Profiles of the Harlaxton Faculty, Spring Term, 2013
Dr Baker is a graduate of the universities of Bristol (BA), Oxford Brookes (MA) and Oxford (DPhil). In addition to working at Harlaxton, he is currently teaching two courses in the history of science, technology and medicine at Oxford and is a research associate at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris.
Dr Baker’s research centres on the themes of science, religion, philanthropy and medicine in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain and the United States. He is especially interested in historical intersections between science and popular culture and is currently finalising three journal articles in this area.
Dr Bujak is a graduate of the University of East Anglia (BA, MA, PhD) and joined Harlaxton College as a Lecturer in 2001. In addition to teaching on the British Studies programme, a programme he led from 2004-2009, he teaches courses on British, European and international history and the two world wars. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award of the University of Evansville. In 2007 he was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. His book, England’s Rural Realms: Landownership and the Agricultural Revolution was also published in 2007 by I. B. Tauris. In May 2008, Dr Bujak was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2010 Dr Bujak was invited to become a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently writing a book on landownership in the Edwardian countryside.
Dr Green is a graduate of the universities of Exeter (BA) and Nottingham (MA, PhD). Before coming to Harlaxton in 2007 he lived and worked in England, Scotland and Ireland, lecturing at the universities of Sheffield, St Andrews and Trinity College, Dublin. In 2009 he became Chair of the British Studies program and in 2010 he was appointed Senior Lecturer and a permanent member of the faculty.
A late medieval historian working on Britain, Ireland and France, his research deals with themes central to the British Studies course such as kingship, colonialism and concepts of national identity. He has written three books and numerous articles. Further details of these may be found here: http://www.harlaxton.ac.uk/academics/research/GreenDavid.cfm
He is currently working on a volume for Yale University Press on The Hundred Years War.
In a long academic career, Dr Kingsley has been professor of literature and religion at Tulane University, Mississippi College, the University of Louisville, and William Jewell College, all in the United States. At the latter school he also served as academic dean and, for thirteen years, as president. In a study funded by the Exxon Foundation, he was adjudged among the top 5% of America’s 'most effective university leaders'.
He holds degrees from Mississippi College (BA), the University of Missouri (MA), and the New Orleans Theological Seminary (BD, ThD), where his research was conducted jointly at Tulane University. He holds honorary doctorates from Mercer University (LittD), Seinan Gakuin University, Japan (DHum), and the University of Evansville (LHD). Though he describes the college presidency as a 'shortcut to illiteracy', he has managed to produce three books and some 100 articles, monographs, and reviews, chiefly in popular religious subjects.
Dr Magennis is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast (BA, MA, PhD). She has held research fellowships at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queenâ€™s and University College Dublin. Before she joined the faculty at Harlaxton she was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Limerick.
Dr Magennis publishes in the area of modern and contemporary British and Irish literature and culture, and is the author of Sons of Ulster: Masculinities in the Contemporary Northern Irish Novel and co-editor of Irish Masculinities: Reflections on Literature and Culture. She has published articles in the Irish University Review, the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies and Irish Studies Review. She is currently working on a monograph on the 'post'-Troubles Northern Irish novel. She is a commissioned contributor to Alluvium Journal of Twenty-First Century Writing and a member of the Council of the British Association of Irish Studies.
Her full publications list and CV can be found at http://harlaxton.academia.edu/CarolineMagennis
In her first career Nicola Boyle graduated (BA) in accountancy and finance and became a qualified Chartered Accountant but was attracted back to the world of academia following a period of family life. After enrolling as a mature student Nicola graduated from Loughborough University (BA, MA) and has taught undergraduate courses at Loughborough. She is currently completing her PhD thesis on the history and repertory of the Lady Elizabeth’s Men, at De Montfort University and is particularly interested in how early-modern playing companies forged an identity for themselves through their repertories.
After twenty enjoyable years, Dr Pettifor relinquished a successful business career to become a mature student at Nottingham Trent University where he graduated and gained his PhD in the Economics of Higher Education. He joined Harlaxton College in a part-time capacity in January 1982 and has since taught a range of social science courses, combining those duties with teaching similar courses for the Open University and until 2008 continuing his management role as Director of the Performance Indicator Project researching employers' views of graduate employability. He now focuses his teaching on the single course in Modern British Politics and, at an age when most have taken retirement, he is reflecting Harlaxton's value of lifetime learning by recently completing another degree through the Open University.
