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New Faculty 2014

Welcome to our new faculty!

 Lidice Aleman will be teaching Spanish at Truman.  She is originally from Cuba, and has a B.S. in computer engineering from Kiev International University, a master’s degree in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures with a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University.  Lidice has eight years of teaching experience and has taught all levels of Spanish language and cultures and has coordinated beginning Spanish courses. Her professional goal is to continue contributing to studies of race, gender, and sexuality as political categories, expanding them to other literatures of the Caribbean as well as Brazil.  She is also interested in working with poetic images related to these categories and their depiction in films and theater.
 Jason Anderson will be teaching Military Science at Truman.  He comes to Truman from Fort Leonard Wood, MO where he was the Chief of the Technical Training Department at the United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School.  He is a Distinguished Military Graduate hailing from Eastern Illinois University.  Commissioned through Army ROTC as a Chemical Officer in 1997, he previously served on Active Duty beginning in 1990.  He has earned a B.A. in sociology and two master’s degrees: one in Information Management  from Syracuse and one in Government Strategic Leadership from the National Defense University.  Major Anderson is married to the former Theresa Veglia of Northbrook, IL.  They have two children and reside in West Lafayette, IN. 

 Dilli Bhatta has joined the Statistics department, and has research interests in Bayesian statistics, survey sampling, and categorical data analysis.  He has two master’s degrees: one in mathematics from Western Illinois University and one in statistics from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.  He has a Ph.D. in statistics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and has previously worked there as an adjunct faculty.  He is from Nepal and came to the United States in 2005.  Dilli is married and has two lovely daughters.  He enjoys reading books, spending time with his family, swimming, cooking, and practicing yoga. 

 Kate Breitenbach has joined the Nursing Department at Truman.  She did her undergraduate work at Luther College and has a master's degree from the University of Illinois.  Since then, she has been working as a nurse practitioner at the University of Chicago medical center in the leukemia program where she assisted in creating and implementing an adolescent and young adult oncology clinic.  She is originally from Rochester, MN and is married to Michael, who is currently attending medical school at ATSU.  Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, running, hiking, biking, and travel. 

 Jose C. Carreno Medina teaches Spanish and Mexican and Latin American Literature. He has a B.A. from Universidad Internacional and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 
 Jeanie Casady has joined the Communications department and will teach Public Speaking.   She has B.S.E and M.A. degrees from Truman in speech, theatre, and English education and an Ed. Spec. degree in Education Administration and Secondary Principalship. She previously served as the Associate Director of Upward Bound at Truman and as adjunct faculty at MACC and Indian Hills Community College.  She has also worked as a secondary school teacher and administrator and has been a member of the Repertory Theatre Company for 10 professional seasons.  Jeanie has spent most of her career advocating higher education for students from low-income, first generation educational backgrounds.  She enjoys baseball (Cardinals and Royals), house remodeling, contemplation and reflection in nature, and musical theatre and performance. 

 Jocelyn Cullity has joined the BFA program in Creative Writing in the Department of English and Linguistics at Truman.  She has a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing) from Florida State University. Her award-winning film, "Going to the Sea" aired on television in Canada and her short stories have won a Storysouth Award, Pushcart nomination, and have been published most recently in the anthololgy, Everywhere Stories. She has taught creative writing and literature in China and Canada as well as at Trinity College in CT and in Goddard College’s B.F.A. program in VT.  

 Ujjaini Das will be teaching geography at Truman.  She graduated with master’s and Ph.D. degrees in geography from the University of Georgia.  Previously, she completed a Master’s of Philosophy from the University of Delhi in India.  Prior to moving to Delhi, she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography from the University of Calcutta. 

 Joshua DeLeeuw will be teaching business law at Truman.  He majored in psychology at the University of Wyoming and attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  He also has an L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver.  He is from Caspar, Wyoming and is licensed to practice in both Colorado and Missouri.  He enjoys music, sports, and spending time with his family. 

 Meg Edwards has joined the Department of Political Science at Truman.  She has a B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.A. from the University of New Mexico.  She has completed field work in Ecuador and Argentina, investigating presidential failure for her dissertation.  She has taught political science at Truman for the past two years.  She and her husband Logan live with 2 dogs and a cat.  She loves reading, traveling, and knitting. 

 Yuna Ferguson will be teaching psychology at Truman.  She has a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and previously held visiting positions at Knox College and Penn State Shenango.  She is married to Chris Ferguson and grew up in South Korea and Anchorage, AK before moving to the Midwest for college.  She likes playing strategy board games with friends and family and spending time with her nieces and nephew along with jogging, yoga, Zumba, and cooking.  She also loves to watch PBS. 

 Itir Gunes is teaching philosophy at Truman.  She has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is originally from Turkey.  She has lived in Canada, Germany, and Turkey as well as the U.S.  Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, tennis, literature, music, traveling, and learning languages. 

 Jeanne Harding will be joining the Education department as an instructor and as the Director of Field Experience.  She has a B.S. in English and and MAE from Truman.  She has been in the public school system for 21 years as a teacher and an administrator.  She is married, has three children, and lives in Greentop, MO.  She enjoys cooking, church, and spending time with her family. 
 Stacey Kaden has joined the Accounting faculty.  She has a B. S. and Master of Accountancy from Truman and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas.  She spent 5 years at BKD working in the tax department.  Stacey is from Lancaster, MO and has been married for 12 years.  She has two sons, ages 6 years and 1 year.  She enjoys floating, camping, being outside, and traveling with her family. 

