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About The Presenters

2016: 30th Anniversary of TTU's
New TA Workshop


W. Brent Lindquist, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences TTU

W. Brent Lindquist, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics

In addition to his administrative role as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, W. Brent Lindquist is a mathematician who studies the movement of oil, gas, and water underground. His research has been instrumental in developing computational methods to predict the movement of these fluids over distances typical to an oil field. Lindquist's work as a researcher has played a leading role in imaging and studying the processes by which these fluids interact with one another over very short distances. These small scale interactions lie at the heart of the longer distance movement that is critical to our ability to extract these fluids from the ground. Lindquist holds professional memberships in the American Geophysical Society, the American Physical Society, InterPore, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He also is an Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University
B.Sc. (Honors) Physics, University of Manitoba
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Mark Sheridan, Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs at TTU

Mark Sheridan, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor in the Department of Biology

In the roles of Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, Mark Sheridan leads the Graduate School, supervises interdisciplinary graduate programs, and coordinates graduate and postdoctoral education with research projects and other academic activities. Sheridan is internationally recognized for his research in comparative physiology/endocrinology (regulation of growth, development, and metabolism of animals and disruption of such processes by environmental contaminants). He has received more than $26 million in grants for direct research support and research infrastructure enhancement from funding agencies including NIH, NSF, and USDA. He is editor/associate editor of four international journals and has served as a grant panelist for research agencies, including DoEd, NSF, and USDA.

Ph.D. Zoology, University of California-Berkeley
M.S. Biology, Humboldt State University
B.A. Zoology, Humboldt State University
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Rob Stewart, Senior Vice Provost, TTU

Rob Stewart, Ed.D.
Senior Vice Provost
Professor in the Department of Communication Studies

As Senior Vice Provost, Rob Stewart oversees areas in support of academic programs, faculty advancement, and policy implementation. He previously served for 11 years as an Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and three years before that as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He has published more than two-dozen research articles in the areas of instructional communication, interpersonal communication, and communication and religion, and is co-author of three textbooks, including "A Speaker's Guidebook," one of the more popular collegiate public speaking textbooks in the country. Stewart's teaching has included undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal communication, public speaking, communication theory, and communication research methods.

Ed.D. Speech Communication and Educational Psychology, West Virginia University
M.A. Speech Communication, Texas Tech University
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David Roach, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, TTU

David Roach, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of Communication Studies

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences, David Roach works closely with curriculum, program, assessment, accreditation, Coordinating Board, and core curriculum matters. He also works with Arts & Sciences Scholarships, course enrollments, course fees, catalog copy, emergency planning, and interdisciplinary programs. Roach's research interests focus on Instructional Communication. His published research includes the areas of communication apprehension, influence communication, nonverbal communication, argumentativeness, organizational communication, and leadership. He is an active member of the National Communication Association and serves on the editorial boards of several research journals. As a faculty member, Roach teaches a variety of courses ranging from undergraduate honors courses in Business and Professional Communication to graduate courses in Quantitative Research Methods.

Ed.D. Higher Education Administration & Communication Studies, Texas Tech University
M.S. Education Administration, Abilene Christian University
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Genevieve Durham DeCesaro TTU
Genevieve Durham DeCesaro, M.F.A.
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor in the School of Theatre & Dance

In addition to her administrative role as Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Genevieve Durham DeCesaro is an active researcher. She and her research partner created an evening-length concert and accompanying focus groups, presentations, and colloquia that investigate perceptions of femininity, romance, and marriage. Durham DeCesaro's choreography has been commissioned and presented nationally, and honorary presentations of her work include a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Among her many Texas Tech faculty honors are being named an Integrated Scholar (2012-2013) and receiving the President's Academic Achievement Award (2012-2013). Durham DeCesaro is the elected Regional Director of the South-Central Region of the American College Dance Association and continues to choreograph and perform professionally with Lubbock's Flatlands Dance Theatre.