I was born in Yugoslavia in 1966 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1991. In 1997 I graduated at the University of London (BSc in Management and Systems). From 1996 to 2003 I worked as a translator for the United Nations in The Hague, The Netherlands.Â
Broadly speaking, my research interest is concerned with the use of force in international relations, i.e. who may use force against whom, for what reason, and under what circumstances. In particular, I am interested in how the use of force is regulated in international law and how international institutions implement these regulations.
I have previously taught international politics modules at the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester, including International Human Rights, International Politics of War Crimes, International Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, and The Evolution of the International System.
With an MBA from the Nottingham Business School, Professor Welsh has taught a popular introductory course in Marketing for the last 12 years. His academic interests include the development and effects of consumerism in higher education, service marketing in general and Britain's political relationship with Europe. In addition, he serves as the College's Vice Principal, a varied and interesting role which keeps him busy!
Professor Welsh currently serves as Chairman of the Association of American Study Abroad Programmes in the United Kingdom (http://www.aasapuk.org/) which was established in 1991 to represent the 120 or so American study abroad programmes in the UK. It provides a forum for programme directors and administrative staff to discuss and respond to common issues, in order to meet the needs of the present and anticipate the demands of the future for US study abroad in the UK.
Before Harlaxton College, Professor Welsh began his career in data processing management at a large London based group of Builders Merchants, at a time when computers were only just being introduced into the mainstream business arena. This was an exciting time to be 'in computing' and he has maintained a passion for technology ever since. He continued to develop his career and, via sojourns in operational and financial management, progressed to the financial directorship of a Midlands based retail group.
Dr Tim Williams is a renowned choral director, church musician, music educator, performer and musicologist. Since moving to Grantham on completion of his doctorate in historical musicology at the University of Cambridge, Dr Williams has served for five and a half years as Organist and Director of Music at St Wulfram’s Parish Church, the major town centre civic church in Grantham. During that space of time, he has strived to build a sustainable choral foundation at St Wulfram’s providing training and opportunity in sacred choral music to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Some of the notable results of this have been the formation and development of a highly respected chamber choir, a seven-fold increase in the number of members of the church’s children’s choir, and significantly raised standards across the board that have enabled the choristers successfully to perform complex works from Allegri’s Miserere to Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Under Dr Williams’s direction, the choristers have sung in major British landmarks such as York Minster, Windsor Castle, Salisbury Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral.
With experience of a lectureship and temporarily directing the studies of undergraduates in music at Trinity College in the University of Cambridge, Dr Williams is a respected teacher of music, and holds posts in Grantham schools in addition to maintaining his own music teaching practice.
Under the directorship of Dr Williams, Harlaxton Collegiate Choir follows the British Studies Course, introducing students to the sounds of significant moments in British cultural history from the Anglo-Saxon period onwards to the present day. It is hoped and expected that, through immersion in the music, students will leave Harlaxton with a passion for the choral and musical traditions of the British Isles.
I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Baker University and I love my job! I love the small campus and class sizes and the opportunity to really get to know my students. I'm looking forward to meeting a new group of students, faculty and staff colleagues while at Harlaxton. Growing up, I lived in the Midwest (Illinois and Indiana), before moving to Seattle. Then, in the middle of my junior year of high school, I moved with my family to Melbourne, Australia. I finished up high school there and then moved back to Seattle for college. I received my B.S. in psychology at the University of Washington and then received my Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. I became interested in studying stereotyping and prejudice after moving around a lot and traveling. I noticed that people have some pretty consistent stereotypes of 'Midwesterners', 'Californians', 'Americans', etc. These observations led me to an interest in social psychology. I'm very excited to pass on my love of psychology and intergroup relations to the students at Harlaxton.
Lloyd Davies is Professor of English Literature in the Department of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he has taught for the past 23 years. He has a BFA in piano from the California Institute of the Arts, a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Riverside, an MA in Philosophical Aesthetics from Toronto’s Institute for Christian Studies, and a PhD in Literature from Duke. His area of concentration is English Romanticism, and he has contributed numerous essays on Romantic poetry to various journals and books. Dr. Davies has a varied background in study abroad, both as student and instructor, including a year in Gottingen, Germany as an undergraduate, and as an instructor in programs in Cambridge, England; Bregenze, Austria; and Gryon, Switzerland. He and his wife Libby have three children and two grandchildren.
Born in Detroit, Dr. Jonas earned a B.S. from Michigan State University and an M.S. from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Biology. He moved to Texas in 1984, and got his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1989. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA., he moved back to Texas to take a job at Texas Lutheran University in 1991.
His research centers on genetics of the soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis. He teaches a variety of courses at TLU: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Bioethics, and freshman Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. He’s been chair of the Biology Department, and is coming off a term as chair of the TLU Faculty Association. He is the sponsor of the Beta Beta Beta chapter at TLU. He accompanied students on a three-week exchange with the University of Vechta, Germany in 2000, and he and his wife April look forward to spending a semester in Europe.
