New Faculty 2017-18 (G-L)

Michelle Ghouston

Assistant Professor; Counseling

Michelle brings over 20 years of clinical experience to Wake Forest. She comes from Gonzaga University, where she was the Director of the Masters of Counselling Program. She obtained her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision & Certification in Contemporary Pedagogy from Virginia Tech. She earned her MEd in Community Counseling from Lynchburg College. She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and a licensed Professional Counseling in Virginia. She is a member of the American Counselor Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and has written a number of publications including “Counselor education faculty positions: Requirements and preferences in CESNET announcements” in the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision. After five years away, Michelle is thrilled to be joining the Wake Forest and returning to the east coast to be closer to her family and friends!

Annelise Gorensek

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow; Chemistry

Annelise comes to Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina where she completed her PhD in Chemistry and dissertation titled Used Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to investigate the effects of macromolecular crowding on the folding kinetics of Drosophila drkN SH3 protein. Her research interests include biochemistry, biotechnology, and structural biology. Annelise was awarded with the Protein Society Young Investigator Travel Award, the UNC-BEST (NIH) ImPACT Teaching Fellowship, and the Future Faculty Fellow from the University of North Carolina Center for Faculty Excellence. She has taught courses in biochemistry, general chemistry, and biochemistry labs. She holds memberships with the Division of Chemical Education and the division of Biological Chemistry within the American Chemical Society, the Protein Society, and the American Chemical Society.

Andrew Graczyk

Visiting Instructor; Economics

Andrew comes to Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he completed his PhD in Economics and dissertation titled Regressive Welfare Effects of Housing Bubbles. He is particularly interested in asset bubbles with heterogeneous agents within the Macro-economy theory. Andrew has taught economic course topics surrounding financial markets, macroeconomics, and game theory. He has experience teaching the Economics of Financial Markets, Intermediate Macro-economics and Game Theory. Andrew’s dedication to understanding socio-economic disparities is prevalent in his professional and personal life. His most recent paper “Regressive Welfare Effects of Housing Bubbles” published in Macroeconomic Dynamics analyzes the welfare effects of asset bubbles, income equality, and financial friction. Andrew has often presented his research at workshops and departmental conferences allowing for collaboration from multiple disciplines. He looks forward to continuing this inter-disciplinary approach at Wake.

Bryon Grohman

Assistant Professor; Music

Bryon comes to Wake Forest from Palm Beach Atlantic University where he has trained young singers in pursuit of careers in music performance and education. He earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from New England Conservatory of Music; his dissertation is titled Clara Kathleen Roger: A survey of Her Life and Songs. As a dynamic performer of opera, oratorio, concert and ensemble repertoire, Bryon has earned a number of academic honors and awards including the Michel L. Hooten memorial prize at the Tanglewood Music center and an Assistantship from Indiana University.  He is a member of a number of organizations committed to supporting professional artists across the country such as the American Guild of Musical Artists, the College Music Society, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Cesar Gutierrez

Assistant Professor; Romance Languages

Cesar comes to Wake Forest from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he was a lecturer of Spanish. He completed his PhD in Spanish Linguistics from Purdue University and dissertation encompassing the history of Spanish and Spanish dialectology. His research interests are vast and includes Spanish phonetics and phonology, Spanish dialectology and sociolinguistics, and language variation. Cesar has received a number of fellowships, grants, and awards for his research of the Spanish language including the Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grant, the PROMISE award and the Purdue Research Foundation Summer grant. Beyond research, Cesar has acted as a translator at FAFSA to assist in the application and filing process for families and worked as a private Spanish tutor for the DELE exam. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of an open-access on-line research journal focused on Spanish linguistics. He is affiliated with the Second Language Acquisition Research Lab.

Stephanie Hassell

Visiting Assistant Professor; History

Stephanie comes to Wake Forest from Duke University where she was a postdoctoral associate in the History department. She completed her PhD and MA in History from Stanford University and dissertation titled Slavery, Conversion, and Religious Geography in Portuguese India in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. She has considerable honors including the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (in Tanzania) program, the Weter Fellowship, Distinguished Department Scholar at Stanford History department, and the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship. She has conducted international research projects in Lisbon at the National Library of Portugal, the Historical Archive Overseas, and the National Archives of Torre do Tombo. She is a member of the African Studies Association, American Historical Association, and the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. She is working on a book manuscript that explores the relationship held by Renegade slaves between religious conversion, the inquisition, and the Portuguese Empire in India, during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Bin He

Visiting Professor; Physics

Bin comes to Wake Forest from the Central Michigan University where he served as a faculty member within the Department of Physics. He completed his PhD in Physics from the University of Delaware and a Master in Engineering from Peking University in China. He has research interest in theoretical high energy physics specifically higgs physics, collider phenomenology, supersymmetry and its phenomenology. He has taught courses in calculus-based and algebra-based physics, physics of sport, and physics’ labs. Bin received the University dissertation fellowship award, the University Graduate Fellowship award, and the Daicar-Beta Prize for the highest PhD Student GPA in the physics department from the University of Delaware. Bin has published a number of papers investigating the relationship with seesaw boundaries and interactions. He is excited to continue his research at Wake and looks forward to the start of the semester.


