CHRISTIAN BESTER, DMA
DMA Vocal Performance & Opera
University of North Texas
Dr. Bester made his professional debut for Pro Musica Theater in South Africa in 2005 and frequently performs throughout the US, Europe and Africa. He recently presented at the Sixth Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities in Japan and had his article “Pauline Bredelli-South Africa’s Elusive First Prima Donna” published in the Journal of Musical Arts in Africa. Dr. Bester joins the Department of Music as an assistant professor.
CHRISTOPHER CLARK, PHD
PhD Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies
University of Minnesota
Dr. Clark joins the Department of History as an Assistant Professor/Social Studies Education Specialist. In 2017, he served as Journal Reviewer for Theory & Research in Social Education and Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. This year his article, “How common is the common good? Moving beyond idealistic notions of deliberative democracy in education” was published in Teaching and Teacher Education.
MAUREEN JOHNSON, PHD
Texas Woman’s University
Dr. Johnson’s research interests focus on embodied rhetorics, and she has a graduate certificate in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies. Her teaching interests include rhetoric and composition courses, and in particular, those that focus on embodied rhetorics, gender studies and first-year composition. Dr. Johnson joins the Department of Languages and Literature as an assistant professor and Director of Composition.
JEFFREY MALONEY, PHD
PhD Second Language Studies
Michigan State University
Dr. Maloney successfully defended his dissertation “Fulbright FLTA CALL Beliefs and Knowledge: The Role of Context” at Michigan State University. He received the American Association for Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Award in 2018. Dr. Maloney joins the Department of Languages and Literature as an assistant professor.
JOHN PETRUCELLI, PHD
PhD Music Jazz Studies
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Petrucelli successfully defended his dissertation “Beyond the Sound Barrier: Improvisation, Repertoire and Formal Structure in the Wayne Shorter Quartet, 2000-2015” at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2018, he was a University of Pittsburgh Jazz Composer Concert Honoree. Dr. Petrucelli joins the Department of Music as an assistant professor and Director of Jazz Studies.
ELAINA ROSS, MA
MA English & MA Communication Arts
Northeastern State University
Ms. Ross joins the Department of Communication and Media Studies as an instructor and is pursuing her doctorate from the University of Kansas. Her research focus examines the intersection of interpersonal and organizational communication, specifically how both work and family create identity.
LUIS SALAS, MA
MA Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Mr. Salas brings his 12 years of teaching experience in different levels of the graphic design field to the Department of Art and Drama as an assistant professor. Mr. Salas has acquired experience in the industry working for a number of companies on numerous projects including publications, advertising, brand identity, package design and web design.