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New Faculty Fall 2015

Shepherd University welcomed 20 new full-time professors at the beginning of this academic year. Take a few moments to meet them here; full bios are available HERE.


There are three new education professors at Shepherd this year. They include (above, l. to r.) Dr. Dori Hargrove, assistant professor of education, who previously was an adjunct professor in the department of mathematical sciences and the college of education and human development at George Mason University; and Paulette Lashley,  lecturer/nursery school director. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Lashley was an assistant director at La Petite Academy, in Frederick, Maryland, and a head start child development and disability specialist at RESA 8 in Martinsburg. She has also served as an adjunct in the department of education. Not pictured is Dr. Donna Hanlin, visiting director of accountability/assessment and co-chair of the education department, who was previously an adjunct professor in curriculum and instruction at Frostburg University and Associate Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer of the Washington County Maryland schools.


The English department welcomed three new professors. They are (above, l. to r.) Dr. James Pate III, visiting assistant professor of English. Prior to receiving this fulltime appointment, Pate was a teaching assistant in the department of English at the University of Iowa, a teaching assistant in the department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an adjunct in Shepherd’s department of English and modern languages for the past four years. Dr. Brian Santana, lecturer, was previously a lecturer of English at Georgia Southern University and an instructor/graduate teaching assistant of English at North Carolina State University; and Christopher Wilson, lecturer of English, who previously taught English at Middlesex Community College, Central Connecticut State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Southern Connecticut State University, and Quinnipiac University.


Two professors will teach in the history department. They are (above, l. to r.) Dr. Benjamin Bankhurst, assistant professor of history. Bankhurst comes from London where he was a guest teacher at the London School of Economics, a visiting lecturer at King’s College London, a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a visiting lecturer at Florida State University London Study Centre; and Dr. James Broomall, assistant professor of history and director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. Broomall comes to Shepherd from the University of North Florida where he was a history professor.


New faculty members in the athletic and HPERS programs are (above, l. to r.) Shatora Lane, lecturer/head athletics trainer. Lane comes to Shepherd from Winchester Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine where she was also an athletic trainer. She served as the assistant athletic trainer at Shepherd in 2014; Alexander Hoekstra, lecturer/head volleyball coach. Prior to coming to Shepherd he was the assistant volleyball coach at Western New Mexico University in Silver City. He was Shepherd’s assistant volleyball coach in 2014; and Melissa Hall, assistant professor of recreation studies in the department of health, physical education, recreation, and sports. Hall was previously an adjunct faculty member in recreation at the Community College of Baltimore County and at Frostburg State University.


Five professors joined the nursing department including (above, front row, l. to r.) Dr. Barbara Spencer, assistant professor of nursing education. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Spencer was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove campus and an adjunct faculty member at Frederick Community College; Dr. Doris Burkey, assistant professor of nursing education. She was previously a senior lecturer/obstetrical clinical instructor at West Virginia University School of Nursing in Morgantown and an adjunct professor in obstetrics and gynecology clinical at Shepherd; (back row) Dr. Barbara Mott, assistant professor of nursing. Mott was previously an adjunct faculty member at York College of Pennsylvania; Robin Hill, clinical skills and simulation lab coordinator/clinical lecturer, comes to Shepherd from Hagerstown Community College where she was a supplemental instructional specialist for RN-BSN students; and Dr. Mary Coyle, assistant professor of nursing education, who was previously chair of the LPN nursing program at Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and an assistant professor of mental health nursing at Marymount University.


There are two new professors in biology and one in computer science, mathematics and engineering. Pictured are (above, l. to r.) Dr. Mark Lesser, assistant professor of biology, who was previously a teaching assistant of forest genetics, biometrics and analysis of experimental design, cultivation of edible fungi, evolution, and general biology at the University of Wyoming and Lakehead University; Dr. Jonathan Gilkerson, assistant professor of biology, who was previously an adjunct professor of biology at the University of San Diego, in California, and a teaching assistant of metabolism and energetics, introductory biology, survey of diversity within the plant, Protista, and fungi kingdoms at University of California-Davis; and Dr. Mohammadreza Ghahremani, assistant professor of computer engineering. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Ghahremani was a graduate teaching assistant at the George Washington University and a lecturer at Sharif University of Technology, in Tehran Iran.