DeSales Announces New Full-Time Faculty Members For 2013-2014 Academic Year

by Joshua Martin '13 | Aug 04, 2013

DeSales University announced new full-time faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Karen Walton, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the appointments. They include:

Dr. Aidin Amirshokoohi, of Reading, Pa., will be an assistant professor of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the department of education. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science education at the University of Iowa and a doctorate in science education with a minor in biological sciences and environmental education from Indiana University.

Dr. Steven Aukers, of Collegeville, Pa., will serve as an assistant professor of business in the division of business. Aukers earned a master’s degree in sports and recreation administration and a Ph.D. in human performance from Indiana University.

Dr. Lauren Brown of Philadelphia will serve as an assistant professor of sports management in the division of business. Brown earned a master’s of education in sport and recreation administration at Temple University and a doctorate in sport management at The Ohio State University.

Melissa Brown, of Nazareth, Pa., will be a clinical coordinator in the physician assistant program in the division of healthcare and natural sciences. Brown earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physician assistant studies from DeSales University.

Dr. R. Edward Cole, of Cranberry Township, Pa., will be an assistant professor of communication in the department of humanities. Cole earned a master’s in integrated marketing communication and rhetoric as well as a doctorate in rhetoric and philosophy of communication at Dusquesne University.

Hoonani Cuadrado, of Orefield, Pa., will be an assistant professor of physician assistant studies in the division of healthcare and natural sciences. Cuadrado earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a psychology minor and a concentration in Spanish from Villanova University and a master’s of physician assistant studies from DeSales University.

Dr. Susan Givens-Skeaton, of Havertown, Pa., will be an assistant professor of business in the division of business. Givens-Skeaton earned a master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology at St. Mary’s University and a doctorate in organizational studies from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Pranshu Gupta, of Manhattan, Kans., will be an instructor of computer science in the department of mathematics and computer science. Gupta earned a master’s of science degree in computer science at James Madison University and is a candidate for a Ph.D. in computing and information sciences at Kansas State University.

Dr. Gregg Hellwig, of Easton, Pa., will be an assistant professor of physician assistant studies in the division of healthcare and natural sciences. Hellwig earned a bachelor’s of science in mathematics at Rockhurst University and earned his medical degree at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. His residency was in emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Lori Simmons Madiara, of Coopersburg, Pa., will be an assistant professor of physical therapy and a clinical coordinator in the division of healthcare and natural sciences. Madiara earned a master’s degree in health administration from St. Joseph’s University and a doctorate in physical therapy at Arcadia University.

Karen Ruggles will be an instructor of computer science in the department of mathematics and computer science. Ruggles earned a bachelor’s degree in English and studio art at Lafayette College and a master’s of science degree in digital cinema, with a concentration in 3D animation, from DePaul University.

Kathleen Ryan, of Bethlehem, Pa., will serve as an instructor in mathematics in the department of mathematics and computer science. Ryan earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Lehigh University and is a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at Lehigh.

Dr. Rosa Mirna Sánchez, of Bronx, N.Y., will be an assistant professor of Spanish in the department of humanities. Sanchez earned a master’s degree in Spanish literature at the University of Virginia and earned a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Sarah Starling, of Hazelton, Pa., will serve as an assistant professor of psychology in the department of social sciences. Starling earned a master’s degree and her doctorate in brain and cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester.

Joel Wagoner, of Jenkintown, Pa., will be an assistant professor of business in the division of business. Wagoner earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s of business administration from Regis University.


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