Faculty & Staff – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:27:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Faculty & Staff – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Department of Intelligence and Security Studies launches lecture series on national security https://today.citadel.edu/department-of-intelligence-and-security-studies-launches-lecture-series-on-national-security/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:27:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18730 one of The Citadel's fastest-growing programs is launching a new, virtual lecture series to cover topics related to national security.]]>

The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, one of the fastest-growing programs on campus, is launching a new, virtual lecture series to cover a wide range of topics related to national security.

The Emerging Topics Lecture Series is open to the public, and is especially designed for Citadel cadets and students, and others interested in hearing national security issues by Citadel faculty members, alongside other international experts.

Due to the COVID-19 environment, the Emerging Topics Lecture Series will be held virtually, via Zoom.

The first three forums will be held on different days — and at different times — in October.

The lecture names, panelists and Zoom links can all be found below.

Foreign adversarial election interference: Where do we go from here?

Date: October 1, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Where: Zoom

Moderator: Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

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Domestic terrorism, Violent Extremism and Rehabilitation: How to provide programs that are effective to prevent and intervene against all forms of extremist activity in the US and globally

Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Where: Zoom

  • Mubin Shaikh, Professor of Public Safety, Seneca College and Counter Extremism Specialist
  • Brandon Blackburn, Former CIA Officer and Media Producer
  • Myrieme Churchill, Executive Director, Parents for Peace
  • Haras Rafiq, Quilliam International

Moderator – Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., The Citadel, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

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Emerging threats and topics in Africa

Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Zoom

  • Pat Hendrix, Ph.D., The Citadel, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Dr. Yusuf Abu Bakar, Deputy Director, Nigerian Defense College
  • Fauizya Abdi, Lecturer, Yale University and President of Women in International Security, Horn of Africa Chapter
  • Fatma Ahmed, Senior Advisor, UNDP, Africa
  • Audra Grant, Ph.D., NORC, University of Chicago

Moderator: Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, The Citadel, Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

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The Citadel is committed to promoting a better understanding of America’s history https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-is-committed-to-promoting-a-better-understanding-of-americas-history/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18636 "The enduring principles on which our country was founded offer a road map back to civil society and progress."]]>

As seen in The State, by Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel

Leaders vexed by our nation’s season of discontent should recommit to ideas that seemed radical 244 years ago: the enduring principles on which our country was founded offer a road map back to civil society and progress.

Unfortunately, too few Americans know and understand these founding principles; even fewer recognize the context in which those principles were developed and applied by every generation since.

Indeed a 2018 survey revealed that:

▪ Only one in three Americans would pass the multiple-choice U.S. Citizenship Test.

▪ Only 24% knew why the colonists fought the British.

This lack of knowledge about history and civics may help explain both the confusion and misguided ideas we are seeing in recent public discourse.

UNIQUELY AMERICAN STORY

It’s fair to point out that we have at times fallen short — sometimes appallingly short — of the overarching ideals outlined by our founders.

Slavery was a shameful episode in our history that took our nation’s bloodiest war to dismantle — and it was only 100 years ago that Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to give women their long overdue right to vote.

These historic events are uncomfortable to discuss. But they also reveal the genius behind our constitutional framework created by the same imperfect men who sanctioned these disaffecting conditions.

The framers of our Constitution recognized their own imperfections and created a process that has allowed the document to be amended, resulting in progress and reform.

This is a uniquely American story.

It started with the radical idea that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence — a powerful idea that reappeared many times in our history, driving progress for civil rights and reform.

In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. masterfully reasoned that “when an ordinance is used to preserve segregation and deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceable assembly and protest, then it becomes unjust.”

King also pointed out the injustice of tactics used to deny African Americans their voting rights.

The prominence of these arguments set the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

UNDERSTAND AND CONTRIBUTE

In short, we don’t need to “burn down the system” — our citizens need to better understand the system so they can contribute to making progress and reforms.

With that in mind The Citadel has added a timely new course requirement so our graduates will be fully prepared to help lead the process of forming “a more perfect Union.”

The course, Leadership in American Government and Society, is an interdisciplinary examination of civic leadership and ethics in America from the founding of the country to the present.

Every cadet will examine selected case studies from different eras to illustrate how the founding documents have guided different types of American leaders in defending and advancing America’s fundamental principles amid the needs of changing times.

Many of our cadets will commit to defending our Constitution through military service after graduation, and we believe all of our graduates should understand civics well enough to help constructively guide our nation through times of trouble.

