2021-2022 New Faculty

Welcome to the College of Charleston. 

Every year, the College of Charleston hires new faculty who ensure that our students are taught and mentored by the best educators and scholars from their respective fields. This new cohort brings a wide array of academic specialties to the College. Read more at https://today.cofc.edu/2021/09/22/cofc-welcomes-new-faculty-for-the-2021-22-academic-year/
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Kelly Cours Anderson

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Kelley Cours Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Department of Management and Marketing. Dr. Anderson earned her PhD from Texas Tech University and her MS and BS from the University of North Texas.Her scholarship focuses on how emerging digital media technology impacts the way we consume and build markets and is informed and motivated by 15 years of industry experience leading CRM and consumer insights teams. She uses multiple methods to reveal the benefits and consequences of technology-enabled actor-networks.


Julia Arroyo

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Arroyo is an assistant professor at the College of Charleston. Broadly speaking, her research and teaching contributes to the sociology of children and youth, social inequalities, families, and race. She is driven by an interest in children’s experiences of family life, the reproduction of inequalities across generations and throughout networks, and mechanisms that promote health, well-being, and attainment in the context of early life disadvantage.



Mohamed Baza

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Mohamed Baza is with an assistant professor with the CS department at the University/college of Charleston, SC, USA. His research interests include many topics of immediate interest in the area of cybersecurity, including blockchains, machine learning, and security and privacy in emergent technologies such as smart grids and VANETs. He has over thirty papers in IEEE conference proceedings and top-ranked journals such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT). He also has one best paper award in IEEE SmartNets 2019. He holds two years on industry experience in information and cybersecurity.


Elizabeth Bick   

Assistant Professor Photography [no photo available]

Elizabeth Bick is a photographer influenced by her training in classical and modern dance.


Jose Chavarry   

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Jose Chavarry is an Assistant Professor of Spanish. He received his PhD., Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures and MPhil., Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages from CUNY Graduate Center. 


Nakeisha Daniel

Assistant Professor of African American Theatre

Nakeisha Daniel is a professional actress + director + choreographer + educator who has been seen on national and international stages and screen. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, her love of theater sparked at an early age eventually leading her to earn a BFA in Musical Theater, an MFA in Acting from Penn State University, and to further her studies in London and Canada. She was honored to serve as the first ever Guest Artist in Residence at the Citadel Military College of South Carolina and is a 2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Cabaret and Performance Fellow. As an arts education advocate, Nakeisha’s mission is to transform student learning and to support educators through arts integration. She has partnered with a variety of organizations including; The Alliance Theater Center, The Children’s Arts Guild (NYC), TYA USA, Charleston Gaillard Center, Engaging Creative Minds, and presented at SXSW ED Virtual Conference. Nakeisha believes it is a privilege to cultivate creativity in others.


Lauren Duffie   

Assistant Professor of Theatre - Lighting Design

Lauren Duffie is a lighting designer for the stage and the new Assistant Professor of Theatre, Lighting Design. Lauren completed her MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Virginia. She began designing in London (King’s Head Theatre, Etcetera Theatre, British MTV, Edinburg Festival) before moving to NYC in 1999. Broadway credits include: The Downtown Messiah (WFC WinterGarden), Round About (Lynch Theatre in association with Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway and notable NYC favorites: Navigator in Love, A Toy Gun (Red Lab), Beef (SLANT Theatre Project); In the Room (Wheelhouse Theatre, 5 NYIT nominations), Summer and Smoke (ALD, Transport Group / Classic Stage), The Blue Carbuncle, Gift of the Magi (Stage M12); Reparations (Producer’s Club), Project: Ground Control (BAM-Brooklyn), Ballet Folklorico (Abrons Art Center) among many, many others. Thirteen National Tours include: Black Broadway, Unforgettable Nat King Cole, Mahalia: a Gospel Musical, Unsinkable Women, My Soul is a Witness, Jackie VI & Lena, Rejoice Dear Hearts, An Evening with Brother Dave Garner.


Chad S.A. Gibbs       

Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

Chad S.A. Gibbs joins the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program this semester as an assistant professor and director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies. Chad is a historian of the Holocaust, focusing on geographies and networks of Jewish Resistance. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his BA from the University of Wyoming. Prior to academic life, Chad served in the US Army. He calls Wyoming home and is daily trying, and failing, to adjust to humidity.


Ewan Kingston

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ewan Kingston is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department. He earned his BA from Otago University, his MA from Victoria University of Wellington, his PhD from Duke University, and has just completed a postdoc at Princeton. He asks how the institutions of market democracies should adapt to meet contemporary challenges like climate change. Ewan is also interested in non-western philosophy. He loves playing and watching basketball, although he is a better spectator than player.


Ellie Lovellette  

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Ellie Lovellette is new Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt in Germany and her Master's Degree and PhD in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University. Some of Ellie's research interests include multiagent systems, simulation, and computer science education.


T Kira Māhealani Madden          

Assistant Professor of English

T Kira Māhealani Madden is an Assistant Professor of English. She earned a B.A. at Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College, and an M.F.A. at Sarah Lawrence College. Her creative writing and research interests include Asian American and Pacific literature, queer literature, surrealism, speculative nonfiction, and adaptation. She is currently adapting her first book, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (Bloomsbury, 2019), for screen. She is also an amateur magician.






Sarah Schoemann

Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Computing in the Arts)

Dr. Sarah Schoemann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. She recently earned her doctorate from Georgia Tech's Digital Media program with a minor in Human Computer Interaction. While at GA Tech she was part of the research and development of a health game designed to help pediatric patients with Sickle Cell Disease and Diabetes learn more about the science behind their disease to boost their health literacy and STEM knowledge. For her dissertation work she collaborated with a local feminist bookstore to bring feminist video games to the store through a retro-style arcade cabinet featuring games by diverse designers and offering free workshops on creating your first video game. A NY city native, Dr. Schoemann earned her Masters at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn after receiving a BFA in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University. Dr. Schoemann is excited to work with College of Charleston students on developing video games to tackle important social issues as well as on developing innovate wearable technologies that combine ordinary textiles with smart materials. You can find her in the new CAT Lab (Critical Art and Technology Lab) at Harbor Walk East, playing with the lab's VR headsets or its custom embroidery machine.


O. Jerome Stewart

Assistant Professor of Management

Oscar Jerome Stewart earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Interdisciplinary Organizational Science Program. He is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business at San Francisco State University. Professor Stewart has been recognized globally for his teaching innovation, and as a scholar, he is concerned with power within organizations and power of organizations, and how to create more equitable and cooperative power structures that bind members together in a beneficent mutuality. Currently, Professor Stewart is working on projects on corporate misconduct, discrimination in higher education, and critical pedagogy. In his spare time, he loves to rehabilitate troubled dogs and can be seen traversing the low country with his two dogs, Sho Nuff the Shogun of the Low Country and Assata Shakur.


Mohamed Tazkarji

Assistant Professor of Information Management

Dr. Mohamed Y. Tazkarji is an assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management. He came to The College of Charleston after earning his Doctoral Degree in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University. His research interests include but are not limited to Success & Failure of Information Systems, Health Information Technology, and Security & Privacy of Information Systems.


Yang Wang

Assistant Professor of Mathematics [no photo available]

Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. She has a PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Alabama. 


Hsin-Ching Wu

Assistant Professor of Arts Management

Dr. Hsin-Ching Wu is an Assistant Professor of Arts Management in the School of the Arts. Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and she is an American Society for Public Administration Founders’ Fellow for 2021. She holds master’s degrees in American Studies and Arts Management from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Dr. Hsin-Ching Wu’s research agenda focuses on the intersection of nonprofit arts and cultural management, public administration and policy, and social equity. She taught for many years in the Master of Public Administration Program at UMass Boston, advising students on their capstone projects, and has experience in collection management in visual arts.


Luqi Xu

Assistant Professor of Real Estate Finance

Luqi Xu is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Alabama. Prior to that, she received her bachelors degree from City, University of London and masters degree from Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of research interest include real estate and investment.


Paul Baier

Instructor of Computer Science

Paul Baier is an Instructor in the Department of Computer Science. He graduated from Brown University as an undergraduate in 2008 with a degree in International Relations. In 2020, he received a Masters degree from the College of Charleston and the Citadel in Computer and Information Science. His research interests include web based application development. He lives in Charleston with his wife and two sons.


Amanda Castellone

Instructor of Music

Soprano Amanda Castellone, a native of Charleston, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from Arizona State University.  An active performer of opera, recital, and oratorio, she is the featured soloist of the Bethel United Methodist Church (Charleston, SC).  In Arizona, Dr. Castellone performed extensively as a soloist with Scottsdale Musical Arts; favorite concerts include Missa in C Minor, K. 427/417a (Mozart) and Messiah (Handel).  Favorite opera roles include the First Handmaiden in Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot with Arizona Opera, Despina (Così fan Tutte), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), and Frasquita (Carmen).  Dr. Castellone holds a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Biology from Wake Forest University.  She joined the Music Faculty of the College of Charleston in 2012 and is the Assistant Director of Opera.  She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.


