Faculty Achievements and Milestones – Archive
Senior Lecturer Patricia Dixon
Department of Music
Patricia Dixon has led the guitar program at Wake Forest since 1980. She directed the Second American Guitar Congress on our campus in 1989, and has featured guitarists from across the world. She has recorded under the Centaur label and teaches and lectures across the country and abroad. As a recipient of two consecutive fellowships, she taught and lectured in Northern Patagonia last summer, and will be attending the Sixth Summer Session for Contemplative Curriculum Development, led by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society this summer.
Professor Peter Kairoff
Department of Music
Peter Kairoff, Professor of Music, is a noted pianist and harpsichordist who has performed widely in the United States, South America and Europe to great critical acclaim. His recordings, on the Albany Records label, are frequently heard on classical music radio stations throughout the world, and in recent years he has also served as a judge in international piano competitions, including the Sala Gallo in Milan and the Scriabin Competition in Tuscany. He will be researching historical keyboards in London this fall, and has performances slated in London, Poland and Italy later in the year.
Senior Lecturer A. Daniel Johnson
Department of Biology
Besides managing a team of two dozen graduate teaching assistants in six laboratory courses, over the last 12 years at WFU, Dr. Johnson has built an inquiry-oriented laboratory program that focuses on active learning rather than demonstrations that have known outcomes. Students in introductory labs regularly conduct experiments that they have designed, and that test their own hypotheses. Through these experiences students learn firsthand how science works. In 2009 he published 40 Inquiry Exercises for Undergraduate Biology, a laboratory resource guide for faculty with lab development strategies, based on WFU’s program. His current efforts include leading professional development courses for graduate students on college teaching, and the responsible conduct of research.
Assistant Professor Lisa Kiang
Department of Psychology
Dr. Kiang is committed to high quality teaching and research with both undergraduate and graduate students. Her work focuses on identity development and sociocultural adjustment among adolescents from immigrant families. Since arriving at Wake Forest University in 2006, she has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers. Students have been involved as lead or co-authors in several of these publications, as well as in numerous professional conference presentations.
Associate Professor Lynn S. Neal
Department of Religion
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow
Dr. Neal earned her Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Wake Forest in 2003. Her research and teaching focus on the history of religion in America. In addition to a number of articles and book chapters, she is the author of Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction and the co-editor of Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History.
Senior Lecturer Leigh Ann Hallberg
Department of Art
Professor Leigh Ann Hallberg, a Senior Lecturer in the Art Department, earned her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and began teaching at Wake Forest in 1999. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in Germany and Italy. Hallberg is currently casting iron sculptural pieces for an installation and continues a series of drawings inspired by lace.
Assistant Professor Christina Tsoules Soriano
Department of Theatre and Dance
Assistant Professor Soriano joined the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2006 where she teaches a variety of courses such as Improvisation, Dance Composition, Modern Dance Technique, Movement for Men and 20th C Modern Dance History. Her research interests include dance composition pedagogy and gender and performance. Christina recently worked with a group of older adults who have Parkinson’s Disease, measuring the ways that their balance can be improved through modern dance exercises. Christina recently published work in Theatre Journal, the Journal of Dance Education, and the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, for which she collaborated with WFU mathematics colleague, Jason Parsley. Her choreography has been seen throughout New England and the southeast.
Senior Lecturer Angela King
Department of Chemistry
Wright Family Fellow
Angela King earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University. At Wake Forest, she teaches classes including college chemistry, organic chemistry, liberal arts chemistry and a first year seminar called True Value Meals. She is known for her enthusiasm for chemistry and dedication to her students. Much of her current academic work is aimed at improving science education and science literacy at both the college and K-12 levels. She is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and writes a monthly column for the Journal of Chemical Education.
Professor Ulrike Wiethaus
Department of Religion and Program in American Ethnic Studies
Professor of Religion and American Ethnic Studies Ulrike Wiethaus is currently Director of the innovative Religion and Public Engagement initiative in the Department of Religion. A native of Germany, Dr. Wiethaus earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Temple University. She came to Wake Forest University in 1991. Her public engagement interests are focused on building partnerships with American Indian communities in NC and beyond. The recipient of nearly thirty grants and fellowships, as well as several teaching and community awards, she has written, edited, and co-edited five books, and published over thirty articles and book chapters on the history of Christian spirituality and contemporary American Indian issues.
Professor Gloria Muday
Department of Biology
Scott Family Fellow
Professor of Biology Gloria Muday has been named a Scott Family Fellow. Dr. Muday is a biochemist whose teaching and research focus on the hormone signaling pathways that control plant growth and development and regulate mammalian metabolism. Her research is currently funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and NASA. Since 1991, she has mentored 30 undergraduates, 12 graduate students, and 7 post-doctoral researchers in independent research projects.
Professor Fred Chen
Department of Economics
Hough Foundation Fellow
Dr. Chen joined the faculty of Wake Forest in 2000 after attending graduate school at the University of Chicago. His research is focused on the economics of infectious diseases, and his papers have appeared in journals in economics, mathematics, and biology. Dr. Chen teaches microeconomics and game theory, and he is one of the program advisors for the Mathematical Economics major.
Associate Professor Kathryn Mayers
Department of Romance Languages
Junior Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor Kathryn Mayers has been recognized for excellence in the teaching of Spanish and Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture, with a particular focus on visual culture. She came to Wake Forest in 2004, where her research interests are focused on Baroque poetry and literary historiography. She is the author of numerous articles and is currently finishing a book entitled Visions of Empire in Colonial Spanish American Ekphrastic Writing that studies the intersections of verbal and visual representation during the period between the Conquest and the independence of Spanish America.
Assistant Professor Robert Hellyer
Department of History
Dr. Robert Hellyer joined the Department of History in 2005. His teaching and research explore topics in Japanese and East Asian history as well as global economic history in recent centuries. His publications include Defining Engagement: Japan and Global Contexts, 1640-1868 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009) and chapters in two edited volumes published in the last year. He is currently working on a book about Japan’s export of green tea to the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Associate Professor Ana Iltis
Department of Philosophy
Shively Family Fellow
Ana graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. and a B.A.H. and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rice University. Ana has worked at the St. Louis University Center for Care and Ethics as an Associate Professor with Tenure and also at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine. She has edited five books, including Institutional Integrity in Health Care and has presented at bioethics conferences across the world. Ana is the recipient of Wake Forest’s Shively Family Fellowship, a three-year fellowship for professional development and travel.
Professor of Religion Simeon Ilesanmi has been appointed to a Wake Forest Professorship as the Washington M. Wingate Professor of Religion. A native of Nigeria, Dr. Ilesanmi earned his Ph. D. in religious ethics from Southern Methodist University. He came to Wake Forest in 1993 where his research interests are focused on international human rights and the ethics of war. He is the author of Religious Pluralism and the Nigerian State and numerous articles and book chapters on religion, ethics, politics and war in Africa.
In addition to her overall commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, Dr. O’Connell has had three scholarly articles published in 2009:
– Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in the Venice Maritime State
– Oligarchy, Faction and Compromise in Fifteenth Century Venice
– The Italian Renaissance in the Mediterranean or Between East and West?
Dr. Furr has demonstrated outstanding teaching and research with both undergraduate and graduate students. His mentorship of students has recently been recognized at recent national professional meetings. An active collaborator and co-investigator with other researchers, Dr. Furr has co-authored (2008) a new text, Psychometrics.
Professor Christman has been recognized for excellence in lighting and set design, teaching, and professional collaboration. His work is often enjoyed by faculty, staff, and students of the University and the greater Triad community. Recent collaborations include King Lear and All My Sons.
