New faculty join campus

Forty-nine new faculty members joined UCCS for the fall semester. Over the next few weeks, those who hold instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor positions will be introduced to the campus. Today’s introductions include 12 assistant, associate and professors from the College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Sang-Yoon Chang
Sang-Yoon Chang

Sang-Yoon Chang, assistant professor, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering and Applied Science. Chang previously was a postdoctoral fellow at Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore, a University of Illinois research center, and held several other research and teaching assistant positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


George Cheney, professor (50 percent appointment), Department of Communication, College of Engineering and Applied Science. Cheney previously was professor of communication studies at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and a professor of communication at the University of Texas, Austin, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and the University of Montana, Missoula. He earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, and a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.


Diep Dao, assistant professor, Geography and Environmental Studies Department, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Dao previously was an assistant professor and lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Montana, Missoula. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, a master’s degree from the University of Calgary, Canada, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.


Karin Larkin
Karin Larkin

Karen Larkin, assistant professor, Anthropology Department, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Larkin previously was the director of curation and archaeological services and an instructor of anthropology at UCCS and held lecturer, instructor and visiting professor positions at UCCS, Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado College. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from CU Boulder.


Morgan Lee, assistant professor, Health Sciences Department, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Lee previously held teaching and research positions at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Florida.


Keston Lindsay
Keston Lindsay

Keston Lindsay, assistant professor, Health Sciences Department, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Lindsay previously held visiting assistant professor, teaching assistant, and research assistant positions at Texas Woman’s University, Denton. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York, and Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University.


Jena McCollum, assistant professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, College of Engineering and Applied Science. McCollum previously was a postdoctoral research fellow at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Texas Tech University, Lubbock. She earned a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University, Canyon, and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.


Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

Phillip Morris, assistant professor, Leadership, Research and Foundations Department, College of Education. Since 2012, Morris has directed the Office of Veteran and Student Military Affairs at UCCS. He earned earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concord University, Athens, West Virginia.


Steven Pittz
Steven Pittz

Steven Pittz, assistant professor, Political Science Department, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Pittz previously was a visiting professor and lecturer at UCCS as well as a post-doctoral fellow at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He earned master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from UCCS.


Sally Planalp, professor (50 percent appointment), Communication Department, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Planalp previously was professor of communication studies at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and held professor positions at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Kathy Prue-Owens
Kathy Prue-Owens

Kathy Prue-Owens, assistant professor, Nursing Department, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Prue-Owens previously was the chief nursing officer at Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, as well as chair of the Army Nurse Practice Council for the Army Nurse Corps. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Kearney, a master’s degree from the University of Washington and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.


Assma Sawani, assistant professor, Accounting and Finance Department, College of Business. Sawani was previously a teaching assistant at Florida International University, Miami, Florida, and an assistant and associate professor at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. She earned a Ph.D. from Florida International University, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia.


Yanyan Zhuang
Yanyan Zhuang

Yanyan Zhuang, assistant professor, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering and Applied Science. Zhuang previously held a research assistant professor position at New York University, New York, and postdoctoral fellow positions at teaching and research positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and the University of Victoria, Canada.


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