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2010-2011 New Faculty Profiles (H-P)

Cynthia Hill

Lecturer

Department of Communication

Cindy completed both her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida. Cindy, along with faculty members Cara Pilson, Sandy Dickson and Churchill Roberts, spent nearly 20 years producing documentaries for national distribution on P.B.S. Their works include the critically acclaimed documentary, Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power, which screened at more thatn 20 film festivals world-wide and premiered on the Emmy Award winning series Independent Lens in February 2006. Cindy taught courses in field and post-production and functioned as director of photography, editor and associate director on faculty film projects at the Un

iversity of Florida.

Christoph Hinkelmann

Christoph Hinkelmann

Visiting Assistant Professor

School of Business

Christoph graduated from the University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Rochester. Last year, Christoph served as the Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Allianz Global Investors Capital. Christoph has also taught Advanced Investment courses to M.B.A. students at Auburn University and has published numerous journal articles focusing on macroeconomic risk and student performance in finance classes.

Xiaofei Hu

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Mathematics

Xiaofei graduated with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the Central University of Nationalities in Beijing, China and went on to complete her M.S. at the Institute of Mathematics Chinese Academy of Sciences and her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Syracuse University. Recently, Xiaofei developed three software projects in image processing and biomedical image processing. She has contributed to numerous journals and bioengineering conferences. Xiaofei is most interested in computational harmonic analysis, wavelet analysis and its implications, image and signal processing, and medical image processing.

Ana Iltis

Ana Iltis

Ana Iltis

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

Ana graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. and a B.A.H. and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rice University. Ana has worked at the St. Louis University Center for Care and Ethics as an Associate Professor with Tenure and also at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine. She has edited five books, including Institutional Integrity in Health Care and has presented at bioethics conferences across the world. Ana is the recipient of Wake Forest’s Shively Family Fellowship, a three-year fellowship for professional development and travel.

Amanda C. Jones

Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

Amanda received her A.B. from Princeton University in Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the NIH postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology where she studied the synthesis of complex molecules and heterocycles relevant to biological processes. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral work, Amanda was an undergraduate research mentor. Her work, which focuses on physical organic chemistry, reactive intermediates and NMR spectroscopy, has been published in numerous journals including The Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Molly Keener

Molly Keener

Molly Keener

Assistant Librarian, Scholarly Communication

Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Molly graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed her Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Molly is co-author of “Expanding Medical Library Support in Response to the National Institute of Health Public Access Policy,” which was published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association in 2007. She currently serves as an expert presenter for the Association of College and Research Libraries Scholarly Communication Road Show. She began her career at Wake Forest University Health Sciences Library in 2006, where she chaired the WFU Libraries Scholarly Communications Committee.

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

School of Law

Elizabeth graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies. She then received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and her L.L.M. in International Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Elizabeth taught at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina and also served as the Fletcher School’s moot court team coach. She has a plethora of international law and policy experience, including serving as the lead counsel for a minor trafficking victim pursuing asylum and working as a consultant for the International Center for Transitional Justice to redress human rights abuses in Argentina. Her article, “Amnesties in a Time of Transition,” will be published in the George Washington International Law Review.

Michelle Klosterman

Michelle Klosterman

Michelle Klosterman

Assistant Professor

Department of Education

Michelle graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering and also received her Master of Education and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt. Michelle has presented her research on science teaching, assessment and media literacy education at numerous conferences across the country. She has been published in many science journals, including the International Journal of Science Education and Science and Children.

Anna L├Ąck

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Biology

Anna received her B.S. in Biology from California Polytechnic State University and her Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is the recipient of the Phys/Pharm NIAAA 3-year training grant and the Rush L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. Most recently, Anna worked at the Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wake Forest’s Medical School with the RJR Leon Goldberg Fellowship. Her research has been published in many journals including The Journal of Neuropharmacology, The Journal of Neurophysiology and Alcohol.

Charles Lankau, III

Charles Lankau

Charles Lankau

Professor of Practice

School of Business

Charles completed his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Miami and received his J.D. from the University of Miami Law School. Charles spent ten years as a criminal prosecutor and civil trial lawyer before transitioning into academia at the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Charles has received nine Teacher of the Year Awards at UGA, as well as the M.B.A. Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009. Charles’ academic interests are in Regulation and Legal Aspects of Insurance, Tort Reform and Caps on Personal Injury Recovery and Business Law.

Melenie J. Lankau

Melenie Lankau

Melenie Lankau

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

School of Business

Melenie received her B.A., M.B.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Miami, School of Business Administration. She has worked at the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business as an Associate Professor of Management and at Cornell University, as an Assistant Professor of Management. Melenie is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, including the Lothar Tresp Outstanding Teacher award from the Terry College of Business. She is also widely published in Organizational Behavior and Management journals including, The Academy of Management Journal and The Journal of Management.

