New year brings new professors to UD


Sally Krutzig, News Editor



Every University of Dallas student knows that a professor can make or break a class. This year, UD’s Irving campus will gain 18 new assistant, affiliate and associate professors.

Steven Foutch will be the assistant professor of art and specialize in printmaking. Previously, he was the director of operations at UberPrints, an online printing company.

“In my view, printmaking is not a way of making multiple paintings or drawings. Ideas and images should be explored and presented in their best visual form. Process only informs imagery,” Foutch wrote on his faculty webpage.

Nicole Phillips, Ph.D., has joined the biology department. She specializes in bioinformation and genetics. Both the Alzheimer’s Association and the University of North Texas Health Science Center have awarded her research grants.

Another science hire is affiliate instructor and laboratory coordinator Megan Beshirs. Beshirs previously taught at Xavier University. Her prior lab experience includes managing general chemistry labs and a chemical stockroom.

Dr. Tammy Leonard is the newest addition to the economics department. Her credentials include graduating magna cum laude from Texas A&M University and serving as scholar in residence at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The education department welcomed Dr. Amie Sarker into its ranks. She has been teaching at Dallas Baptist University for the past eight years. She also spent two years teaching English in Taiwan. Her resume includes six published works.

The French department hired Jason Lewallen. Lewallen received the prominent Stanford-Ecole Normale Superieure Visiting Research Fellowship to research for his doctoral dissertation in Paris, France in 2011. He expects to complete his degree in June.

Biology professor, Nicole Phillips, Ph.D. -Photo by E. Whitfield
Biology professor, Nicole Phillips, Ph.D.
-Photo by E. Whitfield

Carla Pezzia will be the first full-time faculty member of the department of human sciences in the contemporary world. While receiving a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, her dissertation on recovering alcoholics in Guatemala won an Outstanding Dissertation Award.

“Being the first full-time faculty was appealing in that it made me think that I would be able to contribute just a little bit more and really help shape the path of the program,” Pezzia said.

Rudy Bush, the journalism department’s new director and newspaper adviser, is an alumnus of UD. Since graduating, he has worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Chicago Tribune’s national correspondence department in Washington, and the Dallas Morning News. Earlier this year he joined the Dallas Morning News’ Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial board.

The philosophy department’s newest professor, Dr. Chad Engelland, previously taught at both John Carroll University and Borromeo Seminary. In addition to ten published articles, Engelland has written a book slated for publication later this year.

Dr. Christopher Wolfe is one of the country’s leading constitutional law scholars, according to UD’s politics department. Six of his children attended the university and he has given many lectures here.

“The university is a wonderful Catholic liberal arts institution,” Wolfe said. “I’ve been out of the classroom for six years, so I’m really looking forward to being back in the classroom and teaching.”

As a licensed clinical psycologist, Stephanie Swales Scalambrino, Ph.D., will fit right in at the psychology department. She will specialize in clinical psychology for the graduate program. She has published five articles, frequently gives conference presentations and has published a book on Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Kerri Lenartowick, a UD alum, will be a new theology professor. Before joining the faculty here, she was an editor for Roman Catholic Books and a journalist for the Catholic News Agency and EWTN news.

The Sasha and Yasmin Gupta College of Business hired two finance professors, Shawn Groves and Dr. Lynn Kendall. Groves’ prior experience includes time spent as CFO at Simran Capital Management, senior analyst at Highland Capital Management and senior finance analyst at Verizon, according to UD.

While Kendall’s masters and doctorate are in finance, her bachelor’s degree is in mining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. She has had plenty of professional experience, including serving as vice president at both Cambridge Associates, an investment adviser, and Resource Data International, Inc., a mapping and consulting company.

Dr. Theodore Whapam, the new theology professor at the School of Ministry, received a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in systemic theology. Previously, he taught at the St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.

The new professor of biblical studies will be Fr. Rafael Ramirez Gonzalez, a priest from the diocese of Cancun, Mexico. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Most recently, he taught at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.



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