University of Southern Indiana

New Faculty

College of Liberal Arts

Kelly Brown

Ms. Kelly Brown
Instructor, Communications

Kelly A. Brown holds a Masters of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Indiana State University. She has worked as a part of various public relations departments in auto racing including tracks, series, and teams associated with various types of racing from The Champ Car World Series (Indy Car) to The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Her research has been focused on the use of celebrity in advertising when connecting with generational groups and social media campaigns surrounding the musical Hamilton. Her teaching interest is in the public relations area focusing in campaigns and social media management.

Maya Fein

Ms. Maya Fein
Instructor, Theatre

Fein is a lighting designer and arts educator who has been based in the Chicago area since 2011. Since completing her MFA in Stage Design and Teaching Certificate Program at Northwestern University, she passionately continues to explore the world of visual art, dance, music, and theatre. She's designed musicals, plays, opera, and dance in a variety of venues. She received a Chicago Jeff Nomination for Theo Ubique’s A Kurt Weill Cabaret, Meritorious Achievement Awards from the KCACTF for A Streetcar Named Desire, and worked as the Assistant Lighting Designer for the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Additionally, she holds a BFA in Theatre, a BS in Psychology, and a minor in Shakespeare Studies from Southern Oregon University.

Andrew Hines

Dr. Andrew Hines
Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Hines works on twentieth and twenty-first century African-American literature and culture, the disciplinary history of literary studies, and critical university studies. His current book project, Understanding Criticism: Race, Literature, and the Academy, examines the mid-twentieth century literary critical practice of black writers and how these practices challenged the contemporaneous institutionalizations of literary studies in the university. He has also begun work on a second project related to how black writers figure the impact of university-based redevelopment projects on black life in U.S. American cities.

His writing on these topics can be found in Criticism, Public Books, English Language Notes, and Blind Field. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research including Vanderbilt University's highest honor, the Founder's Medal. He received his PhD from the Department of English at Vanderbilt University and earned a B.A. with distinction at the University of Pennsylvania.

Grace Howard

Ms. Grace Howard
Instructor, Gender Studies

Grace Howard received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Rutgers University in 2017. She is an American Association of University Women Fellow and is a Co-Director of the Rutgers University Informed Consent Project. She is the author of several published works, including "Informed or Misinformed Consent? Abortion Policy in the United States," published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, and a book entitled The Gender of Crime (2nd edition) written with Dana Britton and Shannon Jacobsen.
Grace's research areas include constitutional law, reproductive politics, criminal justice, and feminist and critical race theory. Her dissertation examines the criminal prosecution of pregnant women for crimes against the fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses they gestate.

Angela Martin Perez

Ms. Angela Martin Perez
Instructor, Spanish

Dr. Perez is in the final stages of earning her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Her research focuses on how the different authors portrait the space in their autobiographical writings, depending on their interests. In her dissertation, she focused on the city of Madrid, her hometown. She also worked with authors from Spain and Latin America, and more specifically, who wrote between 1898 (the Spanish–American War) and 1936 (the Spanish Civil War).

Brooke Mathna

Ms. Brooke Mathna
Instructor, Criminal Justice

Brooke Mathna is finishing her Ph.D. in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is published in the area of policing. Her main research interests focus on criminological theory, specifically Gottfredson and Hirschi's (1990) and Hirschi's (2004) self-control theory. Mathna is also interested in life-course theories, developmental theories, biosocial theory, and biopsychosocial models of behavior. She has taught a wide variety of classes including crime and justice systems; law, social control, and society; white collar crime; and, crime and delinquency prevention. This fall she is teaching police and society, and criminal courts and law.

In the past Mathna was a Behavior Specialist Consultant working with autistic and behavior problem children.

Susan Morelock

Ms. Susan Morelock
Instructor, Art and Photography

Susan Morelock is an artist whose practice primarily concerns the photographic image. Morelock has exhibited in venues across the United States as well as in Italy and South Korea. She holds a BFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MA in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Columbia University.

Niall Nance Carroll

Dr. Niall C. Nance-Carroll
Instructor, English

Mustafa Oz

Mr. Mustafa Oz
Instructor, Communications

Oz is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A in Radio-TV-Film from Ege University in Turkey and his M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in Texas. Before beginning his academic career, Mustafa Oz was a journalist at newspapers in Turkey.
His major research interests are political communication, social media, civic and political engagement in new media. Mustafa Oz has published in major academic journals, presented academic papers at major academic conferences and received several research awards including McCombs publishing award, Will H. Mayes award.

