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 HoelscherJohn Simon
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

John D. Simon became the 14th president of Lehigh University on July 1, 2015. Prior to coming to Lehigh, John served as the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia, and as the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs at Duke University from 2005 to 2011. John received his B.A. in chemistry from Williams College in 1979 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1983. After a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, John joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD in 1985, was promoted to full professor in 1990 and accepted the position as the first George B. Geller Professor in Chemistry at Duke University in 1998. John has authored three books and more than 250 scientific publications. His most recent work focuses on the properties of fossil melanin pigments form the Jurassic period.

Erica HoelscherKathleen Weiss Hanley
Perella Department of Finance
College of Business and Economic
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Kathleen Weiss Hanley recently joined the faculty as the Bolton-Perella Endowed Chair in Finance.  From 2011 to 2013, she was the Deputy Chief Economist of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Deputy Director in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.  Prior to that time, she was a Senior Economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and a Senior Financial Economist at the SEC.  She has also been on the faculty at the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan.  Her research has been published in leading finance journals such as The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and The Review of Financial Studies.  She received her B.S. from Indiana University and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. 

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Promotion to the Rank of Full Professor

Erica HoelscherDeborah Laible
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Deborah Laible earned a doctorate and a master’s in developmental psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor’s in psychology at Brandeis University. Professor Laible’s program of research has focused on how the processes (such as discourse) and qualities (such as security) inherent in close relationships influence children’s prosocial, moral, and emotional development.  Her current work is focusing on how children learn to be morally extensive (e.g., apply their moral behavior to individuals who are different than them based upon gender, race, and ethnicity).   

Erica HoelscherKiri Lee
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Kiri Lee earned a doctorate and a master’s in linguistics at Harvard University, a master’s in international education at Lesley University and a bachelor’s in English and American languages and literature at Nara Women’s University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty Lee served as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley.  Her research interest is the field of Japanese linguistics and heritage language learning. She has co-authored the book “Constructing the Heritage Language Learner: Knowledge, Power and New Subjectivities, authored many book chapters and has published her work in Korean Linguistics, Critical Asian Studies and Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.  

Erica HoelscherTheodore Ralphs
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Theodore Ralphs earned his doctorate degree in Operations Research at Cornell University, his master’s in mathematics and bachelor’s in applied mathematics (with honors) at Carnegie Mellon University. Ralphs became an assistant professor at Lehigh in the year 2000. Since then he has founded numerous programs, published in several top conferences in his field, and produced significant software as part of his scholarly work. His research focuses on the development of conceptual frameworks, consisting of theoretical and methodological building blocks that are realized in the form of modular software libraries for the solution and analysis of a variety of classes of large-scale discrete optimization problems. He has presented his work both nationally and internationally.

Erica HoelscherIveta Silova
Comparative and International Education
Department of Education and Human Services
College of Education

Iveta Silova earned a doctorate in comparative education and history/political science, two separate master’s degrees in international and comparative education, a master’s in education administration and leadership from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in linguistics from the University of Latvia.  Her research interests include globalization and policy transfer in education, public policy efforts addressing social inequities, and education transformation in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Silova served as senior education advisor for the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundations.  She has written numerous book chapters and has published her work in Globalization, Societies, and Education, Global Studies of Childhood and the Journal for Educational Research Online.

Erica HoelscherSvetlana Tatic-Lucic
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Svetlana Tatic-Lucic earned a doctorate and a master’s in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty Tatic-Lucic was a senior consulting engineer at Coventor, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Her research is in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and technology in the areas of neuroscience and cell biology.  She has presented her work in numerous venues and has published in Sensors and Actuators A, Microelectronic Engineering and Langmuir.

Erica HoelscherYuliang “Oliver” Yao
Department of Management
College of Business and Economics

Yuliang “Oliver” Yao earned a doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park, an MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
China.  His research interests are at the intersection of information systems and supply chain management, including the business value of information systems, electronic commerce, social networks, and supply
chain collaborations. He has published his work in the Management Science, Information Systems Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision
Sciences, Supply Chain Management Review, etc. He received the E. Grovesnor Plowman Award from CSCMP in 2007, a prestigious award in the SCM field, and the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award in refereed scholarship in business and applied economic disciplines at Lehigh.

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Tenure at the rank of Associate Professor

Erica HoelscherJodi Eichler-Levine
Department of Religion Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Jodi Eichler-Levine earned her doctorate and master’s in religion at Columbia University and her bachelor’s in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Eichler-Levine served as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Her research revolves around Jewish children’s literature in America and the intersections between women's religious practices, material culture, and interfaith activism.  She has presented her work at numerous venues and has published a book, Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature.   She has also published in journals such as Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, American Quarterly and Postscripts:  The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds. Eichler-Levine also serves on the Jewish Women's Archive's academic advisory council and on several steering committees of the American Academy of Religion.  