 Christopher Kelley has joined the faculty in sociological social psychology with a specialization in leadership and complex organizations.  He has a B.A. in political science from Miami University of Ohio, B.A. degrees from the University of Akron in English and literature and in sociology, a M.A. from the University of Iowa with a thesis titled “Age-Status”, and a Ph.D. from Iowa with a thesis title of “Identities Power in Important Leadership Decisions”.   He has also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and as a product manager for the Pacific Lumber Company.  He is originally from Hudson, Ohio. 
 Ben Lewis has been teaching computer science at Truman since January 2014.  He has a B.A. from Cornell College in biochemistry and computer science and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in bioinformatics. He is from Mount Vernon, IA and is interested in open source projects, programming, and playing the piano. 

 Christopher Outzen has joined the faculty in Communication Studies and will be working as an instructor and as the Director of Individual Events.  He attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a B.A. in General Communication, and has an M.F.A. in Forensics from Minnesota State University-Mankato.  He is originally from Clinton, IA.  Christopher enjoys reading, creative writing, musical theatre, and running, and is catching up on all the movies he couldn’t watch during graduate school. 

 Carmen Perez-Munoz will be teaching Spanish at Truman.  She has a degree from the Universidad de Sevilla and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill. She met her husband Anderson while at UNC, and they were married in 2012.  She visits her family in Spain twice per year.  Outside of work, Carmen enjoys watching shows on the Food Network, cooking, reading, watching movies, and astronomy. 

 David Price has joined the Communication Department with a specialty in Organizational Rhetoric.  He has a B.A. in Speech Comm. , a B. A. in Journalism/Public Relations, and an M.A. in Speech Comm. from Idaho State and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah. He has 27 years of teaching experience, including time at Iowa Wesleyan College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Doane College.  He is originally from Pocatello, Idaho and has been married for 34 years, with three grown children and four grandchildren.  His interests outside of work are in family history and genealogy, railroading, music, and forensics. 

 Stephanie Russell will be teaching Medieval History at Truman.  She has an M.A. from the University of Kansas and is currently ABD.  She taught at KU as an instructor from 2008-2013.  She is from Green Bay, WI and attended Truman as an undergraduate.  She is thrilled to be back!  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her dog and will be very glad when her dissertation is complete. 
 Brandy Schneider has joined the Health and Exercise Science department as the Program Director for Athletic Training.  She has a B.S. from Truman, an M.S. in athletic training from the University of Arkansas, and an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.  She has previously worked at Graceland University, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Quincy University.  She is originally from Brashear, MO and is married to Heath Schneider.  Outside of work, Brandy enjoys reading, watching sports (especially Cardinals baseball), spending time with family and friends, and watching her husband coach. 

 John Seiffertt will be teaching computer science at Truman.  He has previously taught at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has also worked as an economist at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank and as a pension actuary.  He grew up in St. Louis and has moved to Kirksville with his wife and two young sons. 

 Astha Sen has joined the economics department and has interests in Public Finance, Experimental Economics, and Development Economics.  She has an M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and has pursued her Ph.D. at Georgia State University.  She is originally from India and met her husband in Chicago, though they are both originally from Jaipur, India.  Her husband, Nikhil, is a finance consultant at HP, and they have a dog named Chikku.  Astha enjoys nature and loves to paint and use watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, and crayons.  She is also fond of Indian classical dance and loves to travel and explore new places. 

 Scott Templeton will be teaching Legal Environment for Business.  He has a B.B.A. in accounting from Iowa State and a J.D. from the University of Missouri.  Scott grew up in Grinnell, IA and moved to Kirksville in 1990.  He has practiced law for 27 years.  His interests outside of work include attending his son Brooks’s sporting events, golf, basketball, racquetball, and spending time with his daughter Callie and her Truman State friends. 

 Vanessa (Peach) Williams has joined the mathematics department at Truman. She received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in mathematics from Pittsburg State, and taught at Pittsburg State as a full time instructor last year.  She has also worked as an adjunct professor for Crowder College and NEO A&M in Miami, OK.  Vanessa grew up in Stockton, MO where she met her husband, Lorin.  She has 3 siblings and 3 beautiful nieces. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, the St. Louis Cardinals, fantasy football, crafts, Harry Potter, and Dr. Who. 

 Danielle Yakle has joined the art department and will be teaching Fibers and Sculpture.  She has a B.F.A. from Truman in Fibers and Sculpture and an M.F.A. from the University of Kansas.  She has previously worked as a lecturer in the Textile Department at KU.  Danielle is originally from a small town in west-central Illinois and has a fussy middle-aged cat.  In her spare time, she does feltmaking, teaches handspinning workshops, and likes to play board games. 

 Jared Young will be working in the communication department and in the Institute for Academic Outreach.  He received a B.A. in communication and an M.A.E. from Truman.  Jared worked in Res Life while at Truman and has worked for the last three years as an elementary school teacher at Schuyler County R-1.  He grew up on a farm, raising cattle in Bosworth, MO.  His long-term goal is to have a farm of his own.  Jared enjoys building and repairing bicycles and mountain biking.  He likes being outdoors and tinkering in the garage. 

 Cynthia Yu is teaching Principles of Marketing at Truman.  She received a B.A. in Economics from Fudan University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  She has worked as group media director in McCann Erickson Worldwide and division media manager in L’Oreal China. Cynthia grew up in Shanghai and has lived in Kansas City.  Her husband teaches Visual Communication in the art department at Truman. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking Chinese traditional food, traveling, and growing vegetables.