M.F.A. Dance, Texas Woman's University
M.A. Dance, Texas Woman's University
B.F.A. Theatre, Southwestern University
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Courtney Meyers, TTU

Courtney Meyers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education &

As a member of the Agricultural Education & Communication faculty, Courtney Meyers teaches courses such as Communicating Agriculture to the Public, Web Design in Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Convergence in Agricultural Communications, Foundations of Agricultural Communications, Utilizing Emerging Media in Agricultural Communications, Master's Thesis, and Doctor's Dissertation. She has co-authored award-winning research papers and posters including the best research article in the Journal of Applied Communications, the Association for Communication Excellence outstanding paper, the SAAS Agricultural Communications outstanding paper, and the SAERC outstanding innovative idea poster. Meyers also is an officer in the research special interest group for the Association for Communication Excellence, and she co-sponsors the Texas Tech chapter of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

Ph.D. Agricultural Education and Communications, University of Florida
M.S. University of Arkansas
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Keith Jones, TTU

Keith Jones, Ph.D.
Director of the Experimental (Human Factors) Program
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences

Keith Jones is Director of the Experimental (Human Factors) Psychology Program in the Department of Psychological Sciences, which resides in the College of Arts & Sciences. He teaches graduate courses in Human-Computer Interaction and in Human Factors Methods. He teaches undergraduate courses in Research Methods and in Human Factors Psychology. As a researcher, Jones studies the overlap between James Gibson's ecological approach to perception-action and robotics, in hopes that his findings will lead to improvements in robotics and human-robot interaction, as well as a better understanding of human perception-action. His work seeks answers to questions such as: What factors constrain whether a robot can be tele-operated through a given aperture? Can we develop autonomous robots that acquire information through active exploration? If so, what are the advantages/disadvantages of doing so?

Ph.D. Human Factors Psychology, University of Cincinnati
M.A. University of Cincinnati
B.A. University of Cincinnati
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John Zak, TTU

John Zak, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research in the College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences

In his role as Associate Dean of Research in the College of Arts & Sciences, John Zak helps facilitate the individual and collective research efforts of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in the College's 15 departments. As a soil microbial ecologist, Zak studies how climate variability and human disturbances regulate soil microbial diversity and activity—from the cotton fields of West Texas to the Chihuahuan Desert at Big Bend National Park, to the piney woods of Ft. Benning, Ga., and back to the watersheds of the Texas Hill Country—currently funded by the National Park Service, USDA, and Cotton Inc. He teaches undergraduate Microbiology, and upper division and graduate classes in Microbial Ecology and Biology of Fungi. Zak also is the TTU-PI for the South Central Climate Science Center and co-director of the TTU Climate Science Center, one of the eight regional USGS funded Climate Science Centers in the United States.

Ph.D. Biology, University of Calgary
M.S. Biology, University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Biology, University of Pittsburgh
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David Lamp TTU

David Lamp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Physics
Affiliate Faculty Member in STEM-CORE

David Lamp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. Although his academic training is in experimental solid state physics, Lamp's current research interest is in educational pedagogy. For 20 years, he has worked with several large grants to bring science concepts and content knowledge to teachers of elementary, middle school, and high school grade levels. Lamp designed and runs a master's degree program for in-service math and science teachers. His present teaching emphasis is on freshman level engineering students. He teaches and advises a large number of students.

Ph.D. Physics, University of Missouri
B.G.S. Math/Physics, University of Missouri
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Matt Baker TTU

Matt Baker, Ph.D.
Founding Dean of TTU's University College
Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education & Communications

Matt Baker was founding Dean of Texas Tech's University College, where he provided administrative oversight and centralized support for all university outreach and engagement programs, as well as all for-credit distance and off-campus programs in El Paso, Waco, Fredericksburg, Junction, and Highland Lakes. Baker provided oversight to TTU's worldwide online K-12 program, which in 2009 counted 77,000 enrollments—a figure that included 750 full-time high school students in Brazil. After three years as Dean of University College, Baker, an award-winning teacher, returned to the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Education & Communications in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR). Baker's research interests include creative problem solving, curriculum development in higher education, and adoption/diffusion processes of agricultural innovations by agricultural producers.