Nationally our schools should place more emphasis on our nation’s history and civics. At The Citadel, I can assure that we will do our part.

Retired Gen. Glenn Walters became the 20th president of The Citadel in 2018. A member of The Citadel’s Class of 1979, Walters previously served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer.

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From Bulls to Bulldogs — the first game of the year is up in the air https://today.citadel.edu/from-bulls-to-bulldogs-the-first-game-of-the-year-is-up-in-the-air/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 14:56:47 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18430 Just one month into Capt. Julie Dewey's new job at The Citadel, the Bulldogs will kick off their football season playing her alma mater, the University of South Florida.]]>

Photo: Capt. Julie Dewey, USAF, holding the University of South Florida Bull Horn sign outside McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus

Even in an unusual football season, there’s at least one thing that can always be counted on — football fans pulling for their favorite team. Sometimes that team is their alma mater — sometimes it’s based on where they live or work — and sometimes fans find themselves stuck between the two.

That’s the position Capt. Julie Dewey, USAF, finds herself in this year.

Just one month into her new job at The Citadel, the Bulldogs will kick off their football season playing her alma mater, the University of South Florida, where she graduated in 2014.

Julie Dewey at her 2014 graduation

Learn more about one of the college’s newest professors of Aerospace Studies — as well as who she thinks will win the game — below.

Why did you choose to attend USF?

I honestly don’t even remember — I think by process of elimination. My only major criteria when choosing a college were that it was in Florida and had an AFROTC program. I didn’t really want to go to any of the “bigger” schools in Florida and just sort of landed at USF.

How often did you go to football games while you were a student?

Pretty often. It was free for students to attend the games and, win or lose, it was always a fun time.

What was your favorite part of your time there?

I loved college, so that’s tough! I would say my favorite part was all of the awesome people that I met–including my husband. If I had to pick one specific memory, it would probably be my Air Force commissioning ceremony.

Julie Dewey at her commissioning ceremony in 2014

What made you want to work in a college ROTC department?

I have wanted to come back to AFROTC ever since I graduated. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I had amazing instructors when I went through the AFROTC program, some of whom I still talk to today. I also just enjoy training and education and think I might want to be a teacher after my time in the Air Force.

How did you find yourself at The Citadel?

Mostly through luck and coincidence. My husband is also in the Air Force and, because of his job, he can only be stationed at a handful of installations across the country. Joint Base Charleston is one of the bases he can go to, and The Citadel happened to have an open position. I didn’t think the chances that I would be selected for this position were very high, but I applied anyway and here I am!

Did you know about The Citadel before coming to teach here?

I knew of The Citadel insofar as I’d heard of it and knew it was a military college, but that was about it.

How do The Citadel and USF’s ROTC programs differ?

The AFROTC programs are actually very similar. Our cadets are getting the same training as cadets at any other university. What’s very different is the 24/7 military environment that Citadel cadets live in, as part of attending a Senior Military College.

As an alum, are you a big fan of USF football?

I would say so. I watch the games whenever I can. We’re no football powerhouse, but that makes it even more exciting when we do win!

Who do you think is going to win? Who do you want to win?

Unfortunately, I think The Citadel is the underdog this weekend. It’s a tough choice but, because I teach some of the football players, I’ll be pulling for the Bulldogs. Either way, it’s a win-win.

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Welcoming The Citadel’s newest military science active duty professors https://today.citadel.edu/welcoming-the-citadels-newest-military-science-active-duty-professors/ https://today.citadel.edu/welcoming-the-citadels-newest-military-science-active-duty-professors/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2020 19:02:29 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18068 Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 3, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 3, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The Citadel's ROTC detachments welcome 12 new Military Science leaders in the 2020-2021 academic year.]]> Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 3, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 3, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Photo above: Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 765

Air Force Commissioning Ceremony 2019 at Summerall Chapel

The AFROTC Detachment at The Citadel is one of the largest in the nation with more than 500 cadets. The department supports The Citadel’s mission of educating and developing principled leaders, providing select cadets with the opportunity to earn a commission in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation.

Col. Matthew Morand, Commander, USAF, ’95

Morand is the commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 765 at The Citadel. He is responsible for leading the detachment and also serves as a professor of Aerospace Studies. In addition, Morand is an alumnus who graduated from The Citadel in 1995 as a Distinguished Air Force Graduate.

Morand and his staff of officers and non-commissioned officers administer a training program that includes formal classroom instruction, leadership laboratory training, physical fitness and officer candidate mentoring.

