Dr. Jeffrey R. Anderson joined the Department of Mathematics. He brings with him a reputation for building high impact connections between applied academic research, industrial partnerships, project based curricula, and international programs. He serves on the Accreditation Peer Review Corps for the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has served as co chair of the Undergraduate Experience Committee for the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering Deans Council.
Jenna’s academic career started at Wells College where she studied for her undergraduate. She studied for her MA at State University of New York at Buffalo and PhD at Indiana University. Her research interests are queer performances, drag kings, rural queer studies, LGBT politics, transnational activism, and the feminist sex wars. She chose this area of study because she believes that we cannot separate the personal and political from the intellectual, and Women's/Gender Studies gave her a way to enact that professionally. In her personal life, she has her partner Dawn Rutecki, a dog, Trinity, and two cats, Bullet and Falcon.
Dan-Bush Bhusumane comes to IPFW as an Exchange Visiting Instructor in the Department of Professional Studies. Dan-Bush earned is undergraduate degree from the University of Botswana. He earned his M.Ed. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and his PhD from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA. He has many areas or research that he finds enjoyable. His first area of research is indigenous African Cultural practices and approaches in relation to Counseling . He also enjoys researching Structural, personal motivational and societal factors influencing participation and representation in social and occupational roles. Dan-Bush chose this area of study because he was involved in counseling activities in schools in Botswana and other sub-Saharan Africa where he realized the need to examine what counselors do and how socio-cultural issues are critical in understanding the realities and experiences of the clients we serve. He chose to come to IPFW because he likes the IPFW counseling program and also his interaction with some of the staff members of IPFW (e.g., Dr. Amy Nitza) in Botswana and during conferences.
In his personal life, Dan-Bush enjoys Music, traveling, and writing. He also has 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl). He grew up in a rural area, looked after cattle, goats, sheep and participated in farming. He is the 4th born out of 8 siblings. He enjoys helping the needy and disadvantaged populations. He likes family life and participation in community activities. He is a religious person and works with people from all walks of life. He lived in Canada for 4 years and US 5 years. He has traveled extensively - to 19 countries in Africa, a number of countries in Europe, to India, Australia, Singapore, and from East to West in USA and Canada. Some kind of globe-trotting. A great learning experience.
At his previous job, he taught at elementary level, junior level, high school and university level. He has been involved in various leadership roles locally and internationally. He headed the counseling services in the Ministry of Education of Botswana and for 9 years. He was involved in training guidance counselors from 19 African countries. He taught counseling and supervised undergraduate and graduate students' practicum and internship as well as research both at the University of Botswana and University of Swaziland. He taught and supervised graduate students at Duquesne University. "My ambition is to set up a training institution for training counselors for the different countries in Africa. I have already registered the Academy for Counseling and Training (ACT) based in Botswana and Swaziland. The goal of ACT is to provide counselor education, provide counseling services and consulting services for both industry and government. This is in response to the need for counselors in the various countries in Africa. Training materials and acquisition of resources is underway."
Alison Bloodhart is a Visiting Instructor in OLS. She received a BS from the University of Iowa in 1987 and an MA in 1989.
Lee-Ellen comes to IPFW as the new Chair of Nursing. Lee-Ellen's academic career began when she received her undergraduate degree at the Washington State University College of Nursing. She moved on to the University of Washington, Seattle to earn her graduate degrees. Her graduate area of concentration was in population-focused nursing practice. As a result, her interests are varied and include the following: dynamics of family care-giving; mentoring practices with new and experienced faculty; international health education; ethical decision-making models in clinical practice; and health care access for under-served people. In addition, she has recently published the 5th edition of a widely used pathophysiology textbook, and she is interested in the role of nutrition in chronic health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and depression. Lee-Ellen chose her area of study because she wants to help make a big difference in the lives of people--locally and globally. She is passionate about nursing and the many ways that nurses contribute to the health of communities. When asked why she came to IPFW, she said, "I like the mission and vision of IPFW, and I am impressed with the leadership team. I really like the nursing department--a lot. Also, I come from Wisconsin and hey, have you seen those winters?"
In her personal life, she likes to travel, cook, and practice photography. She has one daughter, Amelia, and a chocolate lab named Chip. Lee-Ellen says, "I really love to take pictures of nature. I enjoy international travel, and I like to keep my camera handy. My daughter is a huge part of my personal life, and I am very proud of her many academic accomplishments. She would like to attend college to become an architect. She's a senior in high school this coming year. She plays guitar, violin, and piano. Unlike her mother who cannot play any musical instruments, Amelia can play almost any stringed instrument. PS She is also a cheerleader and taking five (5) AP courses next year including physics and calculus."