Ph.D., Ohio State
M.Ed., Texas Tech University
B.S., Texas Tech University
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Jorge Iber, TTU

Jorge lber, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Department of History

In his administrative capacity as Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences, Jorge Iber supervises the manual degree auditing process, manages student advising, certifies the academic progress of student athletes, handles the processing of grade appeals, and oversees the management of commencement exercises. He also serves on the Academic Council and the Associate Deans Council. As a faculty member, Iber's research focuses on the social significance of the history of Latinos/Latinas in U.S. sport. He teaches a variety of courses, such as U.S. Sports and Recreation, basic U.S. history surveys, Texas History, and Mexican American History. He has authored or co-authored six books, including "Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography," "More Than Just Peloteros: Sport and U.S. Latino Communities," and "Latino American Wrestling Experience: Over 100 Years of Wrestling Heritage in the United States."

Ph.D. History, The University of Utah
M.S. History, The University of Utah
B.A., St. Thomas of Villanova
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Angela Lumpkin, TTU
Angela Lumpkin, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management
Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

In addition to her administrative duties as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management in the College of Arts & Sciences, Angela Lumpkin has authored 25 textbooks and is recognized nationally for her research in physical education and female collegiate sports. Lumpkin's research focuses on sport ethics, teaching effectiveness, leadership, intercollegiate athletics, sport management, and sport history. She was inducted into the National Association for Sports and Physical Education's Hall of Fame for Sport in 2011. She is a two-time designee as a Gene A. Budig Writing Professor at the University of Kansas, has taught as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Military Academy, and has been an American Council on Education Fellow. Other accomplishments include serving as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas and Head Women's Basketball Coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

M.B.A. University of North Carolina
Ph.D. Sport History, The Ohio State University
M.A. Sport Administration, The Ohio State University
B.S.E. Physical Education, University of Arkansas
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Larry Phillippe TTU

Larry Phillippe, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Student Disability Services

Larry Phillippe is the Managing Director for Student Disability Services, where he has worked for the past 13 years. Prior to joining the staff at Texas Tech, Phillippe spent 13 years as a Speech Language Pathologist in both public and private settings. Over the past five years, he has provided training workshops on effectively supporting students with disabilities in higher education to professional organizations such as the Learning Disability Association of America, the International Dyslexia Association, and the Association on Higher Education in Disability. His article entitled, "The Americans with Disabilities Act and its Impact on Instructional Strategies and Classroom Design in Higher Education," was published as part of the program of the Clute Institutes International Education Conference in 2013. Dr. Phillippe is President of the National Association on Higher Education in Disability, Texas Chapter – 2016-2017.

Ed.D. Special Education, Texas Tech University
Master of Rehabilitation Counseling, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Speech Language Pathology, Hardin-Simmons University
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Charlotte Bingham TTU
Charlotte Bingham, J.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration
Managing Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity

Prior to joining Texas Tech University, Charlotte Bingham was a partner with the Lubbock law firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, L.L.P., practicing in the areas of Federal and State Court civil trial work with a concentration in defense of employers in employment litigation. Bingham has tried lawsuits in both State and Federal Court and has handled claims in front of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Texas Commission on Human Rights (TCHR), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas Employment Commission (TEC), and the Texas Workers Compensation Commission (TWCC). She has argued and won appeals in front of the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Amarillo, El Paso and Eastland Texas Courts of Appeal. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Texas Tech University School of Law.

J.D. Law, The University of Texas School of Law
B.A. History, The University of Virginia
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Cathy Duran TTU

Catherine A. Duran, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Catherine A. Duran is Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. Duran's primary responsibilities are to provide leadership, strategic direction, and oversight of administration and operations for departments such as student conduct, career services, and counseling, as well as student media, student government, student disability and legal services, orientation, co-curricular engagement, student leadership development, and parent relations. She works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to implement and evaluate comprehensive student affairs and academic programs, and partnerships dedicated to student success and retention. Duran also has designed and executed strategy workshops with several TTU divisions. Previously she was Associate Dean of the Rawls College of Business, being responsible for advising and retention, study abroad programs, and student development initiatives. 

