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Purdue North Central Welcomes New Faculty Members

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: August 31, 2015

PNCPurdue University North Central welcomes its new full-time faculty members for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. They are:

College of Science
Scott Bates – assistant professor of Biology. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Goshen College and his master’s and doctorate at Arizona State University. Most recently he served as assistant professor of Plant Pathology at University of Minnesota and Curator of Fungi at the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Julie Anna Blinder – continuing lecturer of Mathematics and Concurrent Enrollment Program liaison. Blinder holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis and a master’s degree from Chicago State University. She formerly taught mathematics at Ivy Tech Community College in Michigan City.

Marianne Curia – assistant professor of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Xavier College; a master’s degree from Governors State University and a doctorate from Capella University. She was employed as a staff nurse at the University of Chicago and was an assistant professor of Nursing at University of St. Francis College.

Lindsay Gielda – assistant professor of Biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor of Biology at PNC.

Karen Hernes – visiting assistant professor of Nursing. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Huntington University and Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from Valparaiso University, 2014. She was a clinical nursing instructor at Valparaiso University

Bir Kafle - assistant professor of Mathematics. Kafle was granted a bachelor’s degree at Tribhuvan University-Nepal; a master’s degree at Western Illinois University and doctorate at Louisiana State University. Most recently, Kafle was a visiting assistant professor of Mathematics at PNC.

Susitha Karunaratne – clinical assistant professor of Mathematics. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colombo and a master’s degree from Texas Tech University, 2004. Most recently he served as a continuing lecturer of Mathematics at PNC.

Jennifer Szabo – assistant professor of Nursing. She has her associate degree from Purdue University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Valparaiso University. She was an administrative nursing supervisor at Porter Regional Hospital and clinical assistant professor of Nursing at Indiana University Northwest.

Annette Tomory – clinical assistant professor of Health Studies and coordinator of Concurrent Enrollment. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University. Most recently she served as a continuing lecturer of Chemistry at PNC.

College of Liberal Arts
Julie Brinson – clinical assistant professor of English and Concurrent Enrollment. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from Purdue University. She was a visiting scholar instructor at the University of Kentucky prior to coming to PNC.

Kimberly Brunt – clinical assistant professor of Psychology. Brunt has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. She previously worked as a clinical psychologist at Porter Starke Services.

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly – continuing lecturer of History and Political Science and Concurrent Enrollment Program liaison. She earned a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in 1992; a master’s degree from Binghamton University and a doctorate degree from The Catholic University of America. Most recently she was assistant director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University.

Ann Macker - continuing lecturer of Psychology and Concurrent Enrollment Program liaison. Macker has a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University. She previously served as a limited-term lecturer of Social Science/Psychology at PNC and at Ivy Tech.

Robin Miller - visiting assistant professor of Social Work. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and a master’s degree from Loyola University. She was a therapist and consultant of Robin Miller and Associates.

Christopher Moore - visiting assistant professor of Sociology. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his master’s degree from the University of Iowa and his doctorate degree from the University of Georgia. Most recently he served as associate professor of Sociology at Lakeland College.

Pamela Saylor - continuing lecturer of Social Work. Saylor earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree from Indiana University. She previously was employed as a visiting assistant professor of Social Work at Valparaiso University.

College of Engineering and Technology
Yoonill Lee – assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea; a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a doctoral degree from the University of South Florida. Lee was most recently employed as a full-time senior instructor at ITT Technical Institute

Michael Ping – visiting assistant professor of Computer & Information Technology. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. He served as an associate faculty in Business/Information Technology at American National University; associate faculty in Computer Science and Informatics at Indiana University South Bend and associate faculty in Computer Information Systems at Lake Michigan College.

Wangling Yu - assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology. Yu holds a bachelor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology, a master’s degree and doctorate degree from The City University of New York. He was a visiting assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology at PNC.

College of Business
Adrian James – assistant professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. James earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree and doctorate from Texas A&M University and was an instructor for Texas A&M University at Qatar.