Drury welcomes new faculty to campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 15, 2012 — Drury University welcomes 14 new faculty members to campus for the 2012-13 academic year. The new teaching talent adds a breadth of experience from a wide range of universities and professional backgrounds.

Dr. Charles Taylor

“We’re excited to welcome this remarkable group of teacher-scholars to Drury and to the Ozarks,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president of academic affairs. “Their credentials and experience are impressive.  Most importantly, though, is that each is absolutely committed to providing the challenging, personalized education experience for which Drury is known and to being engaged citizens of our community.”

The new faculty members are:

Heidi Backes, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Heidi joins Drury from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin­ – Stevens Point.

Molly Carter, Instructor of Exercise Sport Science, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Molly returns to Drury from the Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute, where she served as Marketing Director. She holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Drury.

Karen Craigo, Instructor of English/English for Academic Purposes
Karen comes to Drury from Bowling Green State University. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green, and a B.A. from Morehead State University.

Susan Davis, Assistant Professor of Education
Susan joins Drury from Arkansas State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, and holds an M.S. and B.S. in Education from Arkansas State.

Holli Henslee, Sr.Assistant Librarian & Technical Services Coordinator
Holli previously served as Director/Assistant Professor of the Nursing Library at the St. John’s/Southwest Baptist University Springfield campus. She holds an M.A. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and a B.S. from Drury.

Jason Hite, Instructor of Exercise Sport Science, Assistant Swimming Coach
Jason returns to Drury from Springfield Public Schools where he served as a teacher and swim coach. He holds a M.Ed. and a B.A. from Drury.

Yong Huang, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture
Huang joins Drury from Davis Brody Bond, LLP. He received a M.Des. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and holds a M.S. from Pratt Institute and a B.Arch. from Beijing Polytechnic University. He taught previously at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Justin Leinaweaver, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Justin recently completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin. He holds a M.Sc. from University College, Dublin, and a B.S. from Florida State University.

Daniel Livesay, Assistant Professor of History
Daniel comes to Drury from The College of William and Mary, where he recently completed an NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, and holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Madhuri Manpadi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Madhuri joins Drury from Ohio Northern University, where she served as a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Associate. She was a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers, and received her Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and technology. She holds a M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Osmania University in India.

Sun-Young Park, Assistant Professor of Communication
Sun-Young recently completed her Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of Florida. She received a M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and also holds a B.A. from Sogang University in Seoul.

Kevin Preuss, Assistant Professor of Biology
Kevin comes to Drury from Indiana University, where he served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University, and holds a B.S. from Kansas State University.

Maurizio Sabini, Professor of Architecture and Director, Hammons School of Architecture
Maurizio joins Drury from Kent State University, where he served as International Studies Coordinator for the College of Architecture & Environmental Design. He holds a Ph.D. inArchitecture from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice, Italy, where he also received the Laurea In Architettura, the First Professional Degree in Architecture. He also holds a M.Arch. from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Anthony Smith, Instructor of Spanish
Anthony is completing a Ph.D. in Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma.