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New faculty joins IU Kokomo team

August 27, 2015
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo announces the addition of nine new faculty members.

Mark Canada, vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the new faculty members include instructors for the campus’ newest programs, the Bachelor of Applied Science and hospitality and tourism degree.

“Faculty are at the heart of what we do at IU Kokomo, and we are fortunate to have a terrific group of faculty here,” Canada said. “We look forward to welcoming our new instructors, who can help us continue our mission of providing our students with an outstanding educational experience.”

New faculty, listed by school, are:

Division of Allied Health Sciences

Angela Coppola, acting assistant professor of health sciences. She is a Ph.D. candidate in physical education and recreation at University of Alberta, Edmonton. She earned a Master of Science in sport studies at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. She has served several graduate assistantships both at University of Alberta and Miami University.

Melinda Knudson-Stanley, visiting lecturer of applied science. She earned a Master of Public Management from Indiana University Kokomo, a Bachelor of Arts in history from Wright State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in microbiology from Miami University, She has been an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Allied Health Sciences, and was previously executive director of the Kokomo Sports Center, a division of Community Howard Regional Health.

Kim Mossburg, visiting lecturer of nutritional science. She earned her registered dietician certification from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, and University of Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia. She completed a Master of Science in physical education from Indiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. She has been an adjunct faculty member at IU Kokomo and an athletic trainer at Replay/Community Howard Regional Health.

School of Business

Reynold V. Galope, visiting lecturer in public administration and health management. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy at Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, with a Fulbright Fellowship. He also earned a Master of Public Policy from National University of Singapore, a Master of Management from University of the Philippines, and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from St. Louis College in the Philippines. He was previously a visiting assistant professor at Georgia State University.

Mark Meng, visiting lecturer of hospitality and tourism management. He is completing a Ph.D. in hospitality and tourism management at Purdue University. He earned a Master of Science in food business from University College Cork, Ireland; and a Bachelor of Management in hospitality management from Beijing Technology and Business University, China.

School of Education

Allison Coburn, visiting lecturer of special education. She earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Education from IU Bloomington, and Bachelor of Arts in history and English from Purdue University. She previously was director of early field experiences and an associate instructor for the Teaching All Learners Undergraduate Teacher Education Program at IU Bloomington.

Alina Mihai, assistant professor special education. She earned a Ph.D. in special education at Indiana University Bloomington, a Master of Arts in human resources management from University of Bucharest, Romania; and a Bachelor of Arts in special education from Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania. She was an associate instructor, field experience supervisor, and research assistant at IU Bloomington.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Wayne Madsen, assistant professor of new media. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in digital arts from San Jose State University, California; and Bachelor of Arts in visual arts and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Previously he was an assistant professor in digital arts and design at Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota.

Joshua Mugg, visiting lecturer of philosophy. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from York University, Toronto, Canada. He earned a Master of Arts in philosophy from York University and a Bachelor of Arts in religion and a Bachelor of Science in history from Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, Missouri.
The campus has three IU Future Faculty Teaching Fellows. This program gives doctoral students an opportunity to spend one or two semesters as half-time faculty members at an IU campus. The fellows experience what it is like to teach and be a faculty member, preparing them for successful academic careers.
IU Kokomo's Future Faculty Teaching Fellows are Trish Gibson, political science; Christina Ivanova, education; and Adam Rake, fine arts.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/27/2015