CBSHS welcomes new faculty this fall
This fall, Clemson’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences begins the fall semester with several new faculty members. College leadership is excited to welcome these faculty members, who will enable student learning and contribute to the planned growth of the college. The new faculty members by department are as follows:
Ashley Pikel – Lecturer
Ashley Pikel received her master’s degree in Communication Studies from South Dakota State University (SDSU). During her time at SDSU, she taught the basic public speaking course. Prior to graduate school, Pike coached competitive high school speech for four years and worked at Mayo Clinic for over five years in Rochester, Minnesota, which included work with social media and marketing. Her research interests include identity messages and purity culture.
Charles (C.J.) Brewer – Lecturer
C.J. Brewer, a former graduate teaching assistant, recently obtained his master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He has presented papers at several conferences, such as CCA, NCA, ECA, and PACE. With a teaching philosophy centered on collaborative-learning, student awareness and self-actualization, he measures success in public speaking by tracking progress and encouraging creativity, so that an individual’s growth can continue long after his classes have ended.
Elizabeth Kaszynski Gilmore – Lecturer
Elizabeth Gilmore is completing her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at Indiana University, and completed her masters at the University of North Texas. Her research interests center on visuality, whiteness and coloniality, with a focus on the ways that tropes and narratives work rhetorically in contemporary media. Her work specifically concentrates on the contexts of online circulation, digital distribution and social media networks. Her research is interdisciplinary, grounded in rhetorical theory and draws from scholarship in visuality, race, whiteness, myth and colonial studies.
James N. Gilmore – Assistant Professor
James Gilmore’s research explores the residual, dominant, and emergent relationships between technology and culture through a critical/cultural and theoretical perspective. He completed his Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at Indiana University, and his master’s degree in Film and Television at University of California, Los Angeles. His current work, which is based on his doctoral dissertation and is currently being expanded into a book manuscript tentatively titled Everywear, explores the development and circulation of wearable technologies throughout different populations to trace how computer-based modes of information produce knowledge and exercise authority at the scale of everyday lives and experiences. His other research interests include the relationships between digital technology and popular culture, as well as the politics of popular film and television.
Marshall Covert – Lecturer
Marshall earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and his master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University. Throughout his time as a student and an alumnus, Marshall has actively engaged in competitive speech and debate as both a competitor and a coach, leading numerous students to success at the state and national levels. With a passion for rhetoric, argumentation and debate, persuasion, and practical application of communication concepts, Marshall uses his teaching and research to actively engage with students and create strong, competent human communicators.
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Aby Sene-Harper – Post Doctoral Pathway
Aby Sene-Harper is a conservation social scientist whose work seeks to reconnect historically marginalized communities with protected areas in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her research areas include integrative conservation approaches, diversity and relevancy in national parks, rural livelihoods, community development and sustainable tourism. She is completing her postdoctoral assignment at North Carolina State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management department. Her research project is funded by the National Park Service and focuses on partnership development with African American communities.
Christinia Mazer – Instructor
Christina Mazer joins Clemson University as an instructor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management where she has taught leisure skills courses and nonprofit leadership courses on a part-time basis since 2010. Prior to joining the Clemson faculty, Chrissy held several management roles in the YMCA where she led programming, aquatics, and marketing initiatives.
Elizabeth (Bess) Perry – Postdoctoral Research Associate
Elizabeth Perry is the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Research Fellow and is assessing culturally-sensitive park ecotourism development in Oman. Her research interests include examining relationships that visitors and local communities form with parks and how these relationships may inform park management, communications, and collaborations. Perry is especially interested in how these applied questions intersect with complex systems theories and multi-methods approaches. She earned her Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.
Kevin G. Vance – Lecturer
Kevin G. Vance is a 2017-18 James Madison Program Forbes Postdoctoral Research Associate from Princeton University. His research compares the religion clauses jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court with the religious liberty jurisprudence of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. He has taught courses in constitutional law and political theory. His other research interests include American political thought, constitutional interpretation, comparative and American constitutional law, Church & State, political philosophy, and judicial politics. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. He received his bachelor’s degree in government from Claremont McKenna College and has worked in political journalism for several years in Washington, D.C
Ethan C. Busby – Assistant Professor
Ethan Busby is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. His work focuses on political psychology, public opinion, race and ethnic politics, and political behavior. His research is on the roots of extremism and moderation in individuals’ attitudes, and more specifically, the nature of group-based attitudes, which are critical to functioning democracies but can create strong fractures in politics and society more generally.
