where she served as an assistant instructor and guest lecturer.

Jericho M. Hockett, lecturer, psychology.  Hockett previously supervised undergraduate research assistants in the psychological sciences/women’s studies department at Kansas State University. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and women’s studies, a master of science degree in social psychology and a doctorate in social psychology at Kansas State.

Ida C. Johnson, lecturer and clinical coordinator, respiratory therapy. Johnson previously served on the staff at Saint Luke’s Hospital and Children’s Mercy Hospital, both in Kansas City, Mo., and as an adjunct instructor at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan. She received a bachelor of science degree in respiratory care at the University of Kansas.

Vickie A. Kelly, assistant professor and master of health science program coordinator, allied health. Kelly received a bachelor of science degree in medical technology at Washburn; a master of science in administration degree at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant; and a doctor of education degree in educational leadership at Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan. She previously served as director of the technology administration program and of the Kansas Career and Technical Education Resource Center, both at Washburn.

Karalyn Kendall-Morwick, assistant professor, English.  Kendall-Morwick previously served as a visiting lecturer and teaching fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she received a master of arts degree and a doctorate in English. She also holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and psychology from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.

Miu Ha Kwong, assistant professor, social work. Kwong received a bachelor of social work degree at Wheelock College, Boston, Mass.; a master of social work degree at Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; and a doctorate in clinical social work at New York (N.Y.) University. She has been a member of the faculty at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, The University of Hong Cong and State University of New York-Brockport College.

Elaine Lewis, lecturer and evaluation coordinator, Student Success. Lewis recently held graduate assistant positions and served as an instructor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and as a teacher’s assistant at George Junior Republic, Grove  City, Pa. She received a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science at the University of Pittsburg and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at the University of South Carolina.

Tracie Lutz, lecturer, education. She previously worked as the K-12 English language arts instructional coach and district mentor at the Carl Junction (Mo.) R-1 School District.  Lutz received a bachelor’s degree in education at Emporia State University and a master of arts degree in language arts and reading specialist certification at Washburn.

Michael Mapp, lecturer and director of bands, music. Mapp received a bachelor of music education degree at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; a master of music degree at Wichita State University; and a doctor of music arts in wind conducting at the University of Kansas. He has been director of bands at schools in Wichita and Valley Center and was a doctoral conducting assistant at the University of Kansas and associate director of bands at Washburn.

Leslie M. McCullough, assistant professor, social work. Previously at lecturer at Washburn, McCullough was also in private psychotherapy practice in San Antonio, Texas, and on the staff at Texas A&M University, College Station. She received a bachelor of science degree in individual and family studies at Pennsylvania State University, University Park; a master of science degree in social work at the University of Texas, Austin; and a doctor of philosophy in psychology at Northcentral University, Prescott, Ariz.

Dennis J. Schafers, lecturer, School of Nursing. He previously worked as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Pathway Family Services, Inc., and Menninger Clinic, and as a counseling site supervisor at Catholic Community Services. Schafers received a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Washburn and a master of science in nursing at the University of Texas, Austin.

Barbara W. Scofield, professor of accounting, School of Business. Scofield received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology at The University of Albany (N.Y.), a master’s of business administration at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth; and a doctorate in accounting at the University of Texas, Austin.  She has served as a faculty member at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa; the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas; and Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond.

Janet Sharp, associate professor, mathematics. Sharp received a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education/mathematics and a master of education degree at Wichita State University; a master of science degree in mathematics at Emporia State University and a doctorate in mathematics education at Kansas State University. She previously served as a lecturer at Washburn and has also taught at Oakland University, Rochester, Minn., and Montana State University, Bozeman.

Laura Sidlinger, assistant professor, School of Nursing. Sidlinger holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degree from Washburn and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. She has worked as a nursing educator at Washburn and has been on the nursing staff at St Francis Health Center and Stormont-Vail HealthCare.

Ian Albert Smith, assistant professor, philosophy. Smith recently served as a visiting assistant professor at Loyola University, New Orleans, La., and at metropolitan State University of Denver. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master of science degree and a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Tammy L. Sonnentag, lecturer, psychology. She comes to Washburn from Kansas State University, where she was an instructor and teaching assistant. Sonnentag received a bachelor of science degree in psychology at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; and a master of science in psychology and doctorate

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