2012-2013 New Faculty Profiles (Q-Z)

Rishel, Tracy

Tracy Rishel

Professor of Practice

Schools of Business

Tracy received both her B.S. and M.S. in Business Logistics from the Pennsylvania State University.  Upon the completion of her masters, Tracy began work as an assistant business planner at Corning Glass Works. In 1991, Tracy received her Ph.D., also from PSU, in Operations Management with her dissertation, A Model of the Effect of Scheduled Maintenance on Manufacturing System Capacity: Strategy, Theory, and Application.  Throughout her career, Tracy has taught at Susquehanna University, Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Wollongong in Australia, and Wake Forest University.  Her teaching interests include operations management, supply chain management, and manufacturing management.  Most recently, Tracy has worked as an associate professor in the Department of Management at Susquehanna University.  In conjunction with her teaching, Tracy has conducted seminars and worked as a consultant for various companies in North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Australia.  Her research interests include supply chain management and sports management. Currently Tracy is working on an updated version of her published paper, “The Determinants of Scoring in NFL Games and Beating the Over/Under Line,” to be submitted to a refereed journal.

Roberts, Nathan

Nathan Roberts

Visiting Instructor

Department of History

Nathan graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a B.A. in History.  Upon his graduation, Nathan continued on at the University where he received his M.A. and where he will soon earn his Ph.D., both in History.  Throughout the pursuit of his doctorate, Nathan taught in both the History and American Indian Studies departments. He has received awards for outstanding teaching and scholarship including the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Development Fellowship. His dissertation, “U.S. Forestry in the Philippines: Environmental Reform, Economic Development, and Nationhood, 1900-1937,” examines environmental management as a part of American imperialism in the early twentieth century.  Nathan’s research has been published in the Encyclopedia of American Environmental History.

Rodekohr, Andrew

Andrew Rodekohr

Assistant Professor

Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Andy received his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 2012, specializing in modern Chinese literature and film.  For the past three years, Andy has worked as a teaching fellow at Harvard where he has translated various works for use in the classroom.  He completed his M.A. in Chinese literature at Columbia University in 2004, and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in comparative literature in 1999.  His dissertation focuses on the figure of the crowd in modern Chinese literature and visual culture, one part of which will be published in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas as “Conjuring the Masses: The Spectral / Spectacular Crowd in Chinese Film.”  Andy will teach courses on pre-modern Chinese literature, Chinese and Sinophone film, and Chinese popular culture at Wake.

Rogers, Jennifer

Jennifer Rogers


Department of Counseling

Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in English and a B.F.A. in Acting.  Jennifer earned her M.A. in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2008, where she was awarded the Harriet Cook Ellis Dedication to the Field of Counseling Award.  Jennifer was also a recipient of WFU’s Richter Scholarship, which provided her with the opportunity to study holistic counseling in Florence, Italy.  Jennifer is a doctoral candidate in Counseling and Counselor Education at Syracuse University, where she was a University Fellow.  She expects to defend her dissertation this semester, which draws upon her work at the Level 1 trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist Health.  She is currently analyzing data to explore the role of patient engagement in the brief intervention process for risky drinkers who are hospitalized due to a traumatic injury.  During her time at Syracuse University, Jennifer also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.  Jennifer has taught  various undergraduate- and graduate-level counseling courses, provided clinical supervision to master’s students, and engaged in short- and long-term clinical mental health counseling with clients in primary care and university counseling center settings.   Jennifer has also authored journal articles and book chapters, and given presentations at national and regional conferences.

Romeo, Natascha

Natascha Romeo


Department of Health and Exercise Science

Natascha has been part of Wake Forest for the past twenty-two years as an adjunct instructor.  Since 1990, Natascha has been the University Health Instructor providing campus health promotion programs to students related to nutrition, substance abuse, eating disorders, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases.  Natascha graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Health Education and later pursued her M.Ed. in Public Health Education from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.  During her time at Wake Forest, Natascha has instructed the courses “Health Issues on College Campuses” and “Lifestyle and Health.”  She has also spent time as a coordinator and team leader with Forsyth County’s underage drinking initiative, the Collaborative Alcohol Management Project, and the Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and other Drug Abuse.  Natascha’s research, focused on health issues on college campuses, has been presented throughout the United States.

