Dec 03, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

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Contact information for faculty members can be found on the UT Permian Basin directory https://www.utpb.edu/directory/index
 

Harold Abrams, Associate Professor of Public Administration.
BA, Colgate University; MS, University of New York at Stony Brook, PhD(1991), New York University.

Perla Abrego, Associate Professor of Spanish.
BA Escuela Normal Superior (Mexico); MA Universidad de Antiquia (Columbia); PhD (2011), Vanderbilt University.

Alissa R. Adams, Assistant Professor of Art History.
BA, University of Deleware; MA, PhD (2018) Univeristy of Iowa.
 
Wael Al-Sawai, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
BS, Yarmouk University; MS, Middle East Technical University, MS Worcester Polytechnic Institute; PhD (2011), Northeastern University, PhD (2018) Univeristy of South Florida.

Cynthia Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education.
BSEd, Texas State University; MEd, University of Houston-Victoria; PhD (2020), St. Mary’s University. 

Sophia Andres, Professor of English and Fellow in the Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professorship in Humanities.
BA, MA, San Jose State University, California; PhD (1985), University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
Jason Arzola, Lecturer of Mathematics.
BS, Old Dominion University, MA, University of Texas Permian Basin.

Ethel Arzu, Assistant Professor of Education.
BS, University of Belize; MEd, EdD (2013), University of North Florida.

J.C. Ausmus Assistant Professor of Education.
BA, University of Kentucky; MA, MS, Ball State University; PhD (2022), Auburn University.

Maria Avalos, Associate Professor of Education
BA, Southwestern University; MEd, Texas State University; PhD, University of Texas at Austin.

Theppawut I. Ayudhya, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
PhD (2019), University of South Carolina.

Rebecca Day Babcock, Professor of English and William and Ordelle Watts Professor.
BA, MA, University of Massachusetts at Boston; PhD (2005), Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Badgett, Associate Professor of Education
BA, Pepperdine University; MS, EdD (2011), University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Katelin Barron, Lecturer in Management
BBA, MBA, Univeristy of Texas Permian Basin, DBA (2022), LIberty University
 
Omar A. Beg, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
PhD (2017), University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Melaku Bogali, Senior Lecturer of Physics.
MS, New Mexico State University; PhD (2013), University of Texas El Paso .

Robyn Braun, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology.
BS, University of Florida, MS, Barry University, PhD (2013) Florida State University.

Marsha Bridges, Lecturer of Education.
BS, University of Tulsa; MA (2009), University of Texas Permian Basin.

Scott A. Carson, Professor of Economics.
BS, MS, Brigham Young University; PhD (1998) University of Utah.

Derek Catsam, Professor of History and Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Fellow in the Humanities,
BA, Williams College; MA, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; PhD (2003) Ohio University.

Wei-Ju Chen, Assistant Professor of Psychology.
BS, MA, San Jose State University; PhD (2017) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 
Sarah Cho, Assistant Professor of Communication
BA, Hankuk University; MA Sogang Univerisity, MA, SUNNY - Albany; PhD (2020) University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

Tiffany Collier, Lecturer of Psychology.
BA, Sul Ross State University; MA (2006) University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

R. Wayne Counts, Associate Professor of Accountancy.
BBA, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin; MS, PhD (2004), Texas Tech University.

Jeremy Cox, Assistant Professor of Communication.
BA, University of Texas Permian Basin, MA, Texas State University; PhD (2017) Pennsylvania State University.
 
Mei-Zhen Cui, Professor of Vascular Biology.
BS, MS, Jilin Univeristy (China); PhD (1990), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan).
 

Larry G. Daniel, Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Education.

BA, Southeastern University; MEd, PhD (1989), University of New Orleans.

Sharon Vasser Darling, Assistant Professor of Education.
BS, Grand Canyon University; MA, University of Colorado-Colorado Spring; PhD (2017), Northcentral University.

Amin Davoodi, Assistant Professor of Education.
BA, MA, Razi University; PhD (2021), Texas A&M University.

Fesfaye Degefa, Lecturer of Chemisry and General Chemistry Lab Coordinator.
BS, MS, Addis Abab University (Ethiopia); PhD (2005), University of Osnabrueck (Germany).
 
