Dr. Jenny Bent (pictured at right) is an assistant professor in music and has been named director of choral activities. Originally from New Hampshire, Bent completed her doctorate at the University of Illinois. She will be teaching courses in ear training and conducting technique and is conducting the Chamber singers and the SSU chorus.
Dr. Parissa Tadrissi joins the Department of Modern Languages and Literature in the School of Arts and Humanities. Tadrissi is no stranger to SSU having worked as an adjunct professor in the Department for some time. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of California Santa Barbara with an emphasis on women's studies.
Dr. Kyuho Lee joins the Department of Business administration as an assistant professor from Western Carolina University. Lee received his Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech. His research and teaching interests include wine marketing, winery tourism, branding, marketing strategy, entrepreneurship and restaurant management.
Dr. Jack Ou (pictured at left) joins the School of Science and Technology as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Science. His Ph.D is from Rutgers University and he comes to us from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. His research interests are in mixed signal and radio frequency integrated circuit design.
Dr. Merlin Hanauer also joins the School of Business as an assistant professor of economics. Hanuauer received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University and his research focuses on elucidating the economic and environmental impacts of protected areas such as national parks and other legally protected lands.
Dr. Sandra Ayala joins the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education as an assistant professor. Ayala received her Ph.D in special education from UC Riverside and is currently working on a pilot study focusing on the use of video modeling to support reading fluency.
Dr. Bulent Sokmen (pictured at right) also joins the School of Science and Technology as an assistant professor but into the Department of Kinesiology. He completed his Ph.D in exercise physiology at the University of Connecticut. He has considerable research and teaching experience with various CSU campuses and is presently looking at exercise regimes that reduce the build up of arterial lipoproteins.
Dr. Napoleon Reyes joins the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. His Ph.D is from Sam Houston State University in Texas and he is particularly interested in crimes committed by heads of state and how national governments respond to such crimes.
Dr. Michelle Goman joins the Department of Geography and Global Studies. Goman received her PhD from UC Berkeley and was a senior research associate in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. Her research focus looks at reconstructing climate change and human impacts to the environment in the United States, Mexico and Kenya.
Dr. Melissa Garvin joins the Department of Psychology. Garvin earned her Ph.D in child psychology from the University of Minnesota. One of his research interests examines how effective parenting can facilitate recovery from early adversity, how this varies based on the nature of early experiences and how this helps in our understanding of the development of social relationships.
Dr. Michelle Kelly (pictured at left with her students) is a new associate professor to the School of Science and Technology. Kelly received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of San Francisco and is well known to the University as a former lecturer. Her scholarly work is in the areas of refugee health and in post hospital measures to prevent readmission.
Felicia Palsson comes from the USC Library where she was lead trainer for all Library faculty and staff on virtual reference software. She also coordinated distance learning and outreach services. Palsson received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
Nicole Lawson comes from UC Santa Cruz where she was head of Access Services, Circulation and Reserves. There she launched a consortial borrowing service, integrated the circulation and reference areas, and restructured access staff and services under a new organizational model. Lawson received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.