New Faculty 2015-2016 (A-H)


Guillermo Alesandroni

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Guillermo has recently earned his PhD in Mathematics at Oklahoma State University, holding an MS and BS in Mathematics from University of Illinois at Chicago and National University of Rosario-Argentina, respectively. As a Fulbright scholar at Oklahoma State, his scholarship and teaching abilities have been celebrated. He has earned a number of awards, including the O.H. Hamilton Endowed Fellowship for Outstanding Research by a Graduate Student and the Jeanne Agnew Outstanding Teaching Award. In addition to his service inside the classroom, Guillermo has also given talks on the structural decomposition of monomial resolutions and six different techniques to resolve a monomial ideal. His research interests include in Commutative Algebra and Combinatorics and the topic for his thesis was monomial resolutions. Guillermo has a wife and five kids, including a newborn baby.

Derek Avery

Senior Associate Dean, School of Business

Derek comes to the Wake Forest community as a well-respected scholar in organizational diversity, particularly demographic analyses on the impact of individual differences in the workplace. Derek received his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Rice University, writing his dissertation on the role of race in organization choice. Previously, he received his MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice and his BS in Psychology from Tulane University. Derek has served as a tenured Professor of Human Resource Management and Seymour L. Wolfbein Senior Research Fellow at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Before this position, he held a number of academic appointments at University of Houston, Rutgers University, and St. Joseph’s University. Derek is a prolific researcher, producing more than 50 publications that benefit both scholars and practitioners alike. Additionally, his professional service is similarly well known. He is currently the Associate Editor for the Journal of Business & Psychology, and has been a valued member of many professional service and university committees.

C48F6456Jennifer Barlow

Visiting Assistant Professor of Romance Languages

Jennifer is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. She received her PhD, MA, and BA in Spanish at the University of Virginia, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Jennifer’s current book project, entitled “Iberian Daughters of Sappho: Female Friendship in Early Modern Spain,” explores the textual representations of female alliances across literary genres, from poetry to spiritual biography. Her promise as a scholar and educator are affirmed by her numerous accolades, including Finalist in the University of Virginia’s famed Three Minute Thesis competition, during which she was given only three minutes to present her research to non-specialists; and an article published in the peer-reviewed journal, Hispanic Review. Additionally, Jennifer has given numerous presentations on research that draws from Gender Studies, Spanish Literature, and Early Modern Spain.

Stephanie Bennett

Assistant Librarian, Z. Smith Reynolds Library

Returning to her alma mater in early 2015, Stephanie Bennett manages the collections and university records in the ZSR Special Collections & Archives. She has served in archives roles at a number of institutions, including Iowa State University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During her time at Iowa State and Boston College, Stephanie provided access to collections dating back to the 17th century that included audiovisual materials, artifacts, negatives and photographs, ephemera, and rare books. Prior to becoming an archivist, she spent several years in research analysis. Stephanie’s interests in the field include collections management and outreach as well as leadership, talent management, and mentorship. Stephanie is a member of the New England Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, and the Society of American Archivists. Stephanie received her M.S. in Library and Information Science with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College and B.A. in English from Wake Forest University.

C48F6475Edward Bowen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Romance Languages

Edward is returning to the Wake Forest community after receiving his MA in History from Wake Forest University in 2000. He also holds an MA in Italian from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Italian from Indiana University. His dissertation, entitled “Nuovi Cinema Paradiso?: Closure, Urban Renewal, and Grassroots Movements in Rome, 1993-2014”, engages with the fields of film exhibition history, urban politics, and cultural geography. Edward has extensive teaching experience. Most recently, he incorporated his interests in urban social issues, film culture, and the plight of today’s youth in Italy into the language and film courses that he designed and taught at Bennington College. He has also served as an instructor for Middlebury College’s Italian Summer Intensive Language Program. His contributions to the profession also include significant editorial experience, lending his language skills to prominent academic journals in Italian Studies. In 2008, Edward founded and curated a traveling film showcase, featuring over 80 short films by emerging Italian directors that was hosted by 20 universities, including Wake Forest.