Sandra Craig

Instructor of Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) 

Sandra Craig is an Instructor Organic Chemistry at the College of Charleston. 


Max Kovalov

Instructor of International Studies

Max Kovalov is an Instructor of International Studies. He has previously taught for CofC as an adjunct instructor of political science and international studies. He teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on populism, democratization, and politics of protest in post-Communist states. His research has been published in Eastern European Politics and Societies and the Copernicus Journal of Political Studies. Kovalov's current research project is on de-communization and politics of memory in Ukraine. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 2013. In 2002-2004 he was a recipient of Edmund Muskie graduate fellowship awarded by the US State Department. 


Gary Dewitt Marshall

Instructor of Theatre

Gary DeWitt Marshall has enjoyed a fruitful career in TV, the Silver Screen & Broadway. On Television Mr. Marshall’s guest star appearances include: Detective John Smollers - Life on Mars, Coach G - Southland (Regina King), Ray Bennett - Without A Trace (Enrique Murciano), Benson - New York Undercover (Malik Yoba), N.E.S.T Tech Morris - 24 ( Keifer Sutherland), Pete Perkins - ER ( John Leguizamo), Tony - Matt Waters (Montel Williams), Blount - Angel Street (Robin Givens) Mr. Park - Gemini Man, Chad - Unsolved Mysteries. Feature films: The Hurricane (Denzel Washington), Renaissance Man (Danny Devito), In & Out” (Kevin Kline), New Jersey Drive (Heavy D) Love Walked In (Dennis Leary) “Still Water” Game Day (Sticky Fingaz). Gary’s commercial endorsements include: AT&T, Midas Mufflers, Hallmark Greeting Cards, Kay Jewelers, Remy Martin, Budweiser, Miller Lite, Land Rover, Comcast Xfinity, Pace Picante Sauce. In Theatre Marshall originated the role(s) of freedom fighter Michael Dube in the Tony
Award nominated stage drama The Song of Jacob Zulu (Zakes Mokae), and Soldier Telfair in The Stone Mason (Viola Davis). Marshall’s critically acclaimed work as a director has been recognized by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS): Detroit ’67 (Outstanding Ensemble), For Men On A Couch (Outstanding Performance), Smudge Stick Experience (Outstanding Direction), Twelve Dollars (Outstanding Direction). You Shouldn’t Have Told (Excellence in Ensemble).


John McGrath

Instructor of Management and Marketing (Strategy)

John McGrath is an Instructor of Marketing and Management in the School of Business. He brings a mix of real world industry experience combined with a rich academic teaching background. John’s corporate experience includes professional positions with global marketing firms Leo Burnett and J. Walter Thompson, where he served as a VP and worked on major campaigns for clients including Miller Brewing, Oscar Mayer Foods, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. His academic experience includes teaching positions at DePaul University and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he served as a Professor of Marketing, earned the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and Community Service Award, and founded the University’s Marketing program. John earned his Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University, his master’s degree at Northwestern University, and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include Integrated Marketing Communications, Community Quality of Life and Economic Development, and Tourism Marketing. His research has been published in a diverse set of peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Marketing Communications, Journal of Promotion Management, Marketing Management Journal, Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, Economic Development Quarterly, Tourism Economics, Local Economy, International Journal of Leisure and Tourism, and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights.



Liza Reader

Instructor of Exercise Science

Liza Reader joins the exercise science program in the Department of Health & Human Performance. She earned her B.S. in Exercise & Health Sciences from Kennesaw State University, her M.S. in Exercise Physiology, with a Strength & Conditioning Concentration, from the University of Louisville, and her PhD in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development, with a Sports Administration Concentration, from the University of Louisville. Liza specializes in Strength & Conditioning, and her dissertation topic was Motivations of Division-I Student Athletes to Participate in Strength & Conditioning Programs. Liza's own athletic history includes rowing at Berry College 2004, National USA Powerlifting Competitor 2015, and Competitive USA Weightlifting Competitor 2012-2014.

Kebin Xu

Instructor of Computer Science (computer engineering)

Kebin Xu, an Instructor in the Department of Computer Science, joins the Engineering Program this Fall. She earned her Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, China, and her Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. She teaches programming courses and some courses in data science. Her research interests were Data Mining and Image Processing.


Purushottam Meena

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Dr. Meena is and Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management. He earned his PhD in Industrial Enginneering and Management from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.



New Visiting Faculty

Daniel Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Mark Buono, Visiting Instructor of Real Estate

David Dulceany, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

Wendy Gonaver, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Xiaohu Guo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance

Tekin Karadag, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Callie Phillips, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Don Polite, Jr., Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Aicko Schumman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Christoph Vogel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics