Visiting Faculty

Scott Belshaw

Scott Belshaw headshot

Dr. Scott Belshaw holds a Ph.D in Juvenile Justice from Prairie View A&M University, a member of the Texas A&M University System. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and Psychology from the University of Houston. He also holds both a Master of Liberal Arts from Houston Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of Houston - Clear Lake. Dr. Belshaw's Ph.D dissertation examined sexually abused females in the juvenile justice system. His dissertation research has been cited and used by numerous advocacy groups and organizations.

Dr. Belshaw is currently an assistant professor (tenure-track) of criminal justice at the University of North Texas. Dr. Belshaw also serves as an adjunct professor of forensic psychology at Argosy University in the Dallas area. Dr. Belshaw has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice and psychology. Dr. Belshaw has also served on thesis and dissertation committees for students at the University of North Texas. Dr. Belshaw has also served on staff and faculty search committee at UNT and has served on student conduct committees for the office of the dean of students at UNT. Dr. Belshaw also serves as faculty and alumni advisor for the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) Men's Social Fraternity at the University of North Texas.

Dr. Belshaw owned and operated a Forensic Investigation and Mitigation firm licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Dr. Belshaw's company serviced numerous criminal law firms, governmental agencies and members of the general public on private investigative related matters. Dr. Belshaw has been appointed by the various district and appellate courts to assist in numerous capital murder cases (trial and appellate cases). Dr. Belshaw is an expert in the field of criminal mitigation and sentencing and has been called upon numerous times to testify in that capacity. Dr. Belshaw has testified on probation and legal related issues in sentencing. Dr. Belshaw has also worked on cases in the juvenile justice field including transfers and certification hearings.

Dr. Belshaw has published research in numerous academic journals such as Criminal Justice Review, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, American Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Punishment and Sentencing, Southwestern Journal of Criminal Justice and numerous other educational and criminal justice related journals.

Dr. Belshaw served on various agency boards and advocacy group boards of directors. This includes Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and the Denton County Mental Health and Mental Retardation PNC board. Dr. Belshaw also served on an advisory boards for mentoring agencies in the Houston and surrounding areas. Dr. Belshaw is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve and served during Operation Desert Storm.

Lisa Hale

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Dr. Lisa Marie Hale is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Evansville. Before coming to the University of Evansville, she worked for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, serving ten years as an elementary or middle school teacher, four years as a district literacy coach providing professional development for elementary and middle school educators, and then finished her career with EVSC serving twelve years as an elementary school principal.

During her tenure with EVSC, Lisa Marie was admitted to the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute and participated in a Leadership Cadre with Brown University. She has presented at the Indiana State Reading Association Conference and the Indiana Urban Schools Conference. She served as an Indiana Association of School Principals Board Member for District 11 and as a member of the State Superintendent Advisory Council. She was awarded the Evansville Area Reading Council's Celebrate Literacy Award in 2002, the University of Evansville Outstanding Elementary Educator of the Year Award in 2003, and the University of Evansville Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award in 2011.

Dr. Lisa Marie Hale earned both a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement (1991) and a Master of Education (1995) from Southern Indiana. She completed a degree in Elementary Supervision and Administration from Indiana State University in 2002. In 2020, she received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. She belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Literacy Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Phi Delta Kappa International, and the Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement.

Judith Halstead

Judith Halstead

Judith A. Halstead, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN was the founding executive director of the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation in Washington, DC, a position she held from 2014-2021. Dr. Halstead holds the rank of professor emerita at Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN and is a nursing education consultant on a variety of topics. She has over forty years of experience in nursing education with expertise in online education, nurse educator competencies, accreditation, and program evaluation. She is co-editor of the widely referenced book on nursing education, Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty, now in its 6th edition. Dr. Halstead is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the MNRS Advancement of Science Award for the Nursing Education Research Section and the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Excellence in Education Award. She is a fellow in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing. She served as the president of the National League for Nursing from 2011-2013.

Gabriela Martorell

Gabriela Martorell

Gabriela Alicia Martorell was born in Seattle, Washington, but moved as a toddler to Guatemala. At eight, she returned to the United States and lived in Northern California until leaving for her undergraduate training at the University of California, Davis. After obtaining her B.S. in Psychology, she earned her Ph.D. in Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Human Development from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She now works as a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Wesleyan University and serves as the co-chair of the Institutional Review Board. Gabi maintains an active teaching schedule and teaches a wide variety of developmental courses along with classes in research methods, scientific literacy, and cross-cultural psychology. In addition, she has previously participated in Study Abroad courses, as well as teaching community-based learning courses in Early Childhood Education and Adulthood and Aging. She is committed to teaching, mentoring, and advising. She is also a volunteer trainer for Court Appointed Special Advocates, and a group fitness instructor for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads.

