2011-2012 New Faculty Profiles (A-G)

Aull, Laura

Laura Aull

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Laura graduate summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where she received her B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Literature as well as her M.A. in Education and her M.A. in English. Laura attended the University of Michigan for her Ph.D. in English and Education (JPEE) and wrote her dissertation “Forgotten Genres: The Editorial Apparatus of American Anthologies and Composition Textbooks.” While completing her Ph.D., Laura published several journal articles, taught advanced English courses, and presented at a variety of conferences, including the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference and the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication.  She has been honored with a number of awards including the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition.

Billingsley, Randall

Randall Billingsley

Visiting Professor

Schools of Business

Randy received his B.A. in Economics from Texas Tech University and completed his M.S. in Economics and Ph.D. in Finance at Texas A&M.  He has published and contributed to numerous journals and books, including “Understanding Arbitrage: An Intuitive Approach to Financial Analysis” and “Personal Financial Planning.” He has presented at a number of seminars and workshops, both in the U.S. and abroad. Randy recently served as the Assistant Department Head, Department of Finance, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. His main research and consulting interests include equity valuation methods, information uncertainty, and regulatory financial issues. Randy has worked extensively as an expert witness.

Burgos, Diego

Diego Burgos


Department of Romance Languages

Diego received his B.A. in Translation English-French-Spanish from the University of Antioquia in Colombia. He completed his DEA (Advanced Studies Diploma) in Language Sciences and Applied Linguistics and his Master in Applied Linguistics at the Pomeu Fabra University (UPF) Institute of Applied Linguistics in Spain. His doctoral dissertation is on Computational Terminology in the Language Sciences and Applied Linguistics program at the UPF. He has authored a number of publications including “Combining CBIR and NLP for Multilingual Terminological Alignment and Cross-Language Image Indexing,” and his areas of research interest include computer-assisted translation, software localization, and natural language processing. Diego comes to Wake Forest University from the University of Antioquia and from the Universidad Autonoma de Manizales where he has been working as a Visiting Professor in undergraduate and Master Programs in Translation.”

Branch, Erin

Erin Branch

Lecturer in English

Department of English

Erin graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College where she received her B.A. in English. She received her M.A. in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where she will be defending her Ph.D. in December. While at UNC, Erin taught several English courses and wrote “M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alice Water: Revising American Culinary Rhetoric.” Erin has published numerous works, including “Tag and Release: Technosocial Ecologies for Student Writing and Publishing,” and has presented her research at various conferences and workshops, including Rhetoric Society of America Conference and the Conference on College Communication and Composition. Her research and teaching interests involve women’s rhetorics, food studies, and service learning.

Brown, Hana

Hana Brown

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Hana graduated summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Anthropology and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research and teaching focus on the relationship between race, immigration, and politics in the United States.  Hana has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has received several prestigious fellowships, including the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, and a teaching award from the American Sociological Association.

Catanoso, Justin

Justin Catanoso

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Department of English

Justin received his B.A. in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Wake Forest University. He has 30 years of experience working at daily and weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and North Carolina. In 1998, he became the founding executive editor The Business Journal for the Triad.  His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek and on National Public Radio. Justin has received several prestigious writing honors including the Science-in-Society Award and a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize. In 2008 HarperCollins published his memoir titled “My Cousin the Saint, A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles.”  Justin has taught reporting and editing at Wake Forest as an adjunct since 1993 and will be serving as Director of the Journalism Program.

Chirila, I. Daniela

I. Daniela Chirila

Visiting Instructor

Department of Romance Languages

Daniela received her B.A. in French and her D.E.A. in Poietics from the University of Craiova in Romania. She completed her M.A. in French Literature at the University of Kentucky before she attended Duke University where she completed both her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature. While completing her Ph.D., Daniela served as a Graduate Instructor of French and received several honors and awards including the Dissertation Research Fellowship. Daniela has published numerous articles and spoken at a variety of conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Her research and teaching interests involve transcultural and transnational literatures, cosmopolitanism, multiculturism and poetics and poietics.

