University of West Florida

Center for University Teaching, Learning, and Assessment


New Faculty: Class of 2013



Photo - Helena Allman Helena Allman
Teaching interests: marketing research, retailing, international business.
Research interests: product line proliferation and brand performance, branding, international marketing.
Personal interests: Likes to travel with her husband, visiting family and friends in Slovakia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. Learning about foreign places, cultures and languages.

Photo - Kristina Bauer Kristina Bauer
My primary research interests include self-regulated learning with an emphasis on technology enabled instruction and transfer of training. My self-regulated learning research has focused on the correlates and outcomes of training motivation, understanding how factors unique to technology (e.g., technical difficulties and adaptive training) affect training outcomes, and examining the impact of a training intervention on the retention and professional identity of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors. My transfer of training research seeks to understand the individual and contextual factors that optimize both use of trained skills and effective implementation of trained skills back on the job. I also have a passion for research methods and statistics. In my free time, I enjoy yoga and trips to the beach.

Photo - Janet Chubb Janet Chubb
My husband Nick and I live in Fort Walton Beach and are owners of a cabinet business. I am originally from Billings, Montana but have lived in the southeastern United States for 25+ years. I am currently working with the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce on the Community Solutions Committee which is developing a strategic plan to address the homeless population in our community. My professional career has included both academia and service (hospital/healthcare). My passion is team development, leadership and decision making specific to healthcare professionals/systems.

Photo - Justin Davis Justin Davis
I am a new faculty member, recently arriving to Pensacola from Athens, Ohio. I taught in the College of Business at Ohio University for 7 years and will be teaching Organizational Strategy and Management at the UWF College of Business. My Ph.D. is in Organization Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Texas at Arlington. My wife (Maggie) and I are expecting our first child in September 2013, a baby boy named Jace. I'm looking forward to becoming a member of the Argo community and working alongside businesses and entrepreneurs in the Pensacola area.

Photo - Daniel Durkin Daniel Durkin
Daniel Durkin earned his MSW from The University of Alabama with a concentration in mental health services for adults and his PhD from The University of Alabama with a specialization in gerontology. Following completion of his PhD, he completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he worked with the Center on Quality Aging. His research interests include family caregiving, gender and caregiving, and dementia. He is currently interested in family caregiving for older veterans, particularly in rural areas.

Photo - Jenna Emery Jenna Emery
I have a few research projects that relate to aspects of political psychology (memory, response to tragedy, views of business and political parties). I teach research methods so I’m always interested in how others teach similar courses.

Photo - Christopher Fenner Christopher Fenner
I teach courses in the public relations program and am the Director of Forensics, overseeing the competitive speech and debate program. My research interests are focused on forensic pedagogy, propaganda and political framing strategies, and public relations education standards. I also serve as Vice President of the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association. I am looking forward to the start of the academic year and am excited to be at the University of West Florida.

Photo - Rick Fountain Rick Fountain
I have been an adjunct at the University of West Florida since 2009. I have taught Business Law, Commercial Law, Estate and Gift Tax and Partnership Taxation. I earned a BA in Accounting from UWF, a JD (cum laude) from the University of Mississippi and an LL.M. (in taxation) from the UF. I practiced law for many years in Jackson, MS and had the opportunity to serve on many non-profit boards and participated on a 5 member committee that rewrote the governance rules for the National Red Cross which had been “suggested” by Congress. Recently, I have completed a rewrite of a chapter entitled “The Legal and Tax Framework” for Dr. Tom Committee’s managerial finance textbook which will be released in the future. I have also self-published a history of Florida’s oldest high school football team. My wife, Margot and I have a blended family of 8 children. Most have completed their educations and all have made us proud in their various pursuits. My interests involve researching and compiling histories concerning Pensacola, Florida and a desire to write a new Business Law textbook.

Photo - Faith Garrett Faith Garrett
I have been a nurse since 1983 and am very passionate about my profession. For the past 12 years I have been in nursing academia. I have been blessed with many challenging career options from teaching nursing at various levels, to opening a brand new ADN program, and being appointed the founding Dean of a School of Nursing in Georgia. I am excited to return to teaching full time and continue my research interest area of lesbian health. Furthermore, I feel called to explore the concept of spirituality in nursing from nursing faculty perspectives. My partner and I have just moved to Pensacola and are looking forward to joining the community. We have 3 dogs and one cat so the household is always busy. I am very happy to be joining the UWF family and look forward to a long and happy relationship with the university, faculty, and the division of nursing.

Photo - Julie Gray Julie Gray
Over the last 23 years I have worked as a Spanish and Journalism teacher, an Instructional Lead Teacher, a District-Level New Teacher Support Coach, an instructional leader, an administrator, and an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. I love to read, travel, spend time with my family (including three brothers, four nieces, and four nephews) and friends, and watch Alabama football. My research agenda includes professional learning communities, trust, enabling school structures, and collective efficacy. I consider myself to be a teacher at heart and come from a huge family of educators.

Photo - Natalie Goulette Natalie Goulette
Dr. Natalie Goulette earned her doctorate from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Her areas of specialization include criminology and corrections. For the past two years, Dr. Goulette worked closely with criminal justice practitioners to implement cognitive-behavioral interventions in probation and residential programs across the state of Ohio for both adults and juveniles. She is currently involved in research on extra-legal disparities in case processing and the use of collateral consequences in criminal convictions in the state of Ohio. In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Photo - Lela Hobby Lela Hobby
I am on the Nursing Department’s faculty. I earned my BSN at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA.; a Masters in Family Health Nursing at the University of San Diego, CA.; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Public Health Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am a board-certified Advanced Practice Public Health Nurse (APHN-BC). My research interest is preventive oral health care in children. I have implemented population-based programs and policies for the pre-school age children. I teach public health nursing, nursing systems management, research, and clinical rotations. I enjoy both online and ‘live’ instruction. My husband and I moved to Pensacola from Massachusetts. Our two sons, are in the Navy: Son #1 is a Super Hornet Aviator (‘Sidewinders’ in LeMoore, California); and Son #2 is a Surface Warfare Office (SWO) on the USS Coronado in San Diego. I enjoy biking, swimming, paddle-boarding, jogging, yoga, and travelling. I look forward to contributing to the UWF’s mission.

