Recently Promoted & Tenured Faculty Members

Promotion to the Rank of Full Professor

Erica Hoelscher

Slava V. Rotkin
Department of Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

Slava V. Rotkin earned his doctorate in physics and mathematics at the Ioffe Institute and his master Summa Cum Laude in optoelectronics and electronics at the Electro-technical University (Russia).  Before coming to Lehigh, Rotkin was a Beckman Fellow at UIUC and prior to that a Research Staff Fellow at the Ioffe Institute.  His research interests include nano-biophysics, near-field optics and plasmonics, charge transport, optics and quantum effects in 2D nanomaterials, nanostructures and NEMS. Rotkin is the head of the lab of theoretical and experimental physics of nano-systems.  He has published his work in Nature Nanotechnology, ACS Nano, Small, Nano Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Nano Research, Physical Review B, and Europhysics Letters. Rotkin is a Vice-Chair of Nanocarbon Division and a Member of the Interface Advisory Board, the Electrochemical Society.

Zicheng Yu

Aladdin Yaqub
Department of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences

Aladdin Yaqub earned his doctorate in philosophy, master’s in philosophy and master’s in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Baghdad in Iraq.  Before coming to Lehigh he was a faculty member in the philosophy department of the University of New Mexico.  Yaqub’s areas of interest include logic, truth theory, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics and Islamic philosophy and theology.  He is the author of several books including An Introduction to Metalogic, presently in press and has published his work in the Review of Contemporary Philosophy and Analysis and Metaphysics.  

Arpana Inman

Frank Gunter
Department of Economics
College of Business and Economics

Frank Gunter earned his doctorate in political economy from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelor’s in economics from the Pennsylvania State University.  His 2013 book, The Political-Economy of Iraq: Restoring Balance in a Post-Conflict Society, based on his two years in Iraq as a senior economic advisor, was selected as a Choice Magazine academic book of the year. His current research is on the relationship among conflict, corruption, entrepreneurship, and economic development.  He has presented his work internationally and published in the Journal of Economic Education, China Economic Quarterly and Constitutional Political Economy. He has won three major and multiple minor awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Active and reserve, he served thirty-five years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring as a Colonel.  

Alparslan Oztekin

James A. Hall
Department of Accounting
College of Business and Economics

James A. Hall is Professor of Accounting and the Peter E. Bennett Chair in Computer Science and Business at Lehigh University.  He has worked in industry in the fields of systems analysis and computer auditing and has served as consultant in these areas to numerous organizations. Professor Hall has published articles in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Journal of MIS, Communications of the ACM, Management Accounting, Journal of Computer Information Systems, The Journal of Accounting Education, The Review of Accounting Information Systems, and other professional journals. He is the author of Accounting Information Systems, 8th Edition and Information Technology Auditing and Assurance, 3rd Edition, both published by South-Western College Publishing. His research interests include internal control, computer fraud, and IT outsourcing.

Alparslan Oztekin

Alec Bodzin
Department of Education and Human Services
College of Education
Alec Bodzin earned his doctorate in science education at North Carolina State University, his master’s also in science education at George Washington University and his bachelor’s in biology and psychology at the University of Michigan.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Bodzin was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Trainee at North Carolina State University.  His research interests include design of web-based inquiry learning environments, learning with spatial thinking tools and design and implementation of inquiry-based science and environmental curriculum.  Bodzin has worked on numerous instructional web site projects and has published his work in journals such as The Journal of Environmental Education, the International Journal of Science Education and the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Alparslan Oztekin

Mooi Choo Chuah
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Mooi Choo Chuah earned her doctorate in electrical engineering and master’s in ECE communication theory and systems from the University of California, San Diego and her bachelor’s from the University of Malaya.  Before coming to Lehigh, Chuah was a technical manager at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies.  Her research interests include ad hoc networking, wireless, telecommunications and computer communications networking.  She has presented her work internationally and published in journals such as Ad Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks, Computer Communications and Mobile Networks and Applications.

