New Faculty 2016-17 (H-S)


Daniel J. Helm

Visiting Lecturer; English

Daniel comes to Wake Forest from Forsyth Technical Community College, where he taught literature-based research, writing and inquiry. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in English at the University of Rochester, where he has taught writing pedagogy and studies in modern and contemporary poetry as an instructor in the Department of English. His forthcoming dissertation is entitled Conversation in the Poetic Sequences of Niedecker, Oppen, Berryman, and Rich. Daniel is a former winner of the Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, Modernist Studies Association, National Council of Teachers of English and the Southeastern Writing Center Association.


Derek Holmgren

Visiting Assistant Professor; History

Derek comes to Wake Forest from UNC-Greensboro where he taught “European Revolutions from 1789 to 1989.” He holds a Ph. D. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he also taught courses on 20th Century Europe and the World since 1945. His dissertation is titled Gateway to Freedom: The Friedland Refugee Camps as Regulating Humanitarianism, 1945-1960. Derek received a Fulbright Research Grant that he completed in Germany. He previously served as an Editorial Assistant for the Oxford Handbook Gender, War and the Western World since 1600 and as the organizer of The Holocaust as History: A Symposium in Honor of Christopher Browning. He is a member of the American Historical Association, German Studies Association and the Central European History Society.

Philip Howard

Visiting Instructor; School of Business

Philip comes to Wake Forest from UNC – Chapel Hill where he received his Ph. D. in Finance and M.S. in Statistics and Operations Research from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. His teaching background includes courses in corporate finance and introductory statistics. Philip has presented at the National Bureau of Economic Research International Asset Pricing Session, the Western Finance Association and the North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society. His research portfolio includes “Asset Pricing at the Zero Lower Bound,” “BKK the EZ Way: International Long-Run Growth News and Capital Flows” and “International Equity Term Structures and Current Account.”

Jennifer Hudson

Visiting Lecturer; School of Business

Jennifer joins her alma mater faculty after having previously served as an Adjunct Instructor of Accounting. While a student at Wake Forest, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. During her previous years teaching, Jennifer has taught courses in introductory financial accounting and financial accounting theory. Before academia, she served as the Manager of Financial Systems and Treasury Services at Inmar as well as the Manager for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Audit Division. In addition, she has experience serving on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee of the Summit School, Finance Committee of Imprints, as well as the Treasurer of Mill House Place Homeowners Association, Girl Scout Troop 02333, Fleetwood Farms Homeowners Association, and Brenner Hospital Festival of Trees.

C48F6475Jennifer Isabelle Ong

Visiting Assistant Professor; Counseling

Jennifer joins Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education. She also holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Elementary School Counseling from the University of North Texas as well as an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Nanyang Technological University. Jennifer has previously served as a practicum and internship instructor for UNC-Pembroke and UNC-Greensboro. She has also taught courses in social justice advocacy and helping skills. Her publications include “Linking research and practice to address domestic and sexual violence: lessons learned from a statewide conference with researchers and practitioners” in Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research and “Reconceptualizing pedagogical usability of and teachers’ roles in computer game-based learning in school” in Educational Research and Reviews. She is a National Certified Counselor and LPC-Associate.

Justin Jennings

Visiting Assistant Professor; Philosophy

Justin returns to his alma mater from UCLA, where he served as a Visiting Lecturer. He holds a Ph. D. in Philosophy from UCLA and an M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School. At Wake, he double-majored in Philosophy and English. He has previously taught courses in contemporary ethical theory, existentialism, and Kant’s ethical theory. His dissertation Right Action and Integrity addressed the general structure of normativity and practical rationality.

C48F6577Rowena (Rowie) Kirby-Straker

Assistant Teaching Professor; Communication

Rowena comes to Wake Forest from the University of Maryland, College Park where she served as a lecturer and Director of the Oral Communication Center. She holds a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed a dissertation entitled Scene Matters: Strategic Use of Similarity and Framing in Narrative Risk Communication. She also holds an M.A. in Communication and Development from Ohio University, having completed a thesis entitled The Power of a Child’s Voice: Comparing the Effectiveness of Children and Adult Spokespersons in an Environmental Campaign. Rowena has previously taught public speaking, communication practicums and supervised undergraduate research. She has affiliations with the Center for Health and Risk Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, National Communication Association and the Society for Risk Analysis. Her industry experience includes serving as a Public Education Officer for the St. Vincent and Grenadines Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where she designed scores of education materials, radio jingles, radio programs, songs, poetry, and television promos on the nutritional value of fish, marine life conservation, and environmental sustainability.

