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Expert List by Expert

EXPERT LIST

(Degrees/Certifications/Training are Listed as Provided by Experts)

Steve Bain, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

Areas of Expertise  

Individual/Family/Couple Counseling; Anger Management; Crisis Intervention; Weight Management Counseling; Youth Violence Intervention; Self-Injurers/Mutilators; Ethics; Spirituality; Grief and Loss; Death and Dying; Career; Life Coaching

Degrees/Certifications/Training  

  • Bachelor of Science degree in History-University of North Alabama
  • Master of Science degree in Counseling and Personnel Services-University of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Doctor of Ministry in Counseling-Luther Rice University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • LPC-Intern Supervisor
  • Certificates in:
    • Anger Management
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Weight Management
    • Youth Violence Intervention
  • Licensed and Ordained Minister

Sajid Bashir, Ph.D., FRSChem and Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry

Areas of Expertise

Analytical Chemistry; Mass Spectrometry (subfield: matrix-assisted laser desorption / ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry); Forensic Chemistry; Protein Analysis by mass spectrometry (Proteomics)

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.Sc. (Honors) Chemistry and Biochemistry at (U.C.N.W), 1989-1992.
  • Clinical Pharmacology at University of Aberdeen 1992-1994.
  • M.A. in Analytical Chemistry, at State University of New York at Buffalo, 1994-1997.
  • Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, at University of Warwick, England, United Kingdom. 1997-2000 (completed) awarded 2001.
  • Elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2009
  • Elected to Sigma Xi (Scientific Society) 2009

Apurba Bhattacharya, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry
Areas of Expertise
Organic Chemistry; Pharmaceutical Industry; Generic Drug Market; Drug Research and Development
Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (University of Texas at Austin)
  • M.S. in Chemistry (I.I.T., Kanpur, India)
  • B.S. in Chemistry (Calcutta University, India)

Leonard A. Brennan, Ph.D., C.C. Charlie Winn Endowed Chair, Richard M. Kleberg, Jr. Center for Quail Research, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Areas of Expertise

Quail and Grassland Birds--Habitat, Population Ecology and Management of
Degrees/Certifications/Training

 
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.
  • 29 years of experience conducting wildlife research; 125 scientific publications, 80 magazine and  extension articles.

Melinda Brou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera

Areas of Expertise

Opera; Vocal Music; Early Childhood Music Education (birth-5 years)

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • D.M.A.--UT Austin, Vocal Performance
  • M.M.--University of Colorado at Boulder, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy

Edward J. Butterworth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

Areas of Expertise

Physics of Medical Imaging; Mathematical Physics; Electromagnetics; Christian Theology

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ph.D., Theology, Fordham University

Jieming Chen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology /Sociology

Areas of Expertise

Survey Methodology; Sampling and Questionnaire Design; Statistical Analysis of Survey Data;
Contemporary Chinese Society; Social Support; Aging and Health; Social Stratification

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan
  • 15 years of teaching and research in sociology

John L. Chisholm, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chair –Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Petroleum; Gas Measurement; Pipelining

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.S. in Engineering Physics, University of Oklahoma
  • B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma
  • M.S. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Dr. John E. Cicala, Assistant Professor, Management and Marketing
Areas of expertise:
Consumer Behavior; Marketing Strategy; Negotiations; Personal Selling; Retailing; and Sales Management
Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Psychology, University of Memphis, 2011
  • M.B.A.-marketing focus, University of Memphis, 2001

Lee Clapp, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Water Quality and Water Treatment

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • M.S. and Ph.D. in environmental engineering
  • M.S. in water resources management

Paul H. Cox, Ph.D., Professor of Physics

Areas of Expertise

Theoretical Physics, especially Mathematical Physics; Theory of High Energy Physics; Symmetry in Physics, including Supersymmetry. 

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Physics: Ph.D. (Harvard, 1976), A.M. (Harvard, 1969)
  • Mathematics: M.S. (U. of Illinois, 1968), B.S. (with honors, U. of Illinois, 1967)
  • Over 25 years teaching physics.

Sheryl Custer, Director of the Javelina Engineering Student Service Center                  

Areas of Expertise

Outreach Program Development; Event Planning; Degree Checkout

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • 6 yrs experience in organizing, planning, and coordinating outreach activities
  • 23 hrs experience in degree checkout

Jesus De La Rosa, Assistant Professor, Department of Art

Areas of Expertise

Graphic Design; Painting; Drawing; and Printmaking

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts,

Cathy Downs, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Language and Literature

Areas of Expertise

American Literature; Creative Writing
Degrees/Certifications/Training

 

  • Ph.D. in English, specialty is American and twentieth-century literature.

