New Faculty Biographies

2018-2019 Full-Time Faculty

Mary Blair
Visiting Assistant Professor, Accounting

Mary Blair comes from Southwest Baptist University where she has taught courses in several areas of business. She holds a B.A. in accounting and an M.B.A. from Drury; and is working on her Ph.D. in advanced accounting from Northcentral University with an expected graduation of 2019.

Ying Cao
Assistant Professor, Education
Director of the Innovation and Teaching Center

Dr. Cao served as a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University. She has experience teaching in high school and her dissertation research was on secondary education. Additionally, she has experience working with faculty in a professional development program and has knowledge on teaching, learning, scholarship, and administration. She has a B.S. in physics from Beijing Normal University in China and a Ph.D. in STEM Education from Tufts University.

Khaldoon Dhou
Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems

Dr. Dhou comes from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he taught courses in computing and programming. He holds a B.S. in computer engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan; and M.S. in computer science from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in computing and information systems from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Carolyn "Callie" Gibson
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Dr. Gibson comes from the University of Alabama, where she has taught courses in development psychology and statistical methods. Her research examines topics on social development in adolescence, particularly responses to rejection and victimization. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Samford University; and M.S. in experimental psychology from Georgia Southern University; and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Alabama.

Lina Gomez-Vasquez
Assistant Professor, Communication

Dr. Gomez-Vasquez comes from the Universidad del Este in Puerto Rico. She has over 15 years of international experience in university settings with expertise in strategic communication, public relations, marketing, advertising, social media, and corporate social responsibility/sustainability. She holds a B.A in communication and journalism from the Universidad del Norte in Colombia; an M.A. in communication from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras; a Ph.D. in business from the Universitat Jaume in Spain; and a postgraduate certificate in online communication and social media management from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Kayhan Koleyni
Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics

Dr. Koleyni comes from Clarion University, where he has taught courses in international economics, microeconomics, and business statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels in on-line and in-class formats. He also served as a research associate at the University of Memphis. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in economics from Azad University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Memphis., Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics

Haddy Kreie
Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre

Haddy Kreie comes from Florida State University where she has taught courses in theatre studies as serving as a scenic artist at MSU’s tent theatre and teaching community painting classes in Santa Barbara and providing scene painting assistance to the Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara. She has experiences in community outreach, theatre production, and teaching a global curriculum. She has a B.A. in theatre from Drury University and an M.A. in theatre studies from Florida State University. She is ABD in theatre studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Stacy Mallory
Instructor, CCPS
Instructional Designer

Stacy Mallory served as an administrative project manager and lead instructional designer at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. She has expertise in providing faculty training for LMS systems and coaching faculty about “best practices” of online adult education and structure. She has a B.S. in advanced radiological sciences from Weber State University; an M.S. in radiation health physics from Oregon State University; and a graduate certificate in instructional design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Ginney Norton
Assistant Professor, Education

Dr. Norton comes from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, where she served as a clinical assistant professor. She has taught courses in gender studies, education, curriculum theory and design and methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include gender theory, queer theory, critical race theory and social justice education. She has a B.S.Ed. from Missouri Southern State University, and an M.Ed. in educational leadership and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Arkansas.

Juan "Andres" Rodriguez
Assistant Professor, Finance 

Dr. Rodriguez comes from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has taught courses in commercial banking and finance at both undergraduate and graduate levels in both on-line and in-class formats. He has served as the director of the career center where he designed and managed cross-campus career development initiatives, employer relations initiatives, and recruitment/internships. He has a B.S. in mining engineering from the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico; an M.B.A. from Southern Oregon University; and a Ph.D. in business administration/finance from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Robin Soster
Visiting Assistant Professor, Marketing
MBA Director

Dr. Soster comes from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, where she has taught courses on consumer behavior at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research focuses on two areas: judgment and decision-making and the intersection of consumption and identity. She has a B.S. in management science and business economics, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of South Carolina.

Michael Verney
Assistant Professor, History

Dr. Verney recently served as a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. He has taught a variety of history courses at the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on American maritime expansion in the early republic. He has a B. A. in history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of New Hampshire.

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Boutaina Alami Kammouri
Visiting Fulbright Instructor of Arabic

Ms. Kammouri, from Fez, Morocco, holds a B.A. in English from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University and an MBA from Sup-Management College. She has taught English in secondary schools in Morocco since 2013 and Arabic to non-native speakers in private language and research institutes. Ms. Kammouri will teach beginning and intermediate Arabic language courses at Drury.

Ruo-Ting Chiou
Visiting Fulbright Instructor of Mandarin

Ms. Chiou has a B.A. in English and Japanese, and an M.A. in English Literature from National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In addition to working as a K-12 teacher in Taiwan, Ruo-Ting also works with internationally based non-profit groups focusing on promoting Chinese cultural education and youth literacy.