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2012-2013 New Faculty Profiles (H-P)

Hannah, Sean

Sean Hannah

J. Tylee Wilson Chair in Business Ethics

Schools of Business

Sean joins the Wake Forest University Schools of Business as Professor of Management and the J. Tylee Wilson Chair of Business Ethics. Sean is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and former director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethics as well as the former director of the leadership and management academic programs at West Point. Across his 26 year Army career he served in numerous command and staff positions, received 43 commendations and medals, and served in combat in Desert Storm, other contingency operations and in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Sean received his PhD in Management from the University of Nebraska and also holds three masters degrees (MBA, MPA, MMS). His research focuses on exemplary (e.g., ethical and authentic) leadership, character development, leader development; and leader identity, including leader efficacy and courage. He has published 47 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, the former in premier journals such as the Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewPersonnel PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, and many others. Sean sits on the editorial board of the Leadership Quarterly, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Harper, James

James Harper

Associate Librarian

Z. Smith Reynolds Library

James received both his Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  For the past fourteen years, James has worked as a librarian throughout the Carolinas at various institutions.  James launched his career at Furman University Libraries where he worked as the Document Delivery/Reference Librarian and instituted a library instruction program for freshmen in the English curriculum.  From there, James went on to N.C. State University Libraries where he has spent the last eleven years working as the Librarian for Interlibrary and Document Delivery Services.  During this time, James implemented UNC Library Express, a union catalog and request system for all seventeen schools of the UNC system.  For the past two years, he has worked as the interim Head of Access and Delivery Services where he has provided leadership and management of the Access and Delivery Services Department.  James’ work with ILLiad and access services has resulted in various presentations throughout the United States.

Holgado-Lage, Anais

Anais Holgado-Lage

Visiting Instructor

Department of Romance Languages

Anais will soon receive her Ph.D. from the University of Salamanca where she has been working as a Spanish professor since 2007.  During her time at the University of Salamanca, Anais facilitated courses in grammar, conversation, and oral and writing skills. She also received her Certificate of Investigation, Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude, and B.A. from the University.  Throughout her time in Salamanca, Anais served as a Spanish teacher volunteer at the YMCA Salamanca and worked as a grader for Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) exams.  Anais’ research focuses on Spanish linguistics, pragmatics, Spanish as a second language, and sociolinguistics.  Her article, El diccionario de Marcadores Discursivos para estudiantes de E/LE: Problemas específicos de los hablantes de otras lenguas románicas, was published in Actas del II Coloquio Internacional de Marcadores Discursivos: Un enfoque  ontrastive of Buenos Aires.  Anais has presented in symposiums related to linguistics and second language acquisition both in Spain and the United States.

Hyde, Adam

Adam Hyde

Assistant Professor

Schools of Business

Adam obtained his A.B. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College before going on to receive his M.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.  Upon completing his Masters, Adam worked as an economist with the Washington, D.C.-based Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before heading to Charlottesville to work as an instructor at the University of Virginia teaching Principles of Macroeconomics and The Economics of Healthcare for the next four years.  During this time, he attended and presented at various conferences throughout the region and held three fellowships in political economy, law and economics, and educational sciences.  Since 2010, Adam has served as a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Management at Wake Forest University teaching managerial economics and macroeconomics.  In the spring of this year, Adam received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia. His fields of interest include health economics, public economics, labor economics, and industrial organization.

Ivers, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Ivers

Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling

Nathaniel returns to Wake Forest after spending the last two years as an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Nathaniel received his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University before coming to Wake Forest to obtain his M.A. in Counseling with a concentration in Community Counseling.  Nathaniel received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with his dissertation, Mortality Salience and Worldview Defense: The Effect of Death Awareness and Self-Esteem on Multicultural Counseling Competence. During that time, Nathaniel worked as a counselor at UNCG and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the nonprofit agency, Catholic Social Services, and as a teaching assistant at UNCG.  As a teaching assistant, Nathaniel received the Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.  Following the completion of his Ph.D., Nathaniel worked as a visiting instructor at Wake Forest University and counseled in private practice.  Nathaniel’s research centers on multiculturalism, existentialism, and bilingualism and has been published in journal articles and book chapters and presented at conferences throughout the United States and Ireland.

