New Faculty Members Join Philadelphia University

The Office of Academic Affairs announced the addition of 11 new faculty members this 2008/2009 academic year. The new faculty members include:

Professor Neha Agarwal
Professor of Graphic Design, School of Design and Media

Professor Agarwal holds a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Tyler School of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Dayton in Visual Communication Design.  She has been a professional designer in the United States and internationally.  Currently, she is a designer with 20Nine Design Studios, focused on corporate and retail branding.  She is a recipient of the International Awards including Giuseppe’s Flea Circus Posters, and Step 100 for the Royal Colony, a board game based on the social structure of honeybee hives.  She has had several shows and has been a professional designer competing for several firms (B&G Design Studios, 21X Design, etc.).  Professor Agarwal has also been an adjunct faculty member with the Tyler School of Art of Temple University teaching courses in Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Dr. Sonya Borton
Professor of Professional Communications, School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Borton comes to the University from the program in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where she recently earned her doctorate.  Her dissertation was on multimodal assignments for first-year composition students.  Dr. Borton has publications in multimodal assessment and narrative composition, as well as professional presentations in mentoring in wiki’s; program assessment; narrative for women in academic medicine; female members of the Frankenstein family; and mentoring of graduate students and their mentors.  She has presented on classroom writing and literacy and multimodal texts.  Dr. Borton has taught AP-preparation seminars, and has served as a director of composition and narrative.  She has also taught at the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Faulkner University and Murray State University

Dr. Yi-Yu Chen
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, School of Business Administration

Dr. Chen joins the University from Rutgers University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Management and Global Business.  She is current the editorial assistant for the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Journal, which is a peer- reviewed journal of 50 papers a year based on submissions of 400 manuscripts.  Dr. Chen’s dissertation focused on the effects of technology on strategic alliances.  In a recent article, Dr. Chen published on the topic of technology and the Internet and its effect on the role of entrepreneurs. She has presented professional papers on technology cycles and international alliances.  He research is broadly focused strategic formation, alliances and partner selection in technology cycles.  Dr. Chen has taught course at Rutgers in business policy and strategy, strategic management and contemporary strategy analysis, among others.

Professor Danielle Mina Dadras
Assistant Professor of Writing, School of Liberal Arts
Professor Dadras is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at the Ohio State University.  She anticipates completing her degree this summer.  Professor Dadras was awarded the Sheldon Sacks award for the best essay on Maori oral traditions and has broad research interests from Kurdistanian negotiation and music, to poetry and stories as discourse.  She has also worked on community- service projects that facilitated the completion of adult GEDs, helped to develop a high school writing center, and she has been involved in broader community outreach.  Professor Dadras has been a literacy mentor and tutor and has taught first- and second-year composition at Ohio State, as well as a number of courses in film, fiction, popular culture and the Islamic world in literature, among others.

Professor Debra Anne Farina
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, School of Science and Health

Professor Farina comes to the University from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she was the clinical coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  She has extensive physician assistant practice experience with TeamHealth East, Temple East, Horsham Clinic, EPMG and Emergency Care Specialists.  She continues to be very involved in clinical practice in emergency medicine.  Professor Farina is a certified Physician Assistant and is also certified in advanced cardiac and pediatric advanced life support.  She is also an ACLS instructor and holds licensure in Pennsylvania as a physician assistant and is a registered nurse.  This is a homecoming for her as Professor Farina earned her Bachelor of Science from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Dr. Robert Koulish
Associate Professor Law and Society, School of Liberal Arts
Dr. Koulish comes to the University from Goucher College, where he was the France-Merrick Professor of Service-Learning.  Dr. Koulish is an active editorial author and a prolific professional writer in immigration, Hungary, service learning and civil rights.  He has also been awarded grants from the Department of Justice, the Baltimore Family League and the Abel Foundation among others.  He has also been the recipient of two innovation in teaching awards while at Bentley College and from the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, among others.  Dr. Koulish has been the director of Service Learning at Goucher College and was the director of the Bentley Service Learning Center.  He has presented dozens of professional presentations domestically and internationally.