Lee-Ellen has been a Professor of Nursing at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the past eight years. Prior to that she held a tenured position at Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing (a research intensive university) where she served more than twenty years as a nurse educator. She also held a position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served four years as Associate Dean of the Western Campus of Nursing in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She has a long interest in strengthening linkages between community health agencies and academic institutions. In Washington State, she contributed to the College’s Nurse-Managed People’s Clinic, which was founded in l998. She has published widely in nursing, held three funded post-doctoral programs of research in applied gerontology, one of which was a two year program of study at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research. Throughout her tenure in nursing education, she has lived in or visited more than fourteen (14) different countries, including Singapore, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Australia. I have also spent time in France, UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland. In the immediate future, she just wants to be a great nursing chair and a terrific mother. In the not-so-distant future, she would like us to leave a footprint --bigger than a mastodon-- in the lives of members of the Ft Wayne nursing community, as we co-create our amazing professional nursing doctorate right here at IPFW. "The wisdom that I take away from every new educational experience has given me a rich appreciation for others and has provided incredible insights that shape the way I view the world. I look forward to getting to know members of the IPFW community and to learning more about you."
Jiayanth Danial comes to IPFW as a Assistant Professor of Biology. He started his academic career when earning his undergraduate degree at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. He went on to earn his graduate degree from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. His research has been focused on the bacteria that causes tuberculosis in humans, which is one of the major infectious diseases in the world. He is interested in understanding the biochemical pathways and the gene products in the mycobacterium that are important for metabolizing energy in the form of lipid droplets inside the bacterium for use during its dormant phase in the human body. He chose this are because one-third of the world population is latently infected with the dormant form of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. I became interested in the field of lipid biochemistry early during my doctoral studies. The mycobacterium has an unusually complex variety of lipids that appear to play vital roles in its development of resistance to antibiotics as it becomes dormant in the human body. As multi drug-resistant strains of the bacterium appear all over the world, a greater understanding of the roles of lipids in mycobacterial dormancy will enable us to discover new drugs that may prove useful in treating the latent form of the disease, against which there are no currently available antibiotics. He chose to come to IPFW because over the past decade, he has performed research and published in highly respected journals. He has also obtained a few patents. However, he has enjoyed interacting with students as much as he has enjoyed making discoveries in my research. He would like to make his research accessible to students and inspire them to be more curious and inquisitive about the world around them. He believes that IPFW provides an environment that will give me the opportunity to do so.
In his personal life, he enjoys photography, astronomy, history, and Bible-study. He is married. His wife's name is Liz Abraham, and they have a child named Johanan. "I come from the south Indian state of Tamilnadu. My wife Liz, who is a molecular biologist, is from the neighboring state of Kerala. We speak two related languages - Tamil and Malayalam but use English primarily at home. We came to the Ohio State University, Columbus in 2001 after my doctoral studies in India. Me, Liz and our 11 year old son Johanan love to travel and visit places of natural beauty. We also enjoy star-gazing with our 8-inch Newtonian telescope from dark-sky sites.
Before coming to IPFW, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando since 2010. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral Research Associate at UCF and Ohio State.
Ellen Dove is a Continuing Lecturer and Advisor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. She is returning to IPFW/-Purdue, where she studied for her undergraduate. She earned her graduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan - Ft. Wayne. Since early in her career she observed a lack of moral, ethical leadership and decided that, regardless of how small a part she might play, she wanted to help cultivate and encourage the type of leadership that employees deserve. Leading by example is a given but she wanted as many tools and resources as she could find to help her be the best supervisor/manager possible. The undergraduate program at Purdue established the foundation. Her graduate studies were undertaken in order to have more opportunities and it was during this time that the concept of servant leadership took root for her. This set the tone for the way she chose to lead and manage throughout my business career. She received her Bachelor of Science in Supervision at the IPFW campus so it was with great enthusiasm that she accepted a position in Organizational Leadership and Supervision as a faculty member. IPFW has grown significantly since her time here as a student - she finds that exciting and impressive. Also, she has always loved Fort Wayne as a shopping and dining destination so that makes employment in this community even more attractive.
In her personal life, she enjoys hiking, walking, reading,gardening, and helping her husband, Larry Dove, with his photography business. They have 2 children, Derek, who is currently a student at University of Toledo, and Alyssa who is pharmacist in Cleveland. They also have a golden retriever named Amy. " I grew up on a farm outside of Van Wert, Ohio, and am very thankful for the strong work ethic instilled by my parents. I love to travel. Although I have been to some tropical destinations, some of my favorite vacation spots are the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains, Hocking Hills, and the beach. In 2005/2006 my children and I hosted exchange students from Slovakia and Sweden so both places are on my agenda at some point in the future. We have stayed in touch with both of my "sons" from those countries - I LOVE to learn about other cultures."
