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Applied Engineering & Technology

  • Aleksandra Prokic (Assistant Professor) – Earned her B.S. degree in Architecture from Belgrade University in Serbia.

Department of Biology and Environmental Science

  • Summer Arrigo-Nelson (Associate Professor) – Conducted a long-term study of the effects of habitat disturbance on the Milne-Edwards sifaka at two research sites within the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar. Trip leader for Madagascar Field School. International Studies program faculty member. 
  • Dr. Derek Grey (Assistant Professor) – Earned his PhD. degree from Queen’s University in Canada.
  • Dr. Louise Nicholson (Assistant Professor) – Earned her B.S. degree in Genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Earned her Ph.D. degree in Developmental Genetics from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. 
  • Dr. Mark Tebbitt (Associate Professor) – Earned his B.S. degree in Botany from the University of Wales. Earned M.S. degree in Pure and Applied Plant and Fungal Taxonomy from the University of Reading in England, Earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Department of Business & Economics

  • Dr. Nan Li (Associate Professor) – Earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Finance and Management from Zhongshan University in China.

Department of Chemistry & Physics

  • Dr. Min Li (Professor) – Earned her B.E. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Hebei University of Science and Technology in China, and Tanjin University in China.
  • Dr. Ali Sezer (Professor) – Earned his B.S. degree from Yidiz University in Turkey.

Department of Childhood Education

  • Dr. Christine Peterson (Professor) – Master of Education: English as a Second Language program faculty member. 
  • Dr. Clover Wright (Assistant Professor) – Master of Education: English as a Second Language program faculty member.

Department of Criminal Justice

  • Dr. Aref M. Al-Khattar (Professor) – Earned his B.A. degree from the University of Jordan.
  • Dr. John Cencich (Professor) – United Nations war crimes investigator. Senate of Virginia commendation for law enforcement service to the Commonwealth, the nation and the United Nations. U.S. government recognition for singularly leading a worldwide investigation of "marked national and international service."
  • Dr. Raymond J. Hsieh (Associate Professor) – Earned his B.A. degree in Forensic Science from the Central Police University in Taiwan.

Department of Earth Sciences

  • Dr. Susan Ryan (Director of Cal U Tourism Research Center) - International Studies program faculty member. Oversees the Bachelor of Arts in Geography: Tourism Studies program. International Studies program faculty member.

Department of Environmental Science

  • Dr. Mario Majcen (Assistant Professor) – Earned his B.S. degree in Geophysics from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Department of English

  • Dr. M.G. Aune (Professor) – Worked as an ESL teacher in Poland while in the Peace Corps.
  • Dr. Sarah Downey (Associate Professor) – Earned her Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in Canada.
  • Dr. Pratul Pathak (Professor) – Earned his B.A., M.A., and L.L.B. degrees from the University of Delhi in India.

Department of History & Political Science

  • Dr. Michael Slaven (Professor) – Earned his Ph.D. degree in French History.
  • Dr. Sean Madden (Professor) – Conducts global/cultural travel with student groups. Visited and or worked in 29 countries, including a 2013 Fulbright assignment in Perm Russia. International Studies program faculty member.

Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Information Systems

  • Dr. Mohamed Benbourenane (Professor) – Earned his B.S. degree from the University of Algeria in Algeria.
  • Dr. Weifeng Chen (Professor) – Earned his B.S. degree in Computer Science from Peking University in China, Earned his B.A. degree in Economics, with a minor in Law from Peking University in China. Earned his M.S. degree in Computer Science at the Institute of Software from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China.
  • Dr. Leandro Junes (Assistant Professor) – Earned his B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Antioquia in Columbia. Earned his M.S. degree in Mathematics from the National University of Columbia in Columbia.

Department of Modern Languages & Philosophy

  • Dr. Arcides Gonzales (Professor) – Department Chair of the Modern Languages Department. Professor of French and Spanish. International Studies program faculty member.
  • Dr. Razak Abedalla (Instructor) – Earned his B.A. degree in English from the University of Wasit, Al-Kut in Iraq, Earned his M.A. degree in English & Lingusitics from the University of Al-Qadissiyah in Id-Diwaniyah, Iraq. 
  • Dr. Mariana Pensa (Assistant Professor) – Earned her B.A. degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Earned her M.A. & Ph.D. degrees from Carleton University in Canada.
  • Dr. Mary Randall (Assistant Professor) – Professor of French. International Studies program faculty member.

Department of Music

  • Chad Winkler (Instructor) – Participated in numerous world tours as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Department of Psychology

  • Dr. Rebecca Regeth (Professor) – 2014 Cal U faculty representative for the student trip to Turkey in association with the Turkish Cultural Institute of Pittsburgh. 

Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

  • Dr. J. Kevin Lordon (Associate Professor) - Fulbright Specialist and received a grant to provide instruction in teaching and leadership at Hebei University in China. 
  • Dr. Connie Monroe (Professor) – Earned her Graduate Diploma in French Studies from the University of Strasburg in France.
  • Dr. Susan Morris- Rutledge (Assistant Professor) – Earned her Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Mississippi. 
  • Department of Special Education

  • Dr. Kate Mitchem (Professor) – Earned her B.S. degree in German and European Studies from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. 

Department of Social Work

  • Dr. T. Tao Pham (Assistant Professor) – Extensive research in countries such as Vietnam, Morocco, and Spain.

Administration

  • Dr. Daniel Engstrom (Associate Provost/Associate Vice President for Student Academic Success) – Served as a foreign expert professor at Hebei University in Baoding, China.
  • Dr. Mohamed Yamba (Dean, College of Liberal Arts) – Native of Ghana. Expert in African politics and international affairs.