New Faculty 2017-18 (M-W)

Dominic Machado

Professor; Classical Languages


Dominic comes to Wake Forest from Brown University where he recently completed in PhD in Ancient History with a concentration in Classics and his dissertation titled Communities and Collective Action in the Roman Republican Army. His research and teaching interests includes Greek and Roman history, Latin and Greek prose literature, epigraphy and numismatics; protest and dissent in the ancient and modern worlds. During his time at Brown, Dominic has traveled across the United States presenting on classical antiquity, military mutiny and Roman cultures of dissent. Dominic is a participating member of “Visible words: Research and Training in Contextual Digital Epigraphy,” an international project dedicated to the use of technologies for the study of epigraphy. He has received a number of honors including the Michaelides Dissertation Fellowship for Greek Studies, the Chercheur Invite at the Universite Lyon Lumiere 2, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth College.

Coco Mann

Associate Teaching Professor; French Studies

Coco comes to Wake Forest from Columba college where she served as the program coordinator of French and for the study of Gender & Women. Coco completed her PhD in French Literature with a concentration in Contemporary and 18th century with a minor in Women’s Studies from Pennsylvania State University; her dissertation is titled Memory and/in the Fiction of Helene Cixous. She completed her DEA, from the Universite Paris VIII and an MA in French Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. She has taught courses and presented papers at universities along the east-coast. She is the recipient of the Faculty Excellence award, the Tournees Film Festival, and a co-recipient of the PCA/CITE grant for an outreach program. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French and its South Carolina Chapter, the Women in French, the American Association of University Women, the American Association of University Professors, and the Alliance Francaise of Columbia.

Sarah McDonald

Associate Professor; Biology

Sarah comes to Wake Forest from Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute where she served as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology; and the Department of Medicine-Infectious Disease. She completed her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University, and performed post-doctoral training at the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases. She received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence for her outstanding achievement and dedication in the field of veterinary medicine and the NIAID Merit Award for unravelling the molecular structure-function relationships and taxonomy of rotaviruses, important pediatric pathogens worldwide. Of her thirty-one published articles, Sarah’s work has been cited in over 1400 papers. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Virology, a member of the American Society for Microbiology, Rotavirus Classification Working group, and the American Society Virology.

Lauren Miller

Visiting Assistant Professor; Romance Languages

Lauren comes to Wake from the University of Central Arkansas where she was an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Education; and the coordinator for the Secondary Foreign Language Education Program. She completed her PhD and MA in Spanish Linguistics and her dissertations titled The Acquisition of Bare Nominals by Three Populations of Spanish-English Bilingual Adults and On the Production of Preterite vs. Imperfect Distinctions in Child Heritage Spanish in Contact with English from Purdue University. Her teaching and research interests include Spanish as a second language and as a heritage language, second language acquisition/pedagogy, Spanish linguistics and Spanish in the United States. Lauren has received a number of research grants including, the Graduate Student Research grant, the Graduate Student Travel grant, and the Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship from Purdue University.

Sai Mukkavilli

Visiting Assistant Professor; Computer Science

Sai comes to Wake Forest after completing his PhD in Computer & Information Systems Engineering and dissertation titled Network Traffic Anomaly Detection for IAAS Clouds from Tennessee State University. He received his ME in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University where he began exploring smart phone security, cloud security, mobile cloud, high performance computing, development of intelligent systems through mining data and developmental models. Sai has taught courses in computer programming, digital logic design, computer networking, and network security. He has a number of publications including, “Generation of Labelled Datasets to Quantify the Impact of Security Threats to cloud Data Centers in the Journal of Information Security and “Generation of Realistic Datasets to Evaluate Impact of Attacks on Cloud Data Center” in the Second International Conference on Next Generation Computing & Communication Technologies.


Kevin Mullholland

Visiting Assistant Professor; East Asian Languages and Cultures

Kevin comes to Wake Forest from the University of Michigan where he completed his PhD in Pre-modern Japanese Literature, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and dissertation titled Twilight Reflections of Kyokutei Bakin: An annotated translation of Chosakudo kyusaku jihyo tekiyo. He received his MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago where his research focused on the translation of 18th century Japanese comic books using Adobe Creative Suite. Kevin physically immersed himself in his research when he spent a year at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Yokohama, Japan.  At the University of Michigan, Kevin taught one of the first courses probing the academic potential of video games as a new media. He received a number of awards including, the Rackha One-Term Write Up Grant, the Rackham International Research Award, and the Fulbright IIE.