Prior to his assignment at his ama mater, Morand was deputy director, Mission Operations Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia. There he helped lead 4,000 people at multiple, geographically dispersed locations, and executed the Director NRO’s responsibility for space-based intelligence supporting the Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence agencies.

Capt. Julie Dewey, USAF

Dewey is an assistant professor of Aerospace Studies and education officer assigned to The Citadel. She is responsible for ensuring the completion of all instruction-related activities.

This is Dewey’s fifth USAF assignment. Some of her duties included serving as resource advisor at Schriever Air Force Base, sexual assault response coordinator and military personnel flight commander for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Dewey holds an M.A. in Education from Trident University. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of South Florida in Tampa, commissioning as an officer upon graduating.

Capt. Rachel Loomis, USAF

Loomis is an assistant professor of Military Science at The Citadel. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Auburn University.

Capt. David Melton, USAF, ’14

Melton was born in South Carolina and graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2014. He earned a commission through the detachment he now serves.

Melton is an assistant professor of Aerospace Studies and assistant operations flight commander at The Citadel. He teaches the AS400 level Air Force curriculum and is responsible for the Air Force Leadership Laboratory portion of the AFROTC program.

Prior to his current position, Melton served two and a half years at Buckley Air Force Base. He was the operations officer for the 460th Security Forces Squadron. He served as the uniformed officer responsible for executing security operations, security forces training, Counter Unmanned Ariel Systems and Military Working Dog operations for 460th Space Wing and 93 other tenant units attached to the installation, to include detachments of the Aerospace Data Facility Colorado, and various foreign coalition forces.

Melton directed more than 160 active duty, civilian, and reserve personnel serving the 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB.

Capt. Jessica Specht

Specht serves as an assistant professor of Aerospace Studies and assistant operations officer at The Citadel.

Specht earned her commission in 2011 after obtaining a B.S. degree in Biology from the USAF Academy. Since that time she’s been deployed twice to Southwest Asia. She earned an MBA from American Military University.

Prior to her current assignment, Specht was deputy director of the Ninth Air Force Commander’s Action Group at Shaw Air Force Base. There she supported Joint Task Force Headquarters along with eight subordinate wings and three direct reporting units, ensuring the readiness of more than 400 aircraft and 29,000 active duty and civilian members.

At the Space and Missile Systems Center, Specht was responsible for the acquisition planning, negotiation, procurement and sustainment of space superiority capabilities and managed a $1.52 billion portfolio of advanced space systems requirements for cutting-edge technology.

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, Palmetto Battalion

Army ROTC Training 2017

Palmetto Battalion is the second largest Army ROTC program of 275 across the US Army Cadet Command.

As a Senior Military College program, Palmetto Battalion is comprised of cadets from The Citadel, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Palmetto Battalion is commanded by Col. John Cyrulik, USA.

Capt. Laura Alvarez, USA

Alvarez is an assistant professor of military science at The Citadel.

Prior to joining the AROTC detachment, Alvarez was the operations officer/AS3 at Fort Eustis in Virginia.

Alvarez was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. She attended the Commonwealth University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and Rio Piedras Campus where she enrolled as an Army ROTC cadet. Alvarez earned a commission in 2014 in Quartermaster branch after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Ltc. William ‘Hunter’ Bowers, USA, ’01

Ltc. Bowers, The Citadel AROTC

Bowers serves as the Army ROTC Department executive officer at The Citadel.

Bowers graduated from The Citadel in 2001 and earned a Master of Arts in Military Studies from Marine Corps University in 2013.

Prior to joining Palmetto Battery, Bowers was assigned as the squadron commander for the 5th Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment in the 1st Infantry Division and the Division deputy chief of staff.

Capt. Paul Najarian, USA

Najarian is an assistant professor of Military Science at The Citadel.

Njarian attended Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, as an ROTC cadet and was commissioned in 2009 after graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. Najarian later earned a Masters degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri in 2013.

Najarian has served as a company commander and in a variety of staff positions, and deployed four times; twice to Afghanistan, once to Iraq, and once to Jordan. Most recently, he commanded HHC, 326 BEB in 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, from June 2016 to February 2018.

Capt. Zach Pittard, USA

Ltc. Bowers, The Citadel Army ROTC

Pittard is an assistant professor of Military Science at The Citadel. He is a native of South Carolina.

Pittard entered the Army in 2011, earning a commission as a second lieutenant through AROTC as a quartermaster officer. His most recent assignment prior to The Citadel was command of Bravo Company, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3 Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Pittard’s deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2013 – May 2014 and Operation United Assistance from November 2014 – January 2015.

