Fall 2006

wight Atkinson

Assistant Professor of English, English, HEAV

datkinso@purdue.edu

Dwight AtkinsonDwight Akinson comes to the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor after serving as an assistant professor of educational linguistics at Temple University, Japan, since 2000. Prior to this appointment, he was a member the English faculty at the University of Alabama and Auburn University. He earned an MA and PhD in applied linguistics from the University of Southern California. Atkinson also holds an MEd in secondary English education/TESOL from Temple University, Japan. He is a teaching issues editor for TESOL Quarterly and serves on the nominating committee for the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

Atkinson has been honored for his articles by The Journal of Second Language Writing and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition, he received the best graduate paper award in 1991 from the American Association for Applied Linguistics. His research interests include second language writing, second language education, and qualitative research approaches.

Paul Draper

Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy, BRNG

pdraper@purdue.edu

Paul DraperPaul Draper comes to Purdue from Florida International University where he served as a professor of philosophy, director of the MA in Liberal Studies Program, and chair of the Department of Philosophy. Prior to his time at FIU, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame and a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Draper earned his BA, MA, and PhD in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine.

Draper has been honored with numerous awards, including the Outstanding Achievement and Performance Award, Excellence in Advising Award, and Matriculation Merit Salary Award from FIU and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Science and Religion Course Award for "Science and the Soul."

Beginning in January 2007, Draper will serve as editor of Philo: The Journal of the Society of Humanist Philosophers. He also serves on the board of associate editors of the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, the board of editorial consultants for Faith and Philosophy, and the editorial board for the philosophy and religion section of Philosophy Compass. Draper is on the executive council of the Society for Philosophy of Religion and is a member of the American Philosophical Association and Society of Christian Philosophers.

Draper's primary area of specialization is philosophy of religion, but other areas of interest include philosophy of science and confirmation theory.

Hala Elsisy

Clinical Assitant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, HEAV

elsisy@purdue.edu

Hala ElsisyAfter serving as a lecturer during the spring 2006 semester, Hala Elsisy is now a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Prior to joining Purdue, she worked as an educational audiologist at the Logansport Schools and as a clinical audiologist at a private practice and at King Abdulaziz University Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Elsisy is a member of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association; the Indiana Speech, Language, and Hearing Association; and the Educational Audiology Association. In 2004 she earned a certificate of clinical competence in audiology through the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. Also, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Elsisy's research interests include auditory assessment, management educational audiology, auditory processing disorders, and auditory electrophysiology.

Lisa Farooque

Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts, PAO

lfarooqu@purdue.edu

Lisa FarooqueLisa Farooque joins the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor after serving as a teaching fellow at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in New York. Farooque received her PhD in philosophy in 2006 from The New School for Social Research. She earned her bachelor of architecture from University of Houston in 1995 and her MA in interdisciplinary studies from George Mason University four years later.

Farooque won a dissertation fellowship in 2005 from the New School for Social Research and is investigating underlying philosophical principles that may allow cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural critical dialogue in design disciplines. Her interests include aesthetics, art theory and criticism, architecture and design theory, and art and design in South Asia.

Jennifer L. Foray

Assistant Professor, History, UNIV

jforay@purdue.edu

Jennifer L. ForayJennifer L. Foray comes to Purdue from Columbia University where she received a PhD and MA in history. She earned her BA in anthropology from Fordham University. Foray won a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellowship and a Quinn Fellowship from Columbia University. Foray was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in the Netherlands. She also was awarded a fellowship to participate in the Ninth Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University and received the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Short-Term Research Award. Foray is a member of the H-Net discussion networks on H-Genocide, H-Holocaust, and H-German; the American Historical Association; and the American Association for Netherlandic Studies. In addition, Foray participated in "The Scholars' Initiative: Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies" project with the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Foray’s research interests include imperialism and decolonization; social and cultural responses to war and trauma; modern Germany and the Netherlands; World Wars I and II; the Holocaust and comparative genocide; human rights; and the theories and practices of oral history.

Jeffrey Haddad

Assistant Professor of Health and Kinesiology, Health and Kinesiology, LAMB

jmhaddad@purdue.edu

Jeffrey HaddadJeffrey Haddad comes to Purdue from the University of Massachusetts where he was a research assistant. In addition to a PhD in kinesiology, Haddad has a MS and BS in exercise science from University of Massachusetts. He is a member of the International Society of Biomechanics, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Society for Infant Studies. Haddad won a graduate fellowship from the University of Massachusetts and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) predoctoral fellowship from NIH and the National institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Haddad's research interests include the development and decrement of motor skills across the life span. Recent research has focused on the integration between postural and manual control in young children and adults.

Caroline Janney

Assistant Professor of History, History, UNIV

cjanney@purdue.edu

Caroline Janney joins the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor of history. She was previously a lecturer at the University of Virginia, where she received her MA and PhD in history.

Janney is a member of the Southern History Association and American Historical Association. Her research interests include women, southern 19th Century United States, and Civil War and Reconstruction history.

Tara Star Johnson

Assistant Professor of English and Education, English, HEAV

tarastar@purdue.edu

Tara Star JohnsonTara Johnson received her BA in English from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and her MA in English education and PhD in language and literacy education from the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to Purdue, Johnson was a science and English teacher at Newaygo High School in Michigan, a teaching and research assistant at The University of Georgia, and an assistant professor of literacy education at Georgia Southern University. She is a member of several professional societies such as the Conference on English Education, National Council of Teachers of English, and American Educational Research Association.

Johnson's research interests include the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in secondary education and teacher embodiment.

Brian Kelly

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, STON

bckelly@purdue.edu

Brian KellyBrian Kelly is a medical anthropologist, having received a BA in anthropology from Fordham University and an MA and PhD in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University. Kelly was project director at the City University of New York prior to Purdue, and he continues to collaborate with the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training at the City University of New York.

In 2006 Kelly received the Jack Elinson Award in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, where he worked as project director from 2003 to 2004. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Anthropological Association, American Sociological Association, American Public Health Association, and Society for the Study of Social Problems.

His research includes work on drug use, sexual health, and youth cultures. His current projects focus on club drug use among NYC young adults and drug dealing among suburban youth.

Mary Leader

Associate Professor of English, English, HEAV

mleader@purdue.edu

Mary LeaderMary Leader comes to Purdue from The University of Memphis where she served as an associate professor of English. Formerly an assistant Oklahoma attorney general and a referee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Leader began writing poems while practicing law. As her dedication to poetry grew, she earned an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson while still working as a lawyer. Seeing the need to deepen her study of poetry, she attended Brandeis University and earned her PhD. Called by The New York Times "a searching writer who has her craft down cold," Leader has published two volumes of poetry: Red Signature, which won the National Poetry Series in 1996; and The Penultimate Suitor, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2001. Her work has been featured in numerous journals, as well as on National Public Radio.

James LeBreton

Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychological Sciences, PRCE

lebreton@purdue.edu

James LeBretonJames LeBreton joins the College of Liberal Arts as an associate professor of psychological sciences after serving as an assistant professor and instructor of psychology at Wayne State University. LeBreton has a MS and BS in psychology from Illinois State University and a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from The University of Tennessee.

He received the Alumni of the Year award from Illinois State University's Department of Psychology in 2005. In addition, he has served on the conference strategic planning committee, as well as other ad hoc committees, for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

LeBreton's research interests include personality assessment and statistics/quantitative methods.

Seunghae Lee

Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts, PAO

lee30@purdue.edu

Seunghae LeeSeunghae Lee comes to Purdue from California State University, Northridge, where she joined the faculty in 2003. She has a bachelor's and a master's in housing and interior design from Yonsei University in Korea. Her PhD in facilities and design management is from Michigan State University. Her research interests include sustainable design and workplace design.

