New Faculty 2014-2015 (K-P)

Taeghyun Kang

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Taeghyun joins the Department of Computer Science from Texas Tech University, where he recently earned his PhD. Additionally, he holds a Masters in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, S. Korea. His research and teaching interests include fault tolerance, software visualization, software engineering, and programming languages. A well-published researcher, Taeghyun was an engineer for Samsung SDS in Seoul before entering into academia. At Texas Tech, he was the recipient of the Graduate Incentive Scholarship, the Toshiba Scholarship in Computer Science, and the Harrington Graduate Engineering Scholarship.


Colleen M. Klatt

Visiting Professor of Business Communications

Colleen holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Communication Theory (with an emphasis on social influence), an MA in Communication Studies and a BA in Public Relations, both from the University of Northern Iowa. Bringing to Wake more than twenty-three years of experience in communications fields, Colleen has worked in marketing communication, advancement, research, and higher education. In 2012, Colleen was appointed Dean of College Advancement at Castleton College after working as executive director of grants, research, and strategic initiatives. Prior to her work at Castleton, she served as deputy director of health communication research in the Department of Medicine at University of Minnesota and as a research consultant for the Center for Health Communications Research at the University of Michigan. Currently, Colleen’s research examines feedback in the form of praise, criticism, and advice—work that will contribute to organizational understanding of the relationships between underlying cognitive processes, the mechanisms of messages, and attitude and behavior modification.


C48F6382Stephanie Koscak

Assistant Professor of History

Stephanie joins the Wake Forest community after completing a postdoctorate fellowship in the Department of History at University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught courses on 17th and 18th Century British visual and material culture. A recipient of several Mellon Foundation grants, a Stern Grant from the North American Conference on British Studies, and Huntington and Newberry Library fellowships, Stephanie is a well-respected scholar with interests in early modern Britain, commercialization and politics, media history and print culture. Her forthcoming book, The Age of Monarchial Reproduction: Pictures, Print, and the Rise of Popular Royalism in Britain, 1649-1760, examines how new technologies and practices of visual and consumer culture impacted ideas about sovereignty and the British monarchy. She holds a PhD in History from Indiana University Bloomington, and an MA and BA in History from the University of Connecticut.


C48F6336Susan Langlitz

Visiting Professor of Business Communications

An Associate Professor of Business and Strategic Communications at George Washington University School of Business, Susan brings significant research, teaching, and professional experience to Wake Forest. Prior to arriving at GW, Susan served as a Professor of Communication Studies and Corporate Communications at University of Maryland–College Park, and Ithaca College. Susan applies her knowledge to her work as Principle Consultant for the Center for Communication Empowerment, where she founded the Communication Coaching and Training program which assesses the needs and offers solutions to diverse categories of business and governmental organizations. In this capacity, Susan designed, developed, marketed, delivered, and evaluated forty organizational behavior and soft-skill programs. She also coached middle level and senior business managers as Senior Advisor to the Center for Organizational Learning and Effectiveness. Having spoken at over 200 conferences and published several papers, Susan earned a Who’s Who of Business and Professional Women award in 2008. She holds a PhD in Human Development from University of Maryland-College Park, an MA in Communication Studies from Emerson College, and a BS in Health Science and Education from Towson University.


C48F6582Kathleen T. Leuschen

Visiting Instructor in English

Kathleen is currently a PhD candidate in English, with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her dissertation will explore the discourses of second-wave feminist consciousness-raising groups, and reflects her academic interests in women’s rhetoric and feminist historiography. Kathleen also holds an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies, summa cum laude, from Roosevelt University, and a BA in English and Secondary Education, cum laude, from Creighton University. In addition to giving many talks and presentations, Kathleen has been a full-responsibility instructor in both literature and composition classes, and has worked as a tutor and co-director of the writing center at UNCG. In addition to her publications, Kathleen is co-editor of the 16th and 17th editions of Rhetorical Approaches to College Writing.


C48F6409Kathleen E. Lotterhos

Assistant Professor of Biology

Recently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Katie brings her research interests in Marine Biology, Landscape Genomics, and Evolution to Wake Forest. Prior to her appointment at UBC, she gained teaching experience at Florida State, Shoals Marine Laboratory, and Binghamton University. Earning a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Florida State University, and a BA in Physics from State University of New York at Binghamton, Katie moved her lab to from UBC to Wake Forest in January. The Lotterhos lab studies how and whether populations will evolve in response to climate change. Katie is a winner of several awards, fellowships, and research grants, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Parks Canada Research Grant, and a PADI Foundation Research Grant. Her most recent work addressed the evaluation of statistical techniques for the spatial analysis of next generation sequencing data.