Pittard’s military education includes Quartermaster Officer Basic Course and Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in History.

Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, Navy Battalion, and U.S. Marine Corps Detachment

More than 100 midshipmen and officer candidates comprise the Navy Battalion at The Citadel.

In addition to classroom and field training instruction, Navy ROTC cadets experience first-hand Naval operations and participate in the physical fitness training and challenges.

The unit is also responsible for commissioning cadets and active duty enlisted Marines into the Marine Corps.

Col. Giles Boyce, USMC

Boyce is a professor of Military Science and the head of the NROTC detachment at The Citadel. He has been an officer in the USMC since 1993, when he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

Some of Boyce’s assignments included deployments with Third Battalion, Fourth Marines Okinawa Japan in 2001, Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and 2004. He later served as battalion executive officer during a third deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2008-2009.

As a lieutenant colonel in 2014, Boyce reported to Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg, where he served as an operational planner until June 2017. While in the J5 he deployed as liaison officer to Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and was promoted to colonel in 2016. 

Lt. Daniel Ojard, USN

Ojard graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2014 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

After completing the submarine training pipeline Ojard reported to PCU Washington in Newport News, Virginia and served as chemistry and radiological controls assistant, assistant weapons officer, and diving officer during sea trials, commissioning, post-shakedown availability, and follow-on evaluations and workups.

In 2019, Ojard reported to NAVCENT in Bahrain where he served as fleet watch officer and battle watch captain in the Maritime Operations Center. He was also assigned to temporary duty with CENTCOM in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as a watch officer.

Marine Corps ROTC lab takes place on Summerall Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

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Spring 2021 study abroad suspended https://today.citadel.edu/spring-2021-study-abroad-suspended/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:46:18 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18343 Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 both in the United States and abroad, as well as ongoing travel restrictions throughout the world, Citadel leadership has made the difficult decision]]>

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 both in the United States and abroad, as well as ongoing travel restrictions throughout the world, Citadel leadership has made the difficult decision to suspend all spring 2021 study abroad programming. 

The Citadel will resume study abroad programming beginning summer of 2021, as conditions permit.

As we navigate through the pandemic, the safety and well being of our students is of utmost concern.

Contact the The Citadel Office of Study Abroad, International, and Domestic Programs should you have questions. Program director, Zane Segle, Ph.D. welcomes feedback, questions and concerns by email at studyabroad@citadel.edu or telephone, (843) 953–7083.

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The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences introduces new faculty for the 2020-2021 academic year https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-school-of-humanities-and-social-sciences-introduces-new-faculty-for-the-2020-2021-academic-year/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 17:41:04 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17860 The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,Almost 75 professors strong, the school welcomes five new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year. ]]> The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,The exterior of Capers Hall is seen at The Citadel in Charleston,

The School of Humanities & Social Sciences (SHSS) is the largest of the college’s five academic schools. SHSS is the foundation of a liberal arts education at The Citadel and every cadet takes courses through the school at some point as part of the traditional academic disciplines of English, Foreign Language, History, Literature and Social Science.

The school is led by Brian Madison Jones, Ph.D., who joined The Citadel in July of 2020 from Johnson C. Smith University. Jones holds a Ph.D. in History from Kansas State University, a Master of Arts in History from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in history form Appalachian State University.

SHSS is comprised of seven departments: Criminal Justice; Intelligence and Security Studies; English Fine Arts and Communications; History; Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures; Political Science, and Psychology. Almost 1,000 undergraduate cadets and students major in an area under the SHSS umbrella. The school also serves more than 200 graduate students in seven masters programs and an Ed.S. program.

Almost 75 professors strong, the school welcomes five new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year.

Department of History

Jacob Hagstrom, Ph.D.

Hagstrom graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point and served in the Army for five years before going on to earn a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University.

Hagstrom teaches Leadership in Military History and History of the U.S. Military as a member of The Citadel history faculty. His research focuses on the history of asymmetric wars, battles in which the means and meanings of conflict are radically different for opposing forces. Hagstrom is also interested in transnational military exchange.

Read more about Hagstrom here.

Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

Larry Valero, Ph.D

Valero will lead the Intelligence and Security Studies team as department head and professor.

