Welcome! New Full-Time Faculty Members for the 2014-15 Academic Year

by Tom McNamara | Aug 27, 2014

DeSales University announced new full-time faculty members for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Karen Walton, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the appointments. They include:

Dr. Melissa Carroll will serve as an assistant professor of physical therapy in the department of natural sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine.

Dr. Sonya Echols will serve as an associate professor of inter-professional healthcare education as well as director of healthcare simulation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, her master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Jeffrey Focht will be an assistant professor of business in the division of business. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University; a master’s degree from Villanova University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. William Hamant will serve as an assistant professor of theology in the department of philosophy and theology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree from the University of Dayton, and a Ph.D. from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

Alan Heckman will be an assistant professor of physician assistant in the department of natural sciences. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and a master of science in physician assistant studies from DeSales University.

Wendi Hontz will serve as a physician assistant clinical coordinator for the department of natural sciences. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University, a master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University, and a master of science in physician assistant studies from DeSales University.

Sara Hulse, who earned her bachelor’s degree from DeSales University and an M.T.S. degree from John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, will be an instructor of theology in the department of philosophy and theology.

Dr. Lisa Johnson will serve as an assistant professor of nursing for the department of nursing and health. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University; a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Drexel University.

Julia Mayo, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from The Juilliard School and a master of fine arts degree from New York University, will serve as an assistant professor of dance in the department of dance.

Dr. Steven Sweeney will be an assistant professor of physics in the department of natural sciences. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Moravian College and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Lehigh University.

Carly Swiatek, who will be an assistant professor of physician assistant in the department of natural sciences, earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in physician assistant studies from DeSales University.

Dr. Catherine Tanksley-Bowe will serve as an assistant professor of nursing for the department of nursing and health. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Jeffrey Tomlinson, who earned a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and a master’s degree from DeSales University, will be an instructor of criminal justice in the department of social sciences

Dr. Lisa Wilde will serve as an assistant professor of English in the department of humanities. She earned an A.B. from Harvard University; a master of arts from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. 


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Tom McNamara
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DeSales University
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