Photo - Tanay Kesharwani Tanay Kesharwani
I will be joining chemistry department at University of West Florida as assistant professor from fall 2013. Before joining UWF, I was a visiting assistant professor at Bard College, NY. I received my undergraduate degree (BS/MS integrated-Chemistry) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Thereafter, I joined Iowa State University to pursue a doctoral degree in organic chemistry under the guidance of Professor Richard C. Larock. My keen interest in academia motivated me to join Northwestern University, IL for post-doctoral studies. My research interests include development of new synthetic methods and their applications toward the synthesis of small molecules of biological interests, design and synthesis of novel porous organic polymers (POPs) and metal organic frameworks (MOFs), developing greener methods in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry. In my spare time, I like to paint and explore nature.

Photo - Dione King Dione King
I received my Masters and PhD in Social Work from the University of Georgia. My undergraduate degree is from Spelman College where I majored in Sociology. Prior to pursuing my graduate school, I taught middle school English and Math in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama but made Atlanta, Georgia my home almost ten years ago. My research interests are focused on domestic violence, teen dating violence and the internalizing and externalizing behaviors of at-risk adolescents.

Photo - Tina Majors Tina Majors
Tina Marie Majors joins UWF as an Assistant Professor in Nursing. Prior to coming to UWF, she was employed 17 years as a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in diabetes, for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She also held a position as adjunct faculty at South University. Tina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Southern, Master of Nursing from University of Florida, and Doctor in Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama. Her primary research interests are related to diabetes. Specifically, she is interested in the utilization of motivational interviewing to assist people to make healthy behavior changes. Tina will reside in Pace with her dog, Jack and her cat, Mr. Kitty. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and kayaking.

Photo - Kellie O'Dare Kellie O'Dare
Kellie O’Dare earned her Ph.D. in Social Work with an emphasis in Public Health from FSU. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and in Public Administration. Dr. O’Dare has taught at Thomas University, FSU, and Indiana Tech teaching primarily social policy and research methods/statistics courses, as well as legislative advocacy, cultural diversity, human behavior in the social environment, and special area electives. The foundation for both Dr. O’Dare’s teaching philosophy and research agenda is drawn from the ecological perspective, with an emphasis on the dynamic, reciprocative nature between people and the larger physical, social, and economic environments. For example, her dissertation research employed a quantitative, multivariate design studying effects of physical and social environments on individual health behaviors, particularly with vulnerable populations. As evidence regarding the link between individual health outcomes and the larger socio-political environment continues to grow, quality research in the area will remain in high demand.

Photo - Christopher Satterwhite Christopher Satterwhite
I was hired by the English department as a composition instructor. I hold an MA in English (literature) from UWF, and I am completing another MA in American History this Fall 2013 semester. My hometown is Corpus Christi, Texas, but I’ve lived in Pensacola since my Navy days in the mid-1990s. My wife Lauren, who is a clinical social worker, and I are raising two beautiful children. I have a number of research interests, but currently my work revolves around the study of the rhetoric in print media, literature of the abolitionist movement, and local history. I am working a few articles related to these topics. Outside of my academic interests, my only consistent hobbies are reading books and drinking coffee.

Photo - Jacob Shively Jacob Shively
Jacob is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. His PhD work is from Indiana University and he specializes in International Relations with a current focus on US foreign policy.

Photo - Kellie Sparks Kellie Sparks
I am the new Reference Librarian at the John C. Pace Library. My interests includes library instruction, library marketing and social media practices, as well as the unique research habits of non-traditional students.

Photo - Douglas Trelfa Douglas Trelfa
Before moving to Pensacola this summer, I have lived in SE Michigan, Southern California and Japan. For my dissertation, I researched attitudes toward academic learning & school authority among vocational track high school students in Japan. My post-doctoral research was policy research on math & science education in Japan & the United States. After returning to the U.S., I worked as a policy researcher & accountability manager for the Los Angeles City Schools. I then returned to Japan to work as a faculty member in education & administrator of international education at a Japanese university in Tokyo. Due to my work in Los Angeles & Tokyo, I have gained considerable practical experience in assessment & accountability in education. While in Japan, I conducted comparative research in the area of food & health education & taught courses about globalization, American society, Asian education, & the first-year seminar. When I am not working, my favorite activities are watching movies and hiking.

Photo - Christopher Varney Christopher Varney
I’m very excited to be joining the Physics Department. My research interests lie in theoretical condensed matter physics, particularly in trying to understand exotic phenomena related to magnetism, superconductivity, and topological insulators. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and am happy to be able to be part of a university that focuses on putting students first.

Photo - Camille Wilson Camille Wilson
My family relocated to the Pensacola area a little over a year ago. I have been a nurse for seven years and I am excited to make the switch to teaching. I am thrilled about this new opportunity and look forward to being a part of the UWF team!

Aletheia Zambesi
In my spare time I enjoy photography, gardening and family activities with my children. I have been teaching math for about three years and my favorite part of teaching is being able to instill self confidence in students. Math tends to be a subject that non-majors avoid and my goal is to send students out of the course ready and even enthusiastic about taking their next class. I am currently working with Dr. Raid Amin on a statistical clustering study of carcinogens in the air on the national level. I plan to continue this research in the coming year.

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