Valero’s research and teaching interests focus on U.S. intelligence and national security, strategy and modern warfare. He holds a Ph.D. in International History from University of Cambridge, an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

In addition, Valero serves as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for military programs in the field of intelligence studies. He was the president for the Association for Intelligence Education from 2014 – 2019. Additionally, Valero was Scholar in Residence at the National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, Maryland and served on the faculty of the Department of International Security and Military Studies at the U.S. Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Instructor Award by the International Association for Intelligence Education.

Read more about Valero here.

Department of Political Science

William Patterson, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, John C. West Professor of American Government and International Politics

Patterson is an experienced U.S. diplomat with more than 25 years experience in international development and humanitarian assistance. His work has included assignments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Patterson speaks English, French and Spanish. His long-term positions were in Egypt, El Salvador, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan and Senegal. Most recently, Patterson served as the USAID economic growth advisor for in Libya. From 2016 – 2018, he provided the overall strategic vision for U.S. government priorities in Iraq, including assistance to stabilization of areas liberated from ISIS, economic reform, and citizen-responsive governance.

Patterson holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University, an M.S. in Rural Sociology and a B.A. in Sociology from The Ohio State University.

Department of Psychology

Jillian Dawes, Ph.D.

Dawes holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.

Most recently, Dawes served on the faculty in the School of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her specialties include applied behavior analysis and psychometrics.

Dawes is a licensed specialist in school psychology, a nationally certified school psychologist, and a board certified behavior analyst.

Laura Eddy, Ph.D.

Eddy joins The Citadel from University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the ADHD Clinic. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Eddy attended Appalachian State University to earn an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and graduated magna cum laude from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a B.A. in Classics.

Eddy teaches History of Psychology, Social Psychology and Psychology of the Abnormal, among other subjects. In 2018 she earned a grant in the amount of $23,000 from the Kleberg Foundation in partnership with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at University of Texas Health Science Center. The project provided training for community health workers along the South Texas/Mexico border on intervention to prevent and manage suicidal behaviors.

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Cadets begin in-person classes at The Citadel on Wednesday https://today.citadel.edu/cadets-begin-in-person-classes-at-the-citadel-on-wednesday/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:46:10 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=18023 Wednesday marks the first day of classes at The Citadel, where safety measures are being taken social distancde on campus and reduce risk of transmission.]]>

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Wednesday marks the first day of classes for The Citadel.

Several safety measures are being taken to limit population density on campus and reduce the risk of transmission.

This year, The Citadel will have a hybrid class structure meaning that each class is divided into two groups who will rotate between attending in-person and remote learning.

Other safety measures include,

  • Social distancing in the mess hall with only 6 cadets per table and assigned dining times.
  • Visiting another cadets room or barracks is prohibited without permission.
  • Cadets will be issued a thermometer and required to check their temperature twice a day.

We’re told all cadets must test negative before returning to class.

Students that weren’t tested at home will get the COVID-19 test at the college.

“We test them upon arrival so that we reduce the possibility of someone coming here with Covid. Just the number of people that have it out in public right now, you are going to end up with a small number of cases, but the key is to isolate them and get them the treatment that they need.”

Col. John Dorrian, USAF (Ret.), Vice President for Communications and Marketing

You can track the number of COVID-19 cases on campus on the citadel’s website, click here.

As of Wednesday evening, there are 20 active cases of COVID-19 on campus.

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Baker School of Business welcomes new faculty in all three departments https://today.citadel.edu/baker-school-of-business-welcomes-new-faculty-in-all-three-departments/ Tue, 18 Aug 2020 21:15:28 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17821 The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is welcoming five new faculty members joining The Citadel community for the 2020-2021 academic year.]]>

Photo: Iordanis Karagiannidis, Ph.D., teaching cadets in the Rick and Mary Lee Bastin Financial Leadership Lab in 2018

The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is comprised of three departments: Accounting and Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, and Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics.

Under the leadership of Dean Michael Weeks, Ph.D., the school has more than 20 tenured/tenure-track faculty and about 620 cadet majors. The school also offers an undergraduate degree completion program for non-cadet, evening students as well as an online or in-person Master of Business Administration program, both through The Citadel Graduate College.

The Baker School of Business welcomes five new faculty members for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Accounting and Finance

Michael Chitavi, DBA

Chitavi specializes in asset pricing and contemporary theories of finance. His areas of research interest include commodity derivatives, microstructure and Fintech (Financial Technology).

Prior to arriving at The Citadel, Chitavi taught finance and accounting courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level at multiple universities in the Midwest.

 Before teaching, Chitavi worked in the financial services group of KPMG in Canada, and South Africa.  He also worked in the alternative finance sector at the boutique firm Chicago Ventures (Formerly I2A Venture Capital Firm) and Hughes and Co.