Alparslan Oztekin

Katya Scheinberg
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Katya Scheinberg earned her doctorate and master’s in operations research from Columbia University and her bachelor’s degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty she served as a research scientist at Columbia University and faculty member at New York University.  Her research revolves around derivative free optimization and optimization methodology for machine learning. She has published her work in journals such as Mathematical Programming Computation, IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis and Journal of Machine Learning Research.

Alparslan Oztekin

Nelson Tansu
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Nelson Tansu earned his doctorate in electrical engineering with distributed minors in physics and material science engineering (2003) and a bachelor’s in applied mathematics, electrical engineering, and physics (1998) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Tansu’s research areas cover the theoretical/computational and experimental aspects of the physics of semiconductor optoelectronics materials and devices, and integrated nanophotonics / nanoelectronics. He has published more than 98 refereed international journal and 170 conference publications, and he also currently holds more than 14 U.S. patents. He has served as a panel member for the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and other agencies in the U.S. and abroad. He has also served in editorial boards for Photonics (as Editor-in-Chief), IEEE Photonics Journal, OSA Optical Material Express, Nanoscale Research Letters, IEEE Journal of Display Technologies, and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Recently, Tansu has been appointed as Director of Lehigh’s Center for Photonics and Nanoelectronics (CPN) and the Daniel E. '39 and Patricia M. Smith Endowed Chair Professor in Photonics and Nanoelectronics.

Tenure at the Rank of Full Professor

Alparslan Oztekin

Georgette Chapman Phillips
Perella Department of Finance
College of Business and Economics

Georgette Chapman Phillips earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Bryn Mawr College.  Professor Phillips has been appointed the Kevin L. Clayton ’84, ’13P and Lisa A. Clayton ’13P Dean of the College of Business and Economics and member of the Perella Department of Finance.  She also will hold an appointment in the Africana Studies Program.  Before joining Lehigh, she held several posts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania including serving as Vice Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Division.  Professor Phillips’ teaching and research focuses on the intersection of law, economics and public policy within the context of the built environment. She has publishes in the areas of urban and regional planning, and local government and law in such journals as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Emory Law Review, and the Boston University Law Review.

Tenure at the Rank of Associate Professor

David Griffith

Yinan He
Department of International Relations
College of Arts and Sciences

Yinan He earned her doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a B.A. from Peking University in international politics and M.A. from Fudan University in international politics. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Dr. He served as an associate professor at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on politics of memory and reconciliation, East Asian international security, Chinese and Japanese foreign policy, and national identity mobilization and nationalism in East Asia. She is the author of The Search for Reconciliation: Sino-Japanese and German-Polish Relations since World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She has also published her work in journals, including China Perspectives, Europe-Asian Studies, Asian Perspective, Asian Security, History & Memory, and Journal of Contemporary China.

David Griffith

Jennifer M. Jensen
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Jensen  earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor’s, also in political science, from the University of  Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Before joining Lehigh as Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, Jensen served as associate professor of political science and associate dean for academic affairs at Binghamton University.   Dr. Jensen’s research focuses on state-federal relations and questions surrounding why individuals seek to work in government and politics.  She has presented her work nationally and has published in journals such as Journal of Policy History, Political Research Quarterly and Judicature.

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

David Vicic

Saladin Ambar
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Saladin Ambar earned his doctorate degree in political science at Rutgers University, his master’s, also in political science at the New School for Social Research and his bachelor’s in foreign service at Georgetown University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty he taught at both Lehigh University and Lafayette College as a visiting assistant professor.   He is the author of several books including How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency. He has presented his work internationally and published in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Race and Class and the Encyclopedia of Political Thought.

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Marilyn Jones
Department of Art, Architecture and Design
College of Arts and Sciences

Marilyn Jones earned her M.F.A. from Marywood University, her B.F.A. from Syracuse University and has a B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University. As a professional designer, she served a wide range of clients in the areas of telecommunications, publishing, and pharmaceutics. Previously, she taught Visual Communications at Kean University, Montclair University and the College of New Jersey. Currently, she is the book cover designer for Lehigh University Press and her research interests include the pedagogical complexities of design education and the “Future of the Book.” In addition, Ms. Jones is the faculty advisor and mentor to the Lehigh’s student design agency, Fusion Studio. Involvement in Fusion gives students real life experience designing campus-wide projects and non-profit assignments.

