Recently Promoted & Tenured Faculty Members

Tenure at the Rank of Professor

Promotion to the Rank of Full Professor

Tenure at the Rank of Associate Professor

Promotion to the Rank of Associate Professor with Tenure

Tenure at the Rank of Professor

Erica HoelscherWonpil Im
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Wonpil Im earned his doctorate in biochemistry at Cornell University and his master’s and bachelor’s in chemistry at Hanyang University, Korea.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he served as a professor in the department of molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas.  Im is the inaugural appointee to the Presidential Chair in Health, Science and Engineering at Lehigh.  Im’s research interests include modeling and simulations of (1) biological membranes and associated proteins, (2) glycoconjugates, and (3) protein-ligand (drug) interactions. In addition, his lab has been developing CHARMM-GUI (www.charmm-gui.org) for biomolecular modeling and simulation community.  He has published his work in the Biophysical Journal, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, Glycobiology, Bioinformatics etc. For more information in his research and publication, please visit http://compbio.lehigh.edu.

Erica HoelscherStephen P. DeWeerth
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science


Stephen P. DeWeerth is the Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. DeWeerth earned a doctorate in computational and neural systems at the California Institute of Technology.  Prior to his arrival at Lehigh, DeWeerth was a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory and in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.  His research is focused on the development of microelectronic/robotic biointerfacing technologies and optimization/control approaches to address neuromuscular disorders and to augment human movement.  DeWeerth is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). 

Promotion to the Rank of Full Professor

Erica HoelscherAnna Chupa
Department of Art, Architecture and Design
College of Arts and Sciences

Anna Chupa earned a master in fine arts in photography at the University of Delaware, a master of arts in liberal studies at Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s in studio art and urban teacher education at Rutgers University.  Prior to her appointment as a Lehigh faculty member, Chupa served as associate professor and graduate coordinator of the Electronic Visualization Program at Mississippi State University.  Her research has two directions: photographic documentation of religious iconography, and textile arts with botanical and architectural subjects.   She has participated in numerous juried competitions since arriving at Lehigh, has written one book and has a second in process.

Erica HoelscherM. Kathryn Iovine
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

M. Kathryn Iovine earned a doctorate at Washington University is St. Louis, a bachelor’s in biology and a bachelor’s in chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Iovine was a post-doctoral fellow in the genetics department at Washington University. Her area of research is defining how bones grow to the appropriate size, and she uses the regenerating zebrafish fin as a model system. She studies how a specific gene associated with human skeletal disease coordinates skeletal growth and patterning. This research will therefore be applicable to understanding mechanisms underlying human disease. Iovine's research has been funded by the NIH and the NSF. She has published her work in Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and elsewhere.

Erica HoelscherKashi Johnson
Department of Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences

Kashi Johnson earned a master of fine arts in acting at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s in theatre at Lehigh University.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Johnson was an adjunct at the University of Pittsburgh as well as the Wolfston – Artist in Residence at Lehigh.  Her area of creative activity is in hip hop theatre as a director, writer and pedagogue.  She has presented her work at many conferences and has acted in numerous productions nationally.

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Erica HoelscherChad Meyerhoefer
Department of Economics
College of Business and Economics

Chad Meyerhoefer arned a doctorate and master’s degree at Cornell University and a bachelor’s at Binghamton University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Meyerhoefer served as a research economist at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, as well as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.  His research is in the fields of health economics and health policy and emphasizes the economics of food, nutrition and health.  He has co-authored several book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Health Affairs, Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Pediatrics.

Erica HoelscherPatricia Manz
Department of School Psychology
College of Education

Patricia Manz has extensive experience in research to advance home visiting programs’ effectiveness in promoting young children’s language and literacy development. This line of work has led to the creation of the Little Talks curriculum for home visiting programs. Most recently, Dr. Manz has concentrated her research on developing implementation supports, including video-based observation, for home visitors’ application of evidence-based intervention. With funding through the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, Dr. Manz is leading a randomized experiment to evaluate the impact of fidelity monitoring and performance feedback on Early Head Start home visitors’ use of Little Talks. Dr. Manz has served as the lead researcher in the evaluation of home visiting programs, including the Parent Child Home Program. Emanating from this work, she has intentionally developed outcome measures that reflect the unique impacts of home visiting on parents’ involvement in children’s development.