Alanna Dennison, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Clinical Education Coordinator.
BS, Missouri State University, MEd, Central Methodist University.
 
Nin N. Dingra, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
BS, Georgia Southern University at Armstrong; PhD (2010) Univeristy of South Carolina.
 
Chao Dong, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
BS, Fuyang Normal University, MS, University of Science and Technology of China; PhD (2015), Univeristy of New Mexico.

Jean Eaton, Instructor of Nursing.
BA, Abilene Christian University; MSN (2013) Grand Canyon University.

James Eldridge, Professor of Kinesiology.
BA, Texas Lutheran College; MA, Southwest Texas State University; EdD (1996), University of Houston.

Craig Emmert, Associate Professor of Political Science.
BS, Oklahoma State University; MA, Purdue University; PhD (1989), Florida State University.

Tomas Espinosa, Assistant Professor of Education.
BS, MEd, University of Texas-El Paso; PhD (2019), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Frank Eychaner, Associate Professor of Music.
DMA (2009) University of Kentucky – Lexington.

Paul Feit, Professor of Mathematics.
BS, Harvard University; PhD (1985), Princeton University.

Marlon L. Fick, Associate Professor of English.
BA, The Univeristy of Kansas, MA, New York University; PhD (1992) The Univeristy of Kansas

Stephanie Fife, Lecturer of Psychology.
BA, MA (2009), The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Sherron Franks-Meeks, Instructor of Nursing.
BSN, University of Texas Arlington, BA, MPA-Leadership, University of Texas Permian Basin.

Adriana Frates, Assistant Professor of Education.
BA, American Public University; MEd, PhD (2022), Northern Arizona University.

Michael Frawley, Associate Professor of History and Dean of Student Success.
BA, Penn State Erie; MA, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; PhD (2014) Louisiana State University.

Lili Gai, Associate Professor of Marketing
BA, MA Heilongjiang University, M.Ed Univeristy of Windsor, PhD(2014) University of North Texas

Aldo Garcia, Lecturer of Chemistry.
MS in Analytical Chemistry (2013), Texas Tech University

John Garza, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.
BS, University of Texas at Austin; PhD (2008), University of Texas at Austin.

Minerva Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
BSN, Texas Tech University Health Science Center; MSN, Angleo State University; DNP, Chamberlain College of Nursing (2016).

Alper Gormus, Assistant Professor of Finance, Department Chair Accounting, Finance, and Economics
BA, MS Texas Tech University; PhD (2012) The University of Texas at Arlington
 
Paula Gutierrez, Lecturer of Biology
MS Univerity of Texas Permian Basin (2012).

Joanna Hadjicostandi, Associate Professor of Sociology.
BA, Thames Polytechnic, England; MA, PhD (1987) Northeastern University.

Paul J. Haensly, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Finance, And Chair of Undergraduate Studies.
BS, Texas A & M University; MA, The University of Texas at Austin; PhD (1994), University of North Texas.

Brian A. Hagler, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
BS, PhD (1997), University of Colorado.

Kristi Ham, Lecturer of Education and UTeach Master Teacher.
BS, Columbia College; Med (2012) University of Texas at Arlington.

Gregory Hammon, Lecturer in Criminology.
BA, University of Texas of the Permian Basin; MA (1991) Sul Ross University. 

Rachel Martin Harlow, Professor of Communication.
BA, Trinity University; MA, Texas A&M University; PhD (2005), Texas Tech University.

William F. Harlow; Professor of Communication.
BA, Angelo State University; MA, University of Texas El Paso; PhD (2002) Texas A&M University.

Michelle Harmon, Lecturer of Management
BS, The Univeristy of Texas, MEd, The University of St. Thomas, MBA, The University of Texas Permian Basin, EdD (2000), The University of Houston
 
Katherine Harrell, Senior Lecturer of Business Law
BS, MCNeese State University, JD (2007), South Texas College of Law Houston
 
Nancy Hart, Professor of Art.
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA(1983), Cranbrook Academy of Art.
 
David Hembry, Assistant Professor of Biology.
Ph.D. Univeristy of California, Berkley (2012)

Douglas P. Henderson, Professor of Biology.
BA, Fairmont State College, W. VA; PhD (1993), The University of Texas at Austin.