C48F6461Pamela M. Lundin

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry

Formerly an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Appalachian State University, Pamela joins the Wake Forest community holding a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemistry from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. After receiving her doctorate, Pamela was appointed postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, where she taught polymer chemistry and synthesized an all-conjugated dendronized polymer designed to mimic the energy transfer in photosynthesis. Currently a member of the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society, Pamela organized a Materials in Synthesis Seminar Series at MIT and mentored incoming students through the organization MIT Women in Chemistry. She is the 2009 winner of the Eli Llly Graduate Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, and the 2008 Novartis Fellowship in Organic Chemistry for Women and Minorities.


C48F6396Denis Maier

Visiting Professor of Practice

Denis, an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Minnesota, received his PhD in Business Administration (Operations Management) from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) and his Masters in Management and Industrial Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany). Before arriving at Minnesota, Denis was an Associate Partner at Management and Advisory Services in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Director of Operations of Tecton Products in Fargo, ND. From 1996 to 2007, he wore several hats for the BMW Group, housed in Munich, Germany, culminating in his positions as Group Vice President In-house Consulting for Development, Procurement and Production Processes. His personal research focuses on operational excellence in manufacturing, and led him to develop a self-evaluation and self-improvement online tool to aid small and mid-sized manufacturing companies from reaching that goal. Highly respected in his field for his scholarship, advisory skills, and performance in the classroom, the students at the University of Minnesota Crookston presented Denis with the Outstanding Educator Award in 2012.


Jennifer A. Malkowski

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communications

Jennifer received a PhD in Communication from the University of Colorado, an MA in Communication from San Diego State University, and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of San Diego. At Colorado, Jennifer developed her research experience through working as a co-investigator or research assistant on projects related to the bystander effect, student intervention strategies, and the ethnography of communication. Her individual work won her numerous awards, including the 2013 John Waite Bowers Award for Outstanding Academic and Intellectual Excellence in Graduate Studies. Her large body of work emphasizes the rhetorics of health, health care and medicine; biomedical controversies; public health policy; rhetorical theory and criticism; and health communication. Her chapter titled “Building a case for centered, patient-physician communication: Standardizing genuine interaction in the medical context” in the book Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts, won the 2012 Distinguished Edited Book Award by the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association.


C48F6531Christina L. Marsh

Assistant Professor of Economics

A former assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Singapore, Christina’s wide range of experiences compliment her scholarly interests in applied econometrics, health economics, and industrial organization. Coming to Wake from an Assistant Professor position at the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business, Christina has also taught as an invited visitor at the China Center for Health Economics Research and at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She has led seminars at Cornell’s College of Human Ecology, Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Oberlin College, Vanderbilt University, and several others. Christina holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from Cornell University.


C48F6355Nicole L. McInteer

Visiting Professor of German

Nicole returns to “Mother So Dear” after graduating from Wake Forest, cum laude, with a BA in German, and from The Pennsylvania State University with a PhD in German Literature.  Having studied and researched abroad during both her graduate and undergraduate careers, Nicole brings a wealth of international experiences to her study of German, including a Fulbright/Austrian-American Educational Commission Teaching Assistantship and an Austrian Cultural Forum Travel Grant. As a graduate student, she also spent one year as an exchange student at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in Kiel, Germany. Recently, Nicole organized panels for the Coalition of Women in German, the German Studies Association, and the Austrian Studies Association. She is also a frequent presenter at conferences on topics surrounding Jewish and Austrian literature and culture.


J. Robert Nations

Assistant Teaching Professor of Counseling

Robert holds a Doctor of Ministry with a focus in Marriage and Family Counseling from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, and a BA, also from Duke University. No stranger to Wake Forest, Robert has served as an Adjunct and visiting lecturer in Wake’s Masters of Arts in Counseling Program, and as a guest lecturer in the Divinity School on the topic “Christian Education in the Context of Pastoral Counseling.” A member of the American Counseling Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Robert most recently completed his responsibilities as a Transitional Specialist and Pastor in Charge in the United Methodist Church. Prior to this appointment, Robert acted as the Associate Minister and Director of Counseling and Congregational Care at a Winston-Salem church, and as a Child and Adolescent Program Manager at a Winston-Salem psychiatric hospital.


