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New Faculty & Faculty Administrators 2013:College of Arts & Letters

Dr. Peter G. Anderson

Lecturer of Political Science and Geography, received a Ph.D. in Geography in 1994 from The University of Utah and an M.A. and B.A. in Geography, in 1983 and 1980 respectively, from the State University of New York at Albany. Previously he was an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Tidewater Community College.

Mr. Ramon F. Bofill

Assistant Professor of Art, received an M.F.A. in Painting in 2005 from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting in 1994 from the University of Miami. Previously he was a Lecturer of Drawing and Painting in the Visual Arts Department at Miami International University of Art and Design.

Ms. Carol Hanna Branch

Lecturer of Communication and Theatre Arts, received an M.A. in Journalism in 1980 from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Psychology in 1977 from Old Dominion University. Previously she was Manager of Communications and Community Involvement for Norfolk Public Schools and an Adjunct Instructor at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Anne-Taylor Cahill

Lecturer of Philosophy and Religious Studies, received a D.MIN. from Oxford University, UK and an M.S in Humanities/Philosophy and a B.A. in Philosophy from Old Dominion University. Previously she taught at St. Leo University and in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Jimmy Draper

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts, received a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities, in 2012 and 2001 respectively, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Previously he taught at the University of Michigan and most recently was a Lecturer of Communication Studies.

Dr. Joy L. Francis

Lecturer of Communication and Theatre Arts, received a Doctorate in Divinity, an M.A. in Communication, and an M.A. in Divinity, in 2007 and 2001 respectively, from Regent University and a B.A. in Communication Arts, Theatre, and Music in 1994 from the University of West Florida. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University.

Ms. Michelle D. Heart

Lecturer of English, received an M.A. and a B.A. in English, in 2007 and 2005 respectively, from Old Dominion University. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Kerem Ozan Kalkan

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography, received a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2010 from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Political Science in 2005 from Bilkent University and a B.S. in Political Science in 2003 from Middle East Technical University. Previously he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Paul S. Kim

Assistant Professor of Music, received a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting in 2012 from Shenandoah Conservatory, an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting Performance in 2006 from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in Music and a B.S. in Chemistry, in 2004 and 2001 respectively, from the University of Virginia. Previously he was Founding Music Director for Crossroads Youth Orchestra, Principal Conductor of McLean Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Lee Ellen Knight

Lecturer of Women's Studies, received an M.A. in English in 1992 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in English in 1984 from Goucher College. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor in Women's Studies at Old Dominion University.

Mr. Donald R. Lam

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography, received an M.A. in International Studies in 1994 from Old Dominion University, a J.D. in 1982 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1978 from The Pennsylvania State University. Previously he was a Visiting and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Shyla Lefever

Lecturer of Communication and Theatre Arts, received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Communication, in 2003 and 1997 respectively, from Regent University and a B.S. in Psychology in 1994 from Liberty University. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University.

Mr. Jonathan W. Lopez

Lecturer of Sociology and Criminal Justice, received an M.A. in Applied Sociology in 2006 from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in Sociology in 2004 from Christopher Newport University. Previously he was a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University.

Mr. James Lyden

Lecturer of Communication and Theatre Arts and Theatre Technical Director, received an M.F.A. in Scenic Design in 2010 from Utah State University and a B.A. in Theatre in 1983 from St. Michaels College. Previously he was Technical Director at Zach Theatre and Technical Director/Scenic Designer for the Utah Festival Opera Company.

Mr. David Mallin

Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts and Director of the Film Program, received an M.F.A. in Cinematography from the American Film Institute and a B.A. in Visual Media from The American University. Previously he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Cinema at Virginia Tech.

Ms. Emily Renn Moore

Instructor of History, received an M.A. in History in 2003 from The College of William and Mary, a B.A. in History in 2001 from North Carolina State University and is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the College of William and Mary. Previously she was a Visiting Instructor and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of History at Old Dominion University.

Ms. Robin Ormiston

Lecturer of Women's Studies, received an M.A. in English in 2008 from Old Dominion University, a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University in 2006 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Textual Studies at Old Dominion University. Previously, she was a SAFE Graduate Assistant in the Women's Center at Old Dominion University.

Ms. Maria Padilla

Lecturer of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received an M.A. in Public Administration and a B.A. in Social Science, in 1984 and 1982 respectively, from the University of Puerto Rico. Previously she taught as an Adjunct Instructor at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College.

Dr. Mary Beth Pennington

Lecturer of English, received a Ph.D. in English - Rhetoric and Writing in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Communications, in 2004 and 2000 respectively, from Virginia Tech. Previously she was an Assistant Professor at Virginia Military Institute.

Ms. Cathleen Rhodes

Lecturer of English, received an M.A. in English Literature in 2007 from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in English in 1996 from Radford University. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor and College of Arts and Letters Style Editor at Old Dominion University and an Adjunct Instructor at Tidewater Community College.

Dr. Daniel Richards

Assistant Professor of English, received a Ph.D. in English in 2013 from the University of South Florida and an M.A. and B.A. in English, in 2009 and 2007 respectively, from the University of Windsor. Previously he was a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of English at the University of South Florida.

Mr. Andrew R. Sewick

Lecturer of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from New York University in Madrid, Spain and a B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics from Michigan State University. Previously he was an Adjunct Instructor of Spanish at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College.

Mr. David Shields

Assistant Professor of Art, received an M.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1992 from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1987 from Louisiana Tech University. Previously he was an Adjunct Instructor of Graphic Design at Old Dominion University and Professor of Communication Design at Texas State University - San Marcos.

Ms. Paloma Ibáñez Sugg

Lecturer of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received an M.A. and a B.A. in Linguistics, in 1990 and 1986 respectively, from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Lee J. Teply

Lecturer of Music, received a D.M.A. and an M.M. in Organ Performance and Music Literature, in 1988 and 1977 respectively, from Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and a B.M. in Organ Performance and Music Theory from Oberlin College Conservatory. Previously he was an Adjunct Professor of Music at Old Dominion University and Director of Music at First Lutheran Church.

Dr. James R. Van Dore

Lecturer of Philosophy and Religious Studies, received a Ph.D. in New Testament in 2011 from Claremont Graduate University, an M.T.S. in 1996 from Calvin Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English in 1989 from the University of Michigan. Previously he was an Adjunct Instructor and a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University.

Ms. Elena V. Vera-Guerrero

Lecturer of Foreign Languages and Literatures, received a Master in Liberal Arts in Spanish in 2002 from Middlebury College, a Master in Learning Problems in 1988 from Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University, Peru and a Bachelor of Educational Science in Education in 1972 from Catholic University Santa Maria Peru. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor of Spanish at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College.

Ms. Sara N. Wood

Lecturer of Communication and Theatre Arts, received an M.A. in Humanities and a B.A. in Communication, in 2007 and 2006 respectively, from Old Dominion University. Previously she was an Adjunct Instructor at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University.

Ms. Sally Wright

Lecturer of Music, received an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy in 1989 from Florida State University and a B.M. in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy in 1987 from East Carolina University. Previously she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Old Dominion University.

Dr. Brandon K. Yoder

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Geography, received a Ph.D. in International Relations and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs, in 2013 and 2009 respectively, from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Biology in 2003 from Cornell University. Previously he taught as an Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant at the University of Virginia.