Dr. Matthew Rhodes-Purdy – Assistant Professor
Matthew Rhodes-Purdy is a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in Government (comparative politics and methodology) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. His research uses democratic theory and social psychology to suggest solutions to difficult puzzles in political behavior, with topics spanning from political system attitudes (especially regime support) and populism, to the interaction of political economy and culture. His regional focus in his research is on Latin America, as well as the United States and Europe.
Public Health Sciences
Lior Rennert – Assistant Professor
Lior Rennert recently received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation was focused on statistical methods for truncated survival data. Rennert has embraced team science and been an active member of research teams on a variety of health topics including opioid and alcohol dependency, cocaine dependency, HIV/AIDS and neurodegenerative diseases.
Moonseong Heo – Professor
Moonseong Heo’s research includes the design and analysis of clinical trials, obesity epidemiology and HCV care models for people who inject drugs. He has experience with multidisciplinary collaborations across a wide range of medical research fields in addition to statistical consulting and mentoring. He serves as editorial board member of British Journal of Nutrition, and Child and Adolescent Obesity, and is a fellow of the Obesity Society.
School of Nursing
Amy Garrison – Lecturer
Amy Garrison is an American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010 and a master’s degree in 2014, both from Clemson University. Prior to joining the School of Nursing faculty full-time, she has practiced as a Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner and taught in Clemson’s Medical Surgical Simulation Lab during the 2017-2018 school year.
Kim Pickett – Assistant Professor
Kim Pickett is a family nurse practitioner with Spartanburg Regional Medical Center’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. She is scheduled to complete her Ph.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in August 2018. Her research interests include short-term outcomes of continued tobacco use in patients with lung cancer. Other research interests include facilitating optimal self-management of type 1 diabetes, and enhancing medical care of diverse populations, including the transgender population. Prior to her work in endocrinology, she served as clinical faculty at Spartanburg Regional’s Center for Family Medicine Residency Program, and was the director of Wright State University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2009-2011.
Kimberly Trammell – Lecturer
Kimberly Trammell received her bachelors and master’s degrees from Clemson School of Nursing. As a registered nurse, she worked in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and in the cardiac cath lab. After about 5 years, she returned to Clemson to obtain her Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner degree. During that time, she worked as a GTA teaching med-surg clinical. Since graduating, she has worked for more than two years in geriatric psychiatry in the assisted living and nursing home settings.
Kylie Padron Newsom – Lecturer
Kylie Newsom earned her Master of Science degree with a focus in Nursing Education from Clemson University in May 2018. She earned her BSN from Florida State University in 2012. She has been working as a registered nurse for 6 years, having worked in an adult oncology unit and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she continues to work. While earning her master’s degree, she worked as a GTA for the School of Nursing and fell in love with teaching at the university level.
Linda Ward – Associate Professor
Linda Ward comes to Clemson University from Washington State University, Washington’s land grant university in Spokane, where she was an associate professor. Her early career was as a laboratorian in analytic chemistry and clinical microbiology, but in 1995, she turned to the nursing profession. She earned a BSN and worked as a registered nurse as she continued her education to become a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator. In 2003, she completed a genetics fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, which led her to pursue a nursing doctoral degree. Her dissertation and research focus on integration of genetics and genomics into nursing education. She developed the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory (GNCI), an instrument to measure knowledge of genetic and genomic concepts essential to nursing practice. She served on the editorial board of G2C2, an NIH-based repository of genetic and genomic education resources, and served a four-year term on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) with the CDC.
Lucia Gonzales – Associate Director for Nursing Research/Associate Professor
Lucia Gonzales has more than ten years of experience as director of education and more than ten years as a chief nursing administrator in acute care health systems. Her career accomplishments include awards of $420,000 in grants for care coordination and nurses’ computer education, and has developed an onsite RN to BSN program in collaboration with UMDNJ/Rowan School of Nursing for 93 nurses. At the baccalaureate level, she taught leadership, professional nursing, contemporary issues, organizational transitions, and logic and critical thinking at Clayton State College and University. At the graduate level, Gonzales has taught leadership/professional issues and health theory at Emory and Kennesaw State Universities and research at Thomas Jefferson University. Before coming to Clemson, she was Associate Professor of Nursing, leading geriatrics and health care finance in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Diego.
Megan E. Mayfield – Lecturer
Megan Mayfield graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with a BS in Nursing and then her master’s degree in nursing education in May 2018. Following graduation, she began working as a cardiac nurse on a progressive coronary care unit at Spartanburg Medical Center. Currently, she is still employed with Spartanburg Medical Center and has had the ability to serve in many different roles on her unit.
