With the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, Pfeiffer University announces the addition of 10 full-time faculty members, including a new dean for the division of arts and sciences.
“Our newest professors complement and add depth to Pfeiffer’s excellent faculty,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and dean of academic affairs. “Their credentials, qualifications and commitment to excellence will certainly enrich the experience of Pfeiffer students—who this year come from 24 states and 16 different countries— as they endeavor to excel beyond the boundaries and expectations of teachers, families and themselves.”
Pfeiffer welcomes the following new dean and professors:
Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, whose background is in biology, joins Pfeiffer as dean of the division of arts and sciences from Shaw University, Raleigh, where she was vice president for academic affairs and professor of biology. She held similar positions as an administrator and in the classroom with Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte. Her experience includes consulting on topics such as faculty development, teaching strategies, student learning outcomes and others. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Clark Atlanta University.
Wendy Walston Achilles, associate professor of accounting (Charlotte), a certified public accountant who taught for Pfeiffer last year as an adjunct professor, has corporate experience as a tax manager and staff accountant. She taught previously for Argosy University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, East Carolina University, Barton College and Nash Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Heather Burkard, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice (Misenheimer), brings experience in forensic science and criminology from higher education and the public and private sectors. In addition to teaching at Central Piedmont Community College and St. Leo University, St. Leo, Fla., she has worked for the Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and others as a crime scene and forensic investigator. She holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo University, master’s degree from National University, La Jolla, Calif., and doctorate from Capella University.
Anamaria Calincan Dickson, assistant professor of finance (Misenheimer), most recently taught at Minnesota State University-Mankato. She also has experience as a tax preparer and is on track to receive certification as a certified financial analyst and complete requirements later this year for the doctoral program in finance at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Jason Emory, assistant professor of chemistry (Misenheimer), most recently was visiting assistant professor, Simpson College, Indianola, Ia., preceded by a post-doctoral research position with Colorado State University and teaching position at Louisiana State University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from UNC Charlotte and a doctorate from Louisiana State University.
Laura Hudson, visiting assistant professor of biology (Misenheimer), a general biology lab coordinator and adjunct instructor for Pfeiffer last year, brings teaching experience from Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Duke University, North Carolina State University and UNC Greensboro as well as private sector experience as a research scientist for Soymeds, Inc., based in Charlotte. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro, master’s degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a doctorate from North Carolina State University.
Charles Meadows III, assistant professor of communications (Misenheimer), brings a public relations component to Pfeiffer’s communications program. He has taught at St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, N.C., and University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University and a doctorate from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Marissa Schwalm, assistant professor of English (Misenheimer), a published poet and journal editor, comes to Pfeiffer from Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.; prior teaching experience was at St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program, Concord, N.H.; Colorado Technical University; F.L. Chamberlain School, Middleboro, Mass.; and Greater Works Outreach Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.; master’s degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and doctorate from Binghamton University.
Sherra McMillan White, assistant professor of human relations (Charlotte), brings extensive clinical experience in behavioral health as well as teaching experience at Craven Community College, New Bern, N.C., and East Carolina University. She holds bachelor’s, two master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as certification in substance abuse counseling from East Carolina University.
Victoria Winstead, assistant professor of marriage and family therapy (Charlotte), formerly an adjunct professor for Pfeiffer, brings clinical experience in medical, academic, public health and private practice settings. She holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as medical family therapy graduate certification from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.