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Loyola welcomes new faculty for the 2013-14 academic year

August 23, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans welcomes 21 new members of the faculty from a plethora of academic backgrounds and specialties, including experts on Victorian literature, nanoparticles, religion, maritime law and classical piano.

New faculty will teach in all five colleges at Loyola. They include:

College of Business

  • Todd Bacile, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, has a doctorate in marketing from Florida State University. Bacile’s research interests include electronic marketing, social media marketing, mobile marketing, search engine marketing, services marketing, service recovery and online influence.
  • Sarah Vizer Thorrick, C.P.A., visiting assistant professor in accounting, has a master’s in accounting from the University of New Orleans. Thorrick’s research interests include accounting, auditing, international accounting and managerial accounting.
  • Allyn White, Ph.D., assistant professor in marketing, has a doctorate in marketing from Mississippi State University. White’s research interests include marketing and organizational strategy as well as brand promotion.

College of Humanities and Natural Sciences

  • Sarah Allison, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, has a doctorate in English from Stanford University. Allison’s research interests include romantic and Victorian literature, and digital humanity.
  • Patricia Boyett, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor in history, has a doctorate in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Boyett’s research interests include race, gender and justice, the Civil Rights Movement, and 20th century U.S. history.
  • Drew Chastain, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor in philosophy, has a doctorate in philosophy from Tulane University. Chastain’s research interests include spirituality, language and art.
  • Nicole Eggers, Ph.D., assistant professor in history, has a doctorate in African history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Egger’s research interests include African history, 20th-21st century Democratic Republic of Congo, religion, health and healing.
  • Anya Groner, M.F.A., instructor of English, has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing/fiction from the University of Mississippi. Groner’s research interests include creative writing, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, humor writing and coming-of-age literature.
  • Christine Heinecke, Ph.D., instructor of chemistry, has a doctorate in chemistry from North Carolina State University. Heinecke’s research interests include application of gold nanoparticles in biomedicine.
  • Leonard Kahn, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford. Kahn’s research interests include ethical theory and applied ethics.
  • Shelly Taylor, M.F.A., instructor of English, has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing/poetry from the University of Arizona. Taylor’s research interests include poetry, creative writing, literary criticism, mixed genre and “hybrid” writing.

College of Law

  • Emily A. Bishop, J.D., Westerfield fellow/writing instructor, has a law degree from New York University School of Law. Bishop’s research interests include securities regulation and enforcement.
  • The Rev. W. Penn Dawson, S.J., J.D., visiting assistant professor, has a Master of Arts in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and a law degree from the University of Florida.
  • Kristen Gresham, J.D., Westerfield fellow, has a law degree from Tulane University Law School. Gresham’s research interests include contracts, conflicts of law, international law, oil and gas, and maritime law.

College of Music and Fine Arts

  • Brian Hsu, D.M.A., assistant professor of piano performance, has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Michigan. Hsu’s research interests include classical piano performance (solo and collaborative).
  • Burke Ingraffia, M.B.A., assistant professor of music industry studies, has a Master of Business Administration in management information systems from Southeastern Louisiana University. Ingraffia is interested in how Internet technologies can be used to improve communications in the arts and humanities.
  • John Seefeldt, M.F.A., assistant professor of art and design, has a Master of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University. Seefeldt’s research interests include new media.

College of Social Sciences

  • Debra Berger, B.S.N., D.N.P., assistant professor of nursing, has a doctorate of nursing practice in family practice from the University of South Alabama. Berger’s research interests include medical legal issues, health care policy issues and state health care legislation.
  • Lisa Collins, visiting professor in mass communication, has a bachelor’s in journalism with a broadcast emphasis from the University of Missouri.
  • John A. Dewell, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling, has a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the College of William and Mary.
  • Gilberto A. Ruiz, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Loyola Institute for Ministry, has a doctorate in religion from Emory University. Ruiz’ research interests include New Testament and early Christianity, in particular, literary and historical analysis of the New Testament gospels and other Jesus traditions and their interpretation in modern contexts.

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