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New Faculty 2020-2021

Each year, teachers and scholars from universities across the country (and sometimes beyond it) join the faculty of Winthrop University. The Office of the Provost is delighted to welcome this year’s new full-time faculty members--including deans and chairpersons--to our academic community.


      Dr. Jamie Cooper is the New Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of University College. He has a PhD and MA in psychology with a concentration in developmental science from Virginia Tech. He also holds a MA in educational psychology and counselor education and a BS in psychology from Tennessee Tech University.  He has previously served in administrative and faculty roles at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Evergreen State College, and George Mason University.

      Ms. Kaetrena Davis Kendrick ('95) is the new Dean of Dacus Library & Pettus Archives. She earned her M.S.L.S. from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include organizational behavior, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the Library and Information Science field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. She is the co-editor and author of several books. In 2019, the Association of College & Research Libraries named her Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

      Dr. Lauren Brasington is a new Assistant Professor of Biology. She has a PhD and MA in Anthropology from Tulane University, and earned her MS in Biology from Winthrop. She has previously taught at Winthrop as an adjunct faculty member and has also taught at Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Michigan and Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts. She previously also worked as a zookeeper at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts.

      Dr. Athena Detrick is a new Instructor and Chemistry Instrumentation Manager in the department of Chemistry, Physics, & Geology. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Winthrop since 2016. She previously worked as a scientist at Covance Laboratories and Alcon Laboratories, and as a professional violinist and violin instructor. 

      Dr. Jessie Hoffman is a new Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition. She has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Kentucky and a MS in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has previously taught at the University of Kentucky and as an online instructor for Positive Nutrition. 

      Dr. Letha Maxton-Kershaw is a new Associate Professor of Psychology. She has a PhD in School Psychology/Counselor Education from North Carolina State University, and she earned her MS and SSP from Winthrop. She has most recently worked as the Lead School Psychologist for Spartanburg School District Seven and has also worked for the Montgomery Public Schools in Alabama. She previously taught at Winthrop for 15 years before moving to Montgomery. 

      Ms. Debby Bloom is a new Instructor of Accounting. Ms. Bloom has a MS in Accounting from Suffolk University and a MS in Mathematical Finance from UNC Charlotte.  Ms. Bloom comes to Winthrop University from Queens University and previously from Mitchell Community College, South Piedmont Community College and Newbury College in Brookline, MA.

      Ms. Maureen Hahn is a new Instructor of Business Analytics. Ms. Hahn has a Masters of Management from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Masters of Engineering Management from Thayer Graduate School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Ms. Hahn comes to Winthrop University from Belmont Abbey College as Adjunct Professor of Business and Economics Department.

      Dr. Kent Miller is the new Assistant Professor of Business Law. Dr. Miller has a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), a MBA with a Management Concentration from the University of Florida (Gainsville), and a J.D. from William & Mary. Dr. Miller comes to Winthrop University from Mount Mercy University as Assistant Professor of Business.

      Dr. Paul Wiegand is a new Assistant Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Wiegand comes to Winthrop University from the School of Modeling, Simulation & Training at the University of Central Florida where he worked both as a computer science researcher and taught and served within the Modeling & Simulation programs at UCF.

      Dr. Yasemin Cava-Tadik is joining the College of Education as an Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies in the Department of Counseling Leadership and Educational Studies. Dr. Cava-Tadik finished a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia with a certificate in Quantitative Methodology and has a number of publications, with other works in press and development. 

      Dr. Richard Cox is joining the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Riley College of Education as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education. Dr. Cox completed a Ph.D. from Bellarmine University in the field of Education and Social Change with emphasis in Transdisciplinary STEAM.  His dissertation research resulted in a work entitled Romantic Understanding of Elementary Science and Mathematics through Transdisciplinary STEAM. Before joining the Winthrop faculty, Dr. Cox served as an Instructional Coach, STEAM Lab Coordinator and Elementary Science and Mathematics Lead in Bullitt County Public Schools that capped off a nine-year career in Kentucky schools.  He will also use his experience from the KY Science Center to influence his instruction in STEAM methods coursework. 

      Dr. Martha Dettl-Rivera is joining the Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance after having served as Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Athletic Department at Winthrop. She is joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and will serve as the Athletic Training program’s Clinical Coordinator.  Dr. Dettl-Rivera earned an Ed.D. in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she complete a dissertation entitled Mental Health Referral Efficacy in College Athletic Trainers. Prior to Winthrop, Dr. Dettl-Rivera taught courses and served in athletic training roles at Youngstown State University and Ohio University. 

