FAYETTE, Iowa (August 13, 2007) -- Upper Iowa University (UIU) welcomes eight new faculty members as the 2007 fall term begins. They are Dr. Joseph Elarde, assistant professor of information technology; Linda Figdore, biology instructor; Redmond Humphrey, assistant professor of management; Pamela Humphrey, visiting assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Terri Lasswell, assistant professor of education; Theresa Laughead, visiting assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Donald Shaffer, assistant professor of history; and Dr. Robert Tindol, assistant professor of English and communications.
Dr. Joseph Elarde will join the Division of Science and Math at UIU as assistant professor of information technology. Elarde received his Ph.D. in computer science from DePaul University-Chicago, a M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. in business and information systems from Northeastern Illinois University. He previously worked for Allstate Insurance as a software consultant and trainer.
Linda Figdore, biology instructor, comes to UIU from Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa. Figdore has a M.S. in plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in biology and physical science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Redmond Humphrey, a resident of Maynard, Iowa, joins the Division of Business at the Upper Iowa University Fayette campus. He earned his M.B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University and a B.S. in urban planning from Southern Illinois University. Humphrey has been an adjunct professor teaching finance and management at UIU’s international center in Hong Kong since 2003. He is also bilingual (Spanish and English) and has had experience working as an international consultant in Nicaragua.
Pamela Humphrey has been hired as visiting assistant professor of psychology in the Division of Liberal Arts. She earned her M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and has a B.S. in biology from Blue Mountain College, and is currently working on a Ph.D. from Capella University in Higher Education Leadership. Humphrey has been with UIU since 1999, most recently as director of the central office for international programs. She has also taught classes at both UIU’s Prairie du Chien, Wisc. and Hong Kong locations as an adjunct instructor.
Dr. Terri Lasswell will join the Division of Education from Waldorf College as assistant professor of education. She received her Ed.D in curriculum and instruction from the University of Northern Iowa, a M.S. in education from the University of Kansas, and earned a B.S. in science education (K-12) from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
Theresa Laughead, visiting assistant professor of psychology, comes to us from Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa. Laughead has a M.A. in industrial organizational psychology from Southern Illinois University and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland. She is currently in the process of completing a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, with the focus of her research in organizational commitment and part-time workers.
Dr. Donald Shaffer comes to Upper Iowa University from the University of Northern Colorado and will join the faculty in the Division of Liberal Arts as assistant professor of history. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in history from California State University, and a B.A. in economics and business administration from Graceland University. In 2004, he authored the book, After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans, which won the 2005 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. Shaffer says one of the things that drew him to Upper Iowa University is returning to Iowa where he was an undergraduate.
Dr. Robert Tindol will join the Division of Liberal Arts as the assistant professor of English and communications, having previously taught at Pasadena City College. Tindol has a Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University, a M.A. in English from the University of Texas-Austin, and a B.A. in English from Howard Payne University.
Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce the addition of several new administrators to its staff this fall. Evan Bartusek and Mary Joos have joined the Athletics Division as assistant athletic trainers. Bartusek comes to us from Minnesota State-Mankato with a M.S. in physical education from Minnesota State–Mankato and a B.S. in exercise and sports science from Iowa State University.
Joos was previously at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Joos has a M.S. in education-athletic training from Old Dominion University and a B.A. in exercise and sports science-athletic training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has recently presented research at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and has published an abstract in the Journal of Athletic Training. Her research involves correcting jump-landing techniques in hopes of reducing anterior cruciate ligament injury risk in athletes. Both Bartusek and Joos will report to the director of athletic training and serve as athletic trainers, classroom instructors, and student advisers.
Kate Reiff has been hired as the co-director of the recreation and fitness center, and comes to us from Millennium Therapy where she was a personal trainer. Reiff has a B.S. in exercise and sports science form Iowa State University.
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