New tenured and tenure-track faculty join campus

August 26, 2010
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There are 13 new tenured and tenure track faculty members who recently joined UCCS. Their names, titles, department and college, and brief information about them follows.

Michael Calvisi, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Calivisi comes to UCCS from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., where he served as a post-doctoral fellow. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees the University of California, Berkeley.

Deborah Kenny, associate professor, Department of Nursing, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. A member of the faculty since January, Kenny is associate dean for research for Beth-El. She retired in Dec. 2009 from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel after 23 years service. She holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, as well as master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University and Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Beth Larkee Kumar, assistant professor, Kraemer Family Library. Kumar comes to UCCS from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., where she worked as a reference research and government information sources assistant. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois and holds a certificate of advanced study as well as master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois.

Roger Martinez, assistant professor, Department of History, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Martinez comes to UCCS from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas, a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.

Patrick McGuire, assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. McGuire comes to UCCS from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., where he was a graduate research assistant. He holds a Ph.D. in instructional technology from the University of Virginia and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.

Zachary Mesyan, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Mesyan comes to UCCS from Ben Gurion University, Israel, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, Providence, R.I.

Jeffrey Montez de Oca, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Montez de Oca comes to UCCS from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., where he was a visiting assistant professor. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, a master’s from New York University, New York, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Postell, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Postell comes to UCCS from Alexandria, Va. He is a candidate for a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Dallas and a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio.

Dena Samuels, assistant professor, Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Since 1999, Samuels has taught as an honorarium instructor, instructor and senior instructor at UCCS. She holds a Ph.D. in education from UCCS, a master’s degree from UCCS and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

Stephany Spaulding, assistant professor, Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Spaulding comes to UCCS from Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C., where she was an assistant professor of English. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., a master’s degree from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.

Marcus Winters, assistant professor, Department of Leadership, Research and Foundation, College of Education. Winters comes to UCCS from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, New York, where he was a senior fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Monica Yoo, assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. Yoo comes to UCCS from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the supervisor of the Multicultural Urban Secondary English program. She holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in education from the UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley.

Chuan Yue, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Applied Science. Yue comes to UCCS from Williamsburg, Va. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Xidian University, Shaanxi, China.

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