Professor Michael J. Leonard
Associate Professor of Industrial Design, School of Design and Media

Professor Leonard has been an outstanding adjunct faculty member in the Industrial Design program at Philadelphia University since 1997, receiving an Adjunct Faculty Award in 2006; he has been teaching industrial design and related design courses since 1980.  Professor Leonard is also the principal designer of his own firm and has been a partner in Duzeo Product Design and The Design Work; as well as a principal designer for Designship.  He has designed advanced insulin diagnostic devices, office organization products, medical equipment for the United States Army, Sesame Street toys, industrial electronics and surgical illuminators, among many other products and devices.  He is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America and has been a board member of the American Society of Inventors. He has had several exhibitions and has been featured in Popular Science, Design World Magazine and Design News among others.

Dr. Katherine Turner
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, School of Liberal Arts
Dr. Turner comes to the University from the University of Delaware, where she earned her doctorate in American history and completed her dissertation entitled “Good Food for Little Money; Cooking and Eating Among Working Class Americans 1875-1930.”  Dr. Turner has also been an instructor at the University of Delaware since 2003.  She was nominated for the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award in the spring of 2006.  Dr. Turner is the recipient of the Balch Institute Fellowship, Winterthur Museum Research Fellowship, a University of Delaware Dissertation Fellowship Award, a Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, a Hagley Fellowship in the History of Industrialization and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  Dr. Turner has several professional publications including a forthcoming chapter in a Belasco and Horowitz University of Pennsylvania Press book.

Dr. Stacey Van Dahm
Assistant Professor of Writing, School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Van Dahm comes to the University from the University of California Santa Barbara, where she has been a lecturer in the writing program.  She also served as a teaching assistant and has been a teaching associate since 1999.  Dr. Van Dahm has taught English as a Foreign Language in Svyerdlovsky, Russia, for several years and is a certified ESL teacher.  She has been published on topics as diverse as iPods to Cuban American Literature, is active in translation and is a co-editor of the journal “Translation.”  Dr. Van Dahm was an AAUW dissertation fellow and held fellowships at the University of California Santa Barbara.  She has broad research interests in immigration, American/ethic studies, Cuba, cultural studies and Russian Literature and several others.

New Program Directors include:

Professor David Buege
Professor and Program Director of Architecture, School of Architecture

Professor Buege (pronounced “Bēē Gēē”) comes to the University from Auburn University where he has been the interim director of the Rural Studio, which is engaged in outreach and design-build programs and research.  His academic appointment prior to serving at the Rural Studio was at Mississippi State University where he was a tenured associate professor and the director of the Jackson Center, an off-campus studio.  Professor Buege, also was the Architecture Program department head at the University of Arkansas for nearly a decade where he developed international-study programs in Mexico City and Rome, was recognized by an award for outstanding teaching and where he published scholarly articles.  Professor Buege has extensive professional experience including work with Bartos & Rhodes Architects in New York, Herbert J. Githens Architect in Jersey City, and Foil-Wyatt Architects in Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Wendy Krupnick
Associate Professor Occupational Therapy, Program Director, Occupational Therapy, School of Science and Health

Dr. Krupnick comes to the University from the Sage Colleges where she was the program director and department chairperson for education, association and health-related experience.  She has long and successful service as a fieldwork coordinator and faculty member. Dr. Krupnick has been successful in accreditation and re-accreditation efforts and was the director of public affairs for the American Occupational Therapy Association a 45,000 member professional association.  She has also been a clinician in occupational therapy in early intervention evaluations and treatment of young children, with mentally-ill clients and retarded individuals.  Dr. Krupnick has published professional articles on caregivers, fieldwork, communications, schools and allied health professions, and has presented at several professional meetings.

Please welcome the new faculty to Philadelphia University.

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