Transitions

Posted: June 22, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This periodic Daily Gazette column highlights the comings and goings of George Mason faculty and staff, as well as promotions and job changes within the university. Send information to gazette@gmu.edu.

Administration

Lucy Cummings has joined Human Resources as the new awards coordinator. She previously worked in the State Department Federal Credit Union, where she coordinated events and programs for employees, including employee recognition programs. She replaces Martha Reiner, who retired.

Erin Davis is the new associate director for Johnson Center/Student Union Operations.

Dalton Ebanks, Athletics, has announced his resignation as men’s track and field and cross country head coach as of August 31. Ebanks was in his eighth season as head coach of the storied program, and he has been a part of the Patriots family for 19 years.

Catherine Graham joined Media Relations as a public relations coordinator. Graham previously worked as director of membership and marketing for the Association of Health Insurance Advisors in Falls Church, Va.

Jennifer Irvin has joined Human Resources/Payroll as an HR generalist. She has more than 13 years of HR experience with the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been a generalist for 6 years, advising and consulting on employment, recruitment, benefits, compensation, and employee relations.

George B. Jennings III, Facilities Planning, retired.

Chris Neumann, Housing and Residence Life, will become health education coordinator for University Life on Aug. 1.

Cathy Perdue, formerly part-time administrative office specialist supporting the Prince William Campus Office of Administration, is now a full-time administrative and program specialist supporting the assistant dean of University Life and the Prince William Campus Office of Administration.

Meena Rajan is now customer service supervisor, Human Resources/Payroll. She previously was an HR assistant.

Gregg Toney is the new associate director of University Services. He will oversee the All University Card and Mason Money offices.

College of Arts and Sciences

Amal Amireh, English, was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor.

Richard Bausch is leaving Mason to accept a position as a professor of creative writing at the University of Memphis. Bausch has held the Heritage Chair in Writing and has been a member of the Mason faculty since the early 1980s.

Xiaomei Cai is joining the Communication Department as a tenure-track assistant professor. She received her PhD in telecommunications at Indiana University and presently is assistant professor of communication at the University of Delaware. Cai is an expert in the adoption and use of new media technologies in society, family communication, and mass communication.

Liam Callanan, faculty in English Department and the Honors Program, is leaving Mason to take a tenure-track position as assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Antonio Carreño has accepted a tenure-track position starting this fall in Modern and Classical Languages, specializing in Spanish literature.

Samuel Collins has joined the Department of History and Art History as an assistant professor in medieval history.

Nicole Darnall has accepted a tenure-track position in Environmental Science and Policy beginning this fall. She is an environmental policy specialist atNorth Carolina State University.

Carolyn Forche, English, is leaving to direct the creative writing program at Skidmore College in Sarasota Springs, N.Y.

Carrie Euler has joined the Department of History and Art History as a Western civilization postdoctoral fellow.

Christopher Hamner has joined the Department of History and Art History as an assistant professor in military history.

Jim Henry, English, is leaving for a position at the University of Hawaii.

Mark Hopson is joining the Communication Department as a tenure-track assistant professor. He is completing his PhD in communication at Ohio University, and is an expert in critical intercultural and interracial communication.

After 35 years in the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor Michael R. Kelley is moving to the School of Public Policy along with the Telecom MA Program, which he cofounded and directs. Kelley will retain his position as president of the George Mason University Instructional Foundation Inc., and executive director of its Capitol Connection microwave television and Internet company.

Sarah Kirkpatrick, English graduate studies coordinator, is leaving the university. She and her husband are expecting a baby and are moving back to the Midwest to be closer to their families.

Meredith Lair has joined the Department of History and Art History as assistant professor in military history.

Jen Marthia, instructor and Communication Department undergraduate advisor, has left Mason to move to Michigan. LaKesha Anderson will take her place.

Charles Lipp has joined the Department of History and Art History as a western civilization postdoctoral fellow.

Nithya Muthuswamy is joining the Communication Department as a tenure-track assistant professor. She is completing her PhD in communication at Michigan State University, and is an expert in intercultural relations and health and development communication.

Michelle F. Ramos-Pellicia has accepted a tenure-track position in Modern and Classical Languages this fall, specializing in Spanish linguistics.

Matthew Romaniello has joined the Department of History and Art History as a western civilization postdoctoral fellow.

Sabine Sievern has accepted a tenure-track position in Modern and Classical Languages this fall, specializing in German.

Phyllis Slade-Martin, African American Studies, has accepted the position of director of education for the National Visionary Leadership Project, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that collects visual oral histories of African American elders. The organization was founded by Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint.

Ronald E. Stewart, Environmental Science and Policy, is retiring.

Andrea Weeks, a plant conservation biologist, joins the faculty of Environmental Science and Policy on a tenure-track appointment and will become director of Mason’s Herbarium this fall.

Ashley Williams, New Century College, is retiring.

Carrie Wright, English adjunct faculty, is leaving Mason for the University of Louisville’s PhD program in composition and rhetoric as the Axton Fellow, which includes teaching creative writing and helping to arrange the university’s Axton Literary Reading Series.

Xiaoquan Zhao is joining the Communication Department as a tenure-track assistant professor. He is completing his PhD in communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and is an expert in persuasion, health communication, and media campaigns.

School of Computational Sciences

Joe Feldman will join the Fluid and Materials Program as a part-time research professor.

Julia Manganello will join the Climate Dynamics Program as a research scientist.

Merav Opher will join the Astrophysical, Planetary, and Space Sciences Program as assistant professor.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Linda Johnston is leaving Mason for a director position at Kennesaw State University.

Susan Allen Nan is joining George Mason. Previously, she was a professor at American University. Nan earned her PhD and MS in conflict analysis and resolution at Mason. She completed her dissertation on coordination and complementarity of conflict resolution efforts in 1999.

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Steven Schiff has been named director for the Krasnow Institute’s new Center for Neural Dynamics. Schiff will serve a five-year term.

School of Law

Michelle Boardman, assistant professor of law, is taking a leave of absence to join the U.S. Department of Justice as deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel. Boardman will be responsible for assisting the attorney general in his function as legal advisor to the president and all executive branch agencies.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Harold Linton is the new chair of the Department of Art and Visual Technology. He comes to Mason from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he was chair of the Department of Art. He holds an MFA in painting from Yale University, and a BFA in painting from Syracuse University.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Lori Cohen joined IT&E as undergraduate academic coordinator.

Henry Hamburger, Computer Science, retired.

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