Dalton State Welcomes Several New Faculty Members

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dalton State College welcomes 15 new faculty members to the campus, according to Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “They come to us from different parts of the country, different types of institutions, and different levels of college work experience, yet they all share with us a commitment to quality teaching and a sincere desire to transform the lives of our students,” said Dr. Stone in introducing the new faculty and staff to the College community. “We welcome their new ideas and perspectives as well as their impressive knowledge and skills, and we look forward to having them become a part of our campus community.”

In the School of Business, Dr. Brent Evans, Assistant Professor of Economics, comes to Dalton State from Mississippi State University. He received his doctorate from Mississippi State University, where he also served as a Lecturer.   

Dr. Ramamohana Guttikonda will serve as Associate Professor of Accounting. Previously an Associate Professor at Alabama State University, Dr. Guttikonda earned his doctorate from the University of Arkansas. Joining them is Mr. James Rich, Temporary Instructor in Accounting. Before coming to Dalton State, Mr. Rich served as Adjunct Instructor for Pensacola State College. He received his master’s degree from Troy State University. 

Coming from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dr. Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, Goizueta Endowed Chair and Professor of Education, will be joining the School of Education. Dr. Antrop-Gonzalez earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University. 

Also new to the School of Education is Dr. Jacqueline Mesco, Temporary Assistant Professor of Education. She earned her doctorate in Leadership, Technology & Human Development from Georgia Southern University and previously taught at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy. Dr. Roben Taylor joins them as Assistant Professor of Special Education, having received her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Alabama. Previously, Dr. Taylor served as Assistant Professor for Jacksonville State University.

The School of Health Professions welcomes two Assistant Professors of Nursing: Ms. Karren Bennett and Ms. Deborah Richardson. Ms. Bennett and Ms. Richardson both earned their masters in Nursing Administration from the University of West Georgia. Prior to coming to Dalton State College, Ms. Bennett served as a Clinical Nurse Leader at Hamilton Medical Center. Ms. Richardson also comes from Hamilton Medical Center, having served as a Registered Nurse for 12 years.

Joining the Department of Social Work is Mr. Gene Powers, Temporary Assistant Professor in Social Work. Mr. Powers earned his master’s from Florida State University and previously was employed by Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland. Ms. Tammy Rice will serve as Temporary Assistant Professor of Social Work. She has previously worked as a freelance writer for The Daily Citizen News and as a part-time Instructor at Dalton State. Ms. Rice received her master’s from the University of Georgia.

In the School of Liberal Arts, Mr. Scott Bertram joins the Department of Communication as Temporary Instructor in Digital Design. Mr. Bertram received his master’s in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design. Before joining the Dalton State faculty, he was employed as a Professional Photographer/Freelance Digital Media Artist. The Department of Social Sciences welcomes Ms. Alicia Briganti as Assistant Professor of Psychology. Ms. Briganti received her doctorate from Louisiana State University, where she served as a graduate student Instructor.

Having served as an ALMA Commissioning and Verification Scientist for two years in Chile, Dr. Samantha Blair will be joining the School of Science, Technology and Mathematics in the Department of Natural Sciences. Dr. Blair, Assistant Professor of Physics/Astronomy, received her doctorate in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Georgia. Joining her is Dr. Leah Howell, Temporary Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Howell earned her doctorate in Genetics from Clemson University. Prior to joining the faculty at Dalton State College, she served as an Assistant Professor at Shorter University. 

The School of Science welcomes Dr. Christopher Wozny as Temporary Associate Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Wonzy received his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Northern Illinois University and has served as an Instructor/Department Chair for the Governor’s Honors Program.



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