Coastal Carolina welcomes new faculty members
E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration
Meyer Drucker, an assistant professor of accounting, earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina. A certified public accountant, he also earned a master's degree in public administration from American University and a master's degree in taxation from Emory University. While taxation is his teaching focus, his recent research interest has been to train students to make multi-media presentations on health and employment issues.
Tracy Smith is an assistant professor of accounting. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Auburn University and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Her research interests include behavioral studies examining the use of financial statement information.
Nicholas Twigg is an assistant professor of management. He earned a DBA degree from Louisiana Tech University and served on the faculty at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. He teaches in the area of production and operations management. His research interests include workplace diversity, change management, leadership and spirituality, and workplace-union relationships. Twigg previously served in the United States Navy's nuclear program, including extended tours aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, U.S.S. Enterprise, USS South Carolina and USS California.
Andy Weinbach is an assistant professor of economics. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in applied economics from Clemson University. His research is primarily in the areas of sports economics, financial markets and consumer behavior.
Spadoni College of Education
Jeanne Cobb is chair of Coastal's Department of Elementary Education. She earned master's and doctorate degrees in literacy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her research interests are improving the achievement of struggling literacy learners and public education reform through professional development school initiatives.
Gregory F. Martel is an associate professor of exercise science. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Salisbury University and master's and doctorate degrees in exercise physiology from the University of Maryland. He has conducted research on the effects of exercise on healthy elderly men and women as well as those with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
Colleen McGlone is an assistant professor of recreation and sport management. She earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science, master's degrees in exercise science and sport administration, and a doctorate in sport management from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include organizational culture, sport leadership, ethical and moral reasoning, and women in sports.
Ana Maria Schuhmann is director of Coastal's Biddle Center for Teaching and Learning. She earned a bachelor's degree in English as a second language in her native country, Argentina, as well as master's and doctorate degrees in language education from Rutgers University. She served as dean of the College of Education at Kean University in New Jersey for more than 16 years. Schuhmann has served as chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Debbie Smith is an associate professor of education. She earned a master's degree in education from Arizona State and a doctorate from the University of Arizona. For the past five years she taught at Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, Okla. Her research interests focus on adolescent literacy and culture and on why some students are more successful than others.
Stephanie Horner Toney is a lecturer in the Spadoni College of Education. She earned a master's degree in the middle grades curriculum and instruction in 2001 from Coastal Carolina University. She was the 2004 Spadoni College of Education Distinguished Alumnus. Toney is currently pursuing a doctorate in middle grades curriculum and instruction at North Carolina State University.
Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Robert Bass is an assistant professor of philosophy. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Wofford College and master's and doctorate degrees in philosophy from Bowling Green State University in Kentucky. Among his publications are "Pure Contractarianism: Promise, Problems, Prospects" and "Egoism vs. Rights."
Matthieu E. Chan Tsin is an assistant professor of French. A native of France, he earned a master's degree in French literature and a doctorate from Purdue University. He earned a DEUG B in English studies from the University of Caen in France. He also attended the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a license in English and American studies. While fulfilling his military service duties, he obtained a license in French as a foreign language.
Dennis Earl is an assistant professor of philosophy. Prior to becoming an assistant professor, he taught for several years as a teaching associate in the department of philosophy and religion at Coastal. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His area of specialty is metaphysics, epistemology and applied ethics.
Cynthia Farnell joins Coastal as lecturer and visiting director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery. Farnell earned a bachelor's degree from Auburn University, a master's degree in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and a certificate of general studies of photography from the International Center of Photography in New York City. Prior to CCU, she was executive director of Island Arts Center in Newport, R.I., and a contributing reviewer to Art New England magazine and Mercury newspaper.
Daryl Lisa Fazio is an assistant professor of visual arts. She earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Northwestern University and a master's degree in graphic design from the University of Memphis. Her design work has won Gold and Silver ADDY Awards over the past few years.
Eric Hall is an assistant professor of theater. He earned a bachelor's degree in theater design and production from Missouri State University and a master's degree in costume design from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. While employed at John Kristiansen NY, a theatrical costume shop in New York City, he worked on "Avenue Q" (Las Vegas), "Spirit of the Tiger," "Spamalot," "Little Women" and Britney Spears' Hotel Onyx tour.
Richard Lawrence Johnson is a professor and chair of Coastal's Department of Music. He earned a doctorate in conducting from Michigan State University and both bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. As a conductor, Johnson is internationally known for his interpretation of the music of composer David Rakowski. He has served on executive boards for state arts councils, the Maryland Music Educators Association and other organizations.
Pedro Maligo is chair of Coastal's Department of Foreign Language. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Maligo has earned a master's degree in Brazilian literature and a licentiate degree in language teaching from the Catholic University in Rio. He also earned a doctorate in Portuguese from the University of Texas at Austin. He helped create the American Portuguese Studies Association as its first elected secretary.
Ken Martin is an associate professor of theater. He earned a bachelor's degree in theater and film history from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and a master's degree in theater design and technology from Ohio State University. Most recently he was an associate professor of theater at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
Aaron Michael McAllister is a visiting assistant professor of theater. He earned a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and conducting from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master's degree in conducting from the University of Maryland. McAllister has taught musical theater repertoire, scene study, musical theater history, and theory skills while on the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Walnut Hill School of the Arts.
Julinna Oxley is an assistant professor of philosophy. She earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English literature from Wheaton College in Illinois, a master's degree in philosophy from Boston College and a doctorate from Tulane University. Her area of specialty is ethics and feminist philosophy. She has worked as a managing editor for the journal "Politics, Philosophy and Economics."
Tonya Gray Propst is an assistant professor of music and director of the Summer Arts Academy Music Camp. She earned a bachelor's degree in music from Glenville State College in West Virginia, a master's degree in music education and performance from Ohio University in Athens and a doctorate in music education and horn performance from Ball State University.
William Richardson is the dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Richardson earned bachelor's degrees in Russian and history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned both a master's degree and a doctorate in history from the University of California at Berkeley. Richardson has been director of interdisciplinary arts and sciences at the University of Washington at Tacoma since 2000.
Holley Tankersley is an assistant professor of politics. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala., and a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. Tankersley recently completed a doctorate in political science and public policy at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include the presidency, state politics, health care policy, education policy, and the role of service learning and civic engagement in liberal arts education.
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
Erin Burge is an assistant professor of marine science. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in marine science from the College of William and Mary. His research at the Hollings Marine Laboratory for the College of Charleston focused on shrimp immune gene expression.
Steven Crawford is a lecturer of mathematics. He earned a master's degree in mathematical sciences at Clemson University.
Patrick McCormick is a lecturer of mathematics. He earned a master's degree in mathematics from Ohio University.
John Reilly is an assistant professor of chemistry. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In addition to his teaching experience, Reilly has professional experience with International Flavors and Fragrances, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Monell Chemical Senses Center and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Michael Root is an assistant professor of psychology. He earned a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of New Hampshire at Durham. He has been a visiting assistant professor at Ohio University in Athens where he taught general psychology, human learning, cognitive psychology, statistics, and history and systems of psychology. His research interests lie in the fields of cognitive psychology and the history of psychology.
Stephanie Weeks is an assistant professor of psychology. She earned a doctorate in social/experimental psychology from North Carolina State University. She has been a research specialist at Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project Inc. and a research associate at Innovation Research and Training in Durham, N.C. Her research interests focus on the interface between social psychology and criminal justice.