Jayawickreme, Eranda

Eranda Jayawickreme

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

Eranda is a visiting scholar at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received his Ph.D. in positive and political psychology.  He subsequently served as the postdoctoral fellow for the Character Project—a multi-year interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation— where he worked with William Fleeson and R. Michael Furr. His research interests include the stability of personality and moral traits, questions of mental health and post-traumatic growth among  war-affected populations in Rwanda and Sri Lanka, and the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of positive psychology. Trained in both psychology and moral philosophy, he graduated with summa cum laude honors from Franklin & Marshall College in 2005, and was awarded the Henry S. Williamson Medal, the college’s highest student award presented annually to the outstanding senior of the graduating class. His awards include grants from the Asia Foundation/USAID, the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, and the Positive Psychology Center, and a Mellon Refugee Initiative Fund Fellowship.

Jones, Eric

Eric Jones

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Eric graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College receiving his B.A. in Anthropology before heading to The Pennsylvania State University where he obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology.  Eric, an anthropological archaeologist, specializes in settlement ecology, spatial analysis, and demographic archaeology.  Throughout his education, Eric held cultural resource management positions with Binghamton University and the New York State Museum aiding his research in the northeast.  This research has been featured in various journals throughout the United States including his most recent article, “Spatial Analysis of Old World Disease Events among Native American Population in Northeastern North America, AD 1616-1645,” in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. For the past three years, Eric has worked as a lecturer here at Wake Forest teaching courses in archaeological methods and theory and North American prehistory.  Prior to arriving in Winston-Salem, Eric was an adjunct professor at State University of New York College at Cortland and the University of Albany.  Eric’s other interests include GIS methods and the relationships that exist between archaeologists and Native Americans.

José, Alán

Alán José

Assistant Professor

Department of Romance Languages

Alán graduated summa cum laude from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with a Licenciatura in Hispanic Languages & Literatures before moving to the University of California, Berkeley to complete his education.  While at UC Berkeley, Alán obtained his Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis on cultural institutions and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures. Since then, Alán has taught courses in literature and cultural studies, language, and economics throughout the United States, México, and France.  His teaching and research emphasizes his interest in comparative cultural institutions, cultural economics, aesthetics and technology.  Alán’s research has been featured in books, conference addresses, and peer reviewed journals throughout the Americas.  He has received several prestigious fellowships and awards including a Fulbright scholarship, and a national monograph award for his book on Salvador Elizondo’s Farabeuf. Because of his research, Alán was appointed head of the advisory board of the Mexican Council for Culture and the Arts and cultural attaché to the European Union.

Kadlac, Adam

Adam Kadlac

Lecturer

Department of Philosophy

Adam graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Philosophy and History.  In 2006, he received his M.A. from the University of Virginia before going on to receive his Ph.D. the following year with his dissertation, The Voice of Persons. Upon the completion of his doctorate, Adam worked as the Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA before becoming a lecturer there in 2008.  For the past three years, Adam has been at the University of Tennessee lecturing in the Department of Philosophy in courses ranging from Happiness and the Good Life to Business Ethics.  His areas of specialization include ethics, political philosophy, and the history of philosophy, which he has translated over to his research.  Adam’s articles, including “Irreplaceability and Identity” and “The Importance of Arguing as We Believe” have been featured in various journals and quarterly publications.

Knight, Ray

Visiting Professor of Practice

Schools of Business

Ray received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Houston before spending the next four years working as an accountant for the Kroger Company and as a student at the University of Alabama, where he received his M.A., also in Accounting.  The following year, Ray enrolled at the Wake Forest University School of Law where he received his J.D. in Taxation.  Upon graduation, Ray worked as an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University before spending seven years as a professor at Mississippi State University and another four at Middle Tennessee State University.  Throughout his teaching experience, Ray wrote over 100 articles. His teaching interests include federal income tax, financial accounting, and managerial accounting.  Ray’s teaching experience led him to senior management positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Capstone Planning Alliance.  Since 2011, Ray has worked as the Director of PWC in Greensboro, NC.  In addition to his experience, Ray is a certified public accountant in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, is a member of the Kentucky and North Carolina Bars, and has been named a certified Personal Financial Specialist by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Knott, Christopher

Associate Dean for Information Services and Technology

School of Law

Chris graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English, Linguistics, and Philosophy before continuing on to the University of Michigan School of Law to obtain his J.D.  Upon graduation, Chris worked in private legal practice dealing with corporate transactions and commercial litigation in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. After leaving law practice, Chris pursued a M.L.S. at Indiana University, graduating in 1994. He joined the staff of the Columbia Law School Library, working for six years as Acting Special Collections librarian, reference librarian, and eventually, the Head of Public Services.  In 2000, Chris joined the Georgetown University Law Center where he worked as the Associate Law Librarian for Patron Services until 2006.  That year, Chris joined the faculty of the University of Maine School of Law as Director of the Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library and Associate Professor of Law.  After receiving tenure and promotion, Chris was appointed first Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and ultimately, the school’s Vice Dean. Chris has written extensively on legal information, library management, and legal research. He is co-author of a widely adopted textbook on advanced legal research entitled, Where the Law Is: An Introduction to Advanced Legal Research. The fourth edition will be published in fall 2012.