Miles Henderson, Assistant Professor of Geology.
BS, University of Georgia, MS and PhD (2017), University of Tennessee.
 
Joonghyeok Heo, Assistant Professor of Geology.
BS, Changnam University; MS, Seoul National University; PhD (2013), Texas A&M University.

Christopher Hiatt, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
BS, University of Idaho; MA, PhD (2007), University of Southern California.

Imane Hijal-Moghrabi, Assistant Professor of Public Administration.
PhD (2015), University of Texas at Dallas.

Narita Holmes, Lecturer of Accounting
BBA, The University of Texas at Austin; MBA (1998) The University of Texas Permian Basin
 
Jose Huerta, Assistant Professor of Management
BS, Park University; MS, Troy University; PhD (2021) The University of North Texas
 
Jamie Hughes, Professor of Psychology.
BS, Michigan State University, MS, Illinois State University, PhD (2010), New Mexico State University.

Roy Hurst, Professor of Education and Associate Dean of the College of Education.
BA, Whitman College, MS, Eastern Oregon State College; PhD (1994), University of Southern Mississippi.

Haidee Jackson, Assistant Professor of Education.

BA, St. Edwards University; MEd, Texas State University; PhD (2022), University of Kansas.

Mohsin M. Jamali, Professor of Electrical Engineering
PhD (1984), University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada
 
Terra James, Lecturer of Communication
BA, BS, MA, Auburn University

Dian Jordan-Werhane, Senior Lecturer of Sociology.
MHR, University of Oklahoma, PhD (2014), Texas Woman’s University.

Debra Karhson, Assistant Professor of Psychology.
BS, Drexel University; PhD (2014) Tulane University

Dan Keast,Professor of Music.
BM, Morningside College; MEd, PhD (2004), University of Missouri-Columbia.

Richard G. Kiekbusch, Associate Professor of Criminology.
BA, MA, PhD (1973), University of Notre Dame.

Mario Kiran, Associate Professor of Art.
BFA, Ken School of the Arts; MFA, University of South Dakota.

Gae E. Kovalick, Associate Professor of Biology.
BA, Wittenberg University; PhD (1984), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Jasmine Tambunga Knorr, Lecturer in Communication
BA, UT Permian Basin; MA Texas Tech University. 

Shelly Landreth, Assistant Professor of Education.
BA, MLS, EdD (2018), Sam Houston State University.

Haesun Lee, Professor of Computer Science.
BA, MA, Ewha Women University, Korea; MS, PhD (1997), Illinois Institute of Technology.

Ilhyun Lee, Professor of Computer Science.
BA, University of Minnesota; MS, PhD (1996), Illinois Institute of Technology.

Edna Lewin, Associate Professor of Nursing.
BSN, University of Texas Medical Branch, MSN, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch, (2017). 
 
Stuart Macdonald, Senior Lecturer of Buisness Law
BA, The University of Texas at Dallas; JD (1989) Oklahoma City University; PhD (2000) The Univeristy of Texas at Dallas; LLM (2007) George Mason University

Priyoo Manakote, Lecturer of Marketing.
MS, University of Illinois; MBA, University of Calicut; ABD, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Ana Martinez-Catsam, Associate Professor of History.
BA, Texas A&M University; MA St. Mary’s University; PhD (2003), Texas Tech University.

Cassandra McDorman, Instructor of Nursing.
BSN, University of Phoenix; MSN (2010), Western Governor’s University.

Ariel McField, Assistant Professor of Psychology.
BA, University of Central Arkansas; MSW, University of Arkansas Little Rock; PhD (2021) Prairie View A&M Unviersity
 
Scott Millichamp, Lecturer of Music.
BM and MM, Indiana University; MA, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Milka Montes, Associate Professor of Chemistry.
BS, PhD (2010), University of Texas El Paso.

Clark Moreland, Lecturer of English.
BA, MA (2010), University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Jose Moreno, Assistant Professor of Spanish.
BA, University of Chihuahua; MA, University of Texas El Paso; PhD (2010), University of Kansas.

Jesica Naiman, Instructor of Nursing.
BSN, Nova Southeastern University; MSN (2016), University of Wyoming.

