New 2003-04 CSU Faculty Includes Notable Homecomings

Columbus State University begins the 2003-04 academic year with 31 new faculty appointees representing a wide variety of backgrounds, in terms of both geography and expertise.

Several additions are CSU graduates coming home, including new Theatre Department Chair Kate Musgrove who graduated in 1986 from the same program to which she returns to lead as it prepares to relocate in the next few years to a new, downtown performing arts campus.

A fellow alumnus, retiring Phenix City Schools Superintendent Tom Hackett, is leaving the Alabama public school system after 23 years of teaching and administrative service to teach educational leadership at CSU beginning in January. He follows his late father, Paul T. Hackett who joined the CSU faculty in 1970 as an English professor and went on to earn emeritus status.

Among other notables is internationally accomplished performer and scholar Moffatt Williams (trumpet). Previously a faculty member at the University of Georgia, Ithaca College and Stetson University, he also has performed with the U.S. Navy Brass Quintet and National Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in venues throughout Europe and the United States including Carnegie Hall. Selected as a Presser Foundation Scholar, he traveled to Europe under the prestigious designation to perform recitals and study baroque music.

'CSU has competed very well for outstanding faculty this year and we are delighted to welcome them,' said Martha Saunders, vice president for academic affairs. 'Our students will benefit from their fresh insights and diverse academic interests.'

The entire group of new faculty:

College of Arts and Letters
* Peter Scott Brown, assistant professor of art, received a doctorate from Yale University and a bachelor's degree from Bard College (N.Y.).
* Orion Wertz, assistant professor of art, received a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
* Kyongseon Jeon, assistant professor of linguistics, will join the department of language and literature in January 2004. She expects to receive a doctorate in linguistics this summer from Georgetown University, and she earned a master's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
* G. Moffatt Williams, temporary associate professor of music, received a doctorate and master's degree from Florida State University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
* Katherine E. Musgrove, department chair/associate professor of theatre, received a doctorate from Texas Tech University and a master's degree from the University of Virginia after earning a bachelor's degree from Columbus State University.
Abbott Turner College of Business
* Karen L. Hamilton, assistant professor of computer information systems management, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island, a master of education degree in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University, and a doctorate in business administration from Florida State University. She arrives from the faculty of Appalachian State University.
* Donald W. Hendon, temporary professor of marketing, has a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Texas-Austin, a master's degree in marketing from the University of California-Berkeley, a and a doctorate in marketing from the University of Texas. He arrives from the faculty of Utah Valley State College.
* John W. Hoft, Jr., assistant professor of business administration, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Florida, and a juris doctorate from South Texas College of Law. He joins the College of Business from the Schwob Library where he served as business liaison/government documents librarian for three years.
* Rita C. Jones, associate professor of accounting, has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University and a doctorate in accounting from Mississippi State University. She arrives from the faculty of Auburn University Montgomery.
* Vicky C. Langston, associate professor of economics, has a bachelor's degree in political science from Randolph-Macon Woman's College (Va.), a master's degree in economics from the University of Memphis, and a doctorate in economics from the University of Texas-Austin. She arrives from the faculty of Austin Peay State University.
* Elizabeth V. Mulig, assistant professor of accounting, has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, a master's degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University-Barksdale, and a master's degree in public administration and doctorate from Louisiana Tech University-Ruston. She arrives from the faculty of Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
* John D. Theis, associate professor of finance, has a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Texas-Austin, a law degree from South Texas College of Law, and a doctorate in finance from the University of North Texas. He arrives from the faculty at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
* Ata Yesilyaprak, associate professor of finance, has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Gazi University (Turkey), a master's degree in computer science from Southeastern Louisiana University, a master's degree in economics from the University of New Orleans and a doctorate in financial economics from the University of New Orleans. He arrives from the faculty of Alcorn State University.
College of Education
* Vikki K. Collins, assistant professor of education, doctorate in early childhood education from Georgia State University and both her master's bachelor's degrees from Columbus State University.
* Susan P. Elkins, assistant professor of education, is a doctoral candidate in child development through Auburn University where she received both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She moves from temporary instructor status in CSU's Department of Teacher Education.
* Katheryn K. Fouche, professor of education/director of the Centers for Excellence, arrives from the University of West Florida where she served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She has a doctorate and master's degree from the University of Florida, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
* Susan A. Gaither, temporary instructor in education, moves from part-time status in the CSU's College of Education as science education coordinator. She has an educational specialist degree and master's degree from Troy State University and a master's and bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia.
* Gary Gibson, temporary instructor in physical education, arrives from Kendrick High School where he has served as a physical education teacher and coach. An Auburn University doctoral candidate in physical education, he holds educational specialist, master's and bachelor's degrees from Austin Peay State University.
* Paul Thomas (Tom) Hackett, associate professor of education, will teach in CSU's Counseling, Educational Leadership and Professional Studies Department after retiring as Superintendent of Phenix City Schools. He has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in educational administration from CSU. He has an educational specialist degree from Auburn University and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
* Lisa Shaw, assistant professor of education/director of the Office of COE Services and Field Experiences, moves from CSU's Childcare Resource and Referral Agency where she served as director. She has a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences from the Tift College of Education of Mercer University and a master's degree in mental health counseling from Fort Valley State University.
College of Science
* John A. Barone, assistant professor of biology, specializes in plant ecology. He has a doctorate from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and has served in post-doctoral positions with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, the Department of Forestry at Mississippi State University, and the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies at the University of Puerto Rico. He has bachelor's of arts and science degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington. His research interests include plant-herbivore interactions and plant community diversity in both the temperate zone and the tropics.
* Rajeev Dabke, assistant professor of chemistry, moves from temporary to full-time faculty status in CSU's College of Science. He arrived in 2002 from the University of California-Riverside, where he was a post-doctoral researcher of molecular memory devices. He earned his degrees, including a doctorate in chemistry, from the University of Pune in India.
* J. Paul Simon, assistant professor of biochemistry, arrives from the faculty of the Lake Eerie College (Pa.) of Osteopathic Medicine where he lectured on biochemistry to graduate and medical students. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from John Carroll University, a master's degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Georgia.
* Mei Yang, assistant professor of computer science, is expert in computer networks, computer architectures and embedded systems. She has a computer science doctorate from the University of Texas-Dallas, and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
* Carlos J. Almada, associate professor of mathematics, is expert in differential geometry, nonlinear analysis on manifolds, and mathematical physics. He as a doctorate in mathematical physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has 12 years of full time teaching experience including nine years at the University of Puerto Rico and three years at Emory and Henry College (Va.). He has a doctorate in mathematical physics from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
* Cindy S. Henning, assistant professor of mathematics, is writing her dissertation, 'Collaborative Inquiry Groups in Secondary Mathematics Student Teaching' at Auburn University. Her teaching experience includes three years on a part-time basis for CSU's Mathematics Department and two years of high school teaching in California.
* Aprillya (Lea) R. Lanz, assistant professor of mathematics, has a doctorate at Auburn University. Her expertise involves dynamic equations on a time scale. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in materials science engineering and served in an actuarial internship this summer at AFLAC.
* Terese M. Christopher, assistant professor of nursing, has a master's degree in nursing from the University of Alabama-Birmingham with a major in Adult Health and Critical Care Nursing. She is nationally certified in critical care nursing and arrives with 25 years of clinical experience and 17 years of teaching experience.
* Noreen McDonough, assistant professor of nursing, has a master's degree in nursing from Troy State University where she majored in nursing administration. She arrives with 20 years of clinical experience and 11 years of teaching experience.
University College:
* Melody Shumaker received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, a master's in teaching English as a second language from Oral Roberts University, and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University. She came to CSU this past January as an instructor in learning support reading.
Simon Schwob Memorial Library:
* Ann Hasiuk, assistant professor/cataloging and periodicals, arrives from Al Akhawayn University in Morocco where she served as Technical Services Librarian. She has a bachelor's degree in Slavic languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition, she pursued coursework in Poland and attended summer language institutes at UCLA and the University of Iowa. She will assume the position of head of cataloging and periodicals and serve as liaison librarian to the Abbott Turner College of Business.
* Paula D. Keam, assistant professor/education liaison/government documents coordinator, has a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in library science from Indiana University. She also holds a master's degree in education from Seton Hall University. She has 15 years of professional library experience - most recently from West Virginia State College.

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Contact: Martha Saunders, 568-2061; E-mail: saunders_martha@ColumbusState.edu