Winthrop University: Academic Affairs - New Faculty

New Faculty 2019-2020


College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Scott Amundsen is a new Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Director of the Bachelor of Professional Studies program. He earned a M.Ed. in Community and Occupational Programs in Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.


Dr. Joi Anderson is a new Assistant Professor of Social Work. She earned an M.S.W. from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Her current research interests are trauma, trauma-related cognitions, and the relationship(s) between race, discrimination, and HIV stigma in creating inter-reliant systems of disadvantage for vulnerable and under-served populations.


Dr. Giancarlo Anselmo is a new Assistant Professor of Psychology. He earned an M.S. and S.S.P. in School Psychology from Winthrop University, and an Ed.D. in School Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at Winthrop in an adjunct capacity since 2004. After obtaining his degrees in school psychology, Dr. Anselmo worked as a nationally certified school psychologist in Cleveland County, NC for 15 years. His research interests include placement models for specific learning disabilities, reliability and validity of curriculum-based measurements, and social-emotional risk screening measures. He is a licensed Psycho-Educational Specialist in South Carolina.


Ms. Ja’Shaun Blanding is a new Instructor of Social Work and the MSW Field Coordinator. Ms. Blanding obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Winthrop University and Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Her professional experiences span over 15 years in micro and macro practice; in the non-profit sector, Child Welfare, Mental Health, Program Management, State Government, and Online Educational Technology. She also served as a Field Instructor, and her most recent position was a Program Consultant/Trainer II with the North Carolina State Department of Health Human Services. Her teaching experience includes Field Liaison and Online Instructor with JCSU Master of Social Work Program and Instructor with the University of Phoenix.


Dr. LaShardai Brown is a new Assistant Professor of Biology. She earned a B.S. from Charleston Southern University and a Ph.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. She also completed postdoctoral training as a member of the VCU IRACDA postdoctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Brown's research interests focus on glial cell biology and function and understanding microenvironmental factors that promote tumor cell growth in the brain during glioblastoma multiforme. Her current projects investigate microglia and macrophage contributions to glioblastoma multiform progression.


Ms. Sara English is a new Instructor of Social Work. She earned a BA in Behavioral Science at Columbia College in Columbia, SC and her MSW at Winthrop University at Rock Hill, SC. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the College of Social Work (University of South Carolina) and will be defending her dissertation in Fall 2019. An AGE-SW fellow, Sara is a recent Fulbright scholar semi-finalist and has presented her research at local, national, and international venues, including the University of Bath and the University of Iceland. She and serves as the NASW-SC representative to the Alzheimer’s Advisory Board for the SC Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging.  Sara studies the power of non-familial relationships among staff and residents of institutional settings and is examining younger residents living in Long-Term Care. 


Dr. Timea Fernandez is a new Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry, with a focus on structural biochemistry and macromolecular modeling, from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary.


Dr. Belle Gironda is a new Senior Instructional Designer for the Office of Online Learning and an Assistant Professor in both the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education. She has been interested in the creative and effective use of digital technologies for teaching & learning since the beginning of her academic career and has worked in a variety of roles as a faculty member and in teaching and learning centers. She has been a senior instructional designer and faculty development specialist at Adelphi University and the Director of the CETL at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, where she was also an Assistant Professor of English. She taught for several years in the department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and is a published poet and critic. Belle has a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Albany and a BA in English from St Andrews Presbyterian College.


Dr. Ashley Licata is a new Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition. She earned an M.S. in Nutrition from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Dr. Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez is a new Assistant Professor of Political Science. He earned both his Master's of Public Administration and his Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from American University in Washington, DC. Ranallo-Benavidez has taught courses on American Government; Public Administration; Public Policy; Quantitative & Qualitative Methods; LGBTQ Studies, Queer & Feminist Theories, and various policy area focused courses (e.g., "Immigration Politics," "Child & Family Policy," & "Gender-Based Violence"). Ranallo-Benvidez's research is animated by rigorous investigation of social marginalization, diversity, social equity, ethical government, and minority empowerment. His work examines the ways that politics and policy influence disenfranchisement and privilege in America.


Dr. Daniel Stovall is a new Assistant Professor of Biology. He earned a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Wake Forest University, and his research interests lie in understanding the molecular pathology of human cancers.


