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IU Kokomo welcomes 12 new faculty

August 17, 2017

KOKOMO, Ind. — Twelve new faculty members have joined Indiana University Kokomo, teaching subjects that include finance, theatre, sociology, nursing, and computer science.

New faculty pose for a photo

Mark Canada, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, noted that IU Kokomo’s success as a university depends on the quality of its faculty.

“We are fortunate to have some strong teachers coming to our campus not just to teach our students, but also inspire and mentor them,” he said. “We take great care in selecting faculty who will be effective inside and outside the classroom.”

New faculty members include:

School of Business

Xiaoqiong (Crystal) Wang, assistant professor of finance. She earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Finance from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China. Previously, she was an instructor at University of Wisconsin.


Meg Galasso, information services librarian and archivist. She earned a Master of History and a Master of Library Science from IU, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from DePauw University, Greencastle. Previously, she was a librarian at Harrison College, and an adjunct faculty member in history at Holy Cross College at the Indiana Women’s Prison. 

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Robert Johansen, visiting lecturer in theatre. He earned a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in acting from IU, and a B.A. in Theatre from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He has extensive acting experience, and also has taught acting as an adjunct and visiting artist at IU Kokomo, and was a visiting professor at IU Bloomington.

Jamie Oslawski-Lopez, assistant professor of sociology. She is completing a Ph.D. in sociology from IU. She earned an M.A. in Sociology from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in sociology and English from DePauw University, Greencastle. She was a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow at IU Bloomington and University of Indianapolis.

Joseph M. Waters, assistant professor of psychology. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Purdue University, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and B.S. in psychology and business administration from Ball State University. He was a teaching assistant at Ball State, and a research assistant at Purdue.

School of Nursing

Jennifer Gale, lecturer in nursing. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from IU Kokomo, and is earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Southern Indiana. She’s been an assistant professor of nursing at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, and a lecturer of nursing and an adjunct clinical faculty member at IU Kokomo.

Felita Wash-White, lecturer in nursing. She earned a M.S.N. and B.S.N. from IU Kokomo. Previously, she was a nursing lecturer at Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis and an adjunct clinical faculty member at IUPUI. She also was a staff nurse at Indiana Health North Hospital in Carmel.

School of Sciences

Mohammad Hossain, assistant professor of organic chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and an M.S. in Physical Chemistry and a B.S. in Chemistry from Jahangirnager University, Bangladesh. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.

Hadea Hummeid, lecturer in mathematics. She earned an M.S. in Mathematics Education and a B.S. in Pure Mathematics from Purdue. Previously, she was a mathematics instructor at IUPUI.

Deborah Jaworksi, lecturer in mathematics. She earned an M.S. in Education from California State University, East Bay; and a B.S. in Mathematics from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She’s previously been an adjunct faculty member at IU Kokomo.

Hong Liu, assistant professor of computer science. She earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in computer science from from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; and a B.S. in Computer Science and Technology from Northeastern University in China. Previously, she was a teaching assistant at Oklahoma State University.

Amelia Tebbe, assistant professor of mathematics. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Mathematics, with a minor in computer science, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She’s previously been a graduate teaching assistant at University of Illinois.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/18/2017