Jeff Camm

Associate Dean of the Business Analytics Program, School of Business

Jeff has led an extensive career as an educator, scholar, and thought leader in the field of Business Analytics. He received his PhD in Management Science from Clemson University in 1984 and began his career of at the Linder College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. He has also held positions of visiting professor of business administration at the Tuck school of Business at Dartmouth College and was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. At the University of Cincinnati, Jeff held the rank of full professor and also held the Joseph S. Stern Chair in Business Analytics. He served as department head for twenty years, was awarded the life-time appointment as a Fellow of the Graduate School and was the founding director of the UC Center for Business Analytics. Under his stewardship the Center quickly grew to 20 corporate members, sponsored various professional development opportunities and symposia, and provided real-world projects for students to develop their skillsets. Jeff’s prolific scholarship is on the application of optimization modeling to difficult decision problems in a diverse set of application areas including, operations planning and scheduling, product design, and conservation. His research has been featured in Business Week/Financial Times-ranked academic journals such as Management Science and Operations Research as well the renowned journal Science. Jeff’s excellence as an educator has also been noted. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the 2006 INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS practice.

C48F6517Emily Campbell

Visiting Assistant Professor of Counseling

Mollie Rose Canzona

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Mollie received her Ph.D. in Communication from George Mason University. Her scholarship focuses on family coping during health transitions and patient-provider communication. She is particularly interested in how illness uncertainty and communication about sensitive or stigmatized topics are tied to health outcomes across the life span. Her research has explored these issues within the contexts of mother-daughter breast cancer coping, sexual health and cancer survivorship, prenatal care, and palliative care. Mollie’s field experience includes interdisciplinary partnerships with academic and health care professionals (e.g., oncologists, gynecologists, family medicine physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, anthropologists) both as collaborators and participants. She is a member of several professional societies, including the National Communication Association, International Psycho-Oncology Society, and Society of Behavioral Medicine. Her work has been published in Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, Academic Medicine, and Family Medicine.

C48F6577Dan Cohen

Professor of Practice, School of Business

Well-versed in entrepreneurial theory and practice, Dan’s extensive experience as an educator and practitioner will be an asset to the Wake Forest community. Dan is a PhD candidate in Management and Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University, where he received his DM in Management. He also holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Wake Forest University, Dan spent considerable time at Cornell University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship, business strategy, and start-up strategy. He is also the founding director of the eLab Startup Accelerator, Cornell’s entrepreneurship accelerator program. Under his stewardship, the eLab has launched more than ten startups and helped several companies secure seed and series A round venture capital from investors. Forbes Magazine cited eLab as a major initiative and driver behind the rapid ascent of Cornell’s entrepreneurship program. Before entering academia, Dan co-founded and served as President of AquaGuard Waterproofing Corporation, ranked by Qualified Remodeler magazine as one of the US’s largest and most well-respected home repair firms in 2005.

Lisa Dragoni

Associate Professor of Management, School of Business

Lisa comes to the Wake Forest community as a seasoned educator and scholar. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from The University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds an MA in Women’s Studies and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a BA from Franklin & Marshall College. Her area of interest is leadership and its development—an interest she pursues in her teaching and in partnerships with various organizations to create insights that are helpful to the practicing manager and scholars. She has produced a number of leading peer-reviewed publications in organizational and applied psychology, and management and has been asked to present this work in a variety of domestic and international venues. Dr. Dragoni has taught undergraduate, graduate and executive students while at her previous institutions (University of Maryland, University of Iowa, Cornell University). Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Dragoni worked as an executive coach, trainer, and consultant and has worked with over 6000 employees, managers, and executives on various management issues.

Ruslan Elistratov

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion

Ruslan is an experienced teacher-scholar and steward for students. He holds a PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University, where he also received his MA in Religion. He has taught at many institutions, including Guilford College and The University of Georgia. During his career as an educator, Ruslan has taught a variety of courses in religious studies, including introductory courses in Asian religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to more in-depth seminars in comparative religious ethics and constructive theology. He is the recipient of prestigious awards that speak to his abilities as an educator, including UGA’s J Hatten Howard Teaching Award in 2009. Ruslan has also shared his insights outside of the classroom as an lecturer and presenter in a number of venues, such as Emory University and the American Academy of Religion. He also served an as a faculty mentor for 1st-year Honors students at UGA from 2004-2006.

Andrius Galisanka

Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Andrius comes to Wake Forest from University of California, Berkeley, where he was Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and also received his PhD and MA. Andrius writes on 20th century political thought, focusing on John Rawls and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and is completing a book manuscript on the development of Rawls’s approach to philosophy from his early years to the publication of A Theory of Justice. An engaging teacher, Andrius is the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. At Wake Forest, he will teach on contemporary political theory and the history of political thought.

