New Faculty Profiles 2013-2014 (A-G)

Atkins, Alison

Visiting Assistant Professor

Alison AtkinsVisiting Assistant Professor

Department of Romance Languages

Receiving a B.A. in Spanish and Mathematics from Wake Forest University, Alison is returning to “Mother So Dear” as a visiting professor in the Department of Romance Languages. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Alison received a M.A. in Spanish Literature and Language from the University of Virginia and recently completed her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Language. While teaching at UVA, she self-designed an upper-division Literary Analysis course which focused on the master of literary rhetorical devices. Other teaching experience includes Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition as well as Elementary Spanish and Intermediate Spanish. Alison also has a passion for food and cultural diversity. As an instructor at Cultural Kitchen Youth Outreach Program in Boston, she led a cooking course for young children promoting a greater understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity. Furthermore, her dissertation analyzed the tension between everyday and stylized food practices in Spanish novels, films and cookbooks of the 1980’s and 90’s, in order to explore how these texts engaged with questions of authorship and creativity as related to regional, national, and global identities.


Brewer, Pete

Pete Brewer


School of Business

Pete holds a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University, a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.  Prior to joining the faculty at Wake Forest, he was an accounting professor for 19 years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has published more than 35 articles in a variety of journals including: Management Accounting Research, The Journal of Information Systems, Strategic Finance, Journal of Business Logistics, and Issues in Accounting Education. His co-authored articles “Using Six Sigma to Improve the Finance Function” and “Lean Accounting: What’s It All About?” were awarded Lybrand Gold and Silver Medals by the Institute of Management Accountants in 2005 and 2006. His article “Putting Strategy into the Balanced Scorecard” was chosen as the 2003 “article of the year” by the International Federation of Accountants. Furthermore, Pete has received Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business Teaching Excellence Award. Outside of the classroom his interests include fishing, landscaping and vegetable gardening, cooking with his ceramic smoker, hiking, and biking. He and his wife Betsy have two daughters, Madeline (age 12) and Annaliese (age 10).


Butts, Jimmy

Jimmy Butts


Department of English

Jimmy joins the Wake Forest community from South Carolina where he recently received his Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. Jimmy obtained his B.A. in English at The College of Charleston and his M.A. in English at Winthrop University. For the past five years he has taught various English courses at Winthrop and Clemson, while also spending a summer in Saas Fee, Switzerland as a visiting scholar at The European Graduate School. Prior to completing his undergraduate degree, Jimmy had a particularly rewarding experience at St. Johns High School; a Title I high school in Charleston. For a semester he taught 10th and 11th grade English and Creative Writing courses, worked with students to improve failing test scores, helped develop the school’s curriculum, and coached Special Olympics. Through his studies, Jimmy has received numerous awards, a few being the Carrie Pollitzer Education Award from the College of Charleston as well as being a recipient of the Professional Enrichment Grant and the Graduate Student Government Grant for Travel from Clemson University.


Cashwell, Tammy

Tammy Cashwell

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Counseling

Tammy has worked for many years in schools, agency, private practice and other counseling settings. Most recently, she taught a wide array of counseling courses at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to that, Tammy was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Wake Forest, a Mental Health Counselor for children and adolescents, and a school counselor at Ronald W. Reagan High School. She received her B.S. from Appalachian State University in Health Education, her M.S. from Mississippi State University in School Counseling, and her Ph.D. from Mississippi State in Counselor Education. Throughout her education she was inducted into many honor societies, a few being Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Chi and Gamma Beta Phi. Furthermore, Tammy’s talents in writing and research have allowed her to publish at least 11 articles on topics such as Elementary School Counseling in the New Millennium, Education and Treatment of Children, HIV/AIDS and the school counselor, and Critical Incidents in School Counseling. 


Catanzano, Amy

Amy Catanzano

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Amy has a M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of two books of poetry and a forthcoming book of cross-genre fiction. Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, due out later this Fall, received the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction. Her books of poetry are Multiversal (Fordham University Press, 2009), which received national recognition as the recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry, and iEpiphany (Erudite Fangs Editions, 2008). Individual poems and works of fiction appear in numerous print and online literary journals including Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, and New American Writing, and recent essays and poems on poetry and science appear online at the major literary websites Jacket2 and Poems and Poetics. She has taught in the M.F.A. program at Chatham University as well as in the B.A. and M.F.A. programs at Naropa University in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, a creative writing program aligned with avant-garde postmodern writing and co-founded by poets Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. At Naropa, she also served as the Administrative Director of the Department of Writing and Poetics and the Managing Editor of the school’s nationally-distributed literary journal. As an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and the Poet-in-Residence in the English Department at Wake, she is teaching poetry and fiction workshops as well as directing the creative writing minor and the reading series.