Rusche, Sarah Nell

Sarah Nell Rusche

Visiting Instructor

Department of Sociology

Sarah graduated from Thomas More College with a B.A. in Elected Studies before continuing on to Ohio University where she received her M.A. in Sociology.   Sarah has taught sociology courses at North Carolina State University including teaching in NC State’s Summer START and First Year Inquiry Programs. She has also taught as an adjunct at Elon University. With nine years of teaching experience, Sarah has taught introduction to sociology, social problems, human behavior, gender in society, and sociology through film.  She is currently near completion of her Ph.D. in Sociology; her dissertation is entitled, Constructing Authentic, Moral Selves: Biography and Identity among Women Social Justice Activists. Sarah’s research, focused primarily in social inequality, social psychology, social movements, qualitative research methods, and scholarship of teaching and learning, has been presented at conferences throughout the country and published in Teaching Sociology, Sociology Compass, The Journal of Black Studies, and Feminist Teacher.

Sedatole, Karen L.

Karen L. Sedatole

Visiting Associate Professor

Schools of Business

Karen joins Wake Forest University on leave from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Prior to her position at MSU, she held the position of Assistant Professor of Accounting at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Karen earned her B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from Baylor University, her M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to her doctoral work, she worked as a systems consultant, designing and implementing customized client information systems. Karen’s research focuses on the determinants and consequences of performance evaluation and reward systems, control in inter-organizational collaborations, and the measurement and use of non-financial performance measures for performance management. Her research, which includes archival, field research, and experimental methodologies, has been deemed as Notable Contributions to Management Accounting Research in 2009 and 2012 and the Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award in 2012.  She has been published in the Journal of Accounting ResearchThe Accounting Review, and Contemporary Accounting Research, among others.  Karen is on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and Accounting, Organizations and Society and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Sinanoglou, Penelope

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Penny received her Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University where she received her B.A. in History and Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures. She has published on twentieth-century British policy-making in the Middle East, and works more broadly on questions of empire, nationalism, ethnic identity, and decolonization. Penny has received a number of honors for her work, among them the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. She previously taught in the Princeton Writing Program and in Harvard’s Program in History & Literature. At Wake Forest University, she teaches courses on European, British and imperial history.

Stottlemyer, Eric

Eric Stottlemyer


Department of History

Eric graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University, where he received his B.A. in English Literature. He received his M.A. in American Literature from San Diego State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nevada, Reno where he wrote his dissertation “A Crisis of Space: Identity, Subjectivity, and Materiality in Postmodern American Fiction.” While completing his Ph.D., Eric taught advanced English courses and presented at a variety of conferences, including the Western Literature Association Conference and the Under Western Skies Conference on culture and climate change. He has published several magazine articles on the American West and is currently the managing editor of the Precipitate Journal. His research and teaching interests involve human intersections with place, space, and the environment.

Taylor, David

David Taylor

Visiting Assistant Professor

Schools of Business

David graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing.  After obtaining his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, David went on to participate in the Ford Motor Company Marketing Leadership Development Program.  For the next seven years, David spent time in consumer products as a brand manager with Kraft General Foods and The Scotts Company and as a consumer marketing leader with Eli Lilly and Company.  In 2004, David joined Chattem, Health and Beauty Aids CPG where he managed the launch of a new skin care brand.  David’s most recent endeavor has been Inkredible Cartridge Inc. which he co-founded and remains as a silent partner and consultant.  The company, a regional manufacturing and retail cartridge enterprise, has fifteen employee and annual revenues exceeding $1 million.  Since 2010, David has worked as a full instructor at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University teaching Organizational Behavior and Marketing Management.  Earlier this year, he received his Ph.D. from Krannert with his dissertation, Governance Philosophy at the Relational Level: Putting Stewardship in Action. David’s research has been featured in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Tiboni-Craft, Silvia


Silvia Tiboni-Craft

Department of Romance Languages

Silvia obtained both her B.A. and M.A. in Italian Literature from the University of Urbino Carlo Bo in Urbino, Italy.  She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University with her dissertation on Italian women writers, Fantasy of the domestic space. For the past three years, Silvia has been part of higher education both as a visiting instructor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and as the director of the Italian program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  While at the former, Silvia taught courses in elementary and intermediate Italian, advanced Italian in opera and poetry, and the arts in context.  For the past year, Silvia has worked at UNC-G facilitating courses in the Italian language.  In conjunction with her teaching, Silvia has organized the Rutgers Graduate Conference, attended conferences in the United States and Italy, and has written “L’incontro tra Carlo Betocchi e Egidio Mengacci” which will be published later this year.  Silvia’s research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century Italian women writers, 20th century Italian poetry, and feminist theory.