Dr. Kathleen West is a new Assistant Professor of Psychology. She earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Medical University of South Carolina. Throughout her career, she has worked on a number of different projects including animal models of drug and alcohol addiction and a mouse model of leukodystrophy.  She is passionate about teaching and is constantly looking to improve. Her recent research is looking at teaching technologies that improve student writing and critical thinking. She grew up in Rock Hill, and has previously taught as an adjunct in the Psychology department.


Ms. Joyce White is a new Assistant Professor of English. She earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English from Florida State University and her PhD in Humanities, with a primary focus in African American Studies, from Clark Atlanta University. Her research interests include 19th, 20th, and 21st century Diasporic literature.



College of Business Administration

Dr. Joanna R. Jackson is a new Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management. She received a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Health Policy & Management and an MS in Nursing with a concentration in Administration from Xavier University. Her research interest includes health policy analysis, behavioral health, substance use treatment, and the healthcare workforce. As a Registered Nurse, she has practiced in Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Substance Use Disorder Treatment.  She has taught nursing, public health, and health services management students. ​


Dr. Yi (Shirley) Shen is a new Assistant Professor of Finance. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a PhD in Finance in May 2019. Her research focuses on empirical corporate finance, including bank loan pricing, unemployment risk, corporate innovation, cash policies and product market competition. Shirley has presented her research at Northern Finance Association, Financial Management Association, and Eastern Finance Association Annual Meetings. Prior to joining Winthrop, Shirley was a derivatives analyst at Morgan Stanley Baltimore office. She received her bachelor's degree from Case Western Reserve University with magna cum laude in 2013 and master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.


Dr. Gang Wang is a new Assistant Professor of Financial Economics. Gang holds a PhD in Economics from Clemson University and a Master in Economics from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Winthrop University, he taught at the College of Wooster for two years. He has worked at GF Securities as a Research Analyst. He is a CFA level III candidate and a SAS Base Programmer. His research interests lie in the fields of finance and monetary economics, with an emphasis on the monetary policy, financial markets and the currency innovation. He published in journals including International Journal of Financial Studies, Socio-Economic Challenges and Management World.



College of Education

Dr. Jared Androzzi is joining us as an Associate Professor and Director of our Physical Education teacher education program in the Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance Department. He completed his Ph.D. in Pedagogical Kinesiology at UNC Greensboro in 2011 and is coming to us from Shepherd University in West Virginia. 


Dr. Trish Arter has been selected as the new chair of the Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies Department. Dr. Arter holds Professor rank with a background in Special Education, having completed her Ed.D. at Johns Hopkins University in Special Education Administration. She comes to us from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and has held many roles during her time there, including chair of the Education Department. 


Mr. Logan Daughtry is a graduate of Winthrop’s Exercise Science program and holds a M.S. in Kinesiology and Clinical Exercise Science Physiology from the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC). He has also completed doctoral course work at UNCC. He will be serving as a full-time faculty member for us in the Exercise Science program in the Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance Department.


Dr. Dennis Dotterer is joining us as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies Department. He earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University last December. He started out his educational career as an elementary teacher in Greenville County and served as assistant principal and principal in Greenville and Laurens County districts. Since 2011, he has worked for the SC Department of Education in various leadership roles. 


Dr. Ruvi English is joining us as an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in our Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies Department. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Development just this summer at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Dr. Adam Keath is joining our faculty as Assistant Professor of Physical Education in the Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance Department. He earned his doctorate in Kinesiology from West Virginia University with an emphasis in Physical Education Teacher Education and a cognate specialty of Instructional Design and Technology. Dr. Keath joins us from Anderson University in SC.


Dr. Jeremy Lopuch is joining us as an Assistant Professor in the Education Core Department. He completed his Ph.D. in Special Education – High Incidence Disabilities in 2016 at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Dr. Lopuch has worked as an intervention specialist and school psychologist in both North and South Carolina NC. After completing his doctoral degree, he joined the faculty at Marshall University in West Virginia and most recently worked for the Fort Mill School District. 


Dr. Lauren McCoy is coming to us from Western Kentucky University and will join us as Assistant Professor of Sport Management and Director of our M.S. in Sport and Fitness Administration program. She earned her J.D. in 2009 from Marquette University School of Law. Prior to WKY, she was on the faculty at University of Wisconsin Parkside. 


