News Release

Dalton State Welcomes New Faculty

August 11, 2014

New Faculty 2014
Pictured are new members of faculty at Dalton State College. Front row from left, Cindy Davis and Azucena Rodriguez-Becerra; second row from left, Lee Ann Williams, Elizabeth Lucht and Andrea Ridings; third row from left, Tracy Smith, Aisha Meeks and Tami Tomasello; fourth row from left, Hussein Mohamed, Omar Villanueva and David Vazquez; back row from left, Nicholas Gewecke, John Asplund, Brian Hibbs and David Williams. Not pictured is Melanie McCarley.

Dalton State welcomes 16 new faculty members to campus, according to Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“We are very happy to welcome our new faculty to Dalton State,” Stone said. “Our new hires are a mix of new graduates as well as experienced faculty, coming to us from a variety of institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Tennessee, close to home in Georgia, and as far away as Puerto Rico. Although quite a diverse group, they all share with us a commitment to quality teaching and making a positive difference in the lives of our students. In fact, some have chosen Dalton State over other opportunities because they say they believe our focus on teaching will allow them to make more of an impact here. We welcome their new ideas and perspectives, and we are proud to have these talented faculty join our campus community.”

In the School of Business, three join the faculty, Aisha G. Meeks, Dr. Tracy L. Smith, and Dr. David Williams.

Meeks, an Assistant Professor of Accounting, comes to Dalton from Alabama State University where she was an assistant professor. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from Jackson State University where she was a graduate assistant. She is currently working on a doctorate degree from Jackson State.

Having earned a doctorate degree from the University of Alabama, Dr. Smith was a Temporary Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University before coming to Dalton as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting.

Dr. Williams received his doctorate of business administration from Kennesaw State University and was previously a Visiting Instructor at Berry College. He is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Dalton State.

Joining the School of Education as an Assistant Professor of Education is Dr. David Vazquez. Dr. Vazquez received a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University and was previously the English Test Developer Manager of the College Board Puerto Rico and Latin America. He taught as a part-time Instructor at the University of Puerto Rico.

Lee Ann Williams joins the School of Health Professions as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. Williams has a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and was previously an Instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She has worked as a nurse at both Parkridge and Hutcheson medical centers.

Also, new to the School of Health Professions is Andrea Ridings, a Lecturer in Practical Nursing with a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Pheonix. Ridings has several years experience as a nurse, having worked at Shaw Industries and Memorial Hospital.

Cindy Davis, who holds a bachelor of science from Georgia Regents University, joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy. Previously, Davis worked as the Coordinator of Respiratory, Neurodiagnostics, and Sleep and the Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Gordon Hospital.

Melanie McCarley also joins the School of Health Professions as a Nursing Simulation Coordinator and Campus Lab Assistant. McCarley holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of West Georgia and was previously a part-time Clinical Instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. She has several years experience as a Registered Nurse also.

Azucena Rodriguez-Becerra, joins the School of Health Professions as an Instructor in Social Work. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Kennesaw State University and worked for several years with Family and Children First.

The School of Liberal Arts welcomes two new faculty members, Dr. Brian G. Hibbs, an Assistant Professor of Spanish, and Dr. Tami K. Tomasello, an Assistant Professor of Communication. Dr. Hibbs received his doctorate from the University of Arizona, where he was a Graduate Associate in teaching. Dr. Tomasello received her doctorate degree from Florida State University. She was an instructor at the University of Florida before coming to Dalton State.

Several join the School of Science, Technology and Mathematics.

Dr. John S. Asplund, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, earned his doctorate degree from Auburn University where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Dr. Nicholas R. Gewecke, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He previously worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Delaware.

Elizabeth D. Lucht joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Lucht, who is working on her doctorate degree from the University of Georgia, worked as a Graduate Teaching and Lab Assistant and a Lecturer at the University of Georgia. Dr. Hussein H. Mohamed, an Associate Professor of Biology, received his doctorate from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. Previously he was a part-time faculty member at the University of Tampa.

Omar Villanueva, an Assistant Professor in Chemistry, holds a bachelor’s in science from the University of Georgia. He is pursuing his doctorate degree from Emory University, where he was an Instructor.

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