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July, 2019

Introducing Our New Faculty

CUA welcomes 20 new tenure-track faculty members for the 2010–2011 academic year. This diverse group of educators comes from across the nation, and as far away as China, Venezuela and Egypt.


Their credentials are impressive, and their research interests include sustainable and affordable housing; new media and nationalism; psychometric measurement; and hand biomechanics. Their hobbies are just as interesting and wide-ranging, including canoeing, making jewelry and wine tasting.


The new faculty members were welcomed at the fall faculty luncheon on Sept. 14 that featured remarks by Provost James Brennan and President John Garvey. Please extend your own warm welcome to each of these new members of the CUA community.


School of Architecture and Planning

  Julio Cesar Bermudez
Associate Professor of Architecture and Planning, Director of Cultural Studies/Sacred Space graduate concentration
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Hometown: Santa Fe, Argentina
Research Interests: phenomenology, intersection between cultural architecture and spirituality, sacred spaces, and the theology and philosophy of design
Hobbies: hiking, listening to music and traveling


George Bradley Guy
Assistant Professor of Architecture and Planning
M.S., University of Florida
Hometown: Naples, Fla.
Research Interests: material reuse, deconstruction and design for adaptability
Hobbies: reading, traveling, walking and biking


  Carlos Reimers
Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture and Planning
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Research Interests: residential environments in rapidly developing contexts, collective and multifamily residential planning and design, sustainable and affordable housing, and informal housing
Hobbies: automotive mechanics, designing and making furniture, drawing and sketching, and wine tasting



School of Arts and Sciences


Niki Akhavan
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Research Interests: new media and transnational politics, and new media and nationalism
Hobbies: swimming, translation and lots of cooking


  Angelina Christie
Assistant Professor of Economics
Ph.D., George Mason University
Hometown: Sumy, Ukraine
Research Interests: experimental economics, transitioning economies of the former Soviet Union, financial markets and regulation, and international economic policy
Hobbies: painting and drawing (watercolors, pastels and oils); reading mystery and suspense novels and watching a good suspense thriller or a clever comedy; and cooking ethnic (Russian-Ukrainian) cuisine

Brian Engelland
Professor of Business and Economics
D.B.A., Southern Illinois University
Hometown: Elyria, Ohio
Research Interests: the application of Catholic social teaching to marketing ethics, marketing strategy, marketing education and psychometric measurement
Hobbies: hiking; canoeing; and singing and story-telling — in particular applying different accents and acting out the parts, especially for young audiences


  Eleanor Holdridge
Assistant Professor of Drama, head of the MFA directing program
M.F.A., Yale University
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Research Interests: plays by Shakespeare, new plays and collaboration between theater artists.
Hobbies: golf, contemporary fiction, seeing plays and dog rescue

School of Engineering


Esam El-Araby
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ph.D., The George Washington University
Hometown: Assiut, Egypt
Research Interests: reconfigurable computing, hybrid/heterogeneous architectures, evolvable hardware, performance evaluation, digital signal/image processing and hyperspectral imagery remote sensing
Hobbies: reading and family


  Sang Wook Lee
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Research Interests: hand biomechanics and stroke rehabilitation                                  
Hobbies: listening to music and playing basketball


Tongyan Pan
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
Research Interests: construction materials and sustainable transportation infrastructure
Hobbies: reading, hiking and jogging


  Erion Plaku
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ph.D., Rice University
Hometown: Berat, Albania
Research Interests:  motion planning and enhancing automation in human-machine cooperative tasks in complex domains, such as robotic-assisted surgery; mobile robotics; manipulation robotics; and hybrid systems.
Hobbies: soccer and chess


Yi Yang
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University (University Park)
Hometown: Wuhan in Hubei Province, China
Research Interests: security and privacy issues in wireless networks, network security, system security, web security, networking and network management
Hobbies: music, traveling, reading and movies



School of Library and Information Science


  Sung Un Kim
Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Research Interests: school library services, information services for underserved populations and instructional technology
Hobbies: playing the viola, traveling, walking and listening to music



School of Nursing


Kenneth Miller
Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Academic Administration
Ph.D., University of Arizona
Hometown: Flint, Mich.
Research Interests: malpractice, practice patterns and job satisfaction of nurse practitioners, scope of practice issues in convenient care clinics and physiological phenomena affecting patient outcomes
Hobbies: traveling to foreign countries/islands on cruise ships and horseback riding


  Janet Selway
Assistant Professor of Nursing
D.N.Sc., Johns Hopkins University
Hometown: Towson, Md.
Research Interests: alcohol and older adults, and trauma
Hobbies: fooling around with a guitar, eating steamed crabs, (Baltimore) “Raven-maniac” and sailing on the cool and bright clear water


George A. Zangaro
Associate Professor of Nursing, Director of Nursing Research
Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore
Hometown: Manville, N.J.
Research Interests: nursing workforce and satisfaction and retention issues in nursing
Hobbies: travel and running



School of Philosophy


  Rev. James Dominic Brent, O.P.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Research Interests: the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, especially his theory of knowledge; the philosophy of religion; and modern logic
Hobbies: reading and listening to music



National Catholic School of Social Service


Eileen A. Dombo
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., National Catholic School of Social Service
Hometown: Massapequa, N. Y.
Research Interests: testing clinical models of practice with trauma survivors, addressing occupational stress among social workers and evidence-based practice
Hobbies: spending time with her small children, traveling, reading, making jewelry and being at the beach


  Michael J. Sheridan
Associate Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Research Interests: empirical and conceptual contributions in the area of religion, spirituality and social work; families and substance abuse; child abuse, neglect, and other trauma; needs and experiences of persons who are incarcerated; homelessness and mental illness; social work education; and research methodology
Hobbies: travel, cross-cultural connections, politics and cooking


School of Theology and Religious Studies


Margaret Schreiber, O.P.
Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies and Catechesis
S.T.D, The Catholic University of America
Hometown: Homewood, Ill.
Research Interests: Christian initiation and liturgical catechesis
Hobbies: listening to music, reading and walking



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