Matthew Meyer

Matthew Meyer

Dr. Matt Meyer is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. He received his bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire, and his PhD. in philosophy from Stony Brook University. He has taught philosophy courses for 18 years at Eau Claire in many subject areas, but he specializes in phenomenology and existentialism. He developed the What is Happiness? course in 2016 with the help of a colleague, and with the support of a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

He is currently doing research into Terror Management Theory as it intersects with existentialism and psychoanalysis. He is working on a developing a theory of collective existential crises.

He currently lives in St. Paul, MN with his wife Jill and daughter Charlie. In his non-academic time he enjoys biking, running, hiking and camping with Charlie, and just generally being outside.

Peter Mikek

Peter Mikek

Prof. Mikek enjoys teaching macroeconomics, international economics, and money and banking at Wabash College, where he regularly takes students on immersion trips to the institutions of the EU and he recently participated in the Ecuador program. His rich international experiences include being a visiting professor in Slovenia and teaching in China. His research and publications are mostly devoted to open economy macroeconomics, interactions between monetary and fiscal policies, and optimum currency areas.

Sara Petrosillo

Sara Petrosillo

Dr. Sara Petrosillo received her BA in English and Italian Literature from Colby College, and her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarship focuses on medieval literature and feminism and she has published articles on medieval poetry and drama in several academic journals. Her forthcoming book, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and Control in Medieval Literary Culture, is about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices.

Since 2018 Dr. Petrosillo has been a member of UE's Department of English and Creative Writing, where she teaches the first half of the British literature survey, medieval literature, World Classics, the Renaissance & 17th Century, and The Romantic Movement. She is the 2021 recipient of UE's Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award.

Mari Plikuhn

Mari Plikuhn

Mari Plikuhn, PhD., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Sociology Programs and the Gerontology Center in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Evansville in Indiana, United States. She teaches comparative thanatology in the US and UK, with an emphasis on how society shapes attitudes and behaviors toward dying, death, and bereavement and the cultural traditions, rituals, and practices surrounding death. Her research focuses on the role of family in educational outcomes and opportunities, and specifically on first-generation college students and their unique educational pathways and challenges.

She is joined at Harlaxton by her partner, Eric, who shares her love of lifelong learning, sense of adventure, and fascination with astronomy.

Gayle Roux

Gayle Roux

Dr. Gayle Roux has her PhD in nursing and is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her focus area in practice and research has been on inner strength in women surviving cancer and other chronic health conditions. She will be teaching Global Health Care Challenges in Summer II. This is her third time teaching at Harlaxton and each time teaching at Harlaxton is more exciting than the last.

Linda Rubin

Linda Rubin

Linda Rubin is a Professor of Psychology, Licensed Psychologist, and Faculty Ombudsperson at Texas Woman's University. Her teaching, clinical, and research interests target traumatic stress and relational violence against women, including sexual harassment, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, sexual assault/rape, stalking, and bullying/cyberbullying. With grant support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, she has offered empirically-based intervention to college students who experience relational violence. She contributes to a research program funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health focused on peer victimization in the forms of bullying and cyberbullying, and has provided clinical services to combat veterans who suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her teaching specialties are diagnostic classification, psychopathology, and therapeutic intervention.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

After over a decade of professional work as a costume designer, stylist, and project manager in New York City, Los Angeles, and regional theatres across the country, Ms. Smith brings her professional work to the classroom while continuing to pursue professional projects. Her theatre work ranges from small-scale new works to opera and Broadway musicals. Sarah has worked at Disney/ABC Television Studios, styled photo shoots for national print campaigns, and designed costumes for television.

Sarah received her Masters and BFA in Drama/Design from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a proud member of IATSE—United Scenic Artists Local 829 and Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764.

Margaret Stevenson

Margaret Stevenson

Margaret Stevenson is an associate professor of psychology at Kenyon College. Her research interests are aimed at exploring the experiences of marginalized populations within the justice system through methodologically rigorous research rooted in social psychological theory. In one branch of research, for instance, she has examined how juvenile offender and victim race influences legal decision-makers' perceptions of juvenile offenders of violent and sexual crime. Her peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters focus on applying principles of social psychology toward understanding miscarriages of justice within the legal system that predominantly affect disadvantaged populations (i.e., racial minorities). Her recent Oxford University Press edited books, "Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law" and "The Legacy of Racism for Children: Psychology, Law, and Public Policy," address racial discrimination within the justice system.

Previously, Stevenson was a faculty member at the University of Evansville from 2008 until 2021, where she also served as director of the Honors Program. In 2020, she was elected president-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 37's Section on Child Maltreatment.

Gregg Wilson

Gregg Wilson

Gregory Wilson, PhD, is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and a graduate of Indiana University where he earned his master's and doctorate degrees in exercise science. His research interests range from overtraining and staleness in athletes to health behaviors of college students and he has numerous publications in these areas. Dr. Wilson is the author of four textbooks in Health and Exercise Science and has additionally authored/co-authored 22 book chapters for various other edited textbooks. Professor Wilson has received several teaching awards at UE, including the Dean's Teaching Award, Chi Omega Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Exemplary Teaching Award given by the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Wilson is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.