Erica HoelscherAlexander W. Wiseman
Department of Comparative and International Education
College of Education

Alexander W. Wiseman earned a doctorate in educational theory and policy and comparative and international education at the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s in international comparative education at Stanford University, a master’s in education at the University of Tulsa and a bachelor’s in letters at the University of Oklahoma.  Before coming to Lehigh, Wiseman served as an associate professor at the University of Tulsa. His research focuses on comparing American educational policy, theory, and issues with national educational systems around the world. Wiseman's area of focus is large-scale educational assessments and the education of disadvantaged and post-conflict communities worldwide. He is the senior editor of both the Annual Review of Comparative and International Education and FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education. Wiseman's research is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Comparative Education Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisComputers & EducationDigest of Middle East Studies, Compare: A Journal of International and Comparative Education, and Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education.

Erica HoelscherJames Gilchrist
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

James Gilchrist earned a doctorate in chemical engineering at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s of chemical engineering at Washington University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Gilchrist was a postdoctoral research associate in Materials Science at the University of Illinois.  He was a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology from 2011-2012 and a visiting professorial fellow at the University of New South Wales in 2016.  Gilchrist directs the Laboratory for Particle Mixing and Self-Organization with research interests spanning various particle technologies including nanoparticle self-assembly, suspension rheology and transport, microfluidics, chaotic mixing, and granular dynamics.  Since coming to Lehigh, he published more than 40 research articles and presented over 50 invited seminars.  His work has been funded by a number of sources including NSF, DOE, NASA, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

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tenure at the rank of associate professor

Erica HoelscherSusan Woodhouse
Department of Counseling Psychology
College of Education

Susan Woodhouse earned a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park, a master’s in counseling at California State University, Hayward and a bachelor’s in comparative literature at the University of South Florida. Before coming to Lehigh, Woodhouse was an assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the application of attachment theory to understanding relationships and their link to emotion regulation and social information processing. Specifically, she examines applications of attachment theory to (a) children’s relationships with parents and peers, (b) process and outcomes of psychotherapy, and (c) improving preventive interventions for families with young children to enhance mental health. She has written several book chapters and published her work in Biological Psychology, Psychotherapy, Child Development and Developmental Psychology.

Erica HoelscherEdmund Webb III
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Edmund Webb III earned a doctorate and master’s in ceramic and materials science and engineering and a bachelor’s in ceramic engineering at Rutgers University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Webb served as a principal member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories.  His research focuses on how interfaces influence thermo-mechanical behavior of materials; his group employs computational methods and theory development, i.e. understanding the physics of interfaces at the atomistic/molecular level.  Webb has published his work in Molecular Simulation, Physical Review, Journal of Applied Physics and Scripta Materialia.

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Erica HoelscherKelly F. Austin
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Arts and Sciences

Kelly F. Austin earned a doctorate and master’s in sociology at North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s of arts in sociology and a bachelor’s of science in human development and family sciences at Oregon State University.  Austin’s research focuses on the field of social inequities related to globalization, the environment, and health.  Her research represents both quantitative, cross-national investigations, as well as qualitative field work in rural Uganda related to malaria, healthcare access, and international aid.  She has published her work in Social Forces, Social Problems, Rural Sociology, and World Development, among other outlets.

Erica HoelscherSoutir Bandyopadhyay
Department of Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences

Soutir Bandyopadhyay earned a doctorate in statistics at Texas A&M University, a master’s in statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi and a bachelor’s in statistics at St. Xavier’s College in Calcutta.  He has also been a visitor at the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research to work climate models.  Bandyopadhyay’s area of expertise is in the field of spatial statistics and bioinformatics.  He has published his work in Journal of Time Series Analysis, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B and the Annals of Statistics.

Erica HoelscherTaieb Berrada
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Taieb Berrada earned a doctorate in French and Francophone Studies at Northwestern University, a master’s in romance languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor’s at Paul Valery University (France).  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Berrada served as an assistant professor of French at the University of California, Irvine.  Berrada’s research focuses on North African francophone studies.  He has published a book La figure de l’intrus.  He has published his work in Contemporary French Civilization, The International Journal of Francophone Studies and Nouvelles Eudes Francophones.

Erica HoelscherDaniel Conus
Department of Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Conus earned a doctorate and a master’s at EPFL, Institute of Mathematics (Switzerland).  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty Conus was the Wylie Assistant Professor at the University of Utah.  Conus’ area of research expertise is in the field of stochastic partial differential equations with extensions into mathematical finance.  He has published a highly regarded textbook, now in its second edition, and has published his work in Annals of Probability, Probability Theory and Related Fields, and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.

Erica HoelscherMelpomene Katakalos
Department of Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences

Melpomene Katakalos earned a master in fine arts in scenic design at the University of California at San Diego and a bachelor of fine arts in theatrical production arts at Ithaca College.  Before coming to Lehigh, Katakalos was a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her area of creative output is in the field of scenic design and new theatrical works. She is the Director of the New Play Design Lab at San Francisco’s Playwrights Foundation and has founded two theatre companies. Since her appointment at Lehigh, she has designed over 30 productions, 12 of which were world premieres, at Lehigh, around the country, and in Beijing and Singapore. She workshopped and designed the scenery for the world premiere of Christopher Chen’s 2017 Obie-award winning play, Caught. Professor Katakalos has spoken at conferences about her work in the US and Canada.