Chitavi earned his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.

Management and Entrepreneurship

David Desplaces, Ph.D.

For nearly two decades, Desplaces has dedicated himself to educating entrepreneurs, executives and future leaders with one goal in mind — unlocking the potential in each of them. He has distinguished himself by applying his expertise in the areas of international management, global commerce and trade, cultural management, leadership, change management, and entrepreneurial venturing.

Desplaces’ experience includes supporting various domestic and international entrepreneurial ventures, being a part owner in various businesses, helping launch a professional certification program, leading international cultural and professional development initiatives, and empowering his community through various leadership and coaching initiatives.

Desplaces earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island; he also holds a Master of Science in Education from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University. In addition to The Citadel, he teaches business classes at the College of Charleston.

Read more about Desplaces here.

Gayla Todd, DBA
Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Chair in Management and Ethics

Todd recently earned her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) after 29 years of business experience, working globally for multiple software solution and technology companies. Her doctoral research was about the retention of women in STEM occupations.

Todd’s career has included various positions in business development and strategy, sales, product management, product marketing, customer and data analytics, solution architecture and implementation consultation. Todd has experience working in many countries throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. 

Todd earned her DBA – as well as her BA in Marketing and Management – from Saint Leo University. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa.

Eric Villafranca, MBA, MS

Villafranca comes to The Citadel after teaching data visualization and management information systems at Baylor University, where he also earned his Ph.D in Information Systems.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Baylor University, before beginning his Ph.D. program.

Before beginning his education, Villafranca served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, first as a Communications and Navigations Missions Systems Technician stationed at Yokota Air Base in Japan and, later a weather forecaster in the Texas Air National Guard, providing weather support during natural disasters for the U.S. Army North and their Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission. He left the Air Force as a senior airman.

Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics

Hee Yoon Kwon, Ph.D.

Kwons has varied teaching and research interests. He is an expert in post-disaster humanitarian supply chains, gamified and game-based learning, and immersive technologies – like virtual and augmented reality – as well as their behavioral impacts in learning, operations, and supply chain management.

According to Kwon, he works to challenge and support his students to engage in real-world and hands-on projects, such as national public service announcement contests and op-ed writing projects.

Kwon joined The Citadel after working as a consultant and assistant manager for multiple institutions in Korea.

He holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from the University of Rhode Island, a Master’s degree in International Studies from Seoul National University and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Korea University.

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Introducing nine new Swain School of Science and Mathematics professors https://today.citadel.edu/introducing-nine-new-swain-school-of-science-and-mathematics-professors/ https://today.citadel.edu/introducing-nine-new-swain-school-of-science-and-mathematics-professors/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2020 20:02:09 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17822 ouis Brems - The Citadel 2017-18 SY, Math Lab, Mobius Shapes, Classroom, Rigo Flores,ouis Brems - The Citadel 2017-18 SY, Math Lab, Mobius Shapes, Classroom, Rigo Flores,The Swain School of Science and Mathematics welcomes nine new faculty members for the 2020-2021 academic year.]]> ouis Brems - The Citadel 2017-18 SY, Math Lab, Mobius Shapes, Classroom, Rigo Flores,ouis Brems - The Citadel 2017-18 SY, Math Lab, Mobius Shapes, Classroom, Rigo Flores,

Above Photo: Citadel Mathematics professor, Dr. Rigoberto Florez, teaching a class in 2018

The Swain School of Science and Mathematics is comprised of seven departments: Biology, Chemistry, Cyber and Computer Sciences, Health and Human Performance, Mathematical Sciences Nursing and Physics.

Under the leadership of Dean Darin Zimmerman, Ph.D., the school has more than 50 tenured/tenure-track faculty and about 425 cadet majors. The school also offers 15 master’s degree level programs and certificates (non-cadet), as part of The Citadel Graduate College.

The Swain School of Science and Mathematics welcomes nine new faculty members for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Department of Chemistry

Robert Granger, Ph.D., professor and department head

Granger is an inorganic/analytical chemist with a background in laser spectroscopy and electrochemistry and joins The Citadel as the new head for the Department of Chemistry. He is the lead author of a nationally bestselling textbook on Instrumental Analysis (Oxford University Press).

Granger’s research interests include transition metal chemotherapeutic drug design and the study of electrocatalysis as it pertains to carbon-carbon bond formation (i.e. artificial photosynthesis). He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University.