Ph.D. Strategic Management, Texas Tech University
M.B.A., Texas Tech University
M.S. Medical Microbiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
B.S. Microbiology, Texas Tech University
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Bob Morgan TTU

Bob Morgan, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences
Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences

In addition to his role as Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, Morgan is the John G. Skelton, Jr. Regents Endowed Professor. His research interests are in correctional mental health, specifically treatment of mentally disordered offenders, and professional development/training issues. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Justice, and the Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Past-President of APA's Psychologists in Public Service. Outside Texas Tech, Morgan is Director of Forensic Services at StarCare Specialty Health System, where he guides a community based forensic services program emphasizing pretrial evaluations (competency to stand trial/criminal responsibility) and a community based competency restoration program.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Missouri Department of Mental Health
Predoctoral Internship, Federal Correctional Institution-Petersburg, VA (APA-Accredited)
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University
M.S. Clinical Psychology, Fort Hays State University
B.S. Psychology, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Professors' Perspectives on College Teaching
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David Forrest TTU

David Forrest, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the School of Music

David Forrest teaches graduate and undergraduate theory and aural skills courses in the School of Music in the College of Visual & Performing Arts. He has presented research in Belgium, England, Wales, and across the United States on tonal and post-tonal analysis, music theory pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Society for Music Theory, as Associate Director of the West Texas Choral Society, President of the West Texas Children's Chorus, and regularly adjudicates for UIL Solo & Ensemble competitions.

Ph.D. Music Theory, Texas Tech University
M.M. Choral Conducting, Texas Tech University
B.M. Music Education, Texas Tech University
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Kristina Mitchell TTU
Kristina Mitchell, Ph.D.
Director, Online and Regional Site Education
Instructor in the Department of Political Science

In addition to her duties as Director of Online and Regional Site Education, Kristina Mitchell is an Instructor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences. Mitchell conducts research on online educational delivery practices, and her other research interests include international trade disputes and the interaction of international organizations with the private sector. She has published in the Journal of World Trade. She teaches undergraduate courses in public policy, research methods, and international political economy.

Ph.D. Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas
M.A. Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas
B.A. Political Science, University of North Texas
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Todd Chambers TTU

Todd Chambers, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs - Journalism & Electronic Media
Professor in the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media

In addition to his administrative duties as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs – Journalism & Electronic Media in the College of Media & Communication, Todd Chambers has been principle investigator or co-principle investigator on three research grants from the National Association of Broadcasters. He teaches courses in Research Methods, Media Economics, Electronic Media Operations, and Research Methods and is a member of TTU's Teaching Academy. Chambers has 10 years of professional experience including radio programming, sales, promotions and production.

Ph.D. Communication, University of Tennessee
M.A. Mass Communications, Texas Tech University
B.A. Journalism, Texas Tech University
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Mitzi Lauderdale TTU

Mitzi Lauderdale, J.D., CFP®
Associate Dean for Students in the College of Human Sciences
Associate Professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning

As Associate Academic Dean for Students in the College of Human Sciences, Mitzi Lauderdale works to improve and enhance student recruitment, retention, and engagement of undergraduate and graduate students. She also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in estate planning, legal, and regulatory aspects of personal financial planning, special needs planning, and general personal financial planning. Lauderdale has received the TTU President's Teaching Award for Excellence, the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Member Award, the TTU Alumni Association New Faculty Award, and is a member of the prestigious Teaching Academy at Texas Tech. She actively conducts research and training in estate planning for special needs families and is a member of the Texas Bar.

J.D. Law, Texas Tech University School of Law
M.S. Personal Financial Planning, Texas Tech University
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