IU East welcomes new faculty

IU East welcomes new faculty

Indiana University East is pleased to welcome new faculty this semester. Faculty are listed below under the school in which they teach.

School of Business and Economics
Brandon Smit, assistant professor of business administration and management, received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, his Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Saint Louis University.

Brandon Smit

Previously, Smit was an instructor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. As a graduate student, Smit received a Best Paper Award in the Human Resources Division from the Academy of Management. While at Saint Louis University, he received a Certificate of Achievement in Research Excellence and a Graduate Assistantship among many other honors.

He has published articles in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and Human Relations, among others. Smit’s research has been covered by several national and international media outlets including Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Washington Post, Men’s Health, New York Magazine, Business Insider, and Financial Times of London. Currently, he is an ad hoc reviewer for the academic journals Basic and Applied Social Psychology and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Smit’s research interests include work-family conflict and pay secrecy.

School of Education
Carl Wilms, visiting lecturer in education, received his Doctor of Philosophy in Administration/Educational Leadership and his Master of Science in Botany, Plant Ecology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington.

Carl Wilms

Previously, he taught fourth, seventh and eighth grade science for the Fayette County School Corporation.

He has presented at conferences, most recently at the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers. He has written several articles for publication, with his latest article published by the Indiana Audubon Quarterly in 2015.

Wilms is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Educational Research Association, American Federation of Teachers, Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the National Science Teachers Association.

Wilms’ research interests include aspects of personal identity that present barriers to science as a way of knowing; developing pre-service and in-service teacher education pedagogies that transcend limitations of science content knowledge and experience; and variations in Ruby-throated hummingbird resident populations in Indiana.

Scott Lee

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
E. Scott Lee, assistant professor of political science, received his Doctorate of Arts in Political Science and his Master of Public Administration from Idaho State University. He received his Juris Doctor from University of Idaho College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Utah.

Previously, Lee was a visiting assistant professor of public policy and administration at Boise State University, and was an adjunct instructor, most recently at Idaho State University. He was also an attorney in Idaho and Utah.

Lee is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, American Society for Public Administration, Academy of Management, Idaho State Bar, Utah State Bar, and the American Bar Association.

He is a contributing author to Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements published by the American Bar Association and has published articles in Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal and Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion. He has presented at national conferences, most recently for the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Conference.

Lee’s research interests include collaborative decision and policy making, especially for intractable public problems.

Deborah Miller

Deborah Miller, assistant professor of psychology, received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, her Master of Arts in Counseling and her Bachelor of Science in Creative Writing from Ball State University.

Miller is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Muncie. Previously, Miller was a visiting lecturer of psychology at IU East. She was formerly a visiting instructor for the Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services at Ball State University.

Miller has published articles in Psychotherapy, the Journal of Counseling Psychology and the Journal of Asian Pacific Counseling. She has also presented at several conferences including most recently at the annual convention of the Association of Women in Psychology.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Indiana Psychological Association.

Her research interests include masculinity, LGBT issues, fatherhood and clinical judgment.

C.D. Oliver

C.D. Oliver, visiting lecturer in philosophy and religious studies, received his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He received his Master of Divinity from Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, Ind., and his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Anderson University.

Previously, he was a professor of religious studies and urban ministry at Martin University in Indianapolis. He served as the chair for the Department of Religious Studies and Graduate School for Urban Ministry.

Oliver has authored articles for publications including for Church of God Ministries and presented at numerous conferences.

He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Religious Education Association and Society of Biblical Literature.

Julee Rosser

Julee Rosser, visiting lecturer in communication studies, received her Ed.D. in Adult, Community, and Higher Education, from Ball State University.

She received her Master of Arts in Organizational and Professional Communication Development and her Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies degrees from Ball State.

Previously, Rosser was an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College and Ball State University. Formerly, she was an assistant professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Berea College.

She has presented at several national conferences including the International Conference on Gender and Education and the 57th Annual Adult Education Research Conference.

Rosser is a member of the American Association of University Women and the National Women’s Studies Association.

Trisha Renner

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Trisha Renner, visiting lecturer in biology, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Dayton. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Associate in Science in Natural Science and Mathematics with a concentration in Chemistry and Biology from IU East.

Renner has been an adjunct faculty member with the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics since 2009. She has also been an adjunct instructor and graduate assistant for the University of Dayton. Previously, she was a physical therapist/early intervention for the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disability Services.

Renner is a past president of the IU East Alumni Association.

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