C48F6425Norris Gunby

Visiting Associate Teaching Professor of Strategy, School of Business

Norris received his PhD in Administration-Health Services with a specialization in Strategic Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Health Administration from Tulane University and a BA in Sociology from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. Norris has spent much of his career as an educator in North Carolina having previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Elon University. He has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in general and strategic management, healthcare policy, and healthcare administration and has written extensively on these topics. Outside of the academy, Norris serves as an independent healthcare consultant. He is a golfer, youth sports coach, husband (Dr. Jessica Decuir-Gunby of NC State) and father (Norris III).

C48F6544Haresh Gurnani

Professor and Executive Co-Director for the Center for Retail Innovation

Haresh received his PhD in Operations Management from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also received his MS in Operations Research. He has conducted significant and impactful research in managing supply risks, operations-marketing interface models, and supply chain management and retailing problems. His scholarship can be found in leading publications in the Operations Management and Marketing fields in Financial Times/Businessweek list of top academic journals. Haresh is also an accomplished educator. In addition to his other research honors, he is the recipient of the Franklin Prize for Teaching Excellence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Global Best Professor of Management Award at the World Education Congress. His service to the profession extends beyond the classroom. As the Chairman of the Department of Management (2009-2012) at University of Miami, Haresh oversaw the largest of the eight academic departments in the School of Business. He worked with faculty on curriculum development, mentoring, tenure cases, and other departmental tasks. Additionally, he has served in a number of leadership roles in different editorial and professional society positions during his academic career.

C48F6636Andrew Gurstelle

Assistant Teaching Professor & Academic Director of the Museum of Anthropology

Andrew recently received his PhD in Anthropological Archaeology from the University of Michigan, where he also received his MA in Anthropology. He holds a BA in Anthropology and in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With research interests in African cultural landscapes, the archaeology of political economies, and the role of museums and heritage in the Atlantic African diaspora, Andrew is a versatile scholar. Andrew’s field and museum research focus on objects and histories in West and Central Africa. Since 2011, he has been the Director of the Savè Hills Archaeological Research Project—an archaeology and oral-history project investigating the Shabe Yoruba kingdom. In 2012, “African Art and the Shape of Time” opened at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Andrew curated the Central African section of this exhibition of historical and contemporary objects drawn from throughout Africa. Andrew has served as an assistant instructor and guest lecture for a number of topics in archaeological studies and African art at the University of Michigan.

C48F6498Joshua Hallam

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics

Josh has a PhD in Mathematics from Michigan State University. His dissertation was titled “Quotient Posets and the Characteristics Polynomial”. He holds an MS in Biomathematics from Illinois State University. Josh has significant experience as a lecturer. He has given talks on enumerative and algebraic combinatorics at several institutions, including Central Michigan University, University of Kansas, and Loyola University Chicago. Similarly, Josh has taught variety of mathematics courses, which include introductory classes in calculus to upper-level seminars in higher mathematics. His awards include the Herbert T. Graham Scholarship and the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, both given to him by Michigan State University.

C48F6624Jaira Harrington

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow in the Anna Julia Cooper Center

Jaira earned a doctorate of Political Science from the University of Chicago. Jaira is a first-generation college graduate, West Side Chicago native and Spelman College alumna. Jaira’s research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, NSEP Boren Fellowship, and the Tinker Grant Foundation. Some of her proudest accomplishments at UChicago include the 2011 Jane Morton and Henry C. Murphy Award, in recognition of her campus service in her department, at The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), and the broader Chicago community, and the 2015 Wayne C. Booth Prize for Teaching Excellence, the highest teaching honor given to a graduate student lecturer at the University. This fall she joins Wake Forest University in the Department of Politics and International Affairs and the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race and Politics in the South as a postdoctoral fellow.

C48F6508Ashley Heffner

Visiting Professor of Psychology

Ashley received her PhD in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her research includes Positive Psychology applied to schools, children, and adolescents, and understanding factors that promote Student Engagement. She is not a stranger to the Wake Forest Community. Since 2012, Ashley has been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, teaching Introduction to Psychology and Developmental Psychology. She is also the Co-Advisor for the Wake Forest University Chapter of Best Buddies. Prior to her time at Wake Forest, Ashley worked as a school psychologist for three years and served as an Instructor of Record in Psychology at the University of South Carolina. Ashley has collaborated with other scholars to produce salient research, the latest of which, “The role of life satisfaction in predicting student engagement and achievement” is a manuscript under review. Outside of the academy, Ashley is also a licensed psychologist and runs her own practice, part-time.