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Dalton State welcomes new faculty members

Dalton State welcomes new faculty members including, from left, Dr. Thomas Ngo-Ye, Dr. Sung Hee Park, Dr. James Wright, Dr. Benjamin Artz, Ms. Susan Burran, Dr. Jonathan Gulledge, Dr. Jennifer Randall, Mr. Fernando Garcia, Dr. Herbert Blankson, Gordon Urquhart, Dr. Douglas Smith, Dr. Calvin Meyer, Ms. Jane Taylor, Dr. Charles Elfer, Ms. Judy Kitson, Mr. Matthew Short, Ms. Cheryl Owens, Ms. Annabelle McKie-Voerste, Ms. Heather Shores, Mr. Joshua Pfiester, and Dr. Albert Copeland.

Dalton State Welcomes New Faculty

Dalton State College welcomes 20 new faculty members to the campus, according to Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Several of the new faculty members will be teaching in the School of Business, including Dr. Benjamin Artz, Assistant Professor of Economics. Dr. Artz earned his PhD and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and his bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College. He has served as an Assistant Professor at American University of Sharjah and a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

Dr. Herbert Blankson joins the School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Business Communications. He earned his PhD, and two master’s degrees (Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration) from Ohio University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana in Legon. He has served as a Graduate Teaching Associate at Ohio University.

Mr. Fernando Garcia, a Dalton State College alumnus, serves as an Instructor in Business Administration within the School of Business. He earned his MBA from Kennesaw State University and has also served the College as Coordinator of Student Services for the School of Business and as a Project Manager.

Dr. Thomas Ngo-Ye will serve the School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems. He holds the PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, master’s degrees from Arizona State University and Tianjin University where he also earned an undergraduate degree. He has served previously as an independent instructor for the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and a Visiting Professor for Edgewood College.

Dr. Sung Hee (Sunny) Park also serves the School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems. Dr. Park earned his PhD and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor’s degree from Korea University. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Kettering University and a Lecturer at the University of South Carolina.

The School of Business also welcomes Dr. Douglas Smith as Associate Professor of Accounting. Dr. Smith earned his PhD and master’s of accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s in science from Samford University. His MBA is from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his bachelor’s degree is from Georgia State. He has taught previously at Samford where he was also Director of Graduate Studies.

The School of Education welcomes a new dean, Dr. Calvin Meyer, who will also serve as Professor of Education. Dr. Meyer earned his doctorate from the University of South Carolina and master’s degrees from Spalding University and Southwestern Baptist Seminary. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College. Before joining Dalton State, Dr. Meyer served as Department Chair and Professor at Morehead State University and as Program Director and Professor at Marshall University.

Dr. Charles Elfer, Sr., will serve as an Assistant Professor of Education. He earned his PhD and master’s degree from the University of Georgia and bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UGA and an Instructor in the Jefferson City Schools.

Mr. Joshua Pfiester joins the faculty of Dalton State as an Assistant Professor of Education. He earned his master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and bachelor’s degree from Rutgers. He has served as a Graduate Research Assistant at Boise State University and as Federal Programs Director and a science teacher at Xavier Charter School in Idaho and Principal Intern at Taft Elementary School in Idaho.

The School of Liberal Arts welcomes Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Jonathan Gulledge who previously taught at Coastal Carolina and Lee universities. Dr. Gulledge earned his PhD, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Georgia State University.

Dr. Jennifer Randall will serve as an Assistant Professor of English. She earned a PhD from Georgia State University, a master’s from Western Carolina University, and a bachelor’s degree from Converse College and has taught previously for Hampton University, Kennesaw State University, and Midlands Technical College.

Ms. Heather Shores serves as Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Director of the Bandy Heritage Center. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia. Prior to teaching at Dalton State, she worked with Kennesaw State University as a coordinator of history projects and exhibits.

Ms. Jane Taylor joins the faculty of Dalton State as Assistant Professor of English. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a bachelor’s degree from The University of the South. Ms. Taylor previously served the College as Director of Public Relations.

Dr. James Wright joins the College faculty as Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. He holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a master’s degree from UT Chattanooga, and a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University. He has previously taught for Chattanooga State Community College.

The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics welcomes Ms. Susan Burran as a Temporary Assistant Professor of Biology. Ms. Burran holds a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has taught for Gwinnett Technical College and Clayton State University. In addition, she has performed research at Georgia State and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Albert Copeland will serve as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Dr. Copeland holds the Doctor of Medicine degree as well as the PhD, both from the Medical College of Georgia and earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. He has served as a private practice physician in the past and as an Instructor for St. Johns River Community College.
Ms. Annabelle McKie-Voerste has been named an Assistant Professor of Biology. She earned master’s degrees from Arkansas State University and the bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. She has served as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant for Arkansas State and as a Fellow at the National Science Foundation. She has also served as an Instructor for Lynn University.

Mr. Matthew Short joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. He earned both a master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Binghamton University where he also served as an Instructor.

Ms. Judy Kitson joins Dalton State’s School of Technology as an instructor in Practical Nursing. She has earned both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Southern Adventist University and has served as a Nurse for the Whitfield County Health Department, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Women’s East Pavilion and as Clinical Instructor for Dalton State and Clinical Lab Assistant for Southern Adventist University School of Nursing. Ms. Cheryl Owens will serve the College as Assistant Professor of Medical Office Assisting. A former Certified Nurse Midwife, Ms. Owens earned both the master’s of nursing and master’s of public health degrees from Emory University, and the bachrlor’s of nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She has also served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Case Manager for Hamilton Medical Center.

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