Dongfang Nie, Assistant Professor of Accounting
BBA, MS, MA, MAcc, The Unviersity of Hawaii at Manoa; PhD (2019) The University of North Texas
 
A.M. Nunley III, Lecturer of Management.
BBA, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin; MBA, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin; JD, St. Mary’s University ; LLM (1985), Southern Methodist University.

Athenia L. Oldham, Associate Professor of Biology.
PhD (2010) University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

James N. Olson, Professor of Psychology and V. Ray Cardozier Endowed Professor.
BA, University of California-Santa Barbara; MA, PhD (1974), University of California-Los Angeles.

Wendy Padilla, Lecturer in Mathematics.
BS, University of Texas of the Permian Basin; MS, Texas Tech University.

Maureen F. Page, Lecturer of English.
BA, MA (2004), University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

K. Prakash Pai, Assistant Professor of Finance.
BC, MC, Bangalore University; MBA, MS, PhD (2004), Kent State University.

Jennifer Paxton, Senior Lecturer in History.
BA, Abilene Christian Unviersity; MA and PhD (2015) Texas Tech University.
 
Ryan Peckham, Assistant Professor of Management
BS, Texas A&M University; MBA, The University of Texas at Dallas; DBA (2018) The Universityy of Liverpool
 
Samanthat L. Perales Lecturer in Social Work.
BSW, University of Texas Permian Basin, MSW Univerisity of Texas Arlington.

Irene H. Perry, Lecturer of Biology.
BA, MS (1994) Texas A&M University.

Robert L. Perry, Associate Professor of Political Science. Director of Honors Program.
BA, Texas A & M University; PhD (1995), Texas A & M University.

Carol Piper, Lecturer in Psychology.
BA, Univeristy of Texas Permian Basin; MA, University of Texas Permian Basin.

William H. Price, Assistant Professor of Management.
BBA, Eastern New Mexico University; MS, Gonzaga University; DBA (2001) Nova Southeastern University.

Jiajia Qu, Professor of Management in Business Analytics
BS, Zhejiang University; MS, PhD (2022), The University of Buffalo

Suzanne Rathbun, Lecturer of Psychology.
BS, University of Colorado; MA (1991), University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Todd Richardson, Professor of English.
BA, College of Wooster; MA, University of Delaware; PhD (2002), University of South Carolina.

R. Nicole Rogeau-Vanderford, Senior Lecturer in English.
BA, MA, University of Louisiana; PhD, Louisiana State University.

Kara Rosenblatt, Associate Professor of Education,
BS, MS Florida State University; PhD (2009) University of Central Florida.

Diana Ruiz, Assistant Professor of Nursing
BSN, MSN, DNP, Texas Tech Health Science Center, (2013).

Myra Salcedo, Senior Lecturer of English.
BA, MA University of Texas of the Permian Basin; PhD, University of Texas Arlington.

Yolanda Salgado, Associate Professor of Education.
BS, Arizona State University; M.A, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin; PhD (2008), New Mexico State University.

Cesar Sanchez, Lecturer in Mathematics
BS, BA Univeristy of Texas Permian Basin, MA, Texas Tech University.

Anshu Saran, Professor and Coordinator of Marketing.
BA, University of Allahabad India; MBA, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines; PhD, The University of Texas –Pan American.

Jonghee Shim, Assistant Professor of Education.
BA, Seoul Women’s University; MEd, University of Illinois-Urbana; PhD (2007), University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Pinyarat Sirisomboonsuk, Assistant Professor of Management
BE, Chulalongkorn University; MBA, Oregon State University; PhD (2015) Texas Tech University

David Sparks, Assistant Professor of Education.
BS, Texas A&M University; MS, Texas A&M University-Texarkana; EdD (2013), Texas A&M University-Commerce.

R. Douglas Spence, Associate Professor of Biology.
BS, Houston Baptist University; MS, PhD (1986), Texas A&M University.

Lorraine T. Spickermann, Lecturer of Education.
BA, MA (1986) University of California at Berkeley.

Roland Spickermann, Associate Professor of History.
BA, University of California at Berkeley; MA, PhD (1994), University of Michigan.

Christopher Stanley, Associate Professor of Art
BSE/BFA, University of Kansas; MFA (1991), Washington State University.

Joe Stauffer, Associate Professor of Management
BB, MBA Western Illinois University; Ma, University of Iowa; PhD, University of Oklahoma.