Katya Scheinberg

Dominic Packer
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Dominic Packer earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and was a post-doctoral fellow at The Ohio State University before coming to Lehigh. His lab investigates how people decide to dissent, interact across group boundaries and to do other good things.  His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  He currently serves as an Associate Editor at the British Journal of Social Psychology, and also as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at Lehigh.

Michael Burger

Bruce Whitehouse
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Bruce Whitehouse earned his doctorate and master’s in anthropology at Brown University and his bachelor’s in English and French studies at Carleton College. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali.  He has published a book, Migrants and Strangers in an African City: Exile, Dignity, Belonging and was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Mali. His research interests include migration, marriage and child-rearing, and transnational identity in post-colonial Africa. He has published his work in journals including Global Networks, Review of African Political Economy, Social Science & Medicine, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.  

Kerney Glover

Yuping Zhang
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Yuping Zhang earned her doctorate in sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in sociology at Boston College, a master’s degree in American literature at the Tianjin Foreign Languages Institute. Upon graduating from University of Pennsylvania, she joined Lehigh’s faculty. Her research revolves around education, social inequalities and gender issues in globalization. She has published her work in Social Forces, China Quarterly, World Development, Comparative Education Review, and the International Journal of Educational Development.

Kai Landskron

Liuba Belkin
Department of Management
College of Business and Economics

Liuba Belkin earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and her MBA from Rutgers University and her master’s and bachelor’s, both in Economics from the Institute for Economics and Law (Russia).  Before coming to Lehigh, Belkin was an instructor at Rutgers, while pursuing her doctorate degree.  Belkin's primary research interests focus on affect and emotions in organizational settings and the role of emotions in electronic communication, negotiations, trust relationships, and managerial practices. She has presented her work on numerous national and international conferences and has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Negotiations and Conflict Management Research, among others.

Virginia McSwain

Douglas Mahony
Department of Management
College of Business and Economics

Douglas Mahony earned his doctorate in industrial relations and human resource management and master’s degree in industrial relations at Rutgers University and his bachelor’s in history and economics at the University of Toronto.  Before coming to Lehigh, Mahony was a faculty member at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. His research interests include organizational conflict, alternative dispute resolution, participatory work systems and social networks.  His work has been published in the Journal of Management, Industrial Relations and Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Dimitri Vezenov

Muzhe Yang
Department of Economics
College of Business and Economics

Muzhe Yang earned his doctorate in agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees, both in economics from Peking University (China). His research focuses on causal inference with nonexperimental data. Examples of his work include treatment-effect analysis with a regression discontinuity design, peer effects in physicians’ new drug prescription behaviors, impacts of exposure to advertising on purchasing behaviors, roles of nationality and ethnicity on international and inter-regional trade, effects of paid maternity leave on breastfeeding practices, and impacts of publicly reported provider quality information on CABG markets. His research has been published in journals such as Economic Inquiry, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Economics & Human Biology, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Development Economics.

Ping-Shi Wu

Xuanhong Cheng
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Xuanhong Cheng earned her doctorate in bioengineering at the University of Washington and her bachelor’s in biology from Wuhan University (China). Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Dr. Cheng served as a research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her research revolves around applying micro and nanotechnologies to biomedical problems. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health as well as other organizations. She has presented both nationally and internationally and has published in journals such as the Journal of Lab on a Chip, Small, Biomedical Materials Research Part A, Analytical Chemistry, and Langmuir. 

Reetika Gupta

Shamim Pakzad
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Shamim Pakzad earned his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s also in civil and environmental engineering from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education in Iran.  His research revolves around the application of dense sensor networks and mobile sensing for structural health monitoring, and evaluation and assessment of damage and behavior of infrastructure and structural systems.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Pakzad served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, and has published his work in many reputable journals in this field such as the Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of Bridge Engineering, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Smart Materials & Structures, and Structural Control and Health Monitoring.