      Dr. Jacob Gdovin is joining the faculty in the Department of Physical Education Sport and Human Performance as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. He completed a Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology with a concentration in biomechanics from the University of Mississippi. His dissertation titled A Kinematic Comparison of Shoulder and Elbow Dynamics Influenced by the Shoe-Surface Interface in Youth and Adolescent Baseball Pitchers. Most recently, Dr. Gdovin served as an Assistant Professor at Missouri State University where he was able to create both new courses and graduate certificates. 

      Dr. Brie Johnson is joining the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Riley College of Education as an Assistant Professor of Literacy. Dr. Johnson finished her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a dissertation entitled When the Script Hits the Plan: Using Author’s Chair to inform instructional practices within a scripted literacy program. Most recently, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Elementary Education at Gardner Webb University. She also has five years teaching experience in elementary settings that will serve our students well. 

      Ms. Gwendolyn Miller-Burton will join the Riley College of Education as Lead Teacher in the Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School. Ms. Miller-Burton holds a B.S. in Child Development from San Diego State University with certificates in Child Care Administration and Infant/Toddler Care. Most recently, she served as a lead teacher at Novant Health Presbyterian Child Development Center, but she has twenty years of experience working with children and families in a variety of roles. 

      Dr. April Mustian is joining the Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Educational Studies as an Associate Professor and Program Director for Special Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Most recently Dr. Mustian served as Associate Professor of Special Education at Illinois State University where she was also the Director of Faculty Development for the National Center for Urban Education (NCUE) and Coordinator for the Innovative Network of Future Urban Special Educators (INFUSE). She has five years of public school teaching experience and, while at Illinois State, had a strong record of accomplishment in scholarly works that include both publications, presentations, and grants. 

      Dr. Mary Ann Steinberg is joining the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies as an Assistant Professor of Special Education with experience in literacy. Dr. Steinberg earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida. Most recently, she served as Assistant Director for Learning Assistance Programs in Student Athlete Academic Support Services at Virginia Tech.  However, she also held roles that included instructor, internship supervisor, grant program coordinator, and researcher at University of Florida and worked in Florida public schools for over ten years. 

      Ms. Melanie Sanders will be serving as an Instructor in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy after serving as an adjunct faculty member for the College of Education. Ms. Sanders earned a M.S. in Childhood Education from Canisius College, and she has been teaching courses in reading, education core, early childhood, and internship supervision for the college since 2016. Prior to this work, she taught in local public schools for eight years. 

      Myles Calvertis a new Assistant Professor of Fine Arts. Myles earned his M.A. in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London) and his undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. During his time in London, he worked for the National Portrait Gallery before teaching printmaking at Sussex Coast College and becoming Duty Manager of the newly built Jerwood Gallery (Hastings Contemporary). His work can be found in the permanent collections at the British Library, Camberwell College of Art, Tate Britain, and Scholes Library at Alfred University in New York. 2019 residencies included Art Print Residence (Barcelona, Spain), Proyecto’ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina), as well as a lecture/workshop at PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Catòlicadel Perú) in Lima.  

      Eva Roberts is a new Professor and Chair of the Department of Design. Eva holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in product design/visual design from the North Carolina State University School of Design. With more than 20 years of design education experience, Roberts previously served as chair of the visual communication design department at the Herron School of Art + Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She has taught at the Museum School in Boston, Massachusetts, UMass/Dartmouth and is professor emeritus at East Carolina University School of Art and Design. Her career includes projects that range from wayfinding and environmental graphics to identity and publication design. While teaching at ECU, Roberts spent five years as art director of North Carolina Literary Review, an academic journal honored for being among the first to bring contemporary design to this genre. Her design work can be seen in numerous books and journals and has been recognized by AIGA, Print Magazine and the American Center for Design, among others.   

      Gabrielle Tullis a new Assistant Professor of Dance. She received an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and a master’s in education degree in Divergent Learning as well as a B.A. in Dance Education from Columbia College. Tull has performed with professional companies including The Power Company, Argentine Tango Troupe, Terrance Henderson Inc., and faculty works including BJ Sullivan, and Janet Lilly. She has years of experience as a high school dance instructor and company director at Irmo Performing Arts High School and International Baccalaureate Magnet, where she curated the original dance curriculum.  Her current academic research entitled “Black Female Bodies: Studying Modern Representation in Contemporary Dance” was selected as a lead presentation for the 2019 National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) national conference.  

Last Updated: 10/14/20