The departments of Behavioral and Social Sciences, History and Political Science, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics all welcomed new professors.
A new assistant professor of psychology, Richard Albright, comes to Lee from his alma mater, Pennsylvania State University. Not only did he earn his doctorate. master education degree, and bachelor of science there, but he also worked in the research lab for youth development and counseling and taught classes in counselor education and rehabilitation counseling. In addition,
Albright has been a private professional counselor, a school counselor, and a researcher. He is a board-certified Christian counselor.
Jill Shelton will also begin this fall as an assistant professor of psychology. Prior to coming to Lee, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow studying gerontology at Washington University. She has been a research assistant at Louisiana State University, where she earned her doctorate. She also served as an adjunct faculty member and director of the research methods laboratories at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she earned her Master of science and Bachelor of science degrees.
The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences also welcomes Arlie Tagayuna as an assistant professor of sociology. He earned his doctorate and master of arts from the University of Hawaii Manoa and his bachelor of arts from the University of the Philippines.
Before coming to Lee, Tagayuna taught at New Mexico Highlands University. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin and been a guest lecturer at Hawaii Pacific University, Tokai University in Honolulu, California State University and Monterey Institute of International Studies. He currently has a book in review, “Hidden Misfits: Learning Disability and Learning Delinquency,” with Temple University Press.
Another new addition, Nicole Velasco comes to Lee as an assistant professor of political science. Previously, she was a lecturer at Santa Clara University and Mills College. She also served as a teaching assistant, president of the Political Science Graduate Student Association, and a member of the graduate admissions committee at Stanford University, where she earned her doctorate and master of arts. Velasco earned her bachelor of arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics welcomes David Zoetewey, assistant professor of chemistry.
He earned his doctorate at the University of Colorado and a bachelor of arts from Point Loma Nazarene University. Before coming to Lee, Zoetewey researched the development of a potential anti-cancer therapeutic as a postdoctoral fellow at the Auburn University Chemistry Department.