In addition to his commitment to teaching, Dr. Berenhaut is recognized for his work as a research mentor, working with both undergraduate and graduate students. He has a productive research program, including a recently funded grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics. He serves as managing editor of a new journal that publishes student-faculty research articles, and he was recently elected to be a Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Dr. Raynor has made significant contributions to teaching, having created several innovations in her instruction of mathematics. Her scholarship is receiving numerous citations, and in 2008-09 she has had several articles appear in and submissions to the top journals in her field. Dr. Raynor edits the regional section of the Mathematical Association of America and has served on the steering committee for the South Eastern Atlantic Regional Differential Equation Conference.
Dr. Salam continues to conduct research and publish extensively in the broad areas of theoretical and computational chemistry, specifically in the area of molecular quantum electrodynamics. Since arriving at Wake Forest in 2003, his work has led to 20 peer-reviewed publications. He is a committed teacher and research mentor to undergraduate and undergraduates, leading to numerous presentations by Dr. Salam and his students at research seminars and symposia. He is an active conference participant and manuscript reviewer for his professional society
Dr. Miller was recently recognized for his teaching with the Reid-Doyle Prize for teaching and was a co recipient for the WFU Research Award for outstanding contributions to his field. His recent professional and scholarly productivity include two edited collections, 10 peer-reviewed articles and numerous review papers (since coming to Wake Forest in 2004). Dr. Miller continues to serve as a manuscript referee for several major presses, publications, and professional journals. He is an active professional society participant.
Besides her commitment to excellence in teaching, Dr. Erway is an active researcher and scholar in the areas of:
- Trust-region and trust-search methods for parge-scale optimization,
- Interactive methods for compressed sensing,
- Lanczos methods for principal component analysis,
- Optimization-based approaches to solve the Einstein constraint equations in general relativity.
Her current research is funded through grants including those from the National Science Foundation and The Wake Forest Science Research Fund. Dr. Erway is a frequent presenter at international symposia and professional society meetings and a referee for journals in her field.
Professor Finn maintains his record of distinguished artistry and teaching. In the classroom and studio, he is committed to articulating issues, theory, and techniques of contemporary art practice, empowering his students’ creativity and understanding of the creation and place of sculpture, especially in public spaces. He continues to be recognized throughout the region and beyond as an advocate and effective spokesperson for public art projects. His 2009 commissions include public art works in Chapel Hill and Greensboro.
Professor Radomski’s reputation includes her commitment to demanding and supportive teaching in the classroom and studio as well as a broad interest ranging from musical theatre to classical repertoire and opera. She has, since 1989, served as a consultant to the Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders and has conducted interdisciplinary research with the faculty at the Medical School. In addition to an active solo appearance schedule, Professor Radomski has recorded several discs and will be presenting at the 2009 International Congress of Voice Teacher in Paris.
Mary Martin Niepold
Purpose Prize Fellow
Mary Martin Niepold has been named a 2009 Purpose Prize Fellow for Innovation – Extraordinary Contribution in Encore Career. Niepold, a visiting instructor in English, is founder of the Winston-Salem-based Nyanya Project that provides training skills to African grandmothers caring for their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. The project, started in 2007, has programs in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda, and has trained more than 140 grandmothers to learn skills that generate sustainable income. “For me, the honor of being named a Purpose Prize Fellow really goes to the African grandmothers. They provide love and sustenance to their families and AIDS orphaned grandchildren under incredibly harsh circumstances. They inspire me, and I am privileged to know them,” said Niepold. She will join 46 other Fellows at a summit on Innovation in November at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business’ Center on Social Innovation.
Professor Wayne Silver and Reynolds Professor of Neuroscience Susan Fahrbach, along with Professor Azeez Aileru of Winston-Salem State University, won support for an Undergraduate Neuroscience Training Cooperative between Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University from the National Institutes of Health.
The goal is to encourage and to prepare underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in neuroscience by making the undergraduate neuroscience minor at Wake Forest available to students at Winston-Salem State, a historically black institution. Although WSSU has several research neuroscientists, its curriculum has no neuroscience-related courses, and its students lack the training or experience to explore neuroscience when they consider postgraduate study or careers. This opportunity will enable WSSU undergraduates already interested in neuroscience to take concrete steps to achieve their professional goals, but it will also attract students to neuroscience who might otherwise be excluded.