TO: Faculty and Staff
FROM: Richard Helldobler, VPAA
DATE: August 16, 2010
RE: New Faculty
Due to recent faculty staff changes, the number of new full-time faculty members joining us at
Shepherd University has increased by thirteen. Below is a brief biographical statement for each new
faculty member. Please be reminded that you will have an opportunity to meet them at the New
Faculty Reception on September 8th from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Erma Ora Byrd Lobby.
Dr. Kurtis Adams
Dr. Kurtis Adams, from Boise, Idaho, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music in the
Department of Music. Dr. Adams received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Tennessee
Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. He received a Master of Music degree in
Saxophone Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of
Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Adams was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at
Boise State University in Boise, Idaho; an Adjunct Music Instructor – Jazz Ensemble, Applied
Saxophone at Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia; a Graduate Teaching Assistant – Jazz Studies
and Saxophone Studio at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado; and Instructor of
Saxophone at the University of Colorado Continuing Education in Boulder, Colorado. As a
saxophonist, Dr. Adams performed and recorded with numerous jazz artists. As a member of the
Weill Institute’s Latin Jazz Workshop he joined Grammy-winning saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera at
Carnegie Hall. He recently released a recording of his composition entitled Two Weeks From
Tuesday. Also his composition titled Instable Mate? was named Best Original Composition in
Downbeat Magazine’s 2005 Student Music Awards.
Dr. Sean Buckreis
Dr. Sean Buckreis, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been appointed Visiting Assistant
Professor of Education in the Department of Education. Dr. Buckreis received a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. He received a
Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) and a Ph.D. in Curriculum
and Instruction (Curriculum Theory & Foundational Studies) from Louisiana State University.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Buckreis was a University Education Instructor and a
Graduate Assistant at Louisiana State University; an Adjunct Education Professor at Framingham
State College; an Instructor at Coconino Community College; and an Elementary School Teacher in
Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Dr. Buckreis has been active in research and has presented at
numerous international, national and regional conferences. He is currently in the process of preparing
a book proposal based on his dissertation research “Reflections on Teaching: Dwelling in a Third
Space” for submission.
Ms. Paula Donohue
Ms. Paula Donohue, from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, has been appointed Visiting
Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing Education. Ms. Donohue received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner from
Florida Atlantic University College of Nursing.
Prior to coming to Shepherd Ms. Donohue was an Adjunct Faculty member at Shepherd and
Palm Beach Community College.
Dr. Caroline Glackin
Dr. Caroline Glackin, from Hockessin, Delaware, has been appointed Assistant Professor of
Business Administration in the Department of Business Administration/FACS. Dr. Glackin received
an A.B. degree in Economics from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She received a
M.B.A. degree in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, University of
Pennsylvania. She received a Ph.D. degree in Urban Affairs & Public Policy from the University of
Prior to coming to Shepherd Dr. Glackin was a Visiting Professor at Delaware State
University doing teaching and research in finance, entrepreneurial finance education and small
business credit markets; she was Assistant Vice President for Development at Delaware State
University and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business. She also served as Director of the
Delaware Center for Enterprise Development and as an Adjunct Associate Professor, School of
Management. Dr. Glackin has published book and articles, monographs and technical reports and has
presented many papers such as “Deconstructing Pedagogy: Crafting a Taxonomy for
Entrepreneurial Finance Courses” and “Business Plan Basics ” to name a few.
Ms. Emily Gross
Ms. Emily Gross, from Morehead City, North Carolina, has been appointed Director of
Academic Support Services in the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources. Ms.
Gross received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from Muhlenberg College in
Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received a Masters of Arts degree in Special Education with Emphasis
in Post-secondary Education for Students with Learning Disabilities from the University of
Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Ms. Gross was Coordinator of Disability Support Services at
Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia; Director of Academic Resource Center
at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina; both a Learning Specialist and Student Academic
Advisor at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut; and a Learning Assistant and Head
Tutor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Ms. Gross was the recipient of the Paul
Fisher Service Award at Catawba College.
Dr. Carrie Messenger
Dr. Carrie Messenger, from Chicago, Illinois, has been appointed Assistant Professor of
English in the Department of English and Modern Languages. Dr. Messenger received a Bachelor of
Arts degree in English from Yale University. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative
Writing at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Ms. Messenger was a Visiting Instructor in the Department of
English at DePaul University and Loyola University; a Teaching Assistant in the Department of
English at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Instructor, Center for Talent Development at
Northwestern University; and a Teaching Fellow, Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Teaching Assistant
in the Department of English at the University of Iowa. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She
was awarded the Charles F. Goodnow Prize for Fiction, University of Illinois at Chicago. She was
awarded the Elmore A. Willets Prize for Fiction and James A. Veech Prize for Fiction both at Yale
University. She also was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Romania. Her publications include
“The Poetess Writes Unanswered Letters”, Redivider, “In the Pines” Witness, and “Chisinau
Dr. Adam Parks
Dr. Adam Parks, from Frederick, Maryland, has been appointed Assistant Professor of
Biology in the Department of Biology. Dr. Parks received an Associate of Science degree from Santa
Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology
with a minor in Chemistry from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He received a
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology at Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Science
in Ithaca, New York.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Parks was a Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research
Assistant, Laboratory of Joseph Peters at Cornell University; a Teaching Assistant at Cornell
University and a Tutor at Humboldt State University. Dr. Parks’ publication record is impressive.