Min Pak

Ms. Min K. Pak
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Min is an experienced creative lead and educator with expertise in all stages of digital art direction and design from conceptual thinking through product launch. Min's approach to her work is grounded in business strategy and user experience and is driven by the fundamentals of art and design. Her areas of teaching include Graphic Design, Interactive Design, Digital Photography and Visual Communication. Min's research areas include Creative Design Process, Interactive Design, User Experience and Digital Strategy. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and BFA in Painting and Illustration from University of Illinois Champaign.

Casey Pycior

Dr. Casey L. Pycior
Assistant Professor, English

Casey Pycior earned his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also holds graduate degrees from Wichita State University (MFA in Fiction Writing) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (MA in American Literature). Pycior's debut short story collection, The Spoils, was published in March of 2017 with Switchgrass Books / NIU Press. His research and teaching interests include fiction writing, the short story, Midwestern Fiction, and contemporary creative non-fiction.

Jessica Rick

Dr. Jessica M. Rick
Instructor, Communication Studies

Jessica Rick is joining USI after finishing her doctoral work at the University of Missouri. Her research examines the communicative constructions of identity and stigma amidst gender, social class, and family diversity discourses, particularly as experienced within work-life contexts. Jessica’s dissertation project examined how the working class communicatively construct workplace flexibility stigma amidst micro, meso, and macro-level Discourses. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research and Journal of General Education, as well as in several edited books, including a recent piece on childfree worker identity and stigma.

Rick has previously taught Public Speaking, Survey of Communication Studies, and Organizational Communication. She will be teaching Interpersonal Communication and Business and Professional Communication this semester at USI. Jessica is excited to join the faculty at USI and is looking forward to building connections within the university community.

Crystal Steltenpohl

Ms. Crystal N. Steltenpohl
Instructor, Psychology

Ms. Steltenpohl is a doctoral candidate in the community psychology program at DePaul University. She received a BA in English and psychology from the University of Southern Indiana in 2011 and an MA in applied psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013.

As a scholar, gamer, and participant in online worlds, her major research interests revolve around how people interact with various technologies, especially those that house online communities. There is a burgeoning interest in technology as a dramatically growing area of human activity over the last decade for people across demographic groups. In particular, she is interested in understanding how technologies influence communities, the self, and health behaviors.

Sally Vogl Bauer

Dr. Sally M. Vogl-Bauer
Assistant Professor and Chair, Communications

Vogl-Bauer earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky and had been a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Dean of General Education and Academic Support at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin, prior to joining the Department of Communications at USI as the incoming department chairperson. Her research areas are in interpersonal and instructional communication. She enjoys teaching an array of communication courses.

Laurel Yorgason

Ms. Laurel A. Yorgason
Instructor, Psychology

Yorgason is in the final stages of earning her doctorate from the University of Montana. Her research area is developmental psychology with a focus on early parent-child relationships (secure attachment, disorganized attachment; successful knowledge dissemination of research results to parents in the community).

Yorgason's teaching focus is developmental psychology (normal and abnormal). She enjoys teaching introductory psychology courses that spark interest in students that are unfamiliar with psychology. She also enjoys teaching upper division courses that offer more focused discussion and reciprocal learning.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Amy Pierce

Ms. Amy Pierce
Instructor, Nursing

Ms. Pierce joined USI in January 2017.

Ekta Rathee

Ms. Ekta R. Rathee
Instructor, Nursing

Originally from India, Ms. Rathee graduated as an RN in 2003 from a renowned college of nursing in India. She worked as an RN in Delhi, in various clinical settings (including Pediatrics, OB/GYN, general Medical-surgical, and psych-mental health) from 2003-2007. She came to the United States in 2007 and started working as an RN in a multi-specialty hospital in Arizona. In 2009, she moved to Florida and worked as an RN in a med-surg unit and stayed there until 2015. Rathee completed the RN to MSN program from USI (2011-2015) and moved to North Dakota to work as FNP in a rural FQHC.

Rathee came to Evansville and joined the USI family for ANE grant. She is also pursuing DNP program from USI with a project focus on "Impact of Mother Being in School on Academic Success of Her Child(ren)."

Jennifer Williams

Dr. Jennifer Williams
Assistant Professor, Health Administration

Dr. Williams is an assistant professor of Health Administration at USI. Her global healthcare experience encompasses leading and working within various healthcare organizations in a number of professional capacities over the course of her career, she has gained invaluable experience within hospital organizations, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, and the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. By supplementing this experience with service in a CEO Fellowship Program, she has been able to develop a greater degree of perspective to what it means to operate a healthcare-related business entity.

She has transformed major hospital organizations reducing cost through process improvement initiatives and assisted with development and delivering novel healthcare products to market. As such, she has come to recognize the importance of “top-down” educational communication, a process which ensures that important information is available at all levels of the business infrastructure.

