New Faces to CHBS


Professor Zehui Dai in the School of Communication studies interpersonal and health communication and teaches with the passion for education, diversity, public service, and social change. She holds a deep belief that service learning lies at the heart of community. Her work has appeared in refereed journals such as the Journal of Perinatal Education, and she has had several national and international conference presentations including top paper awards with the National Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Presently, Professor Dai is a doctoral candidate at the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University.  She successfully defended her dissertation summer 2018.


The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies welcomes new Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Geoff Pollick (Ph.D., Drew University). An expert on American religion, Dr. Pollick studies religious liberalism, the cultural history of religion, and religion in popular culture. 


Professor Ye Ra Jeong has her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from  Central Michigan University and B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests focus on the effects of personality and individual differences on workplace behaviors. Her current projects include topics on implicit aggressive personality, situational judgment tests, and person-organization fit. She also has worked on a variety of applied projects as an external consultant to develop or validate a new selection measure or to review organizational practices.  Her teaching interests lie on such I/O courses as selection, performance management, personality, psychometrics, and research methods.


Dr. Middlebrooks earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia in Psychology and Cognitive Science and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Cognitive Psychology.  She joined the Radford Psychology department as an assistant professor in the fall of 2018.  Dr. Middlebrooks researches learning, memory, and metacognition, with an emphasis on the choices people make—and the efficacy of these choices—when they are attempting to study strategically.


Dr. Iuliia Hoban received her Ph.D. in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and her Masters in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and her B.A. in History from the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.” Before joining Radford, Dr. Hoban taught at The College of New Jersey. Her research interests are in international security and conflict in areas of inquiry, which deal with issues of childhood across various settings. Her current research explores the variation in counter-terrorism responses of liberal democracies toward children who were recruited to participate in conflicts in the Middle East and ultimately returned to their home countries.  Other interests include issues that emerge from the dynamic interrelationship between law and war. 



Sean Keck received his PhD from Brown University and his MA and BA from Boston College.  As Assistant Professor of English, he teaches a range of courses in American literature and fiction writing.  His research explores literary encounters with other media (audio and film), with particular interest in representations of race and environment.  His articles appear or are forthcoming in ESQ, The Mark Twain Annual, and The Wallace Stevens Journal.  His fiction and poetry appear in Blue Earth Review, Concho River Review, Eclipse, Post Road, The Worcester Review, and others.  Before joining Radford, Professor Keck taught American literature and nature writing at St. Lawrence University.



Justine Jackson is the Assistant Director of the CHBS Writing Center and a mentor in the Graduate Teaching Assistant/Fellow Program. Her primary teaching interests are composition writing with a creative twist and media analysis with an emphasis on animation. She earned her MA in English and a BS in English with a minor in Media Studies at Radford University. She also served as the editor-in-chief for Exit 109, Radford University’s literary arts magazine, for three years. Justine’s most recent conference presentations include Using Animation as a Critical Tool in the Composition Classroom and Encouraging Interdisciplinary Critical Thinking using Exploratory Writing.