Cameron University welcomes new faculty members

Cameron University welcomes 13 new faculty members to its community of faculty scholars.

“It’s an honor to welcome these individuals to the Cameron University faculty,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “They represent a diverse group of subject experts who will enhance Cameron’s commitment to academic excellence and student success.” 

Emily FinneyDr. Emily Finney joins the Department of Education as Assistant Professor, Education. This semester, she is teaching Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Classroom Assessment. Finney earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University after completing a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Reading from Northeastern State University.

Ashley Garrett

Ashley Garrett is a Temporary Instructor in the Office of Teaching and Learning. She is teaching Introduction to University Life and Study Strategies for College Success this semester. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Lindsey Wilson College and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Western Kentucky University. She was a member of the Cameron faculty from 2011 through 2013 and served as an adjunct faculty member for the past year.

Phil HamiltonDr. Phillip Hamilton, has joined the Department of Agriculture, Biology, and Health Sciences as Assistant Professor. This semester, he is teaching Introduction to Agricultural Economics, Principles of Agricultural Marketing, and Farm and Ranch Management. A native of Beggs, he holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science, both in Agricultural Economics, from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture Education from Iowa State University. Hamilton was previously Professor of Agribusiness a5 Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. He has also worked as a Risk Management Specialist in the Oklahoma Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency.

Rio Carlo LiragDr. Rio Carlo Lirag joins the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering as Assistant Professor. This fall, he is teaching General Chemistry 1 and General Physical Science as well as the accompanying labs at CU-Duncan, and one General Chemistry 1 lab on the Lawton campus. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Houston, where he served as a Lecturer of Chemistry for four years.

Clifton Nunnally, who has served as an adjunct instructor at Cameron since 2014, has joined the Department of Psychology as a part-time Instructor. This semester, he teaches Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy and Advanced Psychology of Personality. He is a CU alumnus who earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences – Psychology. A licensed practitioner of Marriage and Family Therapy in Lawton, he is nearing completion of his Ph.D. from North Central University.

David SearcyDr. David Searcy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences. This semester, he teaches American Federal Government as well as State and Local Government.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts from Oklahoma State University. He recently completed his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. He has served as a lecturer and a graduate teaching assistant at OSU.

Stephanie Stern

Stephanie Stern joins the Department of Psychology as Instructor. She is teaching General Psychology, Lifespan Human Growth and Development, and Psychology of Learning this semester. Stern graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Science in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, where she has served as a graduate teaching assistant.

William sternWilliam Stern joins the Department of Psychology as Instructor. This semester, he teaches General Psychology, Lifespan Human Growth and Development, and Experimental Psychology. Stern earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social and Quantitative Psychology, and where he has served as a graduate teaching assistant.

Katie Stringer

Katie Stringer joins the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages as Instructor and Speech and Debate Coach. This fall, she teaches Principles of Communication in addition to coaching CU’s Speech and Debate team. Stringer has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from West Texas A&M University. Stringer served as assistant coach of the West Texas A&M forensics team and has been a private speech coach.

Andrea VanGorderA CU alumna, Andrea VanGorder has joined the Department of Sports and Exercise Science as Instructor following four years as an adjunct instructor. This semester, she teaches Achy Back Yoga, Peaceful Mind Yoga, and Health, Wellness and Nutrition. VanGorder holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences from Cameron. VanGorder is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist who practices at Open Arms Behavioral Health in Lawton.  

Ben WilliamsBenjamin Williams has joined the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts as Assistant Professor. This semester, he teaches Exploring Multiculturalism, Stagecraft, and Theatre Practicum. Williams has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Emporia State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Kent State University. He has worked as a technical director and in other capacities for a variety of professional stage companies and theatres.   

Dana Winters

Dana Winters, a Cameron alumna, has joined the Department of Agriculture, Biology, and Health Sciences as Instructor. This fall, she teaches Human Biology, Human Physiology and accompanying labs at CU-Duncan. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from CU and has a Master of Science in Biology from Midwestern State University. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Cameron and at the Fort Sill campus of Central Texas College.

David ZeoliDr. David Zeoli joins the Cameron faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, English, and Foreign Languages. This fall, he teaches Principles of Communication and Introduction to Public Relations. Zeoli earned a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Oklahoma. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Zeoli most recently served as an adjunct instructor for Southern New Hampshire University. He has also served as an instructor at the University of Oklahoma.

Cameron University, a publicly funded state university with campuses in Lawton and Duncan, offers nearly 50 degrees through two-year, four-year and graduate programs. In addition to offering traditional classes, Cameron offers a multitude of online courses, allowing scheduling flexibility for working students and adult learners. The University is committed to providing its students a top-quality education from caring and qualified faculty. Small class sizes provide an environment where learning and student success are the highest priority. To learn more about Cameron University, visit www.cameron.edu or call the Office of Admissions at 580-581-2289 for enrollment information.

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