Tameka Oliphant

Visiting Instructor; Counseling

Tameka returns to her alma mater after completing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Georgia. She earned her MA in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling from Wake Forest. She has served as a counselor at the University of Georgia and at the Ronald W. Reagan High School in Winston Salem, NC. Tameka is a licensed North Carolina Professional Educator School Counselor (K-12) and a National Certified Counselor. Tameka was awarded the Minority Fellowship from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Counselors for Social Justice. Tameka actively engages in community partnerships throughout Winston Salem and looks forward to continuing that work upon her return to campus.

Olga Pierrakos

Professor and Chair; Engineering

Olga joins Wake Forest as the Founding Chair and Professor of the new Engineering Department.  Prior to joining Wake Forest, she served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. During the two years at NSF, she managed a $100 million dollar portfolio of STEM education projects, and served as the lead engineering Program Director in DUE during her second year.  Olga served as founding faculty member of the Department of Engineering at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Olga conducts research in biomedical engineering, sustainable energy systems, cognitive engineering, diversity and inclusion, and engineering education. She has mentored over 120 undergraduate and graduate students with research and design projects, and has over 100 publications many of which have students as co-authors.  She has the first PhD from the joint Biomedical Engineering program between Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University and a MS in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech.

Gregory Pool

Visiting Assistant Professor; Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Greg returns to Wake Forest as a triple deacon after maintaining a private practice for nine years. He earned his JD and MBA from Wake Forest. Greg has been involved in many startup and organizations since he first left the Forest. He co-founded Elephant Structures, an online metal building sales platform that has a consumer base across the country. Greg has been general counsel to private investment groups as well as counsel to individual investors ad entrepreneurs. His practice areas of focus are Business Law, Internet Law & Domain Name Disputes, Intellectual Property, and Business & Venture Formation. He is a member of the MENSA and Triple Nine Society, the National Eagle Scout Association, and an Entrepreneur in Resident at Wake Forest Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

Melde Rutledge

Digital Collections Librarian; Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Melde earned a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He previously worked at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library as the Specialist for Digitization and Data where he oversaw the digital production of ZSR Library’s rare and unique collections. Melde coordinated the expansion of the library’s permanent digital collection and performed quality analysis of digital objects. He has experience converting Dublin Core metadata to DSpace digital repository by utilizing Microsoft Visual Basic scripting and DSpace command lines. Melde has notable experience in digitization, digital collections, metadata, library instruction, reference, writing and customer service. He has over eight years of experience in journalism. He is a member of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) and has been granted the National Newspaper Publishers Association award.

Melva Sampson

Assistant Professor; Preaching and Practical Theology

Melva is a practical theologian and ordained minister. She comes to Wake Forest from Emory University where she completed her PhD in Homiletics and dissertation titled Fetching Spiritual Power: Black Women’s Preaching Bodies and African-Centered Womanist Oratory. Melva earned her Master of Divinity with a concentration in Black Church Studies from Emory University and a Master of Arts with a concentration in Mass Communication from Howard University. Her research interests include Black preaching women’s embodiment, African heritage spiritual traditions, Black girls’ ritual performance, and the relationship between digital proclamation and spiritual formation. She has been awarded a number of awards including, the Religious Practices Dissertation Completion fellowship, the Religious Practice Concentrator, and the W.E.B. DuBois “Nommo” award for academic excellence. She is a certified Ordained Elder and certified Black Church Studies. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Black Religious Scholars Group and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

Whitney Simpson

Visiting Associate Professor of Practice; School of Business

Whitney comes to Wake Forest from Bank of America Corporation where she was the SVP/Senior Tax Manager of the Bank Legal Entity Tax Team. She earned her Master’s of Taxation from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Whitney has over seventeen years in financial services, working as a tax consultant and a public accountant at both the national and regional level. Her research interest includes Federal Taxation, corporate partnerships, and federal tax policies. She is a certified public accountant and a recipient of the Putnam Fellowship. She is a member of the NCACPA, the AICPA, the Top of the Week Rotary Club, the Dilworth South End Rotary Club and the YWCA of Central Carolinas.


Senad Sinanovic

Visiting Instructor; Economics

Senad comes to Wake Forest from Clemson University where he completed his PhD and MA in Economics and dissertation titled Essays on Unemployment Duration in Germany. His primary fields of interest include labor economics, applied econometrics, and applied microeconomics. He has taught courses on labor economics, the principles of macroeconomics, and the probability and statistics for econometrics. Senad has experience performing credit analytics and determining the best practices in modeling within the vintage forecast model. Senad has been rewarded with the Professional Enrichment Grant, the Shelby Davis Scholarship, and the Department of Economics and Management Leadership Prize.


