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▼   Arts and Music
Name/Department Topics
Burns, Dr. Kara
Assistant Professor
Department of Visual Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Carr, Dr. Phillip J.
Professor
Department of Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences
Archaeology, Ancient People, Native Americans, Past and Future Technology, Hunter-gatherers

Gossett, Dr. Nicholas
Assistant Professor
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
U.S.-Russia Relations, Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, former USSR, Foreign Language Teaching, Foreign Language Policy

McCready, Dr. Susan
Professor
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
French Culture, Contemporary France, Theater, World War One Literature, World War Two Literature, Humanities Education

Webb, Paula
Associate Librarian
Government Documents
Marx Library
Academic Writing, American Government and Politics, Archive Collections, Community Engagement, Community Outreach, Government Information, Historical Research, Library and Information Sciences, Research, Writing
▼   Business and Entrepreneurship
Name/Department Topics
Chambers, J.D., Ph.D., Michael
Assistant Vice President, Research Innovation
Office of Research & Economic Development
Lessons Learned in Business and Innovation Trends of the Future

Cummings, Dr. J. Reid
Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Real Estate & Economic Development
Department of Economics and Finance
Mitchell College of Business
Real Estate, Personal Finance, Real Estate, Economic Development, Strategic Planning, Economy

Woodford, Dr. Kelly Collins
Professor
Department of Management
Mitchell College of Business
Employment Law, Labor Law; Wage and Hour Law, Harassment, Disability Law, Human Resource Law and Compliance
▼   Education and Leadership
Name/Department Topics
Chambers, J.D., Ph.D., Michael
Assistant Vice President, Research Innovation
Office of Research & Economic Development
Lessons Learned in Business and Innovation Trends of the Future

Dunn, Angela
Director, Planned Giving
Leadership Gifts and Gift Planning
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Mentorship, Philanthropy, Career Development

Fresne, Dr. Jeannette
Professor
Department of Music
College of Arts and Sciences
Early Childhood Music, Elementary Music, Music Education, Performing Arts Integration

Keshock, Dr. Christopher M.
Associate Professor
Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport
College of Education and Professional Studies
Economic Value and Benefits of Sport/Recreation Related Facilities, Programs, Entertainment, Travel, and Events

Martin, Dr. Susan Ferguson
Associate Professor
Department of Leadership and Teacher Education
College of Education and Professional Studies
English Language Learners, Preservice Teachers, Early Career Educators

Thompson, Dr. Robert J.
Assistant Professor
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
College of Education and Professional Studies
Hospitality, Tourism, Guest Experience, Patient Experience, Employee Work Engagement

Woltring, Dr. Mitchell
Assistant Professor
Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport
College of Education and Professional Studies
Sport Management, Baseball, Sport Economics, Sport Analytics, Leisure, Leadership
▼   Health, Wellness and Personal Development
Name/Department Topics
Alexeyev, Dr. Mikhail
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
College of Medicine
Genetically Modified Organisms; Mitochondrial Disease

Belinda Baggett
Director, Volunteer Services
Volunteer Services
USA Health System
The Power of Volunteering, Engaging the Next Generation, Live Longer... Volunteer!, Why Volunteering Matters

Baughn, Christina
Instructor
Department of Adult Health Nursing
College of Nursing
Adult Health Nursing, Cardiac Care, Nutrition

Brevard, MD, MPF, FACS, Sid
Professor
Department of Surgery
College of Medicine
Trauma, Critical Care, Mass Casualty, Gun Shot Wounds, Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries, Falls, Bleeding Control

Butler, Dr. Chondra
Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health Nursing
College of Nursing
Health Coaching, Diabetes Education, Chronic Disease Management, Illness Prevention, College Readiness, Student Mentorship

Dees, Dr. Daniel
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
College of Medicine
Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders, Dystonia, Tics/Tourette's Syndrome

Ding, Dr. Linda
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
College of Medicine
Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Emergency General Surgery, Firearm Violence/Injury Prevention, Medical/Surgical Education

Hartin, Jr, MD, FAAP, FACS, Charles William
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery
College of Medicine
Pediatric Cancer, Pediatric Trauma, Pediatric Burns, Neonatal Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Minimally-Invasive Surgery, Children's Healthcare

Jett, Dr. Stephanie
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Comparative Psychology, Animal Behavior, Animal Cognition, Impact of Urbanization on Animals, Language and its Impact on Cognitive Development, Scavengers, Evolution of Cognition, Canine Cognition, Primates

Lang, MPA, Marcina
Senior Associate
Dean's Office
College of Medicine
Tax Accounting, Event Planning, Coordinating, Public Administration

Panacek, M.D., Edward A.
Chair, Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
College of Medicine
Emergencies, Disaster, Trauma, Poisonings, Medical Research

Purvis, Brandi
Community Engagement Coordinator
USA Children's and Women's Hospital
Hospital Overview/Community Engagement, Information About C&W, C&W Outreach, C&W Education

Ramkissoon, Dr. Ishara
Associate Professor
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
College of Allied Health Professions
Hearing Loss, Aging in Society, English Second Language, "Apartheid (segregation) in South Africa"

Smith, Dr. Sonia A.
Assistant Professor
Maternal-Child Health Nursing
College of Nursing
Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Pediatric Health, Pediatric Safety, Pediatric Illnesses

Varner, Dr. Joyce
Professor
Adult Health Nursing
College of Nursing
Geriatric Healthcare, Caregiver Issues, End of Life

Zlomke, Kimberly
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Parenting, Psychology, Child Psychology, ADHD, Autism, Mental Illness
▼   Higher Education and University Programs
Name/Department Topics
Axsmith, Dr. Brian
Professor
Department of Biology
College of Arts and Sciences
The Fossil Record, Botany

Coleman, Tracy
Associate Director, Strategic Annual Campaign
Department of Advancement Services
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Fundraising

Estis, Julie
Director, Quality Enhancement Plan
Quality Enhancement Plan/Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
Quality Enhancement Plan/Allied Health Professions
Team-Based Learning, Innovative Teaching, Patient Simulation, Interprofessional Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Voice Disorders, Child Speech and Language Development, Child Speech and Language Disorders

Giles, Rachel
Department of Communication Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Education, Public Speaking, Group Communication, Rhetoric, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Writing

Jones, Melva LaJoy
Director, University Special Events
Office of Special Events
Office of the President
Event Design and Management, Contract Management, Customer Service, Project Management, Conference Planning

Rucker, Paige
Coordinator, USA Baldwin County Marketing
Baldwin County Campus
Social Media Marketing, Social Media Risk
▼   History
Name/Department Topics
Brazy, Dr. Martha Jane
Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Slavery, US women’s History

Cage, Dr. Claire
Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
18th-19th Centuries, France, Medical and History of Science

Good, Dr. Leanne
Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Medieval, Ancient Rome and Greece

Hamilton, Dr. Marsha
Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Colonial, Atlantic World, Public History/Museums

Kozelsky, Dr. Mara
Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
19th Century, Russia and Eastern Europe, Crimean War

Lombardo, Dr. Timothy
Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
20th Century, Urban

McKiven, Dr. Mel
Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
19th Century, Southern, Alabama, Civil War

Meola, Dr. David
Fanny and Bert Meisler Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
19th Century, Germany, Modern Jewish History in Europe and United States

Messenger, Dr. David
Professor and Chair
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
20th Century, World War II, Spain, Politics of Memory

Miller, Dr. Harry
Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
China, Japan

Strong, Dr. Michele
Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
19th-20th Century, Britain, British Empire, History of Tourism

Williams, Dr. Rebecca
Associate Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Sciences
Islam and Islamic World
▼   Math, Science, Technology and Engineering
Name/Department Topics
Chambers, J.D., Ph.D., Michael
Assistant Vice President, Research Innovation
Office of Research & Economic Development
Lessons Learned in Business and Innovation Trends of the Future

Cloutier, Dr. Robert
Professor
Department of Systems Engineering
College of Engineering
Systems Engineering, Systems Thinking

Davis, Dr. Jim
Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry & Chemicals

Haywick, Dr. Doug
Associate Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Geology, Geochemistry, Planetary Systems, Sedimentology, Hurricane Impacts on Coastal Systems, Geological Disasters

Islam, Dr. Samantha
Associate Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
College of Engineering
Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, Highway/Traffic Safety, Socio-Economic Evaluation for Land Use Planning and Transportation Projects

Kiene, Dr. Ronald
Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Climate Change, Role of Science in Society, Oceanography, Sulfur Gases

Kimball, Dr. Sytske
Chair, Earth Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Weather Stations, Weather Instruments, Weather Observing, Sea Breezes, Hurricane Structure and Landfall (not forecasting)

Pavelescu, Dr. Andrei
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
College of Arts & Sciences
(Finite) Group Theory

Tambe, Dr. Dhananjay
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering / Pharmacology / Center for Lung Biology
College of Engineering/College of Medicine
Mechanical Forces in Biology, Measurement of Tension in Cells, Bioengineering, Biomechanics

Webb, Dr. Bret
Associate Professor
Departments of Civil, Coastal, and Environmental
College of Engineering
Coastal Engineering, Beaches, Shorelines, Erosion, Flooding, Storm Surge, Waves, Hurricanes, Hazards, Resilience, Sea-Level Rise, Climate Change

Woods, Dr. Clive
Assoc Dean, Engineering
Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Microelectronics, Microwave Acoustics, Gravity Modification, High-Frequency Gravitational Waves
▼   Politics, Public Policy and Criminal Justice
Name/Department Topics
Fisher, Dr. Sam
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Elections, Legislatures, Public Opinion

Kressley, Ph.D., Konrad M.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Future Studies and Forecasting: A New Science

Stefurak, Ph.D., Tres
Chair, Professional Studies
Department of Professional Studies
College of Education and Professional Studies
Juvenile Delinquency, Adolescent Behaviors & Mental Health, Psychological Trauma, Program Evaluation, Consulting Psychology
▼   Social Issues and Diversity
Name/Department Topics
Cranford, Sharrie
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Department of Continuing Medical Education
College of Medicine
Social Work, Continuing Medical Education

Gregoricka, Lesley
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Bioarchaeology, Archaeology of Death, Arabia, Bronze Age, Mobility, Vampires

Lio, Dr. Shoon
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
Race Relations, Cultural Diversity, Protest Movements, Cultural Diversity in Schools, Community Policing, Food Studies

Pettway, Kimberly
Instructor
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Quality Enhancement Plan/Allied Health Professions
Professional Development, Cultural Competence and Other Topics Involving Diversity such as White Privilege, Unconscious Bias, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Child Abuse and Neglect (Prevention, Identifying, Working with Families in the Aftermath), HIV/AIDS Prevention; Community Engagement & Service Learning