Dr. Williams developed her own educational programs for the purpose of patient safety and prevention efforts. Her research and legal interest surround the FDA and the emerging field of neuroethics.

Dr. Williams holds several degrees to include a Doctor of Jurisprudence, Doctor of Education, MBA, Masters of Management, currently completing a LL.M in Intellectual Property and she is a licensed Registered Nurse.

Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education

Will Hawkins

Dr. William C. Hawkins
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Sport - Exercise Science

Dr. Will Hawkins is new hire from the University of Kansas where he taught Exercise Physiology and Biology courses while earning his PhD in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Hawkins research line has centered on exploring the effects of physical therapy techniques on growth and repair mechanisms in human skeletal muscle. To accomplish this Dr. Hawkins has utilized a number of in-vivo and ex-vivo techniques (skeletal muscle biopsies). Moving forward, Dr. Hawkins wishes to utilize gene sequencing techniques to explore the role of genetic polymorphisms on muscle recovery following intense exercise or stress. Dr. Hawkins won numerous teaching awards during his time in graduate school and looks forward to teaching students at USI!

Stacy Keown

Ms. Stacey R. Keown
Instructor, Education

Stacey Keown's most recent degree is from Murray State University in the area of education administration. She also holds a masters degree in learning and behavior disorders. Stacey enjoys researching the aspects of improving school culture as well as grit and growth mindset in an academic setting. Stacey taught special populations for 11 years at the elementary level and served as the special education department chair for 3 years. She taught as an adjunct instructor for the University of Southern Indiana and Murray State University. Her teaching interests include intellectual disabilities, literacy, and culture.

Jenna Kloosterman

Dr. Jenna L. Kloosterman
Assistant Professor, Engineering

Dr. Kloosterman grew up in Indiana and is an excited to return to the Hoosier state after 17 years in the west. She received her PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2014 from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. After graduation she worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, first as a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow for 2 years and after that as an RF/Microwave Engineer for a year.

Her engineering interests include radio frequency (RF) engineering, terahertz (THz) technology development, superconducting detectors, heterodyne arrays, and microwave instruments for astrophysics, Earth science and planetary science applications. Her science interests include radio astronomy and the interstellar medium (ISM).

Mr. Andrew P. Ostergaard
Instructor, Mathematics

Moriah Smothers

Ms. Moriah J. Smothers
Instructor, Education

Smothers earned her M.Ed from the University of Mississippi in curriculum and instruction and is currently finishing her EdD in elementary education and special education at Ball State University. She has served as an adjunct instructor in USI's teacher education department for the past five years and specializes in topics pertaining to special education. Her research interests include teacher candidates' self-efficacy beliefs towards inclusion, teacher candidates’ with disabilities experiences in higher education, and the process of self-authorship within the higher education context.

Romain College of Business

Brett Bueltel

Dr. Brett L. Bueltel
Assistant Professor, Accounting

Dr. Bueltel teaches Introduction to Federal Taxation and Advanced Taxation. His research interests include how tax law and policy affect individuals, businesses and fiduciaries. Dr. Bueltel is a licensed attorney in Indiana and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He worked as a tax attorney for two years at Jackson Kelly PLLC, a law firm located in Evansville, Indiana. He focused his practice on the areas of tax, business transactions, estate planning, contracts, and general business matters.

Dr. Bueltel recently completed the Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Program at the University of Florida in July 2017. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2015 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern Indiana in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. During his time at USI, he was actively involved in the Student Government Association, IMA Case Study Competition Team, and Pre-Law Club. Dr. Bueltel is very active in the Evansville community where he serves as President of the Mater Dei High School Friends & Alumni Association.

Andrew Dill

Dr. Andrew T. Dill
Assistant Professor, Accounting

Dr. Andrew Dill is an assistant professor of accounting at USI. He holds a B.S. in Psychology, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Accountancy, and a MBA, all from USI, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from UCF. Prior to USI, Andrew held positions at the University of Rhode Island and UCF. He has taught courses in managerial, financial, and cost accounting, a computer applications course, and a class in ethics and professionalism. Andrew’s primary research interests include fraud, behavioral ethics, decision-making, and professionalism in auditing. He has also served on committees charged with curriculum implementation and strategic planning.

Dr. Dill joined USI in January 2017.

Srishti Srivastava

Dr. Srishti Srivastava
Contract Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Dr. Srivastava joined USI in January 2017.

Jinsuk Yang

Dr. Jinsuk Yang
, Finance 

Yang has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests lie primarily in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions, Investment, Analyst, and Corporate Governance. He has taught finance courses for 4 years: Business Finance, Investments, Real Estate, and Financial markets and institutions.

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