Dr. Tammy White is not new to Winthrop. As Principal of Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies, one of our partner schools here in Rock Hill, she has taught as an adjunct for us for the past five years. Dr. White is coming to us from her position with Rock Hill Schools to join our Educational Leadership faculty in the Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. 



College of Visual & Performing Arts

Mr. Ben Cantrell joins the Department of Music this fall as Instructor of Music in percussion. Cantrell has been a performer, adjudicator, and clinician in the Appalachian region for nearly 20 years. He has performed with numerous ensembles across the country, as well as in multi-city tours in Spain and China. Some of his more notable performances have been for the VA/DC Day of Percussion, North Carolina Day of Percussion, and the Jazz Educator Network Conference. Previously, Cantrell worked as the percussion instructor for Winston-Salem State University, Livingstone College, and drumline instructor for Elon University. Cantrell is currently pursuing D.M.A. in percussion performance at UNC-Greensboro. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Radford University.


Ms. Elizabeth Dulemba joins the Department of Design as Associate Professor of Illustration this fall. Award-winning illustrator and author Dulemba has over two dozen books to her credit, including her debut novel “A Bird on Water Street,” winner of 14 literary awards, most notably as 2014 "Georgia Author of the Year." Her three most recent picture books as illustrator were written by New York Times Best-selling author Jane Yolen. Dulemba holds an M.F.A. with Distinction in Illustration from the University of Edinburgh; a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia; and is completing her Ph.D. in Children’s Literature at the University of Glasgow School of Education in Scotland, where she became Associate Fellow Recognising Excellence in Teaching, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


Dr. Elisa Koehler joins the Department of Music as the new chair. Previously, Koehler served as a professor of music and director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to six years in leadership positions at Goucher, she also served as music director and conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. Koehler earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee, and bachelor's degrees in both music education and trumpet performance from Peabody. She is also a board member of the International Trumpet Guild and the author of "Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer's Guide to Trumpet History and Literature" (Indiana University Press).


Ms. Mikale Kwiatkowski joins the Department of Design with fifteen years of design experience in professional, corporate, and educational sectors. She is the founder of YES Design, an interdisciplinary studio focused on experiential graphic design, architecture, product design and visual design. In addition to her work with clients and as an educator, Kwiatkowski maintains a client-free creative practice in which she designs and fabricates what she calls “pragmatic sculptures.” This research-through-making activity allows her to explore form, space, materials and ideas free from the typical constraints that exist within client-based work. Prior to arriving at Winthrop, she held teaching positions in the School of Architecture and Department of Dance at University of North Carolina Charlotte. Kwiatkowski earned her M.A. in architecture from UNCC and her B.S. in psychology with a concentration in art from Ball State University.


Ms. Stephanie Sutton joins the Department of Fine Arts as an assistant professor of fine arts, specializing in photography and time-based media. Through the critical lenses of feminist theory, identity politics, and medical pathologies, her performances for the camera employ conventions of labor and ritual to complicate assumptions of discipline and destabilize virtues of self-control. The subject of several invitational shows, Sutton's work is recognized for its success in transgressing the limits of the isolated subject and redirecting self-consciousness on to the viewer. Prior to her arrival at Winthrop, she served as an instructor and Graduate Administrator at the University of Georgia. Sutton earned her M.F.A. from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, and her B.F.A. in studio art from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.


Dr. Kyle G. Sweeney joins the Department of Fine Arts this fall as assistant professor of art history. Dr. Sweeney’s research and teaching expertise include both the history of medieval European and Islamic architecture and urbanism. His recent research projects have focused on the social, spatial, and ritual fabric of late medieval cities in France. He is currently preparing a book on architecture and society in Normandy that examines how churches, chapels, and châteaux shaped the experience of urban space, rituals, and class interactions in the early sixteenth century. Dr. Sweeney has held multiple fellowships at the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University as a member of the Mellon-funded Spatial Humanities Initiative and in the Art of the Islamic Worlds department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Dr. Sweeney earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in art and architectural history from Rice University, his M.A. from Indiana University – Bloomington, and his B.A. from Purdue University.




Last Updated: 1/7/20