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Wilkes University Welcomes New Faculty for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Wilkes University welcomed 14 new members to its faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year. New faculty are:

Matthew Finkenbinder is an assistant professor of geology. He earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and his master of science degree from West Virginia University, with his bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University. He taught most recently at the University of Pittsburgh. Finkenbinder was awarded an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship in 2014-2015. His teaching interests are sedimentology and stratigraphy, geomorphology, paleoclimatology, historical geology, physical geology, environmental geochemistry and field geology.

Debbie French is an assistant professor of education. She earned her doctorate in secondary science education from the University of Wyoming. Her bachelor’s degree is from Denison University with an individually designed major, “The Rhetoric of Physical Sciences.” French was a finalist for the Dr. William J. and Mae Hurst Jackson Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Project Lead the Way Secondary High School Teacher of the Year for Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Mohsen Ghamari is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering who earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa with the thesis, “Combustion Characteristics of Hydrocarbon Droplets with Polymeric and Nano-Particle Additives.” His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in aerospace engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. His research subjects include simulation of utility boiler and the experimental study of droplet combustion.

Ka Lok Hong is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. He has doctoral degrees in philosophy in pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences and in pharmacy from West Virginia University. He has been a guest lecturer in biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics at West Virginia University. Hong presented “Diagnostic Application of Molecular Recognition Elements” at the 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in March 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Steven Kheloussi is an assistant professor of pharmacy who earned his doctorate in pharmacy at Wilkes University’s Nesbitt College of Pharmacy, graduating magna cum laude. Kheloussi has worked as a specialty pharmacist and a medication therapy management pharmacist with Geisinger Health Plan. He has published several pharmacy related articles and delivered presentations including “Pharmacy in America – Education and Practice” at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom. 

HyeRyeon Lee is an assistant professor of hospitality in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. She earned a doctoral degree from Texas Tech University with a major in hospitality administration. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gyeongju University in South Korea, and a master’s degree in tourism from Kyonggi University in South Korea. She is the recipient of the AT&T Chancellor’s Fellowship at Texas Tech University. Her teaching interests include human resource management, hospitality and tourism information technology, lodging and operation management and consumer behavior.

Woojun Lee is an assistant professor of sports management in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership with a doctoral degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University, where he also earned his master’s degree in sports management. He has taught at William Woods University and at Texas A&M University. He has presented at several national and international conferences on the subject of diversity, gender beliefs and racial identity within sports management. Lee has also co-authored articles published on sexism and race within the sports world.

David Mahalak is a visiting instructor in the mathematics and computer science department. He is the chief executive officer of Applied Logistics Integration Consulting, LLC, providing expertise in optimization, supply chain management, data analysis/management, process improvement, and lean six sigma, among others. Mahalak has been an instructor with Wilkes University and the Pennsylvania State University in mathematics and computer science, and has specialized training in several computer software programs such as Lindo and Lingo, ADBASE, Arena, Expert Choice, Minitab, MatLab, Python, and Microsoft Office.

Paul Reinert is an assistant professor in the doctor of education program. He received a bachelor of science degree in general science education and a master of science degree in secondary school counseling from the University of Scranton. He earned his principal's certificate and doctorate in human development with a specialization in education administration from Marywood University. He spent 34 years in public education as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. As an elementary principal, his school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. He has taught and developed courses in graduate education and educational leadership for both Misericordia and Wilkes universities. Reinert is currently investigating the evaluation of system-wide implementation of skills training for emotional problem solving.

Heather Sincavage is the director of the Sordoni Art Gallery and an assistant professor of integrated media art and design. She has a master of fine arts from the University of Washington and a bachelor of fine arts from Temple University. Sincavage has taught numerous classes in drawing, mixed media process, 3-D design, women in art, and art and activism, most recently at the University of Maine. As the director of the Reed Fine Art Gallery and University Collections at the University of Maine, she oversaw the gallery programming for seven exhibitions per year. Sincavage was a 2014 Fulbright Scholar Finalist, and has had residencies in the Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland, and Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artisticas in El Bruc, Spain.

Laura Skoronski is part of the nursing faculty of practice in the Passan School of Nursing. She is pursuing a doctorate in nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She received her master of science in nursing education from Georgetown University and her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Scranton. Her background includes curriculum development, educational administration, simulation administration, and nursing research. She is a licensed RN and her clinical specialties are emergency nursing and nurse education.

Tyisha Williams is an assistant professor of neuroscience with a doctorate in genetics and human genetics from Howard University. Her research interests are the genetic contribution of nicotine addiction and what role these candidate genes may play in the onset of lung cancer. She taught for five years in the department of biology at Trinity University. Williams did her post-doctoral research at the Neuroscience Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Megan Youmans is an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry. She received her doctorate from the University of Utah with the doctoral thesis, “Novel Probes for the Detection of Hydrogen Sulfide and their Biological and Industrial Applications.” She was a postdoctoral associate at Boston University. Youmans has taught at the University of Utah and the University of California, Irvine. She has co-authored several chemistry related articles and volunteered at an overnight STEM camp for the Girls Scouts of Utah.

 Wilkes New Faculty 2016

[Photo caption: Pictured outside Weckesser Hall, first row, left to right: Ka Lok Hong, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences; HyeRyeon Lee, assistant professor of hospitality; Debbie French, assistant professor of education; Tyisha Williams, assistant professor of neuroscience; Woojun Lee, assistant professor of sports management. Second row: Steven Kheloussi, assistant professor of pharmacy; Matthew Finkenbinder, assistant professor of geology; Heather Sincavage, director of the Sordoni Art Gallery and assistant professor of integrated media art and design; Laura Skoronski, nursing faculty of practice; Megan Youmans, assistant professor of inorganic chemistry. Third row: Paul Reinert, assistant professor of doctoral education; David Mahalak, visiting instructor in mathematics and computer science; Matthew Saporito, visiting instructor in electrical engineering and physics; Mohsen Ghamari, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.]