Donald Lynam

Professor of Psychological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, PRCE

dlynam@purdue.edu

Donald LynamDon Lynam joins the Department of Psychological Sciences as a professor. He has a BA in psychology and philosophy from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in clinical psychology. Prior to joining Purdue, he was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky from 1995 to 2006. Recognized for his work, he was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology Award by the American Psychological Association in 2002. Lynam's research involves the role of individual differences in the development and maintenance of deviance (i.e., crime, substance use, and risky sex) across the life course.

Meghan McDonough

Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, LAMB

mcdonough@purdue.edu

Meghan McDonoughMeghan McDonough comes to Purdue from The University of British Columbia's School of Human Kinetics. McDonough graduated from University of Saskatchewan in 2000 with a BS in kinesiology and earned her MS and PhD in human kinetics (sport and exercise psychology) from The University of British Columbia, School of Human Kinetics.

In 2006 the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology presented McDonough with the Young Scientist Award. She also received the Student Paper Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity that same year. She is a member of multiple professional organizations, including those mentioned above, the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

McDonough's research explores the role that social relationships play in physical activity, including how social factors such as friendship, acceptance, and social support contribute to motivational processes, and the effects that physical activity experiences have on relationships and well-being. Her research has examined these questions in a variety of populations, including active youth and adults, breast-cancer survivors, overweight adults, and Special Olympics participants.

Valentine Moghadam

Director of Women's Studies, Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies Program, BRNG

Valentine MoghadamValentine Moghadam comes to Purdue from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization where she was the chief of gender equality and development in the social and human services sector. She has held positions at Illinois State University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, United Nations University, University of Helsinki, and Rutgers University.

Moghadam earned her MA and PhD in sociology from The American University in Washington, D.C. In addition, she has a BS in political science and history from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her research examines the sociology of gender; gender and development; social change and movements; and sociology and political economy of the Middle East, North Africa, Iran, and Afghanistan.

Margo Monteith

Professor of Psychological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, PRCE

margo@psych.purdue.edu

Margo MonteithMargo Monteith joins the Department of Psychological Sciences as a professor. Prior to joining Purdue, she was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky from 1994-2006 and on the faculty at Texas Tech University from 1992-1994. Majoring in psychology, she has a bachelor's from Moorhead State University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.

In 2001 the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues both named Monteith a fellow. The National Institute of Mental Health has recognized her work through ongoing research grants and awards. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the American Psychological Society, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Her research interests include stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

Bich Minh Nguyen

Assistant Professor of English, English, HEAV

nguyenb@purdue.edu

Bich Minh NguyenBich Minh Nguyen has been with Purdue as a continuing lecturer since 2004, but in 2006 she joined the faculty as an assistant professor of English. Prior to coming to Purdue, Nguyen was a continuing lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Michigan. She earned her MFA in creative writing and her BA in honors English from the University of Michigan.

Her memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner, forthcoming from Viking Penguin in February 2007, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center. She has coedited three anthologies for Pearson Longman: 30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty Years; Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye; and The Contemporary American Short Story. Her work has also appeared in Gourmet magazine, The Chicago Tribune, several anthologies, including Dream Me Home Safely and Watermark: Vietnamse American Poetry & Prose, and on PBS NewsHour.

Her research interests include creative nonfiction, contemporary fiction and poetry, and Asian American literature.

Titilayo Okoror

Assistant Professor of Health and Kinesiology and African American Studies, Health and Kinesiology, LAMB

tokoror@purdue.edu

Titilayo OkororTitilayo Okoror comes to Purdue from Pennsylvania State University where she received a PhD in biobehavioral health and a BA in English studies. She won the Superior Academic Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State and the Honors Award from the Golden Key Honors Society. In addition, she was named a Collegiate Scholar by the National Collegiate Society of Scholars and received the All-American Scholar Award from the United States Achievement Academy.

Okoror is chair of the HIV/AIDS International Workgroup for the American Public Health Association. Also, she is a member of the Society for Public Health Education and Society for Behavioral Medicine. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, international health, minority health, health disparities, and culture and health.

Her research explores the role of sociocultural, historical and political factors in health decisions and health behaviors, with the goal of designing culturally appropriate health prevention and intervention programs.

