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Lindenwood University-Belleville Welcomes 11 New Faculty

Lindenwood University-Belleville welcomes 11 new full-time professors in the fields of education, exercise science, chemistry, criminal justice, business, history, and communications. Each of these professors possesses the highest degree in his or her field, bringing the percentage of Lindenwood Belleville faculty with terminal degrees to 97.5. The campus employs 40 full-time faculty members and over 100 part-time instructors in 37 different degree programs.

Lindenwood University-Belleville new facultyTwo of these new faculty members specialize in one of Lindenwood Belleville’s newly added degree programs, exercise science. Dr. Chris Fahs will lead the health and physical education classes this semester, and Dr. Lindy Rossow will oversee the exercise science courses. Fahs and Rossow both come to Lindenwood from Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Mass., where they served as visiting instructor and assistant professor, respectively, in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Rossow has taught numerous courses as a guest instructor at the University of Oklahoma and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a certified sports nutritionist. Fahs is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and, in addition to teaching, has served as the coordinator for the Exercise and Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Paul Sharp will bring his years of knowledge and experience in the school system to Lindenwood students this year. Most recently the principal for Bayless Junior High and Middle School in St. Louis, Mo., Sharp has also served as principal for Scott City Middle School and assistant principal for Sikeston Middle School and Robert H. Sperreng Middle School. Sharp earned his doctorate in education leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013.

Drs. Sara Drenkhahn and David Naistat will join the Chemistry Department at Lindenwood this year as assistant professor and associate professor of chemistry, respectively. Drenkhahn comes from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her doctorate in biochemistry in 2013 and served as a postdoctoral fellow. Her background also includes work as a biological sciences technician at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Ill. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, David Naistat most recently served as assistant professor of chemistry at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Ind. He has also taught students at the University of Minnesota, Bethany College, the University of Miami, and Universidad de Buenos Aires. Naistat has published several scholarly articles in such publications as the Encyclopedia of Toxicology and the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Lindenwood Belleville’s Division of Business and Entrepreneurship gains Drs. Chris Gourdine and Sila Tuju. Gourdine most recently taught at Lindenwood Belleville as an adjunct instructor for graduate management classes. He has also worked as a business development and strategic analyst for PAL Services, Inc., and served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years. Gourdine earned his Doctorate of Management from Webster University in 2011. Tuju comes to Lindenwood from Mid-Continent University, where he served as an assistant professor of management. He also has teaching experience at Bethel University, Forbes School of Business at Ashford University, and Covenant College. Tuju earned his doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University in 2011.

Dr. Shauntey James joins the Criminal Justice Department at Lindenwood Belleville this year. James holds a PhD from Western Michigan University and a JD from Thomas Cooley Law School. She has taught courses in criminal justice, sociology, gender and justice, and drug and alcohol abuse at colleges across the country, such as the University of Dayton, Walsh University, and Briar Cliff University. James was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and served as the president of the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education.

Lindenwood University-Belleville welcomes Dr. Jennifer Welsh to the History Department. Welsh has served as a visiting assistant professor for the College of Charleston and Davidson College, as well as a lecturing fellow at Duke University and an instructor at Cornell University. She earned her PhD from Duke University in 2009. Welsh has presented her research at conferences across the country, with the most recent being the Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies and the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference.

Justin Edgren and Derek Dadian-Smith join Lindenwood Belleville as assistant professors of communication. Edgren has worked as a productions assistant, art director, actor, and director for numerous independent films and shorts. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in digital media production from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dadian-Smith also earned his Master of Fine Arts in media art from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has performed and exhibited work in the United States and overseas and has recently been featured at the Unnoticed Art Festival in the Netherlands.


Pictured from top left: Dadian-Smith, Edgren, Gourdine, Naistat, Sharp, Drenkhahn, Fahs, James, Rossow, Tuju, and Welsh.

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