Josefina Lopez

Josefina Lopez

Josefina Lopez

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Romance Languages

Josefina received her B.A. in Letters from the Catholic University Andres Bello in Venezuela, her M.D. from the Central University of Venezuela, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Early Modern Peninsular Literature from the University of Kentucky. Since 2006, Josefina worked as a Medical Spanish Interpreter/Translator in the University of Kentucky Hospital and also served as an Instructor and Coodinator of Spanish for Health Professionals, a Hispanic Studies course at the University of Kentucky. Josefina is the founder of the International Literary Magazine, La Casa del Poeta, and the author of several books and publications.

Tanya Marsh

Assistant Professor of Law

School of Law

Tanya graduated from Indiana University, where she was the Harry S. Truman Scholar, with a B.A. in History and Political Science and then attended the Indiana University School of Philanthropy before completing her J.D. at Harvard Law School. She has published numerous journal articles on real estate transactions and property law and is currently examining the historical treatment of cemeteries in American history and the relationship between evolving burial practices and the law. She has presented her property law research across the country.

Sarah Mason

 Sarah K. Mason

Sarah K. Mason

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics

Sarah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Mathematics and then received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah served as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College, where she was awarded the Academic Project Award for community based learning in her MATH 110 course. She has spoken at Mathematics conferences across the country, including the Wake Forest Colloquium in 2006. This past year, Sarah received a National Science Foundation fellowship to research at the University of California, San Diego.

Kathleen McClancy

Kathleen McClancy

Kathleen McClancy

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of English

Kathleen graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English and recieved her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Duke University. Before working as an Adjunct Professor in the English Department last semester, Kathleen was an Instructor in English at Duke University. She is co-organizer and chair of the Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con and the Comics Arts Conference at Wonder-Con, conferences which bring together scholars who study comics. Welcome back to Wake Forest, Kathleen!

Scott McElfresh

Scott McElfresh

Scott McElfresh

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

Scott received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. Scott served as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor and a Lecturer and Assistant Teaching Professor at Carnige Mellon and also worked as a mathematics instructor at Muhlenberg College and St. Lawerence University. Scott in co-author of “On Exclusion Regions for Optimal Triangulations,” which appears in the journal, Discrete Applied Mathematics.

Todd McFall

Todd McFall

Todd McFall

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Economics

Todd graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in Social Studies Education and completed his Ph.D. in Economics at North Carolina State University, where he also received the 2005 Dissertation of the Year Award. He has served as an economist at Welch Consulting, Ltd., where he worked with law firms seeking advice on economic litigation matters. His article, “Contests, Grand Prizes and the Hot Hand,” was published in The Journal of Sports Economics. His research interests include personnel economics, the effects of technological charge on economic decision making, and economics of education.

Norma Ramirez Montague

Norma Montague

Norma Montague

Assistant Professor of Accounting

School of Business

Norma received her B.A. and Masters of Accounting from North Carolina State University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of South Florida. Norma’s research and teaching interests include auditing and financial accouting with a behavioral and decision making focus. Norma has worked as a Graduate Accounting Instructor at the University of South Florida since 2006, teaching courses such as Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting and Auditing. Currently, Norma is completing her dissertation titled, “The Effects of Directional Audit Guidance on Auditor Confirmation Bias and Professional Skepticism When Evaluating Fair Value Estimates.”

Ronald B. Neal

Ronald Neal

Ronald Neal

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Religion

Ron received his B.A. from Florida International University, his M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center and his Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics and Culture from Vanderbilt University. Ron taught undergraduate courses in philosophy and religion and Claflin University and also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hofstra University where he taught, “Race, Religion and Democracy in America.” His first book, Democracy in 21st Century America: Notes on Race, Class, Religion and Region, will be published soon.

Morna O’Neill

Morna O'Neill

Morna O'Neill

Assistant Professor

Department of Art

Morna graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art History and Italian from the University of Notre Dame and completed her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University. Since 2008, she has served as the Mellon Assistant Professor of Nineteenth Century European Art at Vanderbilt University and this year she was granted a short-term senior fellowship from the Frick Art Reference Library’s Center for the History of Collecting in America. Her book, Walter Crane: The Arts and Crafts, Paintings and Politics, will be published this year.

Cara M. Pilson

Cara Pilson

Lecturer

Department of Communication

Cara received both her B.A. and M.A. from the University of West Florida. She has served as an Associate and Assistant Instructor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, where she taught telecommunication courses to undergraduate students and Documentary Research Methods and Issues and Problems in Documentary to graduate students. As a member of UF’s Documentary Institute, she collaborated with Sandra Dickson and Cynthia Hill, who have also joined the Wake Forest faculty, on a historical documentary, Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power. This documentary aired nationally on PBS in 2006.