Robert Phillips

Research Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, PSYC

Robert PhillipsRobert Phillips has been with Purdue since 2001 as a senior research scientist, but joined the Department of Psychological Sciences in 2006 as a research assistant professor. Phillips has a BS in psychology from Bowling Green State University and an MS in psychology and PhD in psychology/neuroscience from Purdue, which awarded him with a David Ross Predoctoral Fellowship in 1997. The National Institute on Aging gave Phillips the Dissertation Award in 1998 and honored him with Pilot Study Research Support in 2000.

Phillips is a member of multiple societies, including the Society for Neuroscience, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, and International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience.

Phillips' research focuses on age-related disturbances in ingestion and digestion, which is important in designing interventions or management strategies for those gastrointestinal disorders of the elderly that affect appetite and food intake as well as digestion, motility, nutrition, and ultimately health.

Dawn Riggs

Assistant Professor of History, History, UNIV

driggs@purdue.edu

Dawn RiggsDawn Riggs joins the Department of History as an assistant professor after serving as an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton. In 2003 she received her PhD in history from the University of California, Riverside. She is a cofounder of the Indigenous Earth Sciences Project and served as executive director of archives and collections for the San Diego Women's History Museum and Educational Center.

Riggs' research interests include Native Americans, the indigenous world, and colonial North American history.

Maura Schaffer

Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts, PAO

msschaff@purdue.edu

Maura SchafferSince 2002, Maura Schaffer has been serving as an interior design visiting professor and as an adjunct faculty member in sculpture at Purdue, but in 2006 she joined the faculty as an assistant professor. In addition to working as an interior designer, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College.

Schaffer has a BS in interior design from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a BFA in ceramics and weaving from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; and a MFA in installation and sculpture from Florida State University. Her research interests include mixed and multi-media sculpture and installation.

The Indiana Arts Commission recognized Schaffer with Individual Artist Program Grants in 2004 and 2006. In 2005 she was awarded Merit Award at the 55th Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition sponsored by the Quincy Art Center and a first place in sculpture at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette's Indiana Now! Event.

Melanie Shoffner

Assistant Professor of English and Curriculum & Instruction, English, HEAV

shoffner@purdue.edu

Melanie ShoffnerMelanie Shoffner joins the faculty as a joint appointment with the colleges of Liberal Arts and Education. Shoffner received her PhD in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was awarded the Dissertation Completion Fellowship and AT&T Instructional Technology Fellowship. Prior to attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned her MAT in English education and AB in English and history from Duke University. Shoffner served as an instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University. In addition, she taught secondary English in North Carolina and Arizona public schools.

Shoffner is a member of the American Educational Research Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. Also, she is a member of the editorial review board for the journal Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) - English.

Shoffner's research interests include teacher education, the teaching of English, reflective practice, and the construction of the secondary teacher.

Weijie Song

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Foreign Languages and Literatures, SC

wjsong@purdue.edu

Weijie SongWeijie Song spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Oregon before joining Purdue's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Song received a PhD in comparative literature from Peking University and a master of philosophy and PhD in Chinese literature from Columbia University, where he was awarded the Weatherhead Fellowship, President's Fellowship, and L. C. Goodrich Fellowship.

Song is the author in Chinese of From Entertainment Activity to Utopian Impulse: Rereading Jin Yong's Martial Arts Fiction (1999) and Images of China in American Novel and Drama (2003). The United Daily News in Taiwan and the United States recognized Song’s Chinese translation of Fin-de-siècle Splendor: Repressed Modernities of Late Qing Fiction, 1848-1911 as "The Best Book of The Year" (Literary Criticism) in 2003. Song serves as editorial collective for the Studies of Culture and Society book series published (in Chinese) by Hong Kong: Oxford University Press and Beijing: Central Compilation and Translation Publishing House.

Song's research interests include modern Chinese literature and film, comparative literature, cultural studies, martial arts culture, Beijing narrative, Chinese diaspora writings, and sinophone literature.