VonBurg, Ron

Ron VonBurg

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication

Ron graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Political Science.  Following graduation, Ron headed to the University of Pittsburgh where he received his M.A. in Communication.  For the next six years, Ron worked in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh both as an instructor teaching courses on public speaking and argument and as an assistant director of Communication Across the Curriculum.  While there, Ron also worked as the assistant director of debate.  In 2005, Ron obtained his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh with his dissertation, The Cinematic Turn in Public Discussions of Science before transitioning to Christopher Newport University to become an assistant professor.  For the past year, Ron has worked as an associate professor.  In conjunction with his teaching, Ron has been published in various journals, has been invited to speak at conferences throughout the country and Europe, and has served as the civic engagement director for the Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship Initiative.

Wallis, Amy

Amy Wallis

Visiting Professor of Practice

Schools of Business

Amy is an organizational development leader with experience in organizational strategy, talent and leadership development, and succession planning.  She received her B.A. in International Language-Business from the University of Scranton. As a consultant for Monitor Company, Amy worked in Latin America helping organizations build successful partnerships; she also consulted within the U.S. providing organizational development and leadership training for both external clients and internal staff.  While pursuing her M.S. and Ph.D., both in Counseling Psychology, from Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy continued consulting with corporate and non-profit entities, focusing on executive coaching and leadership development.  Upon the completion of her doctorate, she became the Director of Workplace Learning and Development at American University where she directed the university’s organizational development function.  These experiences aided in Amy’s development of her own independent consulting practice in which she specialized in planning and executing organizational development strategy.  For the past two years, Amy has led the talent and performance management function at Welch Allyn, a medical device manufacturer in central New York, while also serving as an adjunct professor at the Whitman School of Management of Syracuse University.

Walzer, Belinda

Belinda Walzer

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of English

Belinda graduated cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University receiving a B.A. in English Literary Studies and Environmental Studies before moving to North Carolina to pursue her graduate degrees at UNC-Greensboro.  In 2006, she received her M.A. in English Rhetoric and Composition and two years later obtained her Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.  Her Ph.D. dissertation is entitled, Rhetorical Approaches to Gender and Human Rights in Contemporary Transnational Literature and Cultural Studies.  Belinda’s research centers on the topics of pedagogy, transnational rhetorics, human rights, and transnational gender studies.  Her work has been presented throughout the United States, Canada, and Lebanon.  Upon receiving her masters, Belinda taught at UNC-Greensboro conducting courses in composition for non-native English speakers, human rights literature, feminist theory, and transnational gender studies.  While there, Belinda received the English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Teaching Award.  In 2011-12, Belinda worked as a research associate with the Civilization Series Program at American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Warren, Brian M.

Brian M. Warren


Department of Classical Languages

Brian joins the faculty as a Lecturer with a joint appointment in Department of Classical Languages and the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities. He received his B.A in Literature from Yale in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Classics from Johns Hopkins in 2002.  Before coming to Wake Forest, Brian was a Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and an Assistant Professor at Rhodes College.  His research primarily concerns Greek History, especially Thucydides.  He has taught lower- and upper-division courses in Latin and Ancient Greek language.  In addition, he has taught a wide-variety of courses on Ancient Greek and Roman literature and history, including Age of Alexander, Roman Satire, Athenian Democracy in the Age of Pericles, and Greek Mythology.

Whitehead, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Whitehead


Department of English

Elisabeth graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Upon her graduation, Elisabeth spent time with AmeriCorps National Service as a case manager for the homeless, as a Life Skills instructor with Alvord and Taylor, and with the Arc of Lane County working with children and young adults with developmental disabilities.  In 2001, Elisabeth headed to the University of Montana where she instructed English Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing and Poetry while pursuing her M.F.A. in Poetry.  With her masters, Elisabeth was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship which sent her to Helsinki, Finland to study Finnish mythology and folk tales while writing poetry drawing from the stories.  Her return to the United States also meant a return to higher education.  In the eight years that followed, Elisabeth worked as an instructor at the University of Iowa, pursued her second M.F.A. at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, was an adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College, and was a full-time instructor at James Madison University.  In 2006, Elisabeth co-founded Greatcoat Literary Magazine which publishes contemporary poetry and creative nonfiction and of which she continues to work as co-editor.  Elisabeth’s work has been published into a chapbook, a pilgrim’s traveling kit, and into various literary journals.

Zhang, Ke

Ke Zhang

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

For the past six years, Ke has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health.  Ke received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Wuhan University in Wuhan, P.R. China.  She went on to receive her M.S. in Oncology from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing before coming to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX to receive her Ph.D. from the Genes and Development program.  Throughout the pursuit of her doctorate, Ke received numerous research achievement awards, the Alexander Yue-Ming Wang Memorial Scholarship, and the Alumni Association Award in Basic Science Research.  She has presented her work at two FASEB Research Conferences and a National Institute of Health research retreat.  Ke’s research has been published in a myriad of academic journals.