Charles Espinosa,  Director of Campus Recreation and Fitness

Areas of Expertise

Collegiate Fitness Facilities; Intramural and Recreational Sports Administration/Management

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B. S., and master's degree, Certified Recreational Sports Specialist (CRSS)

La Vonne Fedynich, M. Ed., C.A.G.S., Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Counseling

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Master's degree in education
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAGS) on Education Leadership
  • Doctorate in educational leadership

Dean T. Ferguson, Ph.D., Professor of History

Areas of Expertise

Early Modern France (1500-1800); French Revolution; Renaissance and Reformation; Informal Sector;  Poverty in World History; History of European Family Life; History of Urban Poverty; Sub-Saharan Africa; Burundi; Rwanda; and East African History

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D.  – Doctoral thesis and publications in European, American, and African history

Christian Ferris, Director, Career Services

Areas of Expertise

Job Market; College Student Hiring/Jobs; Corporate Layoffs

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • M.B.A.
  • 5 years of experience in University Career Services
  • 8 years of experience in the Career Transition industry, assisting adults from CEOs to managers to line workers find work after layoffs.

Don M. Fisher, Lecturer, Communications and Theatre Arts

Areas of Expertise

Journalism; Secondary Education

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • M.A., Journalism, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Reporter and editor for 30-plus years, including Austin American-Statesman, Dallas Times-Herald, Dallas Morning News

Manuel Flores, Ph.D.,  Chair, Communications Theatre Arts, Associate Professor of Communications/Journalism

Areas of Expertise

Mass Communications; Advertising/Public Relations; Hispanic Affairs in the USA; Tejano History and Culture; Legacy of the Vaqueros in Texas and the American Southwest; Hispanics in the Media;
Journalism Trends and History; Politics; Military; Education Trends for Hispanics

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership
  • Master's degrees in Political Science and Journalism
  • More than 100 scholarly presentations at regional, state and national conventions
  • Retired as Captain from Texas Army National Guard

Stacey Gaines, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sport & Leisure Studies Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

Sport Psychology; Youth Development through Sport/Physical Activity; Character Development in Sport/Physical Activity; Motivation in Sport/Physical Activity

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. - Health & Kinesiology (Sport & Exercise Psychology);
  • After September 1, 2010 – AASP-CC (Association for Applied Sport Psychology – Certified Consultant)

Cynthia M. Galloway, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

Areas of Expertise

Botany; Mosses; Forensics; General Biology

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. In Botany
  • Master's in Biology
  • Certificate in Forensic Science

Nathaniel C. Galvan, Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

Lab Safety and Hazardous Materials Operations

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Certificate for Industrial Safety –2008
  • 40 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Training– 2009
  • 8 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher – 2010
  • 40 Hour Hazardous Materials Shipper Training – 2009
  • 40 Hour Advanced Lab Safety Training – 2009
  • 35 Hour Industrial Hygiene Training – 2009

Rex Gandy, Ph.D., Provost and Professor of Physics

Areas of Expertise

Magnetic Fusion; Plasma Physics

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in physics

D. Scott Gines, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation

Areas of Expertise

Polarity Management;  Political Risk Management; Title IX; Socio-Economic Dynamics of Sport; Self-Confidence & Motivation

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN), Major:  Educational Leadership (Ed.D. Program ~ ABD)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Major:  Sport Psychology (Ed.D. Program ~ ABD; 1983-87)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), Major:  Sport Psychology (M.Ed.; August, 1986)
  • Virginia Military Institute (Lexington, VA), Major:  English (B.A.; May, 1983, with distinction)
  • Sport Management Institute (Certificate Graduate, January, 2007), Peabody College
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), Program:  Fellow, Higher Education Management Institute (June, 2007)
  • Journal of Sport Administration & Supervision—Practitioner Referee

Marybeth Green, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Counseling

Areas of Expertise

Instructional Technology K-12 & Higher Ed; Distance Learning

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with focus in Instructional Technology
  • Certified as distance instructor through VCIP Texas A&M University

Dolores Guerrero, Ph.D. , LCSW, Dean, Honors College

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Experience (Counseling) with Children, Adolescents and Adults; Child Abuse/Neglect; Medical Settings; Geriatrics; Foster Care Children/Families; Varied Mental Health Issues

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. in social work. 
  • Licensed clinical social worker  (Texas)

Norma A. Guzman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bilingual Education Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)