C48F6577Michael Lamb

University Scholar in Residence and Fellow; OPCD

Michael joins Wake Forest from the University of Oxford and the Rhodes Trust, where he served as the McDonald-Templeton Postdoctoral Fellow in the McDonald Center for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life and Dean of Leadership, Service and Character Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and completed his dissertation entitled A Commonwealth of Hope: Virtue, Rhetoric, and Religion in Augustine’s Political Thought. His research and teaching interests include history of political thought, religion and politics, ethics and public policy, democratic education, civic republicanism, virtue ethics and environmental ethics. He previously won the George Kateb Teaching Award for Best Preceptor in Politics at Princeton University and the Laurence S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellow at the University Center for Human Values. Michael holds several publications including “Aristotle on the Ethics of Communicating Climate Change” in Justice in a Non-Ideal World and “Aquinas and the Virtues of Hope: Theological and Democratic” in the Journal of Religious Ethics. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, Association for Political Theory, American Academy of Political and Legal Philosophy, International Conference for the Study of Political Thought and American Academy of Religion.

C48F6577Amy Kathleen Lather

Assistant Professor; Classical Languages

Amy joins Wake Forest from the University of Texas at Austin where she completed a Ph. D. in Classics and a dissertation entitled Sense and Sensibility: The Experience of Poikilia in Archaic and Classical Greek Thought. Her areas of interest include archaic and classical Greek poetry and music, ancient epic, ancient and modern aesthetics and Greek literature under Rome. Previously, Amy was a Fellow for the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities at Venice International University. She has taught courses in beginning Greek, intermediate Greek and first year Latin. She has several forthcoming publications including “Taking Pleasure Seriously: Plutarch on the Benefits of Poetry and Philosophy” in Classical World and “Eastern Women and Western Imperialism: Vergil’s Dido and Flaubert’s Salammbo” in Mujeres en Grecia y Roma y su trascendencia. Amy is a member of the Society for Classical Studies and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

C48F6577Tin Cheuk Leung

Assistant Professor; Economics

Tin comes to Wake Forest from the Department of Economics at Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was an Assistant Professor. He previously served as a Visiting Scholar at Wake Forest for the 2011-2012 year. Tin holds a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and completed a dissertation entitled Essays on the Economics of Intellectual Property. He has won several awards including the University of Minnesota Distinguished Instructor Award twice. Among his many publications are “Dispersion and Distortions in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” in the Journal of International Economics and “Anchoring and Loss Aversion in the Housing Market: Implications on Price Dynamics” in the China Economic Review. He has also served as a reviewer for the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Journal and the Journal of Cultural Economics.

C48F6577Thad Lewallen

Visiting Lecturer; School of Business

Thad joins Wake Forest after having served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Lenoir Rhyne University and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in North Carolina. He brings a wealth of professional experience including serving as President and CEO of To the Point, Inc., Vice President of Marketing and Managing Director of Goody’s Pharmaceuticals Inc., and the Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving for Centenary United Methodist Church. Thad has previously taught courses in strategic management, sports administration and facilities management. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of Lenoir Rhyne University, the Advisory Board of Brenner Children’s Hospital, and the Board of Directors of the Winston Salem Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Danielle Lufti-Proctor

Visiting Assistant Professor; Psychology

Danielle comes to Wake Forest from Louisiana State University where she completed a Ph. D. in Psychology and a dissertation entitled The Mechanisms of Auditory Distraction: The Roles of Interference-By-Process and Attention Capture. She has previously taught developmental psychology of the lifespan, cognition and intermediate statistics and served as a lab instructor for experimental psychology. Her publications include “The role of the visual stimulus on cross-modal Stroop interference” in Psych and “The role of modality: Auditory and visual distractors in Stroop interference” in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, LSU Life Course and Aging Center, Psychonomic Society, Southeastern Psychological Association and the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.

