Faculty/Staff News

TROY welcomes new faculty ahead of new academic year

August 12, 2019

Troy University welcomed new faculty members for the 2019-2020 academic year during Friday’s Faculty/Staff Convocation.

The annual event, which signals the start of a new academic year, was held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and live streamed through the University’s website.

New faculty members, their rank and their department within the College of Arts and Sciences are:

  • Dr. Justin Bankert, assistant professor, Chemistry and Physics;
  • Shannon Barron, lecturer, Mathematics;
  • Dr. James Cho, lecturer, Chemistry and Physics;
  • Dr. Omobolanle Fenny, assistant professor, Criminal Justice;
  • Dr. Arun Ghosh, assistant professor, Chemistry and Physics;
  • Dr. Kristen Helms, lecturer, Biological Sciences; and,
  • Philip Welch, assistant professor of aerospace studies, Air Force ROTC.

New faculty members, their rank and their department within the Sorrell College of Business are:

  • Dr. James Bell, assistant professor, Accounting;
  • Charla Brown, assistant professor, Marketing;
  • Dr. Scott Burns, assistant professor, Economics;
  • Dr. Christine Newman, assistant professor, Management; and,
  • Dr. Shen Zhang, assistant professor, Finance.

New faculty members, their rank and their department within the College of Communication and Fine Arts are:

  • James Arakas, assistant professor, Theatre and Dance;
  • Rafael Arreaza Scrocchi, lecturer, World Languages and Cultures;
  • Dr. Thaddaeus Bourne, lecturer, Music;
  • Dr. Jillian Camwell, assistant professor, Music;
  • Robert Clayson, lecturer, Music;
  • Stephanie East, lecturer, Hall School of Journalism;
  • Andrea Hall, lecturer, Hall School of Journalism;
  • David McGinnis, lecturer, Theatre and Dance;
  • Jenny Meadows, lecturer, Theatre and Dance;
  • Jeanie Parnell, lecturer, English;
  • Beatrice Rogers, lecturer, English; and,
  • Dr. Sarah Wee, assistant professor, Music.

New faculty members, their rank and their department within the College of Education are:

  • Dr. Delaine Bennett, assistant professor, Leadership Development and Professional Studies;
  • Dr. Samantha Booker, assistant professor, Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training;
  • Dr. Dana Evans, assistant professor, Teacher Education;
  • Dr. Michael McCormick, assistant professor, Psychology;
  • Dr. Coralis Solomon, assistant professor, Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training;
  • Donna Tharp, lecturer, Teacher Education;
  • Dr. April Upshaw, assistant professor, Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training;
  • Dr. Seungyoun Ward, assistant professor, Teacher Education; and,
  • Dr. Sharon Weaver, assistant professor, Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training.

New faculty members, their rank and their department within the College of Health and Human Services are:

  • Dr. Christopher Atwater, assistant professor, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management;
  • Karri Booth, lecturer, BSN;
  • Dr. Lenetra Jefferson, assistant professor, MSN;
  • Dr. Latonda Paymon, assistant professor, MSN;
  • Dr. Felicia Renales, assistant professor, MSN;
  • Nicole Sellars, assistant professor, Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management;
  • Dr. Brandy Simpler, assistant professor, BSN;
  • Kari Wood, lecturer, BSN; and,
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wyckoff, assistant professor, BSN.