Erica HoelscherJeremy Littau
Department of Journalism and Communication
College of Arts and Sciences

Jeremy Littau earned a doctorate and master’s in journalism at the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s at Biola University.  Prior to coming to Lehigh, Littau was a research assistant and graduate instructor in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.  Littau’s research focuses on social, interactive and participatory media, such as Instagram and Facebook, and their effect on social discourse.   He has published his work in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal and Electronic News. 

Erica HoelscherJessecae Marsh
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Jessecae Marsh earned a doctorate and master’s in cognitive psychology at Yale University and a bachelor’s in biology and psychology at Vanderbilt University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Marsh was an assistant professor at Texas Tech University.  Her research is in the field of cognitive psychology and clinical science and examines the cognitive aspects of decision-making in real world contexts involving health.  She has presented her work nationally and internationally and published in Psychological Assessment, Medical Decision Making: Policy and Practice and Memory.

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Erica HoelscherNik Nikolov
Department of Art, Architecture and Design
College of Arts and Sciences

Nik Nikolov earned a Master of Architecture at Rice University and a Bachelor’s in Visual and Performing Arts at Bennington College.  He is a practicing architect registered in the state of Pennsylvania, a LEED Accredited Professional, a holder of an NCARB Certificate, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Nik’s design work has been recognized with Awards of Excellence on regional and national levels. His theoretical interests focus on architectural design and theory, computation, and building technologies.  He believes that with pragmatic use of digital technologies and the environmentally conscious application of innovative materials architects can redefine the functional interaction between the natural and built environments. Nikolov has published research papers and presented at conferences and exhibitions around the country and in Europe. 

Erica HoelscherErnest Lai
Department of Economics
College of Business and Economics

Ernest Lai earned a doctorate in economics at the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s in economics at the University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor’s in business administration (major in economics) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  Before coming to Lehigh, Lai was a teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh while he was pursing his Ph.D. there. His research studies the strategic information transmission in economics, where he uses game theory and experimental economics as the research tools. Lai has published his work in Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. At Lehigh, he teaches microeconomics at the undergraduate and the Ph.D. levels. 

Erica HoelscherNaomi Rothman
Department of Management
College of Business and Economics

Naomi Rothman earned a doctorate in organizational behavior at New York University and a bachelor’s in sociology at the University of California at Davis.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Rothman was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her research examines the unexpected ways that people (e.g., leaders) make higher quality decisions and influence others to do so through their use of emotions and power; specifically how the experience and expression of complex emotions (e.g., emotional ambivalence) and complex states of power (e.g., power with perspective taking) drive effective decision making.  She has published in Harvard Business ReviewAcademy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management AnnalsOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Cognition and Emotion, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Erica HoelscherBridget Dever
Department of School Psychology
College of Education

Bridget Dever earned a doctorate in education and psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a master’s in child clinical/school psychology at Marywood University, and a bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Notre Dame.  Following her graduate studies, Dever completed an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) post-doctoral fellowship in educational measurement and assessment.  Dever's research interests include universal screening for behavioral and emotional risk, achievement motivation among at-risk students, and issues related to measurement and assessment in education and psychology.  Dever has coauthored a book titled "Mental Health Screening at School: Instrumentation, Implementation, and Critical Issues" and has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as School Psychology Review, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, and School Psychology Quarterly.

Erica HoelscherNader Motee
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Nador Motee received his B.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology in 2000, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Pennsylvania all in Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Before joining Lehigh in 2011, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech. His current research focus is on control, risk analysis and autonomy of robotic networks. He is a past recipient of several awards including the 2008 AACC Hugo Schuck best paper award, the 2007 ACC best student paper award, the 2008 Joseph and Rosaline Wolf best thesis award, a 2013 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program award (AFOSR YIP), a 2015 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, and a 2016 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award (ONR YIP). 

Erica HoelscherLuis Zuluaga
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Luis Zuluaga earned a doctorate in operations research and a master’s in industrial administration at Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s in industrial engineering, a bachelor’s in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s in physics at University of Los Andes (Colombia).  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Zuluaga was an Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick (Canada).   His research is in the field of polynomial optimization and distributionally robust optimization and has application in the areas of finance, insurance, energy and healthcare.   Zuluaga has published his work in Energy Economics, Mathematical Programming, Theory of Computing Systems and Operations Research.

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updated 1/17/18