Read more about Granger here.

Megan Moyer, Ph.D.

With prior experience teaching chemistry at Carthage College, and as a teacher’s assistant at Colorado School of Mines, Moyer has taught General Chemistry 1 and 2 with associated labs. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and holds Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines.

Moyer has a history of volunteerism including for summer STEM camps for girls. Moyer was awarded Most Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Chemistry (2018) and Catalysis Symposium Top Presenter (2018).

Read more about Moyer here.

Department of Cyber and Computer Sciences

Computer Science class taught by Dr. Michael Verdicchio, 2017

Prosenjit Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Chatterjee holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro. His specialization includes computer vision, deep learning, neural networks, data analytics, data mining, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Chatterjee’s research centers on human face, iris based biometric authentication, and behavioral biometrics-based authentication.

Chatterjee has almost six years of teaching experience in different organizations and institutions and more than eight years of industry experience in software industry. He worked as a senior software engineer, database administrator, quality assurance team lead, and business enabler with the world’s leading banking and financial sectors such as Credit Suisse, Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM), and Wells Fargo. Chatterjee was the senior developer in the insurance vertical giant MetLife, John Hancock.

Department of Physics

Scott Curtis, III, Ph.D., John Lining Professor of Physics
Director for the Lt. Col. James B. Near Jr., ’77, Center for Climate Studies

Curtis joins The Citadel as the director for the new Lt. Col. James B. Near Jr., ’77, Center for Climate Studies. The center is under development, and was recently named for Near, who passed away in March of 2020, an alumnus, veteran and physics professor.

Curtis joins The Citadel from East Carolina University (ECU), in North Carolina, where he was titled Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics. During his time at ECU he acquired close to $1.4 million in grants and fellowships. Additionally, Curtis has authored more than 150 books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific white papers for presentations. He is engaged frequently to speak around the nation on issues including climate change, coastal water hazards and flooding. Curtis has participated as an editor for five scientific journals.

Curtis’s research centers on tropical climate variability with an emphasis on precipitation and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He earned a Ph.D. and a Master of Science, both in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, from the University of Wisconsin. Some of his distinctions include named Center for Sustainability Outstanding Affiliate Faculty Member from ECU, and the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Research Award.

Kaelyn Leake, Ph.D.

Leake holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Science and Physics from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Prior to joining The Citadel, Leake taught Dynamics and Kinematics, Electrical Circuits, Modern Electronic Technology, How it Works, Designing a Sustainable Future, and Properties of Materials at Sweet Briar.

Leake has received several awards, including Outstanding TA Award, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013-2014, and the QB3 Keck Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2009-2010.

Read more about Leake here.

Hank Yochum, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head

Yochum joins The Citadel as professor and Physics Department head from Sweet Briar Collage where he worked for 18 years as a professor. He was also as associate dean for Academic Affairs, and the director for The Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program, which was ABET accredited.

Prior to becoming a professor, Yochum was an engineer with Lucent Technologies/OFS Specialty Photonics. His research interests include matter physics and nanotechnology, including nano structured optical devices.

Yochum earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Wake Forrest University in 1999. He returns to Charleston, working not far from his alma mater, The College of Charleston, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Cadets in a Math lab working on Mobius strips, in 2018.

Jeff Lyons, Ph.D.

Lyons teaching expertise ranges from College Algebra, Pre-calculus, Trigonometry and Calculus to Applied Engineering Math and Differential Equations. He joins The Citadel following visiting professorships at Trinity University and University of Hawaii. Before that he was a professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Some of Lyons publications include An Application of the Layered Compression-Expansion Fixed Point Theorem to a Fractional Boundary Value Problem (2019) in the Panamerican Mathematical Journal, and Two Point Fractional Boundary Value Problems with a Fractional Boundary Condition (2018) in the Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis. He participated as a presenter in a virtual conference in 2020 for the Recent Advances in Differential and Difference Equations and Their Applications.

Lyons earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from Baylor University, where he also earned a Master and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Swain Department of Nursing

Holly Donahue, instructor

PHoto of Holly Donahue, a nursing instructor at The Citadel.

Donahue is originally from LaGrange, Georgia and now resides in the Charleston area. She is a graduate of Columbus State University where she earned her Master in Science degree with a major in Nursing Education in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from LaGrange College in 2015.

Before joining the Swain Department of Nursing, she served as the emergency department clinical educator at Trident Medical Center for the last year and a half. As a relatively new nurse educator, she is enthusiastic and passionate about nursing education and looking forward to contributing to the growth of the nursing department and future generation of nursing leaders.