Ronald Neal

Assistant Professor of Religion

Ronald holds a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Culture from Vanderbilt University, an MDiv from the Interdenominational Theological Center, and a BA from Florida International University. His diverse research and writing interests include the intersection of race, gender, religion, politics, and popular culture, with much of his recently scholarship focusing on religion, masculinity, and hip hop. In addition to publishing numerous book chapters and scholarly articles, Ronald has written a book entitled “Democracy in 21st Century America: Race, Class, Religion, and Region.” Prior to arriving at Wake Forest, where he spent four years as a visiting professor, Ronald taught at Claflin University, Hofstra University, and Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary. Ronald also served a six year term as the chairperson of the Committee on Black Cultures and the Study of Religion, a sectional division of the Southeasten Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR).


C48F6502Rachel A. Paparone

Visiting Assistant Professor of Romance Languages

Rachel received her doctoral degree in French Literature with a concentration in Environmental Humanities from the University of Georgia, and her BA in French from State University of New York at Brockport. Coming to Wake from a Washington College, Rachel’s research specializes in the novels and essays of Jean-Christophe Rufin, the contemporary French and Francophone novel, post-1500s representations of the Nobel Savage, and the representations of nature and environmental movement in French literature. She is currently engaged in a book length project that considers the effect of displacement from political and environmental pressures on the environmental imagination in Acadian literature and folklore.


Cheyenne Pease-Carter

Assistant Teaching Professor of Counseling

Bringing to Wake a PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas, an MS in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University, and a BA in Speech Communication from Baylor University, Cheyenne possesses an extensive background in supervision, teaching, and counseling to diverse populations. Her clinical expertise includes grief/loss, end of life, military families and relationships; this expertise has developed from over a decade of professional counseling experience. Also committed to scholarly productivity, Cheyenne has given over thirty professional presentations at national, regional, state, and local levels, and has published articles in Counselor Education and Supervision and the Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, and Research. Prior to arriving at Wake, Cheyenne taught at Marymount University and at the University of North Texas.


C48F6593Mark Peterson

Visiting Professor of Marketing

Mark received his PhD in marketing from Georgia Tech and his BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia. He comes to Wake from the University of Wyoming, where he served as an Associate Professor of Marketing. Immediately following his graduation from Georgia Tech, he worked as a quantitative research analyst in the marketing research industry before beginning his academic career at the University of Texas, Arlington. His research interests include research methods, marketing and society issues, as well as international marketing, and he has been published in outlets such as Journal of Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and the Journal of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. His paper, “Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation in an Era of Sector Convergence” won the Best Paper in Ethics and Entrepreneurship award at the 2013 United States Association for Small Business Entrepreneurship Conference. Mark was a Fulbright Scholar at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, taught as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer for the US State Department in Damascus, Syria, and has spoken or taught in Palestine, Saudi Arabia, China, France, and Canada. His international teaching and lecturing experience led him to found Silk Road Success!, a social entrepreneurship venture to boost global business skills in countries of the Old Silk Road.


Michael Pettus

Visiting Association Professor of Strategy

Recently an Associate Professor at Millikin University, Michael brings to Wake thirty-five years of broad-based worldwide expertise in strategic management, and significant management consulting experience. Earning a PhD and MBA from the University of Illinois and a BA from Millikin University, Michael’s research interests include resource-based theory, strategic change, transportation industries, and deregulation. In addition to a number of journal publications, he is the author of two books: Strategic Management for the Capstone Business Simulation: Analysis and Assessment (2012), and Growth from Chaos (2003). Michael has worked as a consultant for the University of Bridgeport, as an Independent Management Consultant for a major management consulting firm and for a Wall Street bank, as a Director of Marketing at Emery Worldwide, and as Senior Manager of Operations Planning at Federal Express Corporation.


C48F6651John Polga-Hecimovich

Visiting Instructor of Politics and International Affairs

John is a candidate for a PhD in Political Science from University of Pittsburgh, and has earned an MA in Political Science from Pittsburgh, an MA in Latin American Studies from Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, and a BA in Government and Spanish from Dartmouth College. His research interests include bureaucratic politics and the executive, coalition government under presidentialism, political party nationalization, and political instability, with a regional focus on Latin America. His dissertation, which examines how lawmakers in countries with low capacity bureaucracies assure the effective implementation of given public policies, was supported during the 2013-2014 academic year by a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. John is fluent in English and Spanish, and also speaks Portuguese. Well published and a frequent presenter at talks and conferences, John has done field work in Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru.