New Faculty Biographies

2019-2020 Full-Time Faculty

Jennifer Boden
Visiting Assistant Professor, Economics

Jennifer comes to Drury from the University of Kansas where she has served as a research project manager responsible for analyzing data, preparing reports and data visualizations for technical and lay audiences and developing evaluation protocols and an instructor of economics. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Northern Iowa, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kansas.

Connie Dunaway
Instructor, Chemistry

Connie has taught adjunct courses in chemistry for Drury and Cox College for several years. Her areas of specialization include surface and colloid chemistry as well as physics and general chemistry. She has a B.A. in chemistry from Drury University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma.

Sara Khorshidifard
Assistant Professor, Hammons School of Architecture

Sara joins us from Bowling Green State University where she taught courses in architecture. Prior to teaching, she worked as a design consultant and senior project manager in the United States and Iran. She holds an M.Arch in architecture from Qazvin Azad University in Iran, an M.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Tehran, and a Graduate Certificate in teaching and learning in higher education and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. 

Emily Kleithermes
Instructor, Biology (CCPS)

Emily is the owner/treating physician at Kliethermes Chiropractic and has taught adjunct courses in anatomy/physiology for State Fair Community College and Columbia College. She holds a B.S. in human anatomy and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic. 

Desmond Villalba
Instructor, Physics

Desmond comes to us from University of Alabama where he has served as a TA and instructor of physics while completing his Ph.D. (expected completion date of summer 2019). His research field is theoretical particle physics, with a focus on beyond the standard model theory and phenomenology. 

Heather Wadeson
Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology

Heather most recently served as a clinical health psychologist where she provided evidence-based psychotherapy and behavioral health interventions on an outpatient basis. She has taught courses in abnormal psychology, attention and thinking, and psychological aspects of drug use and abuse as a TA. She has a B.A. in psychology and Spanish and an M.S. in psychology from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University.

Other Assignments

Widad El Mihtat
Visiting Fulbright Instructor of Arabic

Widad El Mihtat is from Agadir, Morocco. She has a B.A. in Linguistics and a professional degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Ibn Zohr University. Widad has worked for the US Peace Corps in Morocco, is a Board Member of MoRCE-Net (Moroccan Resource Centers of English Network), and has seven years of experience teaching high school English. Widad will teach beginning and intermediate Arabic this year at Drury.