Terri Teramano – Lecturer
Terri Teramano graduated from Clemson in 2005 with a Health Science degree and then went back to school to become a registered nurse in mainly long-term care, hospice, and medical-surgical settings. After working in education in a hospital organization, she decided to pursue a full-time career teaching career to help others become nurses. She said she loves watching students light up when they finally understand a concept and the real-life feel of the simulation lab.
Zahra Rahemi – Assistant Professor
Zahra Rahemi has studied older adults from a variety of culturally and ethnically diverse populations, their treatment preferences and end-of-life care planning and decision making. Her current research interests focus on an interdisciplinary approach to enhance older adults’ quality of life and end-of-life care. Rahemi’s interest is to find culture-specific factors for enhancing advance care planning among these communities. In her studies, she seeks to explore flexible and culturally competent models of advance care planning, which can be applied to diverse cultural groups to reduce health disparities related to end-of-life care.
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Bryan Miller – Associate Professor
Bryan Miller earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology from Virginia Technical College and his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida. He has served as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and as a research affiliate for the Rural Health Research Institute at Georgia Southern University. His work has evaluated drug abuse, probation practices, offender reentry, deviant peers, and drug treatment. His recent research has focused on evaluating the use of novel psychoactive drugs among those in community corrections. He is currently working on projects funded by the Department of Justice to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in jail and to evaluate veteran treatment courts.
David Markus – Lecturer
David Markus’ current research interests lie within the sub-fields of Historical archaeology and Historical anthropology. His research interests include but are not limited to: African Diaspora Archaeology, Colonial and Post-Colonial archaeology, Diaspora studies, Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology, Folklore, Jewish Archaeology, race construction, gender relations, social stratification, social memory, material culture, oral and documentary history and public and activist involvement in archaeology.
Heather Hensman Kettrey – Assistant Professor
Heather Kettrey earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2014 and currently holds a Research Associate appointment at Vanderbilt’s Peabody Research Institute (PRI). Her research focuses on power, violence, and inequality specifically as they apply to gender, sexuality, and race, and her current research evaluates programs and policies designed to prevent or alleviate violence and inequality. Kettrey is currently Principal Investigator of two externally funded projects. These include (1) a meta-analysis funded by the Campbell Collaboration to examine the effects of bystander programs on the prevention of sexual assault among adolescents and college students and (2) a mixed-methods, quasi-experimental trial funded by the March of Dimes to evaluate the effects of their Supportive Pregnancy Care program on the health of mothers and their babies across multiple pilot sites in Tennessee.
Matthew Costello – Assistant Professor
Matthew Costello earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Cincinnati, his master’s degree in sociology from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State University in 2012. He comes from Arkansas State University, where he was the director of undergraduate programs for criminology, sociology and geography as well as an assistant professor of criminology. His research interests include online extremism, deviant behavior, political sociology, and collective violence.
Miao Li – Assistant Professor
Miao Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and a faculty associate at the National Survey Research Center at Renmin University of China. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the School of Public Health at University of Buffalo and the Department of Sociology at University of Notre Dame. Li’s research focuses on how multilevel such as the individual, family and community, social factors affect health and developmental outcomes over the life course and across generations. Li is particularly interested in the complex interactions between the intergenerational and contextual factors in shaping the life course trajectories of physical, psychological, relational, and spiritual well-being.
Negin Sattari – Post Doctoral Fellow
Negin Sattari received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research area is centered on gender in work. She has conducted studies on gender inequalities in STEM fields in addition to women’s experiences in masculine occupations in the Middle East. Sattari has recently co-authored a book on Muslim women’s role in the social economy of Iran and published her work on men faculty’s engagement in improving gender equality in the academic STEM in the journal of gender, work, and organization.
Rhys Hester – Lecturer
Rhys Hester holds a Justice Degree and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He was formerly Associate Research Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University and Deputy Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. He was also previously a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School. His research focuses on justice-system organizations, decision making, criminal sentencing, and constitutional law and has been published in the leading journals in the field of criminal justice including Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, as well as several chapters in books published by Oxford University Press.
Youth Family and Community Studies
Matthew Hudson-Flege – Research Assistant Professor
Matthew Hudson-Flege is a former AmeriCorps member and Peace Corps volunteer, as well as an experienced nonprofit professional. His primary research interests include national service, civic engagement, and bullying prevention, and his teaching interests include human rights, humanitarian assistance, and research methods. Matt received his bachelor’s degree in Global Development Studies from Eckerd College, a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University, and a Ph.D. in International Family and Community Studies from Clemson University.