Clarke, Philip

Philip Clarke

Instructor of Counseling


Philip received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Wake Forest University. He completed his M.S./Educational Specialist Degree in Counseling at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG) and is currently working towards completing his Ph.D. in Counselor Education at UNCG. Philip is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina. While at UNCG, Philip served as a teaching assistant in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. Philip has over three years of experience in the counseling field and has presented at a variety of conferences including the annual North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) conference and the American Counseling Association (ACA) conference.

Conner, Andrew

Andrew Conner

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Mathematics

Andrew received his B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology and his M.A. in Mathematics at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he was honored with the Graduate Student Distinguished Teaching Award. He completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Oregon serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Andrew has made a number of presentations on his research which incorporates techniques from non-commutative ring theory to establish connections between combinatorial topology and homological algebra – particularly Koszul algebras and their generalizations.

Dadlani, Chanchal

Assistant Professor

Department of Art

Chanchal received her B.A. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University and completed her Ph.D. in History of Art at Harvard University.  Her dissertation, “’Twilight’ in Delhi? Architecture, Aesthetics, and Urbanism in the Late Mughal Empire,” focused on the role played by architecture in the transition from Mughal to British rule in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century north India. She has also published on cross-cultural encounters between France and India in the eighteenth century. Chanchal has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Columbia University’s Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship. She teaches courses on the art and architecture of South Asia and the Islamic world.

Dobrin, Scott

Scott Dobrin

Visiting Instructor

Department of Biology

Scott received his B.S. in Zoology at the University of Florida, his M.S. in Zoology at North Carolina State University, and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Wake Forest University. His research has focused on how experiences affect brain structure and has published numerous  journal articles, includingWhat’s The Buzz About Honeybee Memory?,” and recently contributed a book chapter to “The How and Why of Structural Plasticity in the Adult Honey Bee Brain.” Scott has been honored with a variety of awards for his work and outreach efforts, including being presented with the Society for Neuroscience Graduate Student Travel Award in 2011 and being named a Michael D. Hayre Fellow in Public Outreach in 2010.

Gambill, Joy

Senior Lecturer

Joy Gambill

Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Joy received her B.S. in Business Administration from East Carolina University in Greenville and her Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. After completing her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North (UNC) at Chapel Hill, Joy participated in ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy Immersion program. She worked in the libraries of UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University before coming to Wake Forest University. Joy has authored numerous publications, most recently writing “Henry Ossawa Tanner” for Great Lives from History: African Americans.

Graan, Andrew

Andrew Graan

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Andrew Graan received his B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.   His doctoral thesis, “Watching the World Watch: News Media and the Everyday Politics of International Oversight in Post-Conflict Macedonia,” shared the University of Chicago’s 2011 Sol Tax Dissertation Prize for works combining “highest intellectual merit with relevance to anthropology and action.”  His article, “On the Politics of Imidž: European Integration and the Trials of Recognition in Post-Conflict Macedonia,” appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Slavic Review. Andrew has previously taught at both the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago.

Greene, Heath

Heath Greene

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Heath received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he completed his M.A. in Psychology, his M.A.C.L., and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. While completing his Ph.D., Heath was honored with the Pfrimmer Award for his internship at Virginia Tech at the Cook Counseling Center, a counseling center for students.  Heath has a vast amount of clinical experience, including his work as a Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor at Associates in Christian Counseling here in Winston-Salem. Heath has been teaching at WFU in the psychology department since 2007 as an adjunct professor and enjoys bridging his work as a scholar and a clinician to benefit students’ learning.

Gunkel, Steven

Steven Gunkel


Department of Sociology

Steven received his B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Washington State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University where he minored in Criminal Justice and wrote “Administrative Segregation Revisited: Community Influences and the Sanctioning of Environmental White-Collar Crime.” Since completing his Ph.D., Steven has taught Sociology courses at Doane College, Wake Forest University, and Greensboro College. He has published a wide range of articles including “Becoming Neighbors or Remaining Strangers? Latinos and Residential Segregation in the Heartland” and has twice received the James and Marlene Bruning Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Steven is a Council Member of the North Carolina Sociological Association (with his term running through 2013).