Katherine Slyman

Visiting Lecturer; Mathematics and Statistics

Katherine enters her first semester, after completing her Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics at Wake Forest University, teaching Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 and Multivariable Calculus. Previously, Katherine worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include advanced calculus and nonlinear dynamic, proofs, discrete mathematics, and computer science for engineers. Katherine was awarded the Wake Forest Graduate teaching assistantship, the Miami University of Ohio Sumer Undergraduate Mathematical science research institute grant, and the University of Delaware Secondary Education Award for Educational Promise. Katherine looks forward to continuing her research and teaching position at Wake this fall.


Jeff Soloman

Assistant Professor; English

Jeff comes to Wake Forest from the University of Southern California where he obtained his PhD in English Literature and where he served as a lecturer in the Gender Studies and English departments. His research and teaching interest include Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Literature 1865-present, and Creative Writing. He has been awarded the Andrew J. Kappel Prize for Best Article of the Year in the Twentieth Century Literature, the James Prize for best essay by a graduate student, and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellow. Jeff has a number of publications, including a new book titled “So Famous and So Gay: the Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein,” which explores the production and reception of the two writers’ rise to success. He is a member of the Committee on LGBT History within the American Historical Association, the Modern Languages Association, the Modernist Studies Association, and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association.

Koleman Strumpf

Presidential Chair; Politics and International Affairs

Koleman comes to Wake Forest from the University of Kansas School of Business where he was a professor of Business Economics. He completed his PhD in Economics from M.I.T. and dissertation titled Essays in Political Economy. Koleman’s most recent work focuses on file sharing, prediction markets, and industrial organization such as; “Introduction to Special Issue on Corporate Applications of Prediction Markets,” In the Journal of Prediction Markets and “The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis,” In the Journal of Political Economy. His work has been featured in major news outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times, Science, The Atlantic Monthly, Boston Globe, Business Week, and the Chicago Tribune.


Porter Taylor

Visiting Professor; School of Divinity

Porter comes to Wake from the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina where he served as the Bishop and Vice Chair of the Lifelong Christian Formation and Education Commission. He completed his PhD in Literature and Theology from Emory University and dissertation titled Mysticism in the Poetry of Theodore Roethke. He earned a Master of Divinity from the University of the South and MA in English from the University of South Carolina. Porter personal and research interests includes the Art of Repentance, Jesus through the centuries, the cruciform church, and the use of fiction and poetry in sermons. He served seven years as rector of St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. Porter has a number of publications including, “Hunger for God,” “Repairing the Breach” and “General Convention,” each exploring the personal relationships with God.

Meghan Webb

Instruction and Outreach Librarian; Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Meghan first joined Wake Forest in 2013 as a coordinator within the Z. Smith Reynolds library. Now an instruction and outreach librarian, Meghan will teach several information literary courses, plan and coordinate library outreach efforts, and serve as a faculty advisor for the ZSR library Ambassadors. She competed her Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meghan has conducted extensive research regarding the infrastructure and purpose of components within universities libraries. Since joining Wake Forest she has received awards for her exemplary service to Wake Forest and its surrounding communities. She is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Library and Information Technology Association, the North Carolina Library Instructional Technology Group, the North Carolina Library Association, and the American Library Association.

Gordon Widenhouse Jr.

Visiting Professor of Practice; School of Law

Gordon returns to Wake Forest from the Rudolf Widenhouse law practice where he represented clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts, emphasizing capital appeals and post-conviction litigation. Gordon earned his JD from Wake Forest School of Law and a Master of Arts from UNC-Greensboro. His areas of practice encompass appeals, Habeas Corpus, Motions for Appropriate Relief, Post Conviction, and Section 2255 Litigation. Previously, Gordon periodically taught Capital punishment, Evidence, and Appellate advocacy at universities along the east coast. He has received the Charles L. Becton Teaching Award, the Ebbie Award for Excellence (NCAJ), the John B. McMillian Distinguished Service Award (N.C. State Bar), the North Carolina Super Lawyers: Criminal Defense, Appeals; and the North Carolina Legal Elite: Appeals, Criminal Defense. Gordan is authored to a number of law publications including “The Unfairness of Non-Retroactivity of New Procedural Rules,” and “An Historical Perspective on the Eighth Amendment”.