University of Southern Indiana

New Faculty

2020-2021 New Faculty Introductions

College of Liberal Arts

Jason Callahan
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Jason received his PhD in Sociology from Virginia Tech in May. He also holds degrees in Criminal Justice (M.S.), Political Science (B.A.), and Sociology (B.S.). Jason has taught criminology, juvenile delinquency, and drugs and society. He will be teaching crime scene investigations and police and society this fall. His research interests focus on crime and media as well as policing. Jason's dissertation investigated news media portrayals of active shooting events by analyzing Twitter data from various media sources. Prior to completing his doctorate, Jason had a career in law enforcement that spanned over 10 years. He hopes to bring this experience into the classroom.

Junghee Han
Assistant Professor, Social Work

Dr. Junghee Han earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University in May 2019. She received her second MSW degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her first MSW degree from Soongsil Graduate School in Seoul, Korea. She has extensive clinical and research experiences working with older adults, people with disabilities, and immigrants. Before joining the USI, she served as an affiliate faculty in Calvin University. Her research focus areas include palliative care, productive aging, and health disparities for populations at risk.

Caroline Jalain
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Caroline graduated with her PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville in May 2020. She received her Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Bachelors from the University of Orleans (France). Caroline's research focuses on courts, speciality courts and fear of crime using international data. She will be teaching Criminal Courts and Law and Criminal Law for the Criminal Justice Department at USI this fall. She looks forward to collaborating with other faculty members at USI and to continue developing her teaching and research agenda. Go Screagles!

Sunguook (Sung) Lee
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Dr. Lee earned a BA from Michigan State University, MS from Illinois State University, and PhD from Michigan State University, all in Criminal Justice.  Dr. Lee's researcher and teaching interest is on the perception of police legitimacy and juvenile delinquency. He focused on cultural influence of perception of police legitimacy by testing whether Confucius culture. The idea was to see if individuals' perception of police legitimacy was based on personality traits or based on their cultural expectations. In terms of juvenile delinquency research, he focuses on behaviors such as alcohol abuse, suicidal ideations, and general delinquencies to assess what causes delinquent behaviors.

Jane Weatherred
Assistant Professor, Public Relations

Jane earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina in May 2019. She received her M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from USC and her B.A. in Political Science from Hollins University. She has professional experience in public relations working for political officials and on political campaign staff in addition to serving as the Director of Public Relations for a college. At USI, she will teach Introduction to Advertising, Introduction to Public Relations, and Mass Communication Research. Her research focus areas are in public relations, health communication, public policy and journalism history.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Paul Arthur
Chair and Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Paul has been active in the field of occupational therapy for over 15 years. He is particularly interested in student and provider competency assessment and has played important roles in projects with American Occupational Therapy Association, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and the US Army. Paul is a past member of the State of Florida’s OT Licensing Board and presently serves as a Board Director of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Paul received a Certificate in Occupational Therapy from the US Army AMEDD Center and School, BS from IUPUI, MS and MOT from UIndy, and PhD from the University of Florida.

Ashley N. Carter
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Dr. Ashley Carter is an Assistant Professor of Nursing. Ashley previously worked for 13 years as a faculty member with Ivy Tech. Ashley has been a registered nurse for over 20 years. She received her BSN from the University of Evansville, her MSN in Nursing Education from the University of Southern Indiana, and recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership at American Sentinel University. Ashley’s research focus centered on identifying teaching strategies to enhance the self-confidence of novice nursing students. This focus evolved from her passion for working with new students, her desire to implement best practice approaches to improve students’ success, and her commitment to ensuring students are prepared to provide safe, confident, and competent patient care.

Amy Thornton
Contract Assistant Professor, Nursing

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

Nicole Becklinger
Assistant Professor, Engineering

Nicole Becklinger received her doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Iowa. Her doctoral and master's degrees are in industrial engineering and her bachelor's degree is in mechanical engineering. Her research interests can be summarized as an interdisciplinary systems-based approach to injury prevention and during her doctoral research she created an online self-report system for agricultural injuries. She is also an avid maker and enjoys everything from coding and machining to fiber arts and gardening. She is passionate about teaching and looking forward to working with the faculty and students at USI.

Amanda Hyett
Instructor, Chemistry

Dr. Amanda Hyett received her Doctorate in Chemistry with an emphasis in Education from South Dakota State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Chemistry-Secondary Education. Prior to graduate school, she taught in Illinois for two years teaching high school chemistry, physics, and physical science. Dr. Hyett loves introductory chemistry and working with educators. She is always searching for new science puns and jokes, so if you find one, be sure to send it her way!

Cody Strom
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Sport

Cody grew up in Grand Rapids, MN. Cody was active growing up participating in sports such as Hockey, Tennis, Football, and Baseball. Cody continued pursuing health and activity by attending Minnesota State University, Mankato and double majoring in Biomedical Sciences and Exercise Science. Cody continued at Mankato to achieve his Master’s in Exercise Physiology, specializing in metabolic testing, body composition testing, and method development. After Mankato, Cody was accepted at East Carolina University to pursue a Doctorate in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science. There he researched the effects of maternal exercise during pregnancy on both maternal and infant health outcomes.

Romain College of Business

Thomas Noland
Chair, Accounting and Finance
Associate Professor, Accounting

Tom Noland comes to USI from the College of Charleston. He was previously professor of accounting and Department Chair at South Alabama. He holds professional certifications as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Defense Financial Manager. Dr. Noland has been awarded the Lybrand Bronze Medal and multiple Certificates of Merit by the Institute of Management Accountants for his contributions to research. Dr. Noland has served as an Academic Fellow in the Securities & Exchange Commission’s Office of Chief Accountant and has worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Dr. Noland is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserve.

Kasra Pourang
​Instructor, Computer Information Systems

Kasra Pourang is a new instructor in the Romain College of Business. He will teach computer information systems courses. He has a master's degree in electrical engineering, a master's degree in business analytics, and an MBA, all from the University of Notre Dame. He also has a few years of working experience as a project manager and data scientist.

Josh McWilliams
Instructor, Computer Information Systems

Josh joined USI in this faculty role in spring 2020.

Sabinah Wanjugu
Assistant Professor, Marketing

Sabinah Wanjugu is an assistant professor of Marketing at the University of Southern Indiana. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya, and her MBA and Doctorate of Business Administration degrees from Louisiana Tech University. Her research interests include consumer's privacy, developing and analyzing digital marketing models, diffusion of innovation models, and cross-culture marketing research. Dr. Wanjugu currently teaches Interactive Marketing, Principles of Marketing, Promotional Strategy and International Marketing.

Wendy Wooldridge
Instructor, Computer Information Systems

Wendy joined USI in spring 2020.

Bohan Ye
Assistant Professor, Economics

Bohan considers herself as both an economist and a Chinese opera artist. She got her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona. She has also studied Finance at Tsinghua University in China, Psychology at UC Berkeley, Econometrics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She has studied Chinese Opera performance for about 18 years and she gives performances worldwide regularly (before the COVID-19). Bohan loves to use an interdisciplinary approach in her teaching and research. She likes to use the experimental method to analyze the causality.

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