Philip Troped

Assistant Professor of Public Health, Health and Kinesiology, LAMB

ptroped@purdue.edu

Philip TropedPhilip J. Troped comes to Purdue from Harvard's School of Public Health where he was a research associate for the past five years. Prior to Harvard, he worked as a research associate at the Yale Prevention Research Center and as a program evaluator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Troped graduated from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in 2000 with a PhD in health promotion, education, and behavior. In addition, he holds an MS in clinical exercise physiology from Northeastern University and an SM in society, human development, and health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Troped is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. In 2000 he was inducted into Delta Omega - the honorary society for public health. In addition, he completed a U.S. Public Health Service Traineeship through the Arnold School of Public Health.

His research interests include environmental and policy determinants of physical activity; measurement of physical activity with accelerometers and global positioning system (GPS) units; and design, implementation, and evaluation of physical activity and disease prevention interventions.

James Tyler

Assistant Professor of Communication, Communication, BRNG

tyler@purdue.edu

James TylerJim Tyler joins the Department of Communication's interpersonal division as an assistant professor. He has a BA in experimental psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo and an MS and PhD in social psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining Purdue, he held positions at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts. In addition, he is a member of several professional societies such as the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, International Communication Association, and National Communication Association.

Tyler's primary research interests center on the interpersonal aspects of the self as embedded within the context of social relationships. In particular, he focuses on how the behavioral, motivational, and emotional components of the self influence interpersonal communication, with the central tenet that people's behaviors and emotions are influenced by their concerns about others' impression and social acceptance of them. Tyler's latest research on relational value and self-regulation was awarded a 2006 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award.

Bert Useem

Professor of Sociology, Sociology and Anthropology, STON

useem@purdue.edu

Bert UseemBert Useem joins the faculty of Purdue's College of Liberal Arts after serving 13 years as a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Useem also served as director of the university's Institute for Social Research for seven of those years. Prior to that, he was director of the Urban Research Institute's Public Safety Research Center at the University of Louisville and worked in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Useem earned a BA in political science from Western Michigan University and an MA and PhD in sociology from Boston University and Brandeis University in Massachusetts. In 2002 he was honored with a Best Essay Award from the American Sociological Association for "Forging Social Order and Its Breakdown: Riot and Reform in U.S. Prisons," which appeared in American Sociological Review. He has memberships in the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology, and his research interests include criminal justice and collective behavior.

Sharon Williams

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Anthropology, STON

srw@purdue.edu

Sharon WilliamsBefore coming to Purdue, Sharon Williams was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago's Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging. She was also a visiting assistant professor in Northwestern University's Department of Anthropology from 2003 to 2006.

Williams graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in molecular genetics and an MA and PhD in anthropology. In 2001 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship from the Fulbright Institute for International Education. Her research interests include women's health throughout the life course; development of chronic diseases; aging and female identity; and combining social and biological methods for the study of health in non-clinical settings.

Williams serves as treasurer of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology and is a member of the Human Biology Association, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and American Anthropological Association.

Fabian Winkler

Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts, PAO

fwinkler@purdue.edu

Fabian WinklerFabian Winkler joins the College of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor and is building a new interdisciplinary program in electronic and time-based art in the Division of Art and Design. Winkler was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Purdue. He received his MFA in design and media art from UCLA and a Diplom der Medienkunst in media art from the State College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany.

In 2003 and 2004 Winkler won the Adjudicators' Recommended Work award from the Japan Media Arts Festival, sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Computer Graphic Arts Society. In 2002 he won first prize in the new media category from the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture and also honorable mention in the Yucca Mountain Design Competition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Marjorie Barrick Museum. Winkler's solo exhibitions include "mp-IV/fabian winkler" at the Mirko Mayer Gallery in Cologne, Germany, and "architectural JoxMox - musical encounters" at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Winkler's research interests include investigating the aesthetic potential and the cultural implications of emerging technologies such as new sensor and actuator devices, imaging techniques, and database structures. His art practice is transdisciplinary, located at the intersections of the moving image, spatial structures, and robotics. Conceptually, his works are often influenced by archeological research into the history of technology and observations of social processes.

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