Läck, Anna “Katy”

Lecturer

Department of Biology

After graduating with a Ph.D. from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Katy spent time doing postdoctoral training at the University and as working as a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology.  Upon receiving her B.S. in Biology from California Polytechnic State University, Katy spent time researching and presenting her findings.  Her research, focused on examining the effects of drugs of abuse on the brain, has been published in journals including Alcohol and Neuropharmacology and presented at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  Katy’s work has led her to coordinate middle and high school students’ visits to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and organize a Drug Abuse Symposium.

Lancaster, Zak (Carlton)

Zak Lancaster

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Zak graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in English.  For the next three years, Zak spent time as an ESL instructor in both Korea and New York before pursuing his M.A. in TESOL, “teachers of English to speakers of other languages,” at Teachers College at Columbia University.  While at Columbia, Zak was an instructor in the Community English Program teaching courses in both the speaking and writing of English.  Upon his completion of the program, Zak traveled back to Korea to Yonsei University where he instructed in the Language Teaching and Research Center as well as the Department of English Language and Literature. After seven years, Zak returned to the United States to pursue his Ph.D. in English and Education.  Throughout his doctorate studies, Zak joined the English Department Writing Program where he worked as a graduate student instructor.  Zak received his Ph.D. earlier this year with his dissertation, Stance and reader positioning in upper-level student writing in political theory and economics.  Over the past decade, Zak has focused his research on writing studies, rhetorical genre studies, and discourse analysis.  This research has been published in various books, chapters, and articles, and has been featured in presentations throughout the United States, Canada, and Korea.

Lawson Clark, Sherri

Sherri Lawson Clark

Lecturer

Department of Anthropology

Sherri continues her time at Wake Forest University by joining the Department of Anthropology as a lecturer after serving as a Teacher-Scholar Fellow in American Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.  Sherri received her B.S. in Science from The Pennsylvania State University before receiving both her M.A. in Applied Anthropology and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the American University.  Sherri began her academic career as a Research Scientist first at the Pennsylvania State University and then at Duke University before arriving in Winston-Salem.  Her research interests focus on the impact of housing and poverty policy on the lived experiences of individuals, families, and communities, which have resulted in numerous publications.  A recent article she authored, “In Search of Housing: Urban Families in Rural Contexts,” appears in Rural Sociology.  She brings with her years of teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Sherri has also served as an editor for Sage Open and panel reviewer for both the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Specialist Program

Li, Fangfang

Fangfang Li

Visiting Instructor

Department of East Asian Languages

Fangfang received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Shandong University of Science and Technology.  With this degree, she went on to work as a Chinese literature teacher at Dawang Professional College before pursuing her masters.  In 2007, Fangfang received her M.A. in Chinese Language and Pedagogy from Beijing Language University.  While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked as a Chinese tutor at the Beijing-Harvard Summer Intensive Chinese Program where she conducted personalized Chinese lessons and facilitated small group dialogues.  Fangfang began working for Cornell University in 2007 as an instructor in the Cornell-Peking Intensive Chinese Program.  After garnering success, Fangfang was invited to work at Cornell University as a Chinese teaching associate.  Her five years of teaching at the university level combined with her mastery of both Mandarin and English have been fundamental in her personal commitment to a communicative and proficient teaching approach.

Majors, Magdalen Stanley

Magdalen Stanley Majors

Visiting Instructor

Department of German and Russian

Maggie graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in English and German.  Upon graduation, she taught English to adult students as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Ilmenau, Germany.  She received her M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St Louis, where she will defend her dissertation, Reading, Travel, and the Pedagogy of Growing Up in Late Nineteenth-Century Germany, in fall 2012.  While completing her M.A. and Ph.D. at Washington University, Maggie taught courses in German language, literature, and culture at all levels.  There she was also involved in shared governance and was recognized with a Bridging GAPS Award for peer professional development.  Maggie’s teaching and research interests include travel literature, youth literature and culture, and German print culture.  She has presented on diverse topics in German Studies at conferences in the U.S. and Germany, most recently as a member of the Coalition for Women in German.

