Visiting Faculty - Fall 2018

Lorena Andueza, PhD (Ohio State University)

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Associate Professor of Spanish
University of Evansville

P. Lorena Andueza has a PhD and a MA degree in Hispanic Linguistics from The Ohio State University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic philology in University of Deusto (Spain) and a master’s degree from the University of Antonio Nebrija (Spain) in teaching Spanish as a second language. Her research centers on Hispanic Pragmatics, Semantics, and Syntax. She teaches Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics courses in the foreign languages department, and courses in Language Acquisition and Methodology in the department of education.

Corinne Castro, PhD (Temple University)

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Assistant Professor of Sociology
Texas Lutheran University

Dr. Corinne Castro was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Sociology at the University of California Berkeley in 2003 and relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue graduate studies. Dr. Castro received both her MA and PhD in Sociology from Temple University. Her research and teaching areas focus on social inequalities based on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Her research has been primarily on the experiences of women of color university faculty and the modern dilemmas of diversifying institutions.

She joined the Texas Lutheran University faculty in Seguin, Texas in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Since arrival, Dr. Castro has been involved in campus discussions on social justice, diversity, and inclusion through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), through student groups, as well as through the Sociology curriculum that centers on social inequalities.

Dr. Castro has been the faculty advisor for the Black Student Union since 2014, and has worked closely with students on programming and event planning. In the spring of 2017, she received a "Faculty of the Year" award from the Student Government Association and in the fall 2017, she was awarded the inaugural Harold Bier Teaching Award.

Nikolai Endres, PhD (University of North Carolina)

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Professor of English
Western Kentucky University

Nikolai Endres received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2000. As Professor of World Literature at Western Kentucky University, he teaches Great Books, British literature, classics, mythology, critical theory, film, and gay and lesbian studies. He has published on Plato, Ovid, Petronius, Gustave Flaubert, Richard Wagner, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, E. M. Forster, André Gide, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Renault, Gore Vidal, and others. He just completed a literary biography of American novelist Patricia Nell Warren, author of the famous gay novel The Front Runner. His next project is an investigation of pornographic adaptations of canonical gay texts.

Jane Olmsted, PhD (University of Minnesota)

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Professor and Head of Department of Diversity and Community Studies
Western Kentucky University

Jane Olmsted earned her doctorate in literature (American) and gender studies and now heads the Department Head of Diversity & Community Studies at Western Kentucky University. She teaches graduate courses in two online programs there: Gender & Women’s Studies and the MA in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities, which she coordinates. Her courses are interdisciplinary—problem- and theme-based, with a strong lean into literary studies. For instance, she regularly teaches Utopias, Dystopias, & Intentional Communities, Place & the Problem of Healing, and Feminist Knowledge & Social Change. Fond of the “&” sign, she likes to juxtapose the unexpected to see what happens. She is thrilled about the opportunities at Harlaxton.

Jane has published a chapbook, Tree Forms (Finishing Line Press, 2011), and a collection of poetry, Seeking the Other Side (Fleur-de-Lis Press, 2015). Her poetry, essays and fiction appear in a range of journals. She has also published scholarly work on Langston Hughes, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Marshall, and with a colleague produced three volumes in the Kentucky Feminist Writing Series (poetry, fiction, and life-writing). She is currently editing the first in a two-volume set of letters written by her mother and uncle (and family) during the late 1930s-1948, drawing from a vast collection that she is grateful her family did not discard.

Leonard Ortiz, PhD (University of Kansas)

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Associate Professor of History
Baker University

Leonard Ortiz is an Associate Professor of history at Baker University. Before starting college, Leonard worked for fifteen years in a factory before enrolling at Santa Clara University where he received his BA in history. From there he attended Stanford University and received his MA in education. He went on to receive his PhD in history from the University of Kansas. At Baker University, he teaches courses in American history with an interest in Native American history, the American Revolution/ Early America, and Social and Political Revolutions of the 1950's & 1960's. He has published articles on Hispanic culture and activism in Kansas, Native American identity in the United Methodist Church and is the author of The Preservation of Native American Practices in the United Methodist Church: A Case Study in Recent Protestant Missions, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.) He also is the recipient of the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award in 2015.

Dr. Ortiz is married to Dana Ortiz and is the proud father of two daughters, Emily, 23 and Jamie, 21. He enjoys hiking and travel, especially when his daughters can join Dana and him on their journeys.

Melissa Rea, RN, MSN, GCNS

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Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of Evansville Dunigan Family School of Nursing

Melissa is an assistant professor in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing and focuses on medical–surgical nursing throughout the lifespan and community health. As a certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist, Melissa worked as an advanced practice nurse in geriatric primary care for 12 years at St. Mary’s Senior Care clinic in Evansville, Indiana. In 2007 she started her career in academia as an adjunct professor teaching clinical gerontology at the University of Southern Indiana. In 2009 she returned to her alma mater and began teaching at the University of Evansville first as an adjunct professor and then in January of 2010 as an assistant professor of nursing.

Melissa also teaches community classes and works with schools and daycares on managing life threatening food allergies in children. She is a coordinator of a support group for families affected by food allergies and works as a consultant for both St. Vincent Hospital and Deaconess Hospital in the Evansville, Indiana, area. Melissa has been invited to speak on food allergies to various groups, including the Indiana State Dietetics Association Conference and the Indiana Regional Dietetics Conference.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville, her Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and her certification as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse specialist from the American Association of College of Nurses.

Outside of work, Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Newburgh, Indiana, and is actively involved in her church and leads high school Bible studies.

Don Roberts, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Evansville

Dr. Roberts spends his time researching program transformations such as refactoring and migrating code from one programming language to another and has developed tools to support these kinds of activities which he has used when consulting with various software development clients.

Additionally, he has spent recent years focusing on mobile software development for both the iOS and Android platforms.