Areas of Expertise 

Bilingual Evaluation Specialist; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Students and Groups;
Over-Representation of CLD Students in Special Education

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Culture Literacy & Language
  • M.A. in School Psychology
  • Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (License #5702)
  • Trained as bilingual evaluation specialist (English and Spanish)

Sheila Harris, Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology

Areas of Expertise

Health; Fitness; Safety; Aquatic Fitness; Swimming Skills

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Bachelor and Masters Degree in Health and Physical Education
  • Certifications: First Aid and CPR, Lifeguard Instructor, Aquatic Instructor, Group Fitness Leadership

Richard Hartwig, Ph.D., Professor, Political Science                           

Areas of Expertise

Latin American Politics; United Nations; Drug-Related Violence in Mexico & Colombia  

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Christopher M. Hearon, Ph.D., FACSM, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health & Kinesiology, Coordinator, Human Performance Laboratory

Areas of Expertise

Exercise Physiology; Environmental Physiology; Human Performance; Exercise Testing & Prescription

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology (Louisiana State University)
  • B.S. and M.Ed. in Exercise Science (Texas Tech University)
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM)

Carlos Hinojosa, Machinist, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Experimental  Machinist (The craft that operates machine tools to produce working models of test, fixtures, gages, & laboratory equipment)

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.S. degree career and vocational education. 
  • Assistant Professor, Del Mar College, Industrial Machining Technology, (1989-2009), Toolmaker CCAD (1975-1989)

Lorraine Killion, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Health and Kinesiology
Areas of Expertise
Physical Education Programs; Childhood Obesity; Body Image
Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ed.D. in Health and Human Performance (University of Houston)
  • M.Ed. in Health and Human Performance (Prairie View A&M University)
  • M.A. in Art (University of Houston Clear Lake)
  • B.S. in Education (Stephen F. Austin State University)

W. Wayne Kinnison, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics

Areas of Expertise

Physics; High-Energy Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Nuclear Physics; Nuclear Power Technology

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Physics
  • 200 referred publication in Experimental High-Energy and Elementary Particle Physics
  • Member of Advisory Council for the Nuclear Power Institute (College Station)
  • 27-year employee in research physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Young Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

Areas of Expertise

Computer Science; Software Engineering

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D.

Jingbo Louise Liu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of General Chemistry

Areas of Expertise

Green Energy (subfield: proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC); Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC);
Nanotechnology (subfield: Metal and Metal oxide catalysis); Cleantech (subfield: water, ail, and soil disinfection)\

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.Sc. Heilongjiang University, Harbin, PRC, 1985-1989
  • M.S. Heilongjiang University, Harbin, PRC , 1995-1998
  • Ph.D. University of Sci. & Tech. Beijing, PRC., 1998-2001
  • Assistant Professor, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Dates: 2005-2006
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Clarkson University, The Center of Advanced Materials Processing, Dates: 2004-2005

Gary R. Low, Ph.D., Faculty Emeritus of Education

Areas of Expertise

Emotional Intelligence 

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • With colleague Dr. Darwin Nelson, completed 35 years of research and original work with emotional intelligence.  That work is referred to in national and international publications as the education and transformational theory and model of emotional intelligence
  • Developed research-derived EI assessments, books, articles and much research (now over 50 doctoral dissertations and others at various stages of progress)
  • Convene an annual Institute for Emotional Intelligence
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from East Texas State University in 1969 (now Texas A&M University-Commerce)
  • Licensed Psychologist in Texas
  • Thirty-five years of original research and work in education and organizational settings
  • Author of numerous works in emotional intelligence
  • Founder and faculty member of Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute (EITRI)
  • Patron and Life Member of Forum for EI Learning in India
  • Consulting Psychologist and Principal, Emotional intelligence Learning Systems

Michael T. Muzheve, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Areas of Expertise

Mathematics Education

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with an emphasis in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Philosophy in Mathematics
  • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics

Jim Norwine, Ph.D., Regents Professor of Geology, Retired

Areas of Expertise

Culture Shift (Values and Worldviews) among Undergrads around the World (led a research team for 20 years); South Texas Climate/Climate Change

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. (1971) Indiana State University, Physical Geography
  • M.S. (1965) Indiana State University, Physical Geography
  • B.S. (1964) Southeast Missouri State University, Geography  
 

Barbara R. Oates, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing

Areas of Expertise

Marketing; Retailing

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University)
  • B.S. Marketing, M.B.A.-University of North Texas, Ph.D. Marketing
  • Worked for Lever Bros, R. T. French Co, and GMAC prior to teaching
  • Family background in operating a grocery store and motel