Highlight include: “Transposition into replicating DNA occurs through interaction with the
processivity factor. Cell, Tn7-like elements: Engendering diversity from chromosomes to episomes.
Plasmid and Transposon Tn7 is widespread in diverse bacteria and forms genomic islands, Journal
of Bacteriolog. He also has done oral and poster presentations.
Dr. Lisa Park-Gehrke
Dr. Lisa Park-Gehrke, from Seattle, Washington, has been appointed Assistant Professor of
Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Park-Gehrke received a Bachelor of Science degree
in Chemistry from The Ohio State University. She received a Master of Science degree in Chemistry
and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Park-Gehrke was an Adjunct Faculty member teaching
Chemistry at Seattle Central Community College; an Adjunct Faculty member teaching Chemistry in
the Department of Chemistry at Seattle University; and a Teaching Assistant at The Ohio State
University in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Park-Gehrke has presented several papers such as
“Investigation of a Cobalt Phosphate Electrochemical Oxidation Catalyst for Reactivity With
Organic Substrates” and “Investigations of a Rydberg Complex, NeNO+* .e-, Using Penning
Ionization Electron Spectroscopy”.
Dr. Jacob Stump
Dr. Jacob Stump, from Washington, DC, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Political
Science in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Stump received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Political Science from East Tennessee State University. He received a Master of Arts degree in
Political Science from Ohio University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in International
Relations from American University.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Stump was an Instructor at the School of International
Service, American University; and an Instructor in the Department of Political Science at Ohio
University. Mr. Stump has published peer reviewed journal articles, published book chapters and
also has given presentations such as “Terrorism and the Construction of American National Identity”
and co-presented “Studying the Practices of Terrorism.”
Ms. Yanhong Wang
Ms. Yanhong Wang, from Coralville, Iowa, has been appointed Lecturer/Assistant Librarian-
Coordinator of Systems in the Library Department. Ms. Wang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
English Literature from Tianjin Normal University in Tianjin, China and a Master of Arts degree in
Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Ms. Wang was a Volunteer and Intern at Steward Memorial
Library, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; an Information Desk Student Assistant at Main Library,
University of Iowa; a Technical Support, Graduate Assistant, School of Library and Information
Science, at the University of Iowa; and an English Teacher/Head of the English Department, Tanggu
No. 12 Middle School, in Tianjin, China. She designed and implemented the SLIS Alumni Database
which included two separate authentication logins for alumni and school administration, profile,
search, message board and mass emailing.
Mr. Casey Weitzel
Mr. Casey Weitzel, from Seattle, Washington, has been appointed Men’s Assistant
Basketball Coach. Mr. Weitzel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a
Minor in Athletic Coaching from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a
Masters of Athletic Coaching Education degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Mr. Weitzel was a Graduate Assistant Coach at West Virginia
University in Morgantown, West Virginia; and an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and Physical
Education Activities Teacher at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ms. Antoinette West
Ms. Antoinette West, from Milpitas, California, has been appointed Women’s Assistant
Coach/HPERS Lecturer. Ms. West received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies
with a minor in Journalism from San Jose State University. She received a Master of Arts degree in
Health, Physical Education and recreation from St. Mary’s College of California.
Prior to coming to Shepherd Ms. West was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at
California State University East Bay; an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at San Francisco State
University; Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Physical Education Instructor at Las Positas
College; an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at San Joaquin Delta College; and an Assistant
Women’s Basketball Coach at De Anza College. Ms. West is a NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy
Graduate. She attend the NCAA Division II Leadership Academy and is a participate in the Nike
Coaching Clinic/Various Coaching Clinics and Lectures.
Dr. William Zimmer
Dr. William Zimmer, from Hagerstown, Maryland, has been appointed Assistant Professor of
Business Administration in the Department of Business Administration/FACS. Dr. Zimmer received
a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from West Virginia University. He received
a Master of Science degree in Sport Psychology, from West Virginia University. He received a Ph.D.
in Business/Sports Management/Marketing, from the University of Maryland.
Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Zimmer was an Adjunct Professor teaching in the areas of
Sports Administration, Management and Marketing at the University of Maryland, in College Park,
Maryland. He also was a Guest Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, George Mason University,
George Washington University, University of Maryland University College, and West Virginia
University. Dr. Zimmer was the Keynote Speaker on “The Boomers are Coming.” He also did a
seminar entitled: Customer Service…The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.