Ruth Morton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Analysis and Research; School of Law

Ruth joins the faculty after previously serving as a Writing Specialist and Bar Counselor at the School of Law. Earlier in her career, she served as the Associate Director and Associate Professor for the Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Program. She holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and an M.A.T. from Salem College. She previously clerked for the Honorable Judge Cecil Hill of the NC Court of Appeals and as a supervisory attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Northwest NC.

Xia Pan

Visiting Teaching Professor; School of Business

Xia brings to Wake Forest an abundance of teaching experience having taught operations management, supply chain management, business statistics and Corporate Finance at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Lingnan College Sun Yat-sen University in China. He completed a Ph. D. in Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Electronic Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His publications have been cited over 100 times by nearly 80 articles, including his book entitled SPC for Quality and Risk: Monitoring processes with cross-sectional and serial interdependence, and higher moments. Xia has also served as reviewer for the European Journal of Operational Research, the International Journal of Production Economics, and the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.

C48F6636James B. Pease

Assistant Professor; Biology

James joins Wake Forest from the University of Michigan, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He holds a Ph. D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Indiana State and completed his dissertation entitled Phylogenomics of Closely Related Species. James won the Best Talk Award for the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference at Purdue University and an NIH Genetics, Cellular, and Molecular Sciences Training Grant. He currently serves as a reviewer for BMC Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Systematic Biology. James has a multitude of publications including “Detection and polarization of introgression in five-taxon phylogeny” in Systematic Biology and “More accurate phylogenies inferred from low-recombination regions in the presence of incomplete lineage sorting” in Evolution. He is a member of the Society for Systematic Biologists and the International Society for Computational Biology.

C48F6498Carmen Perez-Munoz

Visiting Assistant Professor; Romance Languages

Carmen comes to Wake Forest from the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at Truman State University, where she taught elementary and intermediate Spanish as well as Spanish grammar and composition. She previously taught medical Spanish at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Carmen received a Ph. D. in Romance Languages and Literatures and an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Study of the Americas. She completed her dissertation entitled Leer la nación: pedagogía fundacional en Colombia (1870-1898) and a thesis entitled La metáfora de la niñez como recurso literario: de la cuentística decimonónica a la narrativa del siglo XX. Her other publications include “La alteración de la realidad en Niebla” in Philologia and History Lessons: Refiguring the Nineteenth Century Historical Novel in Spanish America in Hispanófila. She is a member of the Hispanic National Honor Society and a former member of the Future Faculty Fellowship Program at the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Faculty Excellence. Carmen also holds membership in the Modern Languages Association and the Latin American Studies Association.

C48F6508Kathy Shields

Associate Librarian; Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Kathy holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joins Wake Forest from High Point University, where she served as Head of Reference and Instructional Service, teaching approximately 100 one-shot library research sessions per academic year across 20 disciplines. Kathy has also taught as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds several publications including “Research partners, teaching partners: A collaboration between FYC faculty and librarians to study students’ research and writing habits” in Internet Reference Services Quarterly and “Generation X mentoring Millenials” in The Generation X librarian: Essays in leadership, technology, pop culture, social responsibility, and professional identity.

C48F6508Jonathan W. Smart

Assistant Teaching Professor; English

Jonathan comes to Wake Forest from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served in the Department of Linguistics as Lecturer, University Assessment Supervisor, and Coordinator of ESL Credit Courses. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University, where he also served as Visiting Assistant Professor. Jonathan also received an M.A. in English with an emphasis in applied linguistics from the University of North Caroline at Charlotte after serving as a Rotary Cultural Scholar in Granada, Spain. Previously, he has taught courses in ESL reading, vocabulary, speaking, listening and writing as well as computer applications in linguistics, cross-cultural aspects of language learning, and introductory linguistics. Jonathan has won several awards including the Speaking in the Disciplines Fellowship at the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh and the Dissertation Research Award in the Department of English at Northern Arizona University. He is member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).