Dr. Jonas has run two half-marathons, and is an avid sports fan and home-brewer. He is caught up on G.R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, eagerly awaiting the next volume.
Dr. Knotts completed her BS at University of Evansville in the first cohort of the clinical special education program, MA at Murray State in elementary education and Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University.Â Teaching has been one of her life passions and she has taught in several states as well as in Venezuela prior to obtaining her terminal degree.Â She has served the last three years at Western Kentucky University teaching undergraduate and graduates in Special Education.Â Current interests are in critical thinking, teacher dispositions, using paraprofessionals in the classroom, twice exceptional students and creating collaborative teaching situations in schools. This fall, she will teach an Introduction to Special Education Class in the second bi-term. It is a solid foundational class for education, nursing and psychology majors.
After graduating from Michigan State University in 1982, Professor Lotfalian began teaching at the University of Evansville. In 1999, he received the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville. Dr. Lotfalian has authored and co-authored numerous papers in peer reviewed journals and the IEEE transactions in areas such as Wind Electric Conversion Systems, Powers Systems Voltage collapse and Control. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Areas of Specialization: Power and Energy Systems, Power Electronics and Electric Drives, Renewable Energy, System Modeling and Control.
A native of northwest Iowa, Nathan Miller went to Gustavus Adophus College in Minnesota where he majored in physics and played trombone in the Gustavus Band, the Jazz Lab Band, and the Christ Chapel Brass Quintet. He earned his PhD in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He works with a research collaborators to study the X-ray emission of some of the hottest stars in the galaxy using data from NASA’s orbiting Chandra X-ray observatory. On the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2002, he has taught a wide variety of physics and astronomy courses. He is committed to making science interesting and enjoyable for non-science majors, and has worked with Continuing Education to offer classes for members of the public on a variety of topics. For the Harlaxton Fall 2013 semester, he is teaching a class in astronomy and a pair of classes examining what a scientific perspective tells us about music and the visual arts.Â
Dr. Pereira is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University where he teaches courses related to gifted education, multicultural education, and research methods. A native of Brazil, he taught English as a foreign language in Brazilian public schools and language institutes for 12 years. He holds a B.A. in English Education and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Gifted Education from Purdue University. At Purdue, he was coordinator of student programs in the Gifted Education Resource Institute. He provided curriculum counseling to teachers to help them develop curricula in a variety of areas including courses in the STEM disciplines.
He co-developed, with engineering education experts, the STEAM Machines program as a mechanism to nurture and develop interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through contemporary engineering education. He has taught STEAM Machines multiple in out-of-school programs and enjoys challenging middle and high-school students to learn and apply the engineering design process in a cooperative learning environment. He also conducts research on the effectiveness of the STEAM Machines and has often presented on the model in education conferences. His research interests also include underrepresented populations in gifted education, identification of gifted students, program evaluation, and university-based programming for gifted students.
He has presented in national and international conferences, including National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Brazilian Council for Giftedness (ConBraSD), the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and has published in peer-reviewed journals in the United States and in Brazil.
Dr. Angie Wooton is a graduate of the universities of Southern Indiana (BSN), Evansville (MSN) and Hawaii (PhD). Angie is an Assistant Professor in the Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Evansville. She also works as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the McAuley Clinic in Owensboro, Kentucky. Her favorite areas of practice are Cardiology and Gerontology. Angie also works as a balance and fall consultant at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
Angie is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is active in numerous nursing organizations. She currently serves as a board member for the American Red Cross in Henderson, Kentucky, and Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Society in Evansville, Indiana.
Angie’s primary area of research interest is balance, falls, aging, and health promotion in older adults. Her dissertation topic was, “Associations between balance confidence and balance performance in community-dwelling older adults.” Angie recently published an article in Orthopaedic Nursing regarding the effectiveness of Tai Chi as an alternative form of physical activity utilized to improve balance in older adults, and in the Journal of Cultural Diversity on assessing physical activity and function in Filipino older adults.
When not working on projects for the University of Evansville, Angie can be found running on the wooded trails of Audubon State Park or spending time with her three grandchildren.
Mike Zimmer is the Guthrie May Endowed Professor of Business at the University of Evansville where he has served on the faculty since 1976. He teaches Principles of Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Regression Analysis, and Econometrics. Dr. Zimmer received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee in 1977. He also holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and a BA in mathematics and economics from the University of North Carolina - Asheville. His current research interests include applied labor economics. In 2010, Mike was named as a Kentucky Colonel.
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