Leonora Horton, Ph.D.

Horton is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she earned a Ph.D. in Nursing/Clinical Research. Her Master of Science degree was obtained from Columbia University NYC with a major in Nurse-Midwifery.

Horton has been practicing clinically for more than 35 years. She was a nurse-midwife for 30 years in which time she has held both administrative and faculty roles for MUSC. Her teaching experience includes the education of students of nursing, nurse-midwifery, physician assistants, and medical students as well as first and second year OB/GYN residents. She was the immediate past Nurse Midwifery program director at MUSC.

In addition, Norton the held the position of Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director for South University Online as an associate professor. Her teaching expertise for South University included Research Methods, Women’s Health, Organization and Systems Leadership Nursing, DNP Field Experiences, and DNP Scholarly Project Courses.

Some of Horton’s achievements include the 2011 and 2012 Golden Lamp Teaching Award and the 2010 Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award.

Read more about Horton here.

Ctiadel cadet nursing majors learning from Dr. James Pelletier in simulation lab
Citadel cadet nursing majors learning from Dr. James Pelletier in simulation lab in 2019



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With new members, Charleston’s Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation committee takes shape https://today.citadel.edu/with-new-members-charlestons-equity-inclusion-and-racial-conciliation-committee-takes-shape/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:30:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=17812 Felice Knight, Ph.D., a Citadel professor, specializing in African American History and slavery, and serves on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation team.]]>

Photo: Michael Better speaks at the press conference announcing a resolution to remove the Calhoun monument on June 17 (Courtesy: Sam Spence, Charleston City Paper)

Note: Felice Knight, Ph.D., is a history professor at The Citadel who specializes in African American History with an emphasis on slavery during the early national and antebellum periods. Additionally, Knight is director of The Citadel’s Universities Studying Slavery Committee and serves on The Citadel Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation team. Knight was recently appointed to the City of Charleston Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation, which was formed to review City policies, practices, budget and other matters related to addressing racism and racial inequities and to make recommendations to City Council on ways to promote racial justice and racial equity in the City.

As seen in Charleston City Paper, by Heath Ellison

Charleston leaders added seven new members to the city’s new Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation in a unanimous vote Tuesday. The commission, headed by Councilmen William Dudley Gregorie and Jason Sakran, plans to look at structural racism within the city and will conduct an internal review of city departments.

Felice Knight, Ph.D.

Tracy Doran, Alvin Johnson, David Rivers, Michael Better, Crystal Rouse, Felice Knight and Daron Lee Calhoun were appointed to the commission. Gregorie told the City Paper that the committee chose this group to avoid “the usual faces” and to get a “good mix of age, ideas, cultures.”

Each commission member will focus on a specific subcommittee such as history, housing and economic empowerment.

Daron Lee Calhoun, programming and social justice initiative coordinator at Avery Research Center, was appointed as a commissioner of the city’s internal review. “We will definitely be looking at all the city departments and seeing how we can use the racial equity lens to bring true equity and inclusion to these departments,” he said.

Calhoun singled out hiring and longterm systemic changes as something he wants to focus on. He hopes a full audit of the city’s departments will be conducted, similar to the racial bias audit of the Charleston Police Department. “It’s going to take money and we can’t just say we’re going to do this,” Calhoun added. “They have to be able to put something behind it.”

Crystal Rouse, who was elected to the subcommittee on youth and education, said she is excited to bring experience in education and anti-racism to the commission. “I look forward to working with fellow commission members and local citizens to continue the dismantling of systemic racism and racial inequities that have plagued our city and nation for centuries,” she said.

Sakran said there is no formal plan for the commission at this point.

In 2018, Charleston City Council passed a resolution issuing an official apology for its role in enabling chattel slavery by a 7-5 vote. The measure was spearheaded by Gregorie in partnership with the Sophia Institute’s Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative. Earlier this year, the city voted unanimously to bring down a controversial monument to slavery advocate John C. Calhoun in Marion Square.

The racial conciliation commission was created June 4, soon after protests hit downtown May 30 over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Some organizers and leaders in the black community have voiced concern that the commission is just another panel instead of a move toward change and action.

“We do need more action, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Marcus McDonald, a local Black Lives Matter organizer.

McDonald said he can’t be too critical of the group before anything has happened, but he acknowledges he wants more transparency from the city on the commission. McDonald said he wished the commission was announced with each member’s power and responsibilities.

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