Sheena B. Stief, Lecturer in English.
BA, MA, University of Texas Permian Basin
 
Carol Sullivan, Associate Professor of Accounting
BBA, MS, PhD (1992) Texas A&M University

Jennier Swendsen, Instructor of Nursing.
MSN (2010) Walden University.

Robert Trentham, Research Professor of Geology.
BS, MA, City College of New York; DGS (1981) The University of Texas at El Paso.

Rod Uzat, Assistant Professor of Education.
BEd, University of Manitoba, Canada; MEd, PhD (1999), University of Southern Mississippi.

Nima Vafai, Assistant Professor of Finance
BS, K.N. Toosi Univeristy of Technology; MS, University College of Nabi Akarm; MA, The University of Akron; PhD (2021) The University of Texas at Arlington
 
Marcos Velasquez, Assistant Professor of Finance
BA, MBA, The University of Florida; PhD (2022) Florida International University

Sumit Verma, Associate Professor of Geology.
BS, University of Allahabad, India; MS, Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad, India; PhD (2015), University of Oklahoma.

Vladan Vuckovic, Lecturer of Computer Science
BS, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin; MS (2012), The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Linda Gail Ward, Senior Lecturer in Communication.
BA,MA, Texas State University; PhD, University of North Texas.

Mark Wildermuth, Professor of English and Fellow in the Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Professorship in Humanities.
BA, MA, George Mason University; PhD (1991), University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tara Wilson, Assistant Professor of Education.
BS, MEd, EdD (2015) Sam Houston State University.

Michelle Womack, Instructor in Nursing
BSN, Texas Tech Health Science Center, MSN, University of Phoenix (2003
 
Heng Xie, Assistant Professor of Management
BS, Huazhong University of Science and Technology; MS, The University of Texas at Dallas; PhD (2020) The University of North Texas
 
Chumbao Xu, Assistant Professor of Accounting
BS, Xiamen University; MS, The University of Alaska; MS The University of Florida; PhD (2020) Texas Tech University
 
Xuemin Xu, Professor of Biology.
BS, Jilin University; MS and PhD (1989), Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Eric Yeager, Director of Education Field Experiences and Clinical Practice.

BS, MS, EdD (2005), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Douglas Young, Senior Lecturer of Physics.
PhD (1998), Texas Tech University.

Quan Yuan, Associate Professor of Computer Science.
PhD (2009), Florida Atlantic University.

Mortaza Zare, Assistant Professor of Management
MBA, PhD (2017), New Mexico State University

Michael Zavada, Professor of Biology/Geosciences
BS, MS Arizona State University; PhD (1982) The University of Connecticut.

Jingbo Zhang, Assistant Professor of Marketing
BA, Inner Mongolia Normal University; MS, Beijing University; MA, PhD (2020) Teh University of Arkansas

Xinyun Zhu, Professor of Mathematics
BS, Northwest Normal University; MS, Shanxi Normal University; PhD (2005) Oklahoma State University.

Sebahattin Ziyanak, Associate Professor of Sociology.
BS, Mimar Sinan University, Turkey; MA, University of Houston; PhD (2013), University of North Texas.

Mohammed K. Zobaa, Assistant Professor of Geosciences.
BS, MS, Benha University, Egypt; PhD (2011), Missouri University of Science and Technology.

 


Donald M. Allen, Biology Emeritus, 1977- 2020
Thomas Dynneson, Education, Emeritus, 1973-1995
Doug Hale, Mathematics, Emeritus, 1973-2015
Lois Hale, Kinesiology, Emeritus, 1974-2015
Paul Hodges, Economics Emeritus, 1972-2018
Patricio T. Jaramillo, Education, Emeritus, 1974-2005
Edwin Kurtz, Life Science, Emeritus, 1972-1989
Stanley Marcus, Art, Emeritus, 1973-1992
James A. Nickel, Mathematics and Computer Science, Emeritus, 1972-1993
Pamela Price, Art, Emeritus, 1993-2009
Robert Colbert Rhodes, Sociology, Emeritus, 1975-2002
Michael Robinson, Chemistry, Emeritus, 1976-2014
Frank N. Samponaro, History, Emeritus, 1974-1999.
William Watts, Business, Emeritus, 1976-1994.