Jason Isbell

Visiting Assistant professor; Psychology

Jason comes to Wake Forest from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he taught Social and Personality Development and Group Dynamics within the Psychology department. He completed his PhD and MS in Psychology from the University of Oregon. In the past five years Jason has presented at conferences during Brain Awareness week and during the Brain Awareness Expo in Eugene, OR. He has a manuscript published titled “Low testosterone” in The SAGE Encylopedia of Psychology and Gender. He was awarded the Department of Psychology Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Oregon, the Henry V. Howe Scholarship at the University of Oregon for his research surrounding pre-exempted signs of autism and the Osher Reentry Scholarship for Nontraditional students from the University of Oregon. He is an active member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Andrew Jarachovic

Visiting Professor of the Practice; Business School

Andrew comes to Wake Forest after fifteen years of being a business and financial analyst. He completed his Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a concentration in Creative Writing. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University with a concentration in Finance with emphasis on investment analysis and portfolio management. Previously, Andrew spent nine years with a banking firm providing senior managers with financial and market analysis. He completed financial statement analysis training at Lloyds Bank and UBS. Throughout the last seventeen years, Andrew has found himself teaching corporate training of executives on software applications, introduction finance and management to undergraduates.

Don Jodrey

Visiting Professor of Practice; School of Law

Don returns to his undergraduate alma mater after serving as the Senior Policy Advisor in the US Department of the Interior. He holds a Master in Public Administration from American University and a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law. Don has served within the federal government for 31 years working for federal agencies, including the Air Force and the International Trade Administration. Don is an accomplished and results-driven executive with a track record of building coalition and leading people in community-based projects. He has received the U.S. Department of the Interior Honor Award for superior service, the U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Commendation, the U.S. Department of the Interior Star award, and the Solicitor’s award for Exceptional Performance. Don is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Maryland State Bar, and a member of the Senior Executive Association.

Carrie Johnston

Digital Humanities Research; Z. Smith Reynolds Library

As the Digital Humanities Research Designer, Carrie Johnston collaborates with faculty across disciplines to incorporate computational and quantitative methodologies into their research. She holds a PhD in English literature from Southern Methodist University, an MA in English literature from Florida Atlantic University, and a BA in English and Communications from Tulane University. She comes to Wake Forest after a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Scholarship at Bucknell University and a Visiting Assistant Professorship in American literature at Quincy University in Illinois. Her teaching and research focus on women’s literature and its intersections with technology and political discourse in the early twentieth century


Kwame Kankam

Visiting Assistant Professor; Mathematics and Statistics

Kwame comes to Wake Forest from Pennsylvania State University where he completed his PhD in Statistics and dissertation titled Robust Parameter Design: A Penalized Likelihood Approach. His research interest includes Design and Analysis of Experiments, quality and productivity statistics, and high-dimensional data analysis. During his time at Pennsylvania State University Kwame taught courses within the Statistics department. He was granted a travel award for the Design and Analysis of Experiments Conference at the University of Georgia and at the SAS World Headquarters. He is a member of the American Statistical Association and of the American Society for Quality. Kwame has a number of publications analyzing the penalized likelihood approach of linear models, robust parameter design, and un-replicated fractional factorials.


Amber Kelsie

Assistant Professor of Practice; Communication

Amber comes to Wake Forest from the University of Pittsburg where she completed her PhD in Philosophy, PhD in Cultural Studies Certificate, PhD in Women’s Studies Certificate, and MA in Communication. Her areas of primary focus include argumentation and debate, public address, the rhetorics of social movement, and gender studies. Amber received the Gallentine Award from Indiana University, the Communication Summer Research Fellowship, the A&S Diversity Summer Research Fellowship, and the Graduate Teaching Fellowship from the University of Pittsburg. Her research interest often leads to a conference presentation, workshop, or guest lectures. She has experience teaching graduate and undergraduate communication courses, often related to the art of public speaking in a multi-perspective audience.  She is a member of the National Women’s Studies Association, the Cultural studies association, the Rhetoric Society of America and the National Communication Association.

Danielle Koupf

Assistant Teaching Professor; English

Danielle comes to Wake Forest from Wichita State University where she was an Assistant Professor of Composition Studies. She completed her PhD in English from the University of Pittsburg and her dissertation titled Invention through Textual Reuse: Toward Pedagogies of Critical-Creative Tinkering.  Danielle specializes in composition history, theory, and pedagogy; authorship and invention’ professional, business, and technical writing. She has a number of publications and most recently presented her work “Proliferating Textual Possibilities: Toward Pedagogies of Critical-Creative Tinkering” in the Composition Forum. She received the Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship while completing her last year at the University of Pittsburg. Her current project theorizes and historicizes pedagogy of rewriting she calls “critical-creative tinkering”. She is a member of the Rhetoric Society of America, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Modern Language Association.


Jia Li

Associate Professor; School of Business

Jia comes to Wake Forest from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University where he was an Assistant Professor of Management. He completed his PhD in Marketing at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. Jia research interests involves retail management, sales management, and the interface between marketing, operations, and economics. His most recent publication was the lead article in the Marketing Science titled “Learning from Peers”. He has been invited to speak at business schools across the country including the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business; Fudan University, School of Management; and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was awarded the MBA/Master’s Program Distinguished Instructor, two years in a row, and the Undergraduate Program distinguished Instructor award four years in a row from the Krannert School of Management.


John Lukesh

Assistant Professor; Chemistry

John comes to Wake Forest from the Scripps Research Institute where he conducted research in Synthetic Organic and Medicinal Chemistry. He completed his PhD and MS in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having completed his dissertation titled Thiol-Disulfide Interchange: Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Reagents and Organocatalysts from Chemical Biology, his research explores synthetic derivatives potency against vinblastine sensitive and resistant cancer cell lines. John previously taught and assisted courses in biology, organic chemistry, analytic chemistry, general chemistry, and calculus. John was awarded the Sigma-Aldrich Graduate Student Innovation Award, the Harry and Helen Cohen Graduate Research award, and the GSFLC Department travel Grant award, HHMI teaching fellow, the Durward Layde Memorial fellowship and the Vanselow award in physical Chemistry.  He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.