New Faces to CHBS

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Mrs. Brea MacBrien joined the University Advancement team this Fall and is working closely with CHBS to engage alumni in the life of the college and connect them to Radford University in ways that are most meaningful to them. She joins us after spending five years in the Washington, DC area working with non-profit organizations. Having grown up in the southwest Virginia, Brea and her husband are happy to return home to raise their first daughter near family. Brea’s husband is a Radford alumnus and her brother is a current student, and she is thrilled to finally join them as a fellow Highlander! If you would like to learn more about ways you can give back to the college, please contact Brea at bmacbrien@radford.edu.

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Mr. Ben Wright joined the faculty at Radford University after a 17 year career with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC).  During his tenure with the VADOC, Wright worked at five different facilities and was a warden for 6 years.  He joined the Criminal Justice Department at Radford based upon a number of factors, the main ones which include:  the exceptional reputation and personal experiences with graduates of the department, his desire to teach future generations of criminal justice professionals, and the opportunity to continue personal learning in a collegiate atmosphere.  Additionally, in his travels, his family and himself have fallen in love with this area of Virginia. 

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Dr. Theresa Schroeder hails from the Ohio heartland and is a proud graduate of Ohio State University. Prior to beginning her doctoral work at the University of Kentucky she served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Schroeder’s desire to study how war affects individuals first manifested during her military service, leading her to pursue the study of international relations and to focus on the reciprocal relationship between national security and women’s empowerment. She is happy to join the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Radford University. Professor Schroeder’s experiences motivate her teaching and believes that being a first-generation college graduate will allow her to better serve our students. Expanding the students’ viewpoints and opening them up to new possibilities through traditional courses as well as by leading education abroad programs in the future. 

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Dr. Amanda Kellogg is Assistant Professor of English and a Graduate Teaching Fellow mentor. She received her PhD in English Literature from the University of North Texas. Both her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and her B.A. in English and Art History are from the University of Virginia. Her scholarly interests include skepticism in Shakespeare’s sonnets; theatrical presentations of portraiture; the literature produced by and for the court of Queen Elizabeth I; and representations of female authority in the drama and poetry of the Early Modern period. Amanda is so happy to be back in Virginia, working at the alma mater of both her parents and her sister. She appreciates that the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences encourages and enables its faculty to collaborate across disciplines, and she looks forward to working with her bright and supportive new colleagues, in the English department and beyond.

Dr. Amy Rubens has a PhD in English from Indiana University. Prior to joining the English Department at Radford University, she was an Assistant Professor at Francis Marion University for three years. Her teaching and research focus on the medical humanities, particularly with respect to “lifewriting” (autobiographies, memoirs, and graphic novels) about illness. She also has teaching and research interests in professional writing, writing in digital environments, and writing for the job search. Dr. Rubens has thoroughly enjoyed her first semester at Radford and is glad to be a part of an institution that encourages pedagogical development and exploration. With the generous support of the English Department, she recently co-organized a roundtable on teaching writing for and about Facebook at the Association for Business Communication’s national conference. In addition, she has a book chapter titled “Teaching Casual Writing for Professional Success with Twitter: Digital Small Talk and the New Textese” that is forthcoming in January.

Mr. Eric Snow is a lifelong resident of the New River Valley and a graduate of Radford University (B.S. ’01; M.A. ‘13).  He spent 13 years working for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in various capacities including: Dispatcher, Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Criminal Investigator, and Evidence Technician.  Snow’s research & teaching interests include police officers' emotional response to critical incidents/trauma, hiring and training of good law enforcement officers, Constitutional issues, criminal investigation/interviewing, forensic science, and offenses involving child victims.  He is fortunate to combine his enthusiasm for the criminal justice system and enjoyment of education, both as an instructor and student, in his position at Radford University.  Snow is pleased to be a part of CHBS so he can share his passion for criminal justice with students, both within and outside our major.  Excited about the teaching and interdepartmental working possibilities for the new building.

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Kerie Benson is the new Assistant to the Dean for the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.  Ms. Benson graduated from Radford University in 2009, with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  With her concentration in photography, she is able to use her skills to expand the college’s social media influence.  Benson spent a number of years working as a receptionist at Community Animal Hospital in Dublin.  She worked her way up to office manager, which benefited not only her ability to handle stressful situations but also to manage complex situations with ease.   These experiences will be helpful to her in her new role as building liaison for the new CHBS academic building, scheduled to open in Fall 2016.  In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters.  She also has her own growing photography business. “I am very fortunate and thankful to have found my way to CHBS and Dean Hawkins’ team.  I have been welcomed with open arms and feel right at home back at Radford.”

Additional CHBS 2015-2016 Faculty Include:

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Dr. Ben Biermeier-Hanson

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Dr. Nicholas Lee

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Dr. Daniel Reed

Not Pictured: Dr. Nathan Dean

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Dr. Melinda Cruz

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Dr. Nicole Petersen

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Dr. Pei-Chun Tsai