Her experience has been quite varied but she has felt that each experience was preparing her for the next step. I have served as an Employee Relations/Office Manager, an Accounts Receivable Supervisor, a YWCA Executive Director, and a Corporate Office Manager over HR, A/P, A/R, Credit and Marketing. Additionally, she owned and operated a Christian bookstore for several years. Most recently, she was employed as an HR/Performance Quality Improvement Manager. For the past eight years, while working her full-time day job, she also was an adjunct business instructor for a small university in Ohio. "At this time, I want to learn Blackboard!! For now, that is the challenge that is looming ahead. I am honored to take my place as a faculty member at IPFW and am looking forward with great anticipation to providing the absolute best instruction possible to the students in the Division of OLS."
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ahmadreza Hedayat is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Engineering. Ahmadreza received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Shiraz University (Shiraz, Iran), his M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic (Tehran, Iran), and his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN). Ahmadreza’s research interests are aimed at sustainable infrastructure systems and materials and include rock mechanics, fracture mechanics, applied geophysics, hydraulic fracturing, tunneling and underground construction.
Chenwei Li has a Ph. D. in Management from the University of Alabama. Dr. Li is an Assistant Professor of Management whose research interests include Leadership, creativity, voice behavior, and work-family balance. She has published in Journal of Managerial Psychology, Management and Organization Review, Psychological Reports, among others.
Dr. Vamsi Nalam is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India and his graduate degrees from, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (M.S., Crop Science); from University of North Texas, Denton, TX ( Ph.D., Molecular Biology). His research interests are Molecular Plant Microbe/Insect Interactions. During his undergraduate studies, he learned that increasing agricultural inputs such as pesticides and fertilizers, although boost crop yields in the short-term, have major detrimental effects on the environment and human health in the long-term. He strongly believes that a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying plant interactions with insect pests and pathogens holds the key to sustainable agriculture. He moved here along with his wife, Dr. Punya Nachappa, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. He enjoys reading, cooking, and badminton.
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Rebecca Reeder is a visiting assistant professor in Sociology who earned her Ph.D., Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Her interests and research weigh heavily on statistics and large scale statistical analyses of social phenomena and focuses on social factors that affect preterm birth rates.
Pam Britton Reese has been appointed Instructor of Communication Sciences and Disorders for the 2013-2014 academic year. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts for Teachers in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association after completing course work at the University of Texas, Dallas. After acquiring some years of teaching and clinical supervision experience, Pam decided to earn her doctorate and entered the PhD program at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She is in the process of completing her dissertation, which examines the enculturation of graduate communication disorder students as they learn to use meaningful literacy activities with young, struggling readers.
Kryste Wallen is a visiting instructor in graphic design, instructing in graphic design, typography, identity and branding, and display and package design. She has a dual BFA from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in graphic design and photography, and an MBA in business management with a focus on design management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She runs her own design and marketing company servicing clients around the United States. In the past she has maintained various positions in the field of graphic design as a managing creative director of an agency, account manager for several publishing companies in OH and TN, and corporate graphic designer at a national headquarters. During her time in TN she won several Tennessee Press Awards for campaigns in the Nashville area.
Kryste is also actively involved in the non-profit sector donating her time with various organizations. In the past she has been involved with Shelter House, Steuben County Cancer Association, Rise, Inc., Girl Scouts of America, and Junior Achievement. Currently she is an active board member of Boomerang Backpacks.
Dr. Gina Yi is a visiting instructor in music education at IPFW. She teaches Undergraduate Seminar in Music Education, Introduction to Music Education, The Teaching of Music in the Elementary Schools, and coordinates student teaching. She has a teaching experience of 15 years; teaching all ages from early childhood to middle school and also served as an adjunct faculty at Yonsei University Extension where she was recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Award and Baekseok Culture University in South Korea. Before joining the IPFW faculty, Dr. Yi was a music teacher at Cornerstone Schools in Detroit, Michigan and has taught early childhood music classes at Michigan State University Community Music Schools in both East Lansing and Detroit campuses. Dr. Yi’s main research interests include elementary general music, early childhood music, assessment, and performance psychology. As a researcher, she has presented research at International Society for Music Education (ISME), International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), Desert Skies Symposium, and Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium (SMERS). In addition, Dr. Yi was invited to present for teachers at Michigan Music Conference and Wayne County Health & Family Services Head Start Teacher Training Conference. As a composer, Dr. Yi has published song books - Let’s Make Music Fun! and Four Seasons - and is the author of various music education related books – English Musical Learning Method for Young Children, Musical “Color Land,” and Storybook Time. She has teacher’s certifications for Music Learning Theory early childhood level 1, elementary general level 1 and 2; and completed Dalcroze Eurythmics and Orff Schulwerk Certification Program Level 1. Dr. Yi earned her Ph.D. in music education at Michigan State University, M.Ed in music education at Ewha Womans University, and B.M in piano performance at the Juilliard School.