Maezell, Emily H.

Emily Maezell

Professor

Schools of Law

Emily’s expertise lies in administrative law, environmental law, law and science, risk regulation, energy law, and water law.  A former civil engineer who practiced in the environmental and water resources fields prior to attending law school, her recent articles have appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Indiana Law Journal.  She is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, has provided service to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and has served as a Hearing Examiner for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Emily began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  Following her clerkship, she served as an associate at the law firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia.  While with the firm, she worked on all aspects of civil litigation in cases ranging from complex business disputes to pro bono civil rights suits.  Prior to joining Wake Forest, Emily served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Director of the Law Center, and Associate Professor at University of Oklahoma College of Law.  She has also served as a Visiting Professor at University of Georgia College of Law.

Morrow, Rebecca

Rebecca Morrow

Assistant Professor

School of Law

Rebecca graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Political Science and with the Michael Shallo Prize for the Senior Most Proficient in Political Science. Immediately following graduation, Rebecca enrolled in Yale Law School where she was a board member for the Journal of Law & Feminism, project leader for the Predatory Lending Clinic, and intern at National Public Radio. Upon receiving her J.D., Rebecca worked as a Public Interest Fellow for Columbia Legal Services before joining Preston, Gates & Ellis, LLP, both in Seattle, WA. For the past six years, Rebecca has worked as an Associate at Skellenger Bender, P.S. where she has been named a Rising Star three years in a row. In conjunction with her work, Rebecca also served as an adjunct professor in the University of Washington, MPAcc – Taxation Program teaching courses in estate tax, gift tax, and income taxation of trusts and estates. In 2010, Rebecca received her L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington. Her most recent work, Billions of Tax Dollars Spent Inflating the Housing Bubble: How and Why the Mortgage Interest Deduction Failed, appeared in the Fordham Journal of Corporate& Financial Law.

Neighbors, Leonard

Leonard Neighbors

Associate Debate Coach

Lecturer

Department of Communication

Len joined Wake Forest University in 2011 as the Interim Head Coach for Wake Forest Debate.  During this time, Len jump started special projects, managed on-site logistics for large travel tournaments, and updated the Wake Debate website.  Prior to joining Wake Forest, Len worked in executive positions in internet marketing and web development and as an educator with various debate teams.  Over the past three years, Len has run the record label, This Will Be Our Summer, and has worked as the business manager for the music festival, Athens PopFest Foundation.  For seven years, Len worked at his own web development firm, Boxkite Media.  While working in these positions, Len was also an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia where he taught courses in public speaking and interpersonal communication.  Prior to these experiences, Len served as the Assistant Director of Debate at Samford University and as a lecturer at Old Dominion University before working as the Director of Internet Marketing at Birsch Industries in Norfolk, VA.  Len graduated from the University of Georgia where he received both his B.A. and M.A. in Speech Communication.

Panday, Anjan

Anjan Panday

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Economics

Anjan graduated from Amrit Science Campus in Nepal with a B.A. in Science before receiving his M.B.A. from Tribhuvan University, also in Nepal.  After graduating from Amrit Science Campus, Anjan began an over six-year career with Nepal Bangladesh Bank Ltd., a commercial bank in Kathmandu, Nepal and part of a joint-venture with the IFIC Bank, Bangladesh. While there, Anjan supervised policy analysis and research related to trade finance and gained experience in documentary credit operations.  In 2004, Anjan came to the United States to pursue his M.A. in Economics which he received in 2006 from Baylor University.  At Baylor, Anjan worked as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Economics.  Upon receiving his M.A., Anjan moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue his Ph.D. in Economics at American University where he also served as a teaching assistant in the Economics department.  Five years later, he obtained his Ph.D. with the dissertation titled Essays on the exchange rate and monetary policy in Nepal.  Anjan’s research is focused in macroeconomics, monetary economics, and international finance. He has presented at various conferences throughout the United States and his earlier work was featured in The India Economy Review.

Pelser, Adam

Adam Pelser

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Philosophy

Adam graduated summa cum laude from Biola University with a B.A. in Philosophy.  In 2007, Adam attended Wake Forest University where he received his M.A. in Religion before continuing on to Baylor University to obtain his M.A. in Philosophy.  In 2011, Adam completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Baylor before becoming a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma where he taught courses in ethics and philosophy of religion.  Adam’s research interests include ethics, epistemology, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.  This research has been transferred to publication in the History of Philosophy Quarterly and Southwest Philosophy Review and has been presented at conferences and meetings throughout the United States, Scotland, and the Netherlands.  Adam is currently a member of the American Philosophical Association and Society of Christian Philosophers.

