Roanoke College

New Faculty


SALEM, Va.-Twenty-one professors have joined the Roanoke College faculty for the 2004-05 academic year. The new faculty members include: Kathy Bauman, visiting instructor in mathematics; Frances Bosch, visiting instructor of biology; Dr. Christopher Bucholz, assistant professor of psychology; Erica Cooper, assistant professor of communications; Dr. Rebecca Currie, assistant professor of biology; Sharon Gibbs, CPA, assistant professor of business administration; Michelle Hagadorn, CPA, assistant professor of business administration; Dr. Jennifer Hora, assistant professor of public policy and political science; Dr. Patches Johnson, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics; Dr. Qian Ma, associate professor of English; Reza Mahemkar-Kheirandish, visiting instructor of economics; Dr. Shabnam Modarres-Mousavi, visiting instructor of business administration; Philippe Moore, visiting instructor of computer science; Dr. Lynn Reed, visiting assistant professor of physics; Dr. David Robertson, teaching associate in business administration; Dr. Daniel Sarabia, visiting assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Robert Schultz, John P. Fishwick Professor of English; Gregory Shaff, CPA, visiting instructor of business administration; Dr. Mark Tembo, visiting assistant professor of health and human performance; Dr. Gary Van Valen, visiting assistant professor of history; and Robert Willingham, visiting instructor of history.

Bauman received a B.S. in mathematics from Roanoke College and her M.A. in education from Virginia Tech. Her teaching experience includes 12 years in the public school system.

Bosch earned a B.S. in biology from Roanoke College, and her M.S. in ecology from Fordham University, Bronx, New York. Her teaching experience includes receiving a teaching fellowship at Fordham University and being a secondary school teacher in biology, ecology, earth science and astronomy at Staunton River High School. Most recently, she was an adjunct professor at Ferrum College in the life sciences division.

Buchholz earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, after receiving his M.A. in general theoretical psychology from Appalachian State University (ASU), Boone, North Carolina, and a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Virginia Tech. His teaching experience includes being an instructor at ASU as well as an adjunct professor teaching general psychology. Most recently, he has been a visiting assistant professor of social psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

Cooper earned her B.A. and M.A. in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in communication and culture at Indiana University-Bloomington. She has taught at Indiana University-Bloomington and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cooper has taught public speaking, interpersonal communication and business and professional communication. Before joining the Roanoke College faculty, she was an adjunct/full-time temporary lecturer at West Chester University.

Currie earned a B.S. and M.S. in biology from the University of North Texas, Denton, and a Ph.D. in aquatic ecotoxicology, aquatic ecology, entomology, and restoration ecology from Virginia Tech. She has received numerous grants and fellowships and has had many articles published. She was the laboratory manager at Virginia Tech's Cheery Lab.

Gibbs earned a B.S. in business with a major in accounting and her master of accountancy, with a concentration in taxation, from Virginia Tech. Before joining the Roanoke College faculty, Gibbs taught at Virginia Western Community College and was at Norfolk Southern Corporation, where she was a senior internal auditor.

Hagadorn earned her B.B.A., with a concentration in accounting, from Roanoke College and a master of accountancy from Virginia Tech. She has taught at Hollins University, Ferrum College and the College of Health Sciences. Hagadorn has worked for Carilion Medical Center as director of finance and as a financial advisor and research analyst for Carilion Health System.

Hora earned her B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her teaching experience includes being a teaching fellow with full course responsibilities at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she taught state and local politics and oral communication and argumentation.

Johnson earned a B.S. in mathematics and statistics, cum laude, from Radford University, her M.S. in statistics from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Roanoke College faculty, Johnson was an assistant professor in the department of mathematics at Emory & Henry College, Emory. She has also been a senior statistician for Science Applications International Corporation in Reston.

Ma earned a B.A. in English and her M.A. in English and American literature from Northeast Normal University (China), and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to coming to Roanoke College, Ma was an assistant professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, Georgia.

Mahemkar-Kheirandish earned a B.S. in electrical engineering (computer systems) from Sharif University of Technology (Iran), his M.S. in socio-economic systems engineering from the Institute for Research in Planning and Development (Iran), his M.A. in economics from Virginia Tech, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in economics. He has been an instructor of macroeconomics and microeconomics at Virginia Tech. He also has experience as a research assistant, software and hardware engineer, a writer for a television program for Iran TV, and as a short-term consultant for World Bank.

Modarres-Mousavi earned a B.S. from Sharif University of Technology (Iran) in electrical engineering her M.S. from the Institute for Research in Planning and Development (Iran) in economics and social systems engineering and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in economics, where she was an instructor.

Moore received his B.S. in computer information systems, cum laude, from Roanoke College and his M.S. in computer science from George Washington University, where he was a software developer and graduate researcher.

Reed earned a B.A. in physics from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her M.S. in physics from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching experience includes being an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix Online, Minneapolis Community and Technical Institute, Macalester College and the College of St. Catherine. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University Medical Center in the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, where she researched neural activity. Reed also was a scientist for Medical Graphics Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota, where she researched potential new products.

Robertson earned a B.A. from Roanoke College, his M.A.L.S. from Hollins University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He is co-owner and vice president of Robertson Marketing.

Sarabia earned his B.A. and M.A. in sociology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, and his Ph.D. in sociology from Oklahoma State University. His areas of specialization and interests include environmental sociology, race and ethnic relations, collective behavior and social movements, and international political economics.

Schultz earned a B.A. in English and American literature, and philosophy, summa cum laude, from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and his M.F.A. in creative writing and M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Before joining the Roanoke College faculty, Schultz was professor of English at Luther College. He also has taught at the University of Virginia. He has accrued many awards and honors for his writing and has been published numerous times and has written three books.

Shaff earned a B.B.A. in accounting and his M.S. in accounting from James Madison University. He has worked for KPMG Peat Marwick, LLC, where he was a supervising senior accountant; Hopeman Brothers, Inc. in Waynesboro, where he was a manager of general accounting; and Collegiate Pacific Co., where he was the chief financial officer. He is the founder and owner of Shirts & Other Stuff, Inc., a screen printing and advertising specialty company.

Tembo earned his diploma in education from the University of Malawi (Africa), an advanced diploma in sports management from Bayreuth University (Germany), his M.Ed. in physical education curriculum development from the University of Manchester (England), and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in physical education. He has been an adjunct professor at Radford University in exercise, sport and health education, and prior to joining the Roanoke College faculty was an associate research professor in the Center for Research in Health Behavior at Virginia Tech.

Van Valen earned a B.A. in history, magna cum laude, from Montclair State College, New Jersey, his M.A. in history from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in history from the University of New Mexico, where he was a teaching associate.

Willingham earned a B.A. in political science and European history from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, his M.A. in European history from Purdue University, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Roanoke College faculty, he was a visiting instructor at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and was an assistant instructor in the history department at the University of Texas at Austin.