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New Faculty & Faculty Administrators 2012:College of Arts & Letters

Dr. Brett M. Bebber

Assistant Professor of History, received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Modern European History, in 2008 and 2004 respectively, from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in History and Religion in 2000 from Hope College. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Presbyterian College.

Dr. Güliz Dinc Belcher

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography, received a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations in 2000 from Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey. Previously she was an Instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Sharon M. Blumenthal

Lecturer of English, received a Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction in 2012 from The George Washington University, an M.A. in English Literature in 2001 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in English Education in 1995 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Previously she was teaching English at Tidewater Community College.

Dr. Vittorio Colaizzi

Assistant Professor of Art, received a Ph.D. in Art History and an M.F.A. in Painting, in 2005 and 2000 respectively, from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in Studio Art in 1992 from Mary Washington College. Previously he was Assistant Professor of Art History at Winona State University.

Mr. Patrick S. Farrell

Lecturer of English, received an M.A. in English in 2009 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature in 1990 from the University of Virginia. Previously he was an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Scott Girdner

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, received a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion, in 2010 and 2004 respectively, from Boston University and a B.A. in Religious Studies in 2001 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously he was a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Randolph-Macon College.

Dr. Drew J. Lopenzina

Assistant Professor of English, received a Ph.D. and M.A., in 2006 and 2000 respectively, from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in 1998 from the University of Massachusetts. Previously he was Assistant Professor of English at Sam Houston State University.

Ms. Tracey Mershon

Lecturer of English, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction in 2003 from Brooklyn College and a B.F.A. in Theater in 1994 from New York University. Previously she was a Lecturer of English at Old Dominion University.

Mr. Derek Munn

Lecturer of Art, received an M.F.A. in 2012 from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a B.F.A. in 2006 from Old Dominion University. He is the founder of Mister Munn, a one man freelance studio of print, motion, and user experience, and has won a number of area competitions.

Dr. Randy Myers

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, received a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society, and an M.A. and B.A. in Social Ecology, in 2012, 2009, and 2004 respectively, from the University of California, Irvine. Previously he was a Teaching Associate at the University of California, Irvine.

Ms. Andrea J. Nolan

Lecturer of English, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2009 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in English in 1995 from Washington College. Previously she was an Adjunct Assistant English Professor at Old Dominion University.

Mr. Andrew Leask Ortiz

Advisor, Interdisciplinary Studies - Teacher Preparation Program/International Studies, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2012 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in Astronomy in 2008 from the University of Virginia. Previously he was a Graduate Administrative Assistant in the College of Arts and Letters Office of Academic Advising.

Dr. Douglas T. Owens

Associate Professor of Music and the F. Ludwig Diehn Endowed Chair in Instrumental Music Education, received a Doctor of Arts, Music with primary emphasis in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, in 2003 and a Master of Music, Trumpet Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1986. Previously he was an Associate Professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and served as Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Ms. Mary Porter-Troupe

Lecturer of English, received a Master's in English from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously she was an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of English at Old Dominion University.

Ms. Belinda R. Rafferty

Instructor of English, received an M.A. in English and a B.A. in English with Licensure in Secondary Education, in 2008 and 2007 respectively, from Old Dominion University. Previously she was an Adjunct English Instructor at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Kathleen S. Slauson-Blevins

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.S. in Sociology and B.S. in Sociology and Psychology, in 2005 and 2001 respectively, from Iowa State University. Previously she was a Lecturer and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ms. Lynn M. Waltz

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2011 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in English in 1978 from Bethany College. Previously she was Interim Assistant Director and, prior to that, was a Student Success and Outreach Specialist at the Tri-Cities Higher Education Center at Old Dominion University and an Adjunct English Instructor at both Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University.

Dr. Junji Yoshida

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received a Ph.D. in Japanese Literature and Cinema and an M.A. in Japanese Literature, in 2006 and 1997 respectively, from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in English in 1991 from Kyushu University, Japan and a B.A. in English in 1989 from Kwansei Gakuin University. Previously he was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in Japanese Film and Literature, East Asian Studies at New York University.