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IU Northwest welcomes latest faculty to their new posts

Seventeen faculty members are taking new jobs or are new to Gary campus

Tuesday Sep 03, 2013


Indiana University Northwest is proud to welcome its newest faculty members who have joined the Northwest campus or changed their faculty positions at the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

Sara B. Adams, Acting Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

Currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois, Adams’ research focus is nursing education.

A master’s prepared registered nurse, Adams has 15 years of clinical experience in nursing.

Demetra L. Andrews, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Economics

Specializing in consumer behavior, Andrews earned her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Houston. Her graduate and undergraduate work is in the disciplines of marketing and finance from the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

Previously, she served as an assistant professor of marketing at Florida State University.

Lora Bailey, Professor and Dean, School of Education

Bailey’s expertise is in developing interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs, and directing interdisciplinary research and scholarship through sustained research activities related to teaching and securing grants.

She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching, and did her undergraduate work, all at Auburn University.

Previously, Bailey served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lane College and has served in dean and professor roles, as well as taught elementary grades.

Jill M. Chonody, Associate Professor, Division of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services

Specializing in issues of aging and ageism, Chonody, a licensed clinical social worker, holds a Ph.D. in Social Work.

Previously she served as an assistant professor at the University of South Australia.

Steven C. Disney, Jr., Assistant Professor, School of Education

Having completed his undergraduate work in economics and U.S. history, Disney earned his Ph.D. in Education from Indiana State University. His graduate and undergraduate degrees are from Indiana State and Ball State University.

Previously, Disney served as superintendent of the Oregon-Davis School Corporation in Hamlet, Ind.

Kathy Kwiatkowski, Lecturer, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Specializing in biology, anatomy and physiology, Kwiatkowski earned her Master of Science degree from Purdue University Calumet. She did her undergraduate work at IU Northwest.

Previously, she served as an adjunct faculty member at IU Northwest.

Jung-Eun Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

An expert in the field of multicultural counseling, Lee does cross-cultural research in personality and mental health.

She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Washington State University.

Bonita D. Neff, Professor, with tenure, and Chair, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences

An expert in the field of public relations and public service media, Neff completed her doctoral work in group dynamics and rhetorical and mass communication from the University of Michigan. She did her graduate work in communication at the University of Northern Iowa.

An associate professor for the past 20 years, Neff also spent four years as a visiting professor in Croatia and South Korea.

Scott Sandberg, a change in title from Visiting Librarian to Assistant Librarian

Dorinda Sattler, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Health Information Management, College of Health and Human Services

An expert in the areas of health information management, health law and risk management, Sattler earned her Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University School of Law. She also holds degrees in health services management and health information technology from IU Northwest.

Previously, Sattler served as an adjunct faculty member at IU Northwest as well as the risk management coordinator and patient safety officer at Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.

Kalim U. Shah, Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, College of Health and Human Services

Specializing in environmental policy, business and environment and climate change and development policy, Shah holds a joint Ph.D. in public policy and environmental science from George Mason University.

Previously, he served as a senior policy advisor with the government of Ontario, Canada.

Kory Stiffler, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

An expert in theoretical particle physics and theoretical cosmology, Stiffler holds a Ph.D. and degrees in biomedical engineering and physics from the University of Iowa.

Previously, he served as a postdoctoral research associate.

Vickey O. Sultzman, Acting Assistant Professor, Division of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services

Specializing in the field of social work and mental health, Sultzman earned her Ph.D. in clinical social work from Smith College.

Previously, she served as adjunct Professor/Faculty Field Advisor at Loyola School for Social Work, Chicago Professional School of Psychology, and Smith College School for Social Work.

Thomas F. Swirski, a change in title from Visiting Lecturer to Lecturer, School of Business and Economics

Danny M. Tsataros, a change in title from Visiting Lecturer to Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, College of Health and Human Services.

As a former Cook County State’s Attorney in Chicago, Tsataros’ field of expertise is criminal law, courts and ethics. He earned his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School. His graduate and undergraduate work is in business administration from Rosary College and IU Northwest.

Tsataros has worked as a criminal prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and also as a Criminal Defense Attorney at the Law Offices of Dan Tsataros. 

Oscar Villareal, a change in title from Visiting Lecturer to Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences

Specializing in the field of number theory, Villareal earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley. His undergraduate work is from the University of California at Irvine.

Tia L. Walker, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

An expert in the area of synthetic organic chemistry, Walker earned her Ph.D. from the University of Akron. She did her undergraduate work in biology at Cleveland State University.

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