Erica HoelscherHartley Lachter
Department of Religion Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Hartley Lachter earned his doctorate degree in Medieval Jewish Mysticism at New York University, his master’s in history of Hebrew Bible Interpretation and bachelor’s in Jewish Studies and philosophy from McGill University.  Before coming to Lehigh, Lachter served as associate professor of religion studies and director of Jewish Studies at Muhlenberg College. Dr. Lachter’s research focuses on medieval Jewish thought and literature and the manifestations of Jewish mysticism.  His recent book is entitled, Kabbalistic Revolution: Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain (Rutgers University Press, 2014).  Dr. Lachter presently serves as department chair of the Religion Studies Department and the Director of the Berman Center for Jewish Studies. 

 

Erica HoelscherChristopher Liang
Counseling Psychology
Department of Education and Human Services
College of Education   

Christopher Liang earned a doctorate in counseling psychology, and a master’s in college student personnel at the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor’s in psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Liang is also a licensed psychologist in the state of California.  Before coming to Lehigh, Liang served as an associate professor of psychology at the University of La Verne.  His research interests revolve around the influences of coping, masculinity, and beliefs in an unjust world in the association between perceived racism and psychological functioning of ethnic minority Americans. Liang authored the book, Handbook of multicultural measures, and has published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, Personality and Individual Differences, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and The Counseling Psychologist.

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Promotion to the Rank of Associate Professor with Tenure

Erica HoelscherMatthew Bush
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences

Matthew Bush earned a doctorate and a master’s in Spanish at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a bachelor’s in Spanish at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty he was a graduate instructor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado at Boulder.   Bush’s research revolves around the intersection of Latin American aesthetics and the socio-political contexts of modern history in that region.  He is the Director of the Latin Studies Program at Lehigh and is the author of Pragmatic Passions: Melodrama and Latin American Social Narrative (2014) and co-editor of the volume Technology, Literature, and Digital Culture in Latin America: Mediatized Sensibilities in a Globalized Era (2015).  He has published his work in journals such as Revista de Critica Literaria Latinoamericana, Texto Crítico, and Revista Iberoamericana, among others. 

Erica HoelscherFrank Curtis
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Frank E. Curtis earned his doctorate and master's degrees in industrial engineering and management science at Northwestern University and his bachelor's in mathematics and computer science at the College of William and Mary.  Before joining Lehigh's faculty, Curtis was a postdoctoral researcher at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.  His research interests revolve around the design, analysis, and implementation of algorithms for solving nonlinear optimization problems and their application to solve problems in complex system design, energy, and learning.  He is the recipient of an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy and funding from the National Science Foundation.  Curtis has presented his work nationally and internationally and has published in such reputable journals such as Mathematical Programming and SIAM Journal on Optimization.

Erica HoelscherLyndon Dominique
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Lyndon Dominique earned a doctorate and a master’s in English at Princeton University and a bachelor’s in Comparative American Studies at the University of Warwick in the U.K.  Before coming to Lehigh, Dominique served as an assistant professor at Georgetown University.   His research interest is transatlantic and critical race studies of eighteenth century British literature.  He has presented his work at numerous venues and has two books in print as well as articles in The Cultural Politics of Blood 1500-1900 and the Dictionary of Literary Biography:  Twenty First Century “Black” British Writers.

Erica HoelscherBenjamin Felzer
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Benjamin Felzer earned his doctorate in geological sciences at Brown University, his master’s in geology at the University of Colorado-Boulder and his bachelor’s in physics at Swarthmore College. Before coming to Lehigh, Felzer served as a research associate at The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.  His research interests include climate change and the use of mathematical models to assess earth ecosystems.  His work has been published in Climate Research, and Ecological Modelling.

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Erica HoelscherThomas Hammond
Instructional Technology, Teacher Education
Department of Education and Human Services
College of Education

Thomas Hammond earned a doctorate in instructional technology at the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s in history and international studies at Yale University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Hammond was a graduate fellow and teaching assistant at the University of Virginia.  His research interests revolve around geospatial technologies such as Google Earth and geographic information systems (GIS).  Hammond has published his work in Social Studies, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education and the Journal of Interactive Learning Research

Erica HoelscherB. Wesley Heiss
Department of Art, Architecture and Design
College of Arts and Sciences

B. Wesley Heiss earned a master’s in architecture at Rice University and a bachelor’s in architecture/ceramics at Bennington College.  His research in both design and visual art explores humanity’s relationship with technology. Nostalgic, playful and darkly humorous, Heiss’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His civic art collaborative Walczak & Heiss has been awarded significant permanent commissions across the country including Colorado, Wyoming, California and New York. He has won an Artadia grant, a PCA Grant, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan, the Roswell AIR Program and the Bemis Center.

Erica HoelscherAlmut Hupbach
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Almut Hupbach earned a doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Trier in Germany.  Before coming to Lehigh, she served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona.  Her research investigates the dynamics of human memory, with a focus on intentional and unintentional processes of forgetting and memory updating in children and adults. She published numerous book chapters and has published her work in Behavioral Neuroscience, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, and the Journal of Neuroscience. 