Joon-Yeoul Oh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Telecommunications; Network Optimization; Wireless Telecommunication Network Expansion and Optimization; Information Systems Engineering; Non-Linear Programming; Heuristic Integer Programming; Linear Programming; Algorithm Development; Software Development

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering 

Larry Peel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Flexible and Traditional Composite Materials; Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science; Aerospace Structures

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.S., Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering;
  • M.S. in Engineering Mechanics;
  • Extensive research in Aerospace structures, flexible & traditional composite materials, work experience, summer research residencies, PE license

G. Allen Rasmussen, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Rangeland Management; Rangeland Fire Ecology; Rangeland Improvements; Invasive Species

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Range Science, focus on fire ecology on rangelands
  • M.S. range science interactions of wildlife
  • Livestock interactions with prescribed fire and rangelands
  • Worked as a rangeland specialist at Utah State University working in the Western United States, Canada, Australia, Morocco, Ethiopia--continued this work at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, working in other areas, including Mexico, Jordan and Israel.

Susan Roberson, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Language and Literature

Areas of Expertise

19th Century American Literature; American Travel Writing

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • M.A. and Ph.D. in English

Edwin N. Rowley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication   

 

Areas of Expertise

Political Communication; Public Speaking; Persuasion; Gender Communication; Debate; Interpersonal Communication; Group Communication; Human Communication Theory; Journalism

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in Communication with a minor in Journalism from Indiana University
  • M.A. in Communication from Emerson College in Boston
  • B.A. from St. John's University in New York
     
     
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Elda E. S&#225nchez, Ph.D., Co-Director of National Natural Toxins Research Center, Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Biochemistry of Venoms; Antivenoms; Snakes

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.S. and M.S. in Biology
  • Ph.D. In Toxinology

Brian Shelton, Director of Bands and Supervisor of Student Teachers

Areas of Expertise

Contemporary Music; Bands (Marching and Concert); Music Conducting

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Illinois University; Master of Arts in Music from George Mason University
  • A.B.D. in Conducting from University of Arizona

Forrest Smith, South Texas Natives Project Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

Native Plants; Wildlife Habitat Restoration; Exotic and Invasive Plant Control

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • B.S. Range and Wildlife Management-Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Employed 10 yrs. at South Texas Natives Project at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Michael Tewes Ph.D., Regents Professor and Frank D. Yturria Endowed Chair for Wild Cat Studies

Areas of Expertise

Wild Cats (mountain lion or cougars, bobcats, ocelots, jaguarundis, and others)
Endangered cats (ocelots, jaguarundis, margays, clouded leopards, etc.)--NOT ENDANGERED SPECIES

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. and 30 years of experience in wild cat research, management and conservation

Jacqueline Thomas, Ph.D., Regents Professor of French and Chevalier, Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Areas of Expertise

French Language and Culture; Bilingual Education; Linguistics

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ed.D. in Bilingual Education.  French teacher for 40 years.

Daniella G. Varela, Certification Officer, Office of Student Services, College of Education

Areas of Expertise

Educator Preparation; Educator Certification; Educator Testing.

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and English Writing/Rhetoric
  • Will complete a Master of Arts in Public Administration this December
  • Work experience with the Texas Education Agency in the division of Educator Certification and Standards prior to employment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

George Vargas, Ph.D., Art Historian

Areas of Expertise

Art; Architecture; Public Art; Border Culture; Racial/Ethnic Studies; Latino Demographs; Women's Studies; Museum Studies; Film/Video

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D., M.A., B.F.A.
  • Work Experience/Administration
  • Publications in Certain Areas
  • Lectureships

Adria Palacios Vasquez, CPA, Lecturer-Accounting

Areas of Expertise

Accounting (Financial & Tax)

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Bachelors in Business Administration & Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin
  • C.P.A. (Certified Public Accountant) in Texas
  • Partner in C.P.A. firm dealing with tax returns and financial statements

Colin Wark, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology

Areas of Expertise

U.S. Drug Laws, U.S. Death Penalty Laws

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri

Lonni S. Wilson, Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, Sport Business Program Coordinator 

Areas of Expertise  

Sport Marketing; Sport Law; Sport Economics; Sociology of Sport

Degrees/Certifications/Training

  • ·Ph.D. from The Ohio State University
  • ·M.A. from the University of San Francisco
  • ·M.F.A. from the University of Miami
  • ·B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University

This page was last updated on: June 14, 2013