Northwestern welcomes 11 new faculty members

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Northwestern welcomes 11 new faculty members

2011-2012 New Faculty
Orientation sessions are held each year for new faculty to welcome them to Northwestern Oklahoma State University and to help them with their transition to working on campus. Eleven new faculty members began the 2011-2012 academic year Monday with nine attending the orientation. New faculty include (back row, from left) Dr. Bo Hannaford, Brandice Guerra, Dr. Amy Hall, Stephanie Shaw; (front row) Dr. Irene Messoloras, Dr. Wei Zhou, Dr. Sarah Chan, Sheila Blalock and Dr. Kathryn Lane. Dr. Sherril Stone and Ronnie Williams are not pictured.  

August 16, 2011 

Northwestern Oklahoma State University welcomes 11 new faculty members to campus to begin the 2011-2012 school year. Five new faculty members have been hired in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining six will work for the School of Professional Studies.

Short biographies of each faculty member from the School of Arts and Sciences are listed below:

Dr. Sarah Chan, assistant professor of music, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University (Maryland), and a doctorate in piano performance and literature from the University of Rochester (N.Y.). She has teaching experience at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in New York, the L’Institut de Culture Musicale in Paris and at the University of Rochester. She is fluent in English, French and Chinese.

Brandice Guerra, assistant professor of art, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Illinois. She has previous teaching experience at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois. She also has owned her own design and illustration business since 2006.

Dr. Amy Hall, assistant professor of English, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount Union College (Ohio), a Master of Arts degree in composition and rhetoric from the University of Akron (Ohio), and a doctorate in medieval literature from Florida State University. Dr. Hall has previously taught at Oklahoma State University, Florida State University and the University of Akron.

Dr. Kathryn Lane, assistant professor of English, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts studies from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Master of Arts and doctoral degree in English from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She has previous teaching experience at Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Hammond, La.

Dr. Irene Messoloras, assistant professor of music and chair of the Department of Fine Arts, has a Bachelor of Music degree in choral music education and conducting from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting and doctorate of musical arts from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her professional work experience includes faculty positions at Gonzaga University, where she was Director of Choral Activities and head of the Voice Department, the University of California at Los Angeles and Santa Monica Community College. She also served as the assistant conductor for the Angeles Chorale in Los Angeles.

Short biographies of each faculty member from the School of Professional Studies are listed below:

Sheila Blalock, instructor of nursing, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Southern Nazarene University and a Master of Science degree in nursing education from Oklahoma Baptist University. She has professional and teaching experience at Oklahoma Baptist University and Integris Southwest Medical Center.

Dr. Derek “Bo” Hannaford, assistant professor of education and chair of the Division of Education, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science and a Master of Education degree from Northwestern, and completed his doctorate in administration leadership for teacher learning from Walden University (Minn.). He previously served as a teacher and administrator at Ponca City High School and as an instructor and coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Stephanie Shaw, instructor of health and sports science education and head women’s basketball coach, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Wayland Baptist University (Texas) and a Master of Education degree in sports administration from East Central University. Shaw previously served as an assistant basketball coach at Oklahoma City University and Wayland Baptist University.

Dr. Sherril Stone, associate professor of psychology, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Arts degree in experimental psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also holds a Master of Science degree and a doctorate of philosophy in experimental psychology from Oklahoma State University. Her previous work experience includes positions at the University of Maryland’s University College, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

Ronnie Williams, instructor of health and sports science education and assistant football coach, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Mount Senario College (Wisc.), and a Master of Science degree in physical education from Winona State University (Minn.). He has professional teaching and coaching experience at Minnesota State Community and Technical College and at numerous high schools in Arizona and Nevada.

Dr. Wei Zhou, assistant professor of economics, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agri-economics and management from China Agricultural University. She later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in food and resource economics, a Master of Science degree in finance, and a doctorate in food and resource economics, all from the University of Florida. Her professional work experience includes teaching positions at Daytona State College (Fla.) and at the University of Florida. She also was employed as a programmer and system manager for the Bank of China.

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