Visiting Faculty - Fall 2019

Joe Atkinson, MSc (University of Evansville)

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Digital Multimedia Specialist in Residence
University of Evansville

Joe Atkinson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the Digital Multimedia Specialist in Residence for the University of Evansville Department of Communication. He joined the UE faculty in Fall 2015, after serving more than five years as an Adjunct Instructor of Communication while working in the UE Office of Marketing & Communication.

His documentary credits include the WNIN Tri-State Public Media films Evansville at War - about Evansville's contributions to World War II - and The Big Beer Doc, as well as the independent documentary feature From the Ashes, which details the 1977 University of Evansville men's basketball team and the plane crash that killed the entire team. That film, which premiered at the 2016 Heartland Film Festival, was nominated for an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award, and was named Best Feature Film at the 2018 Mayday Film Festival in Evansville, Indiana.

Lloyd Davies, PhD (Duke University)

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Professor of Literature
Western Kentucky University

Lloyd Davies is a Professor of English Literature in the Department of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he has taught for the past 27 years. He has a BFA in piano from the California Institute of the Arts, a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Riverside, an MA in Philosophical Aesthetics from Toronto's Institute for Christian Studies, and a PhD in Literature from Duke. His area of concentration is English Romanticism, and he has contributed numerous essays on Romantic poetry to various journals and books.

Dr. Davies has a varied background in study abroad, beginning as an undergraduate student in a year-long program in Göttingen, Germany; he has also been an instructor in a semester program in Cambridge, England, plus summer programs in Bregenz, Austria; Gryon, Switzerland; Florence/Rome, Italy; and Paris, France.

He was a visiting professor at Harlaxton in the fall of 2013. He and his wife Libby have three children and two grandchildren; Libby will once again accompany him to Harlaxton.

Colleen Duffy, PhD (Rutgers University)

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Associate Professor of Mathematics
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Colleen Duffy is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She earned her PhD in Mathematics from Rutgers University, NJ and her BA in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of St Thomas, MN. Her research interest is in the area of noncommutative algebras.

She enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes and creating new interdisciplinary courses. Colleen's study abroad experience in Salamanca, Spain has made her a strong advocate of study abroad for university students.

This is her second time at Harlaxton, and she is looking forward to another wonderful experience. She is an avid traveler, cross-country skier, and trail runner.

Jeannette Jones, PhD (New Mexico State University)

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Associate Professor and Department Chair of Education
Texas Lutheran University

Jeannette Jones received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Language, Literacy, and Culture from New Mexico State University. She also earned a MEd in Multicultural Education and English as a Second Language from UMass Amherst, and a MA in Adult/Higher Education and Reading from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She spent 14 years at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio overseeing the teacher education program. She joined the faculty at Texas Lutheran University in 2015 as an Associate Professor and serves as the Chair of the Education Department. Jeannette also holds the title of Helen Weiss Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership.

She commonly teaches coursework in U.S. Schools, Foundations of Literacy, Literature for the Classroom, Literacy in the Content Areas, and Reading and Writing across the Curriculum.

Cindy Schaefer, PhD (Duquesne University)

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Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Evansville

Dr. Cindy Schaefer is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Evansville. Cindy earned her PhD from Duquesne University. She teaches senior nursing students specializing in public health and complex medical/surgical practice and to the junior nursing students, test taking strategies. Cindy has practiced nursing in different areas that include medical surgical, oncology, radiation therapy, cardiac intensive care, clinical research, and public health. Her dissertation was focused on Health Literacy and use of low health literacy interventions at Community Health Centers in the Mid-West United States.

Cindy is involved with community committees which include the Community First Health Fair planning committee, St. Anthony Center for Family Life, the Perinatal Advisory Board, the Fetal Infant Mortality Committee and the Opioid Fatality taskforce in Evansville. Regionally, she is a member of the Mid-West Clinicians Network and an active member of the Research committee and co-chair a NIH grant that involves conducting diabetes research at the community health center level. Other research projects include health literacy, obesity interventions, use of the Chronic Care Model, care of vulnerable populations such as the Latino population, and diabetes care coordination. She is currently working on a research project that involves developing diabetes group visit in the Community Health Center setting.

Cindy will be accompanied by her husband Doug.

Margaret Stevenson, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)

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Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Evansville

Dr. Margaret Stevenson is an associate professor of psychology and former Honors Program Director. Dr. Stevenson joined the faculty of UE in 2008. She obtained a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in French from The Ohio State University, and an M.A. and PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Stevenson teaches social psychology, research methods, and upper- level courses on topics related to stereotyping, and the intersection of psychology and the law. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to factors that shape juror decision making and the nature of jury deliberations. She also explores perceptions of vulnerable individuals, including children and minorities, who enter the legal system, either as victims or as perpetrators of crime. Her recently edited book, published by Oxford University Press, is titled "Criminal Jury Decision Making in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law."

Dr. Stevenson has received several awards, including the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 37’s Section on Child Maltreatment Early Career Award, the APA Division 37 Early Career Professional Award for Service, the Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for Research, the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Teaching Award, the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award, and the UE Alumni Association’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Ann Taylor, PhD (Purdue University)

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Haines Professor of Biochemistry
Wabash College

Dr. Ann Taylor is the Haines Professor of Biochemistry and former chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Wabash College. As the first biochemist in the Wabash Chemistry Department, Dr. Taylor created the courses and curriculum for Wabash’s Biochemistry major; she also teaches General Chemistry and a Survey of Biochemistry for Non-Science majors.

Dr. Taylor majored in Chemistry with minors in Biology and Mathematics at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and she received a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Her Ph.D. project focused on plant-pathogen interactions and included a research exchange with a laboratory in South Korea.

Dr. Taylor has mentored 29 research students in plant signaling pathway research and received Wabash’s McClain-McArnold Turner Research Award in 2007. She also received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2018 and was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow for 2019-2020. Ann serves on the Editorial Review Board for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (ASBMB) and has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how students integrate knowledge from prior classes as they learn biochemistry and regularly publishes case studies in the National Center for Case Study Teaching.

Ann and her husband Patrick have three children, Henry (17), Harmony (15), and Hope (10), who will be joining her at Harlaxton.

Mark Valenzuela, PhD (Cornell University)

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Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
University of Evansville

Mark Valenzuela earned his PhD from Cornell University in the area of Structural Engineering, specifically the non-destructive testing of concrete using sound waves. He has taught at the University of Evansville since 1999 in the areas of solid mechanics, structural analysis and design, the science of materials, and the social significance of structural technology. He has served as a coach for several semesters for the University's Changelab, an incubator for students and faculty to develop innovative ways to address social change in multi-disciplinary teams. His teams have focused on developing Tiny Homes for those experiencing homelessness in Evansville, Indiana.

Mark is looking forward to returning to Harlaxton where he has taught first in Fall 2003 and most recently in Fall 2008. He has returned in the summers to conduct research with undergraduates on the Harlaxton gardens and grounds and he has researched the genealogy and heraldry in the manor, having been published in the Huguenot Society Journal. Mark is a registered professional engineer in the state of Indiana, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a fellow of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

When not teaching, Mark serves as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Accreditation and Assessment. In what spare time he can find he enjoys playing the cello and the bagpipes (though not at the same time), singing in choirs, and photography. He is joined by his partner Michael Howard.