KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo announces the addition of 16 new faculty members.
Kathy Parkison, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, said eight of the new faculty are in positions created because of increased enrollment and addition of programs, including hospitality and tourism.
“We are excited about our new faculty members and all the talents they bring to us,” she said. “IU Kokomo has been growing and adding exciting new majors. These faculty will allow us to continue that growth and excitement. We are certainly happy to have them join our team.”
New faculty, listed by school, include:
School of Business
Alan Krabbenhoft, dean. He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from Moorhead State University, Minnesota; and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in economics from Wayne State University, Detroit. He was founding dean of the School of Business at Purdue University North Central, and was most recently professor of finance and economics.
Josephine Dibie, visiting lecturer in business. She received a Bachelor of Science with honors in statistics from the University of Nigeria, an M.B.A. in economics from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Benin, Nigeria, a Master of Public Administration from Indiana State University, and a Doctor of Business Administration in accounting from Argosy University. She previously served as an adjunct professor at IU Kokomo, Ivy Tech Community College, and Western Kentucky University. She also brings to the position considerable professional experience with budgeting and finance.
Heather Kennedy-Eden, visiting lecturer in hospitality and tourism. She received a Bachelor of Science in recreation, park and tourism management from Texas A&M University, worked towards a Master of Science in recreation, park and tourism management at Texas A&M University, and is completing her Ph.D. in marketing from University of Wollongong, Australia. She brings a wealth of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry including more than 10 years of leadership responsibility at the University Center Complex at Texas A&M.
Olga Korne, lecturer in accounting. She has a Bachelor of Science in education from Kolomna University, Russia, and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in accounting from the IU Kelley School of Business. She was on faculty at DeVry University, an accounting analyst for Chase Student Loans, and an investment accountant for Conseco Services.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rachel Blumenthal, assistant professor of English. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Vanderbilt University, and her Master of Arts in English and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She previously was an instructor at Northwestern University.
Erin Doss, acting assistant professor of communication arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Olivet Nazarene University and her Master of Arts from Purdue University, where she is completing her Ph.D. She most recently was an instructor at Purdue University.
Tim Fulk, lecturer in criminal justice and homeland security. He has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Tri-State University and a Master of Science from Trine University. He has served in the U.S. Marines and the Indiana Air National Guard. He was an Indiana State Trooper for more than a decade. Most recently, he was a visiting lecturer at IU Kokomo.
Angela Glosser, assistant professor of criminal justice. She received an Associate of Arts from Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa; a Bachelor of Arts in distributive education from Buena Vista University-Ottumwa Center; a Master of Arts in criminal justice from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in sociology, with concentrations in criminology and social inequality. She previously held several adjunct, consultant, and instructor positions in Iowa, and most recently was facilitator of online classes at Boston University. Glosser is a former reserve deputy sheriff and maintains a private investigator’s license.
Wendy Grice, lecturer in music. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College and her Master of Music from the University of Notre Dame. She most recently taught at Marywood University, East Stroudsburg University, and Desales University. She also is a professional opera singer.
Vanessa Harris, acting assistant professor of psychology. She has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Her Master of Arts in Psychology is from Miami University, where she is finishing her Ph.D. She worked as an instructor at Miami University.
Michael Koerner, assistant professor of graphic design. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Edinburgh College of Art at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Most recently he was working as a lecturer in fine arts and graphic design at Indiana University Southeast.
Stephanie Medley-Rath, assistant professor of sociology. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Georgia State University, all in sociology. She previously held positions as instructor and adjunct instructor in several institutions of higher learning in various states, the most recent being instructor at Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill.
Gin Morgan, lecturer in psychology. She has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Cornell University. Her Master of Arts and Ph.D. are from Columbia University. She has worked as an assistant professor at New Mexico State University and as an adjunct instructor at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis.
Beau Shine, acting assistant professor of criminal justice. He received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, where he is completing his Ph.D. While at the University of Cincinnati, he served as graduate assistant, distance learning facilitator, adjunct instructor, and field placement coordinator, all in the School of Criminal Justice. Shine most recently was a visiting lecturer in criminology at IU Bloomington.
Michelle Westervelt, lecturer in English. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Illinois College and a Master of Arts degree in English from Indiana State University. She previously taught English as a second language in Japan and was an adjunct English instructor and then a visiting assistant professor at IU Kokomo.
School of Sciences
Dr. Peter Tupa, visiting lecturer in mathematics. He received his Bachelor of Arts in physics from Hiram College, Ohio; and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in physics from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. He taught physics, astronomy and mathematics courses at Penn State University Lehigh Valley Campus, and was an adjunct instructor of astronomy at IU Kokomo.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.