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2010-2011 New Faculty Profiles (Q-Z)

Corey Remle

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Corey graduated from the New College of Florida with a B.A. in Psychology, and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Duke University. While completing his Ph.D., Corey served as the Managing Editor for Research on Aging, a social science journal. He has presented his research on the sociology of the famliy at numerous conferences including the American Sociological Association Annunal Conference and the Southern Sociology Annual Conference. Corey is the recipent of a Summer Research Fellowship from Duke University and has taught classes on Contemporary Families, Social Problems and Families in Later Life.

Jeremy Rouse

Jeremy Rouse

Jeremy Rouse

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics

Jeremy received his B.S. from Harvey Mudd College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jeremy has served as a J.L. Doob Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since 2007. His is also the principal investigator on a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, “The Distribution of the Fourier Co-efficients of Modular Forms and Arithmetic Applications.”

John A. Ruddiman

John Ruddiman

John Ruddiman

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Jake graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. and completed his Ph.D. in American History at Yale University. Jake has presented at numerous conferences across the country on Revolutionary American History and also conducts public school teacher workshop seminars about teaching high school history. Jake is the recipient of research fellowships at the Library of the Society of the Cincinnati and the David Library of the American Revolution. His teaching and research interests include the American Revolution and the Early Republic, early African-American history and gender and family in America.

Randi Saloman

Randi Saloman

Randi Saloman

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of English

Randi received a B.A. in English Literature and Classics from Columbia University, a M.A. in English Literature from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Yale University. Randi worked at Cornell University as the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English. She has presented her research on Virginia Woolf across the world and is currently working on her first book, “Essayism and the Modern Novel: Re-Reading Virginia Woolf.”

Jorge Abril Sanchez

 Jorge Abril Sanchez

Jorge Abril Sanchez

Visiting Assistant Instructor

Department of Romance Languages

Jorge received his B.A. and M.A. in English Philosophy from the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain, a M.A. in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and completed a minor’s thesis (for his Ph.D.) in English Phiology from the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain. As an A.B.D., he is currently completing his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Literature at Reed College and also served as an Adjunct Instructor in Spanish Literature at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Currently, Jorge is working on his first book, Asturias and the Asturians Throughout History: A Selected Collections of Essays about their Culture and Literature.

Patricia M. Swafford

Patricia Swafford

Patricia Swafford

Visiting Assistant Professor of Operations and Quantitative Methods

School of Business

Patricia received both her B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and her Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since 2003, Patricia worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business, where she taught Resource Planning and Control, Logistics and a Ph.D. seminar in Empirical Methods in Operations Management. In 2007, she was awarded “Best Reviewer for The Journal of Operations Management.” Also, her research has been published in The Journal of Operations Management, The International Journal of Operations and Productions Management and The Journal of Service Science.

Cynthia E. Tessien

Cynthia Tessien

Cynthia Tessien

Professor of Practice

School of Business

Cynthia returns to her alma mater! She graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University, with a B.S. in Accountancy. Since 1992, Cynthia has worked for Inmar, Inc., where she served as the President and Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Executive Officer. She serves on the Board of Visitors at the Wake Forest University School of Business and is also the co-founder of Enrich the World, Inc., an educational support organization for schoolchildren and their teachers in an environmentally protected region of Honduras.

Christian E. Waugh

Christian Waugh

Christian Waugh

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Christian graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Psychology and then completed his Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Christian’s research on the pscyhophysiology of emotions and personality and the neural underpinnings of socio-emotional processes has been published in numerous journals including, Neuroimage, The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Biological Psychology. While completing his Ph.D. in 2006, Christian received both the Brickman Award for Outstanding pre-doctoral research in Social Psychology and the Pat Gurin Lecture Award.

James Westerman

Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior

School of Business

Jim completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and received a B.S. in Finance and a M.B.A. from Florida State University. He is the author of the book, Person-organization fit: Effects on employee attitudes and behavior, and has been published in the “Best Paper Proceedings” of the Academy of Management in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Jim received “Best Paper” Recognition at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting for his paper, “Are Universities Creating Milennial Narcissit Employees?” Jim also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Betina Wilkinson

Betina Wilkinson

Betina Wilkinson

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Betina graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish and then completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Louisiana State University. She has participated in numerous scholarly conferences and has a forthcoming article in the Social Science Quarterly titled, “Divided Loyalties? Understanding Variation in Latino Attitudes Toward Immigration.” Besides having an active research agenda, Betina has participated in numerous community service activities in the United States and Latin America. She has been awarded serveral travel and research awards, among others being named a 2007-2008 American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.

Marc Yamada

Marc Yamada

Marc Yamada

Assistant Professor

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Marc received a B.A. in Japanese and International Relations and a M.A. in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Japanese Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Marc has published articles on modern Japanese literature and film and is currently working on articles on Japanese writers Takahashi Genichiro, Kobayashi Kyoji and Shimada Masahiko, as well as a book on cultural reactions to the Tokyo subway attacks in 1995. He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.

Phoebe Zerwick

Phoebe Zerwick

Phoebe Zerwick

Lecturer

Department of English

Phoebe graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in General Studies in Humanities and then received her M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University. She has won numerous awards for journalism and narrative writing, including the Paul Tobenkin Award from Columbia University for “Murder, Race, Justice: The State v. Darryl Hunt,” a series of stories that led to the exoneration of a man wrongly accused of murder. She spent most of her career at the Winston-Salem Journal where she was a columnist, investigative reporter and editor. She has published articles in O, The Oprah Magazine and Duke Law Magazine. Her latest project, a multi-media documentary about the Yadkin River, opens at the Yadkin Valley Cultural Center in September.