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New faculty join IU Kokomo team

August 23, 2016
KOKOMO, Ind. — Eighteen new faculty members join Indiana University Kokomo, teaching a variety of subjects, from nutrition and organic chemistry, to business and criminal justice.

Mark Canada, vice chancellor for academic affairs, noted that a university is only as good as its people, which is why it is crucial to attract the best instructors possible.

“We are doing a great job of attracting these instructors, I think, because of what we do with students here,” he said. “When I interview candidates, I often talk about the transformative, experiential learning that is central to what we do at Indiana University Kokomo. We want faculty who embrace this kind of learning, as well as strong connections and dedication to our students. I'm delighted to say that these are exactly the kinds of faculty we are bringing onboard. I see more great things ahead for IU Kokomo."

Division of Allied Health Sciences

Ghadah Alshuwaiyer, assistant professor of health sciences. She earned a Ph.D. in health and exercise science from The University of Oklahoma, Norman, a Master of Science (M.S.) in health science from Towson University, Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in physical therapy and rehabilitation from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has been an assistant professor in health science at Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri.

Kim Mossburg, lecturer of health sciences. She earned her registered dietician certification from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, and University of Charleston, Charleston, West Virginia. She completed an M.S. in physical education from Indiana State University and a B.S. in physical education from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. She has been a visiting lecturer of nutritional sciences at IU Kokomo and an athletic trainer at Replay/Community Howard Regional Health.

Christine Rassel, assistant clinical professor of radiologic sciences. She earned a B.S. in Medical Imaging from Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and an Associate of Science in radiology technology from Marian College. She is an ultrasound, mammography, X-ray, and MRI technician at American Health Network, Kokomo.

School of Business
Martin Carrigan, visiting lecturer in business law. He earned a J.D. from University of Toledo; a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from The University of Findlay, Ohio; and a B.A. from University of Notre Dame. He previously was associate professor of law and business at The University of Findlay, taught legal courses as an adjunct associate professor in the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, and was a practicing attorney.

HyunKang Hur, assistant professor of public management and health management. He earned a Ph.D. in public management and public policy analysis from Indiana University, a Master of Public Policy from University of Maryland at College Park; and a B.A. in public administration and business from SungKynKwan University, Seoul, Korea. He has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington.

School of Education
Nancy Franklin, visiting lecturer in education. She earned an M.S. and B.S. in education from Indiana University Kokomo, a B.S. in social work from University of Missouri, Columbia, and principal licensure from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has previously served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education, and as assistant principal at Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School.

Christina Ivanova, visiting lecturer in English/language arts. She expects to complete a Ph.D. in literacy, culture, and language education from Indiana University in December. She earned an M.S. in education from IUPUI, a B.A. in English from Eastern New Mexico University, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Clovis Community College, New Mexico. She was a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow at IU Kokomo, and an adjunct instructor at IU.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Scott Blackwell, lecturer of philosophy. He earned an M.A. and B.A. in English from Purdue University. He previously was a visiting lecturer in humanities for online instruction at IU Kokomo, and was site manager for Ball State’s correctional education program at the Miami Correctional Facility.

Kelly Fisher, lecturer of criminal justice. She earned an M.S. in criminology from Indiana State University, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University Kokomo. She has been a supervisor trainer, adjunct instructor, and College Connection Coach at Ivy Tech Community College.

Brooke Komar, visiting lecturer in psychology. She earned an M.S. in art therapy/counseling from Emporia State University, Kansas, and a B.A. in art therapy from Indiana University. She is a licensed mental health counselor, and previously has been an associate professor at Ivy Tech Community College.

Yun Jin Woo, assistant professor of new media art technology. She expects to complete a Ph.D. in communication and culture from Indiana University in May 2017. She earned a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from Seoul National University, Korea, and also studied fine arts at University of Oklahoma, Norman, as part of a study abroad program. She has been an associate instructor in the New Media School at IU, and a teaching assistant at Seoul National University.

School of Nursing
Lesley Connolly, lecturer in nursing. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) from IU Kokomo. She has worked in neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and also was previously an adjunct faculty member and clinical liaison for the School of Nursing.

Sonya Green, lecturer in nursing. She earned her M.S.N. from University of Phoenix and B.S.N. from IU Kokomo. Previously, she was a nurse manager at Community Howard Regional Health, and an IU Kokomo adjunct faculty member. She has certification in psychiatric and mental health nursing.

Shawna Lewis, lecturer in nursing. She earned an M.S.N. and B.S.N. from IU Kokomo, along with a diabetes management certificate from University of Southern Indiana. She has been an intensive care registered nurse at RN & Allied Specialties, Indianapolis, and an adjunct clinical assistant professor for IU Kokomo.

Mary Steinke, assistant clinical professor in nursing. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice at and an M.S.N. in the family nurse practitioner program at IUPUI. She has been a nurse practitioner at T.L. Care Corporation, Indianapolis, and an adjunct faculty member at IU Kokomo.

Leigh Swartzendruber, lecturer in nursing. She earned her M.S.N. and B.S.N. from IU Kokomo. She has been a nursing faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College, an adjunct instructor at IU Kokomo, and a nurse at St. Vincent Kokomo.

School of Sciences
Denise Chauret, visiting lecturer in organic chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; and a B.S. in chemistry from University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She has been an adjunct faculty member in the School of Sciences at IU Kokomo.

Chen Zhong, assistant professor of informatics and applied computing. She earned a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology from Pennsylvania State University, University Park; and a B.S. in computer science and technology from Nanjing University, China. She was a research assistant and teaching assistant at Penn State.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/23/2016