Erica HoelscherJeetain Mittal
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Jeetain Mittal earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s from the Indian Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s from Punjab Technical University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Mittal served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health.  His research interests include the simulation of bio-macromolecular systems, protein folding, and DNA-nanomaterial interactions.  He has presented his work both nationally and internationally and has published his work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of American Chemical Society, Nano Letters and Physical Review Letters.

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Erica HoelscherAlex Nikolosko-Rzhevskyy
Department of Economics
College of Business and Economics

Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of Houston , a master’s in economics from EERC/KSE and a master’s degree in Physics from Odesa National University in Ukraine. Prior to joining Lehigh's faculty, Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy served as an assistant professor at the University of Memphis, where he taught graduate Macroeconomics and Econometrics, and conducted research on monetary policy analysis. Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy's papers have been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and International Journal of Forecasting. He has been the recipient of several research grants and his research has been referred to at the U.S. Congress.  

Erica HoelscherHolona Ochs
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Holona Ochs earned a doctorate and a master’s in political science at the University of Kansas, a master’s in clinical marriage and family therapy and a bachelor’s in psychology at Kansas State University.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Ochs served as an assistant professor at Howard University.  Her research interests include welfare reform efforts in the United States and the economic effects of privatization.  She has published three books and has published her work in Public Personnel Management, the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy and the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. 

Erica HoelscherJesus Salas
Perella Department of Finance             
College of Business and Economics

Jesus M Salas earned a doctorate in finance at the University of Oklahoma, a master’s in economics at Miami University of Ohio and a bachelor’s in mathematics at St. Mary’s University. His research interests include the value of CEOs, corporate governance and corporate risk management. He has published his work in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Economics and Finance.

Erica HoelscherMark Snyder
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Mark Snyder earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.  Before his return to Lehigh, Snyder carried out postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. Snyder is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and Lehigh’s Early Career Award for Distinguished Teaching. Snyder’s research focuses on the design and engineering of functionalized inorganic nanoparticles, nanoparticle assembly, and porous particles and thin films for applications spanning catalysis, sorption, and separations. Snyder has published his work in journals such as Langmuir, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Chemical Communications, Science, and Nature Materials

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Erica HoelscherMuhannad Suleiman
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Muhannad Suleiman earned a doctorate in civil engineering at Iowa State University, a master’s and bachelor’s in civil engineering at Jordon University of Science and Technology.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, Suleiman served as an assistant professor at Lafayette College.  Dr. Suleiman's research interests include soil-structure interaction, ground improvement, thermo-active geotechnical systems, and bio-modification of soils and soil-pile systems. He is the recipient of the Shamsher Prakash 2014 Prize for Excellence in Teaching of Geotechnical Engineering, was selected as a P.C. Rossin Assistant Professor, and was named the first runner-up for the Best Young Professor Paper by the Deep Foundation Institute. His research has been funded by several agencies including National Science Foundation, Qatar National Research Fund, and Lindback Foundation. He has published more than 65 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.

Erica HoelscherGang Tan
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Gang Tan earned a doctorate and a master’s in computer science at Princeton University and a bachelor’s in computer science and a bachelor’s in economics at Tsinghua University, China.  Before coming to Lehigh, Tan served as a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research. His research is at the interface between computer security, programming languages, and formal methods. He has published his work at premier computer science venues, including ACM Computer and Communication Security, Programming Language Design and Implementation, and Mathematical Structures in Computer Science. He has received an NSF CAREER award, two Google Research Awards, and a Francis Upton Graduate Fellowship. He has received numerous NSF small- and medium-sized grants to investigate methodologies that enable secure software systems. 

Erica HoelscherBob Watts
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Bob Watts earned a doctorate in creative writing/English at the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s in American literature and creative writing-poetry at North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s at Appalachian State University.   Before coming to Lehigh, Watts served as an assistant professor at Rhodes College.  He has published the book, Past Providence, and has published his poems in Carolina Quarterly, New York Quarterly and the Paris Review.

Erica HoelscherParvathinathan Venkitasubramaniam
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Parv Venkitasubramaniam earned a doctorate and a master’s in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, India.  Prior to joining Lehigh, Venkitasubramaniam served as a visiting post-doctoral associate at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is targeted towards developing theoretical foundations for security and privacy in data networks and cyber physical systems. He has published his work in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Signal Processing and Networking, ASCE Journal of Energy Engineering and the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing. He is a recipient of the Leonard G. Abraham Award from the IEEE Communication Society in 2004 and an NSF CAREER Award in 2012.

Erica HoelscherKe Yang
Perella Department of Finance 
College of Business and Economics 

Ke Yang earned a doctorate in finance from the University of Iowa, a master’s in economics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a bachelor’s in accounting at the Henan University of Science and Technology, China.  Yang’s research interests include corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and social network.  Dr. Yang has published her work in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Accounting Horizons.

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