News Release

Dalton State Welcomes New Faculty

August 21, 2012

New Faculty
Dalton State welcomes new faculty members including, from left, Mr. Travis Hayes, Dr. Jonathan Littlefield, Mr. Alex Kumi-Yeboah, Dr. Bonnie Semora, Dr. Molly Zhou, Ms. Lynda Ridley, Dr. Kimberly Hays, Dr. Eugene Mesco, Dr. Charles Fink, and Dr. Nga Ho-Dac. Not pictured are Mr. Stephan Davenport and Ms. Natalie Johnson.

Dalton State College welcomes a dozen new faculty members to the campus, according to Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“They come to us from as close as Dalton and Chattanooga to as far away as Utah and Wisconsin,” said Dr. Stone in introducing the new faculty to the College community. “Three have international origins from China, Ghana, and Vietnam. They include new PhDs as well as experienced professors from two-year schools, comprehensive universities, and large research institutions, both public and private.

“The common threads that brought them to Dalton State were their searches for an institution where they could focus on teaching, the opportunities to spend more time with students, and the collegiality of our campus. We’re proud they’re here.”

In the School of Business, Mr. Stephan Davenport, Visiting Professor of Accounting, comes to Dalton State from the University of Alabama. His master’s degree in accounting is from North Carolina State University. Mr. Travis Hayes, who was a part-time instructor at Dalton State from 2007 to 2010, returns as a Temporary Instructor in Economics.

Dr. Nga Ho-Dac, Assistant Professor of Marketing, arrives from the University of Utah, where he completed his doctorate and served as a research and teaching assistant. Dr. Jonathan Littlefield, Assistant Professor of Marketing, received his doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Prior to joining Dalton State, Dr. Littlefield taught at Berry College.

In the School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics, Dr. Charles Fink joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Biology. With a doctorate from the University of Connecticut, he previously taught at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Dr. Kimberly Hays, Temporary Assistant Professor of Biology, earned her doctorate from Oklahoma State University, and Dr. Eugene Mesco, with a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, comes to Dalton State after 16 years at Savannah State University.

The School of Health Professions welcomes back Ms. Lynda Ridley as Assistant Professor of Nursing. She previously served as an instructor here and as Director of Clinical Education at Hamilton Medical Center.

The School of Education welcomes two Assistant Professors of Education: Mr. Alex Kumi-Yeboah joins Dalton State from the University of South Florida where he taught as a graduate assistant, and Dr. Molly Zhou joins us from Paine College. Joining the School of Liberal Arts are Ms. Natalie Johnson, previously a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, and Dr. Bonnie Semora, from the University of Georgia, who will teach in the criminal justice program.

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