Perdue, Abigail

Abby Perdue

Associate Professor

School of Law

Abby is an Associate Professor of Legal Writing and a Core Faculty Member of the Master’s Program in Bioethics. Before joining the faculty, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Honorable Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Prior to clerking, Abby taught employment law, genetic law, professionalism, and other courses at Washington and Lee University and School of Law.  She began her legal career as an employment attorney at the New York City office of Proskauer Rose where she was an Empire State Counsel Honoree and received the Golden Gavel Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to pro bono. Abby obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and is a member of the Order of the Coif.  She graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Biology and English. Abby has authored numerous articles on various topics, including genetic discrimination, animal law, and reproductive surrogacy.  She is licensed to practice in New York and West Virginia.  When Abby is not in the classroom, she spends her time doting on her adorable nephews, traveling around the globe, enjoying water sports, rooting for the New York Yankees, and playing with her cocker spaniel, Violet.

Peterson, Michael

Michael Peterson

Visiting Instructor

Department of Education

Michael graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology before entering secondary education.  For eleven years, Michael taught various courses in science, primarily physics, at independent and chartered high schools throughout Chicago and North Carolina.  During this time, Michael completed graduate coursework from the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.  In 2006, Michael obtained his Masters in Gifted Education from Northeastern Illinois University.  For the past five years, Michael has instructed courses in psychology at Elon University, Duke University’s Masters in Teaching program, Wake Forest University’s Visiting International Fellows program, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Masters in Teaching program.  Michael is currently pursuing his doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Department of Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation.  His dissertation is a meta-analysis of the research on interest and its relationship to academic achievement.

Piercy, D. Stokes

D. Stokes Piercy

Lecturer

Department of Communication

Stokes, a media artist with roots in Appalachia, graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.A. in English and Philosophy.  Upon his graduation, Stokes began to pursue his interest in filmmaking which garnered him with various awards from film and art festivals throughout the country.  Since 2003, Stokes has directed, composed, written, and edited fourteen films and has been awarded Most Original Concept and Best Cinematography at the Handheld Film Festival.  In 2008, Stokes obtained his M.F.A. in Media Arts from the University of Tennessee where he also spent time as a graduate teaching assistant in the Media Art Department.  For the past three years, Stokes has worked as a lecturer in the Communication Department at the University of Tampa teaching courses in cinema, screenwriting, and sound design.  While in Tampa, Stokes gained professional experience as an assistant director at both the Black Box Film Festival and Media Arts Showcase.

Pisipia, Michael

Michael Pisipia

Assistant Professor

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Political and Social Thought.  In 2005, Michael joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison both as a teacher and a scholar.  For five years, Michael worked as a teaching assistant and teaching mentor for graduate students in the Political Science Department where he organized workshops and presentations focused on teaching strategies.  In 2010, Michael received his Ph.D. from the University in Political Science.  His dissertation, Public Education and the Role of Women in American Political Development, 1852-1979, won the American Political Science Association’s 2011 William Anderson award for best doctoral dissertation in the field of federalism and intergovernmental relations and is currently being revised into a book manuscript.  For the past two years, Michael has worked as a visiting assistant professor at Elizabethtown College teaching courses in political philosophy, American politics, and public policy.  Michael’s research, centered on aspects of political change, has been featured in Studies in American Political Development.

Priem, Jennifer S.

Assistant Professor

Jennifer S. Priem

Department of Communication

Jennifer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a B.A. in Psychology before continuing on to obtain her M.A. in Communication. She earned her Ph.D. in 2009 from The Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis in interpersonal communication, stress, and health. While at Penn State, she taught courses on research methods, communication theory, and interpersonal communication. Her dissertation earned her the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2010 by the National Communication Association. Upon obtaining her doctorate, Jennifer served as the postdoctoral fellow in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin, before working as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her research, focusing on how interpersonal communication influences physiological stress responses, has been featured in various publications, translated into a book chapter, and presented at conferences throughout the United States. Her article, “Relational Uncertainty and Cortisol Responses to Hurtful and Supportive Messages from a Dating Partner” appeared in the June 2011 special issue of Personal Relationships on the mind-body connections in personal relationships.