New Faculty Biographies


Christopher Branton
Assistant Professor, Computer Science (Game Development)

Christopher comes to us from Louisiana State University where he has taught courses in computer science and digital media programming (including game development and animation).  He has also worked for both government and industry working in application domains ranging from disaster response and public defense to pharmaceutical robotics and home health services. He holds a B.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science from Louisiana State University.

Michael Carter
Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology

Michael comes to us from the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he has been a post-doc researcher in microbiology and biochemistry. He holds a B.S. in microbiology and B.A. in biochemistry from Indiana University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from The Ohio State University.

Katlin Cundiff
Assistant Professor, Management

Katlin comes to us from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai campus where she has taught classes in organizational leadership, human resource management, negotiations, and organizational behavior.  She has also taught at universities in Finland and North Europe. She holds a B.B.A. in international business from Estonian Business School, Estonia, a M.Sc. in business administration from Estonian Business School, Estonia, and Ph.D. in business and economics from University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

David Goldberg
Visiting Assistant Professor, History

David comes to us from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where he has taught classes in U.S. history including urban history and African American history. He holds a B.A. in history from Elizabethtown College, an M.A. in history from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University.

Manjira Ghosh Kumar
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Manjira comes to us from Marshall University where she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow. She has expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology both in lecture and lab settings. She has a B.S. in chemistry from India, an M.S. in biochemistry from India, and a Ph.D. in biology from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

Shannon McMurtrey
Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems (MIS)

Shannon comes to us from Missouri State University where he served as the Cybersecurity Program Director. He has taught classes in software construction, MIS, and Cybersecurity. He also is the founder of two technology companies and will be instrumental in the development of Drury’s new Cybersecurity Leadership Certificate. He has a B.S. and M.B.A. from Missouri State University and a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

John "Jack" Powers
Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Jack is a doctoral candidate from the University of Minnesota where he will defend his dissertation in July 2016. His research focuses on ethical and epistemic values in biology and environmental science. He has taught a number of classes, including ethical theory, applied ethics, logic, and philosophy of science. He has a B.S. in biology from Tennessee Technological University and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Tennessee.