Fall 2022 Visiting Faculty

Scott Belshaw

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Dr. Scott Belshaw holds a Ph.D in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University, a member of the Texas A&M University System. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and Psychology from the University of Houston. He also holds both a Master of Liberal Arts from Houston Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. Dr. Belshaw's Ph.D dissertation examined sexually abused females in the juvenile justice system. His dissertation research has been cited and used by numerous advocacy groups and organizations.

Dr. Belshaw is currently an assistant professor (tenure-track) of criminal justice at the University of North Texas. Dr. Belshaw also serves as an adjunct professor of forensic psychology at Argosy University in the Dallas area. Dr. Belshaw has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice and psychology. Dr. Belshaw has also served on thesis and dissertation committees for students at the University of North Texas. Dr. Belshaw has also served on staff and faculty search committee at UNT and has served on student conduct committees for the office of the dean of students at UNT. Dr. Belshaw also serves as faculty and alumni advisor for the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Men's Social Fraternity at the University of North Texas.

Dr. Belshaw owned and operated a Forensic Investigation and Mitigation firm licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Dr. Belshaw's company serviced numerous criminal law firms, governmental agencies and members of the general public on private investigative related matters. Dr. Belshaw has been appointed by the various district and appellate courts to assist in numerous capital murder cases (trial and appellate cases). Dr. Belshaw is an expert in the field of criminal mitigation and sentencing and has been called upon numerous times to testify in that capacity. Dr. Belshaw has testified on probation and legal related issues in sentencing. Dr. Belshaw has also worked on cases in the juvenile justice field including transfers and certification hearings.

Dr. Belshaw has published research in numerous academic journals such as Criminal Justice Review, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, American Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, Southwestern Journal of Criminal Justice and numerous other educational and criminal justice related journals.

Dr. Belshaw served on various agency boards and advocacy group boards of directors. This includes Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Denton County Mental Health and Mental Retardation PNC board. Dr. Belshaw also served on an advisory boards for mentoring agencies in the Houston and surrounding areas. Dr. Belshaw is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve and served during Operation Desert Storm.

Bud Drago

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Professor Drago, received his MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Fordham University in New York, has been teaching marketing for over twenty years. He also has worked decades in commercial marketing including international, with experience in a variety of product and service categories. Professor Drago has won several awards from different companies for innovation and creativity.

Courses he has taught include Principles of Marketing, Marketing Management, Strategic Marketing and International Marketing, at St Joseph's University as well as Business Dynamics, Consumer Behavior (EMBA), and Strategic Brand Management (graduate) at Villanova University. He has taught in-class as well as on line, both asynchronously as well as live.

His business experience includes ten years at Reckitt and Colman (now Reckitt Benckiser) where he rebuilt Woolite Rug cleaner to the number one position in its category, secured Woolite Fine Fabric Wash as the number one fine fabric wash and at Sara Lee launched a ten-million-dollar line extension, Endust for Electronics, which allowed us to get additional distribution in our traditional outlets plus expanded distribution in office and electronics stores and their respective catalogues.

Internationally, while International Development Manager for Reckitt, working in the UK, he was one of the chief architects of the worldwide rollout of a new directional bottle for lavatory care as well as a multi-country launch of a line of pre-treatment laundry aids.

During his time at Simkar Lighting, he developed the first loyalty program in the Company's history which rewarded our best customers, without having to resort to drastic price cutting. During his tenure, his work led to website hits increasing from 4,000 per month to over 160,000 per month by revamping the website and making it much more user friendly.

His most recent non-teaching position was as Director of Customer Service for The American College, which exclusively serves the financial community, where he managed a department of 37 people for a college that delivers over 40,000 courses a year to approximately 15,000 students. Results included improved wait time, from over a minute to 30 seconds, increased customer satisfaction, from under 60% to over 66% which helped The College post double digit percentage increases in enrollments. While at the American College, he also co-wrote the study guide to a course entitled, Leadership in a Changing World.

Lastly, Professor Drago is a published songwriter and performer. His most current CD, his eighth, is called Freeze Time – Altitude, was released in April 2022 and can be found on all digital platforms. The band consists of Professor Drago and two of his sons, Elliott and Keith. He has two other sons, Brian and Michael. Professor Drago is married and lives stateside with Angela, his wife, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Peter Hart-Brinson

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Peter Hart-Brinson is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Communication/Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There, he teaches courses on Diversity and Communication, Political Communication, Sociology of Culture, Social Movements, and Sociological Research Methods. He is the author of The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture (NYU Press), and his current research interests include the origins of generation labels, the influence of metaphor in the social sciences, and the partisan online news bias.

Robert Jonas

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Dr. Jonas was born in Detroit and has 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 the soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis. He teaches a variety of courses at TLU: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Bioethics, and freshman Biology. He’s a former chair of the Biology Department and the TLU Faculty Association. He’s been Faculty Athletics Representative for 12 years.

Dr. Jonas and his spouse April Jonas are excited to be back at Harlaxton, having experienced manor life in 2013. He is caught up on G.R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, eagerly awaiting the next volume.

Jerrilee Lamar

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Jerrilee is associate professor and Chair in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing and currently teaches the junior level nursing research course and junior level clinical courses. She also teaches a general education health and wellness course each semester and serves as an American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support Instructor.

Jessica Lofton

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Jessie Lofton, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville. She teaches courses at all levels of the Mechanical Engineering curriculum, with an emphasis on thermal sciences, and received the Dean's Teaching Award in 2019. Her scholarship focuses on engineering education, including novel pedagogical approaches to enhance the student experience while simultaneously improving student outcomes. Also a UE alumna, Jessie studied at Harlaxton as an undergraduate student and is excited to return as visiting faculty. While at Harlaxton, she will be teaching Heat Transfer, Applied Engineering Mathematics, and Differential Equations.