Connors, Joseph

Joseph Connors

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Economics

Joseph joins Wake Forest from a postdoc at Duke University where he taught Introduction to Political Economy. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University. His research interests are institutional economics, development, and political economy. He enjoys teaching a variety of economic topics. When he’s not teaching or conducting research, Joseph enjoys sports of all kinds and visiting family in California and Colorado. Wake Forest is excited to welcome Joseph as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics.



Finegold, Andrew

Andrew Finegold

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Art

Andrew, an art historian specializing in Mesoamerican art, is joining the Wake Forest community from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Prior to teaching at Skidmore, Andrew received his B.A. from the University of Houston in Art History, and his M.A., Master of Philosophy, and Ph.D. from Colombia University. His dissertation, which he is currently constructing into a book, deals with the intersecting concepts of violence, representation, and time in the handful of narrative battle murals dating to the Epiclassic period. In addition to this book, Andrew has several writing projects at various stages of completion, including two book chapters, “Atlatls and the Metaphysics of Violence in Central Mexico” and “Perforated Pots: Revitalizing the Discourse Surrounding ‘Kill Holes’,” and, as co-editor, An Uncommon Legacy: Essays in Ancient American and World Art History in Honor of Esther Pasztory. While at Wake Forest, he will be teaching a First Year Seminar on Violence and Images as well as courses on World Architecture and Ancient American Art.


Flanagan, Francis (Fran)

Francis Flanagan

Assistant Professor

Department of Economics

Fran graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Economics. Shortly after, Fran continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was awarded the Anna Morris Ely Teaching Award for outstanding TA in the Department of Economics. Throughout his graduate education, Fran taught courses in Law and Economics, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, and Principles of Macroeconomics. His teaching and research interests include macroeconomic theory, law and economics, matching theory and market design. From his research, Fran has written many compelling pieces, a few being “Is School More Effective than Prison?” and “Peremptory Challenges and Jury Selection.” This coming semester he will be teaching Intermediate Microeconomics at Wake Forest University.


Forti, Allison (Alli)

Allison Forti


Department of Counseling

Alli received her B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, her M.S. in Community Counseling and her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Psychosocial Oncology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine/Cancer Patient Support Program. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Allison has worked in a variety of clinical settings including a youth residential facility, a college counseling center, a community setting, a private practice, and various medical centers.  She has experience working with a variety of clinical concerns including cancer survivorship, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, adjustment to medical illness, chronic illness, sexuality and identity concerns, and stress management. Her research experience and areas of interest include cancer survivorship, wellness, mindfulness and self-compassion, and resiliency. Wake Forest is glad to welcome Alli back to the community—as a faculty member this time—where she will be teaching Research and Statistical Analysis in Counseling and Skills in Human Services.


Foster, Amanda

Library Lecturer

Amanda Foster

Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Amanda joins Wake Forest from Coastal Carolina University where she spent the past year teaching Research Strategies for Composition, a credit-bearing course offered through the English Department. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English Literature from Kansas State University. Following graduation, she spent two years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill teaching information literacy classes to first year writing students. While at UNC-CH she earned a M.S. in Library Science and was president of the Information and Library Science Student Association. Her research focuses on the role of technology in facilitating information literacy and has been presented at both national and regional conferences.


Gibrill, Muhammed

Visiting Instructor in Arabic

Department of Romance Languages

Muhammed comes from four generations of teachers, so it is no surprise that he dedicates his life to teaching Arabic. Muhammed graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a Arabic and French. Upon his graduation, he entered into the advanced degree program at the International Institute for Arabic in Khartoum, Sudan where he received his M.A. in Teaching Arabic as a Second Language. Currently, he is working on his Ph.D. in Modern Arabic Literature with minors in Classical Arabic Literature, Comparative Literature, and African Studies. In the last five years, Muhammed has had various teaching roles at the University of Illinois, the University of Memphis, Michigan State University and Northwestern University, to name a few. Muhammed says, “A language teacher must be an effective performer constantly assuming many roles to bring language to life”; Wake Forest is excited to have him join the community as a Visiting Instructor in Arabic.


Gengler, Amanda

Amanda Gengler

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Amanda comes to Wake Forest after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Brandeis University. She previously earned her bachelor’s degree and M.S.S.W at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Broadly, her work explores how inequality is reproduced through everyday interactions. Her previous ethnographic research analyzed gendered rhetoric and processes of control and resistance at a battered women’s shelter. Her current research examines the work parents do to get the best possible medical care for children with life-threatening illnesses, and to manage the difficult emotions involved throughout the illness process. Her work has been funded by the Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and has appeared in Social Problems, the International Journal of Sociology of the FamilyFeminist Teacher, and Contexts magazine.