As the University of North Texas grows in size and quality, the university also is growing in reputation. In 2010, UNT attracted more senior-level faculty and leading researchers to the university because of its innovative environment and its significant investments in infrastructure to support research, scholarship and creative activities.
Many of the new faculty members are recognized as leaders and innovators and bring deep expertise in fields such as computational chemistry, plant science, engineering and jazz. They also have strong track records in teaching students. And at UNT, like all major universities, groundbreaking research translates into excellent teaching and learning for students.
Twelve of UNT's more than 75 new faculty members were hired specifically to join the university's research clusters. As UNT seeks to become a major research university, it is making significant investments in hiring more senior-level and research-active faculty. The following provides a snapshot of new faculty members throughout the university.
Composer and arranger Richard DeRosa has toured the world, performing and recording with Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer and Susannah McCorkle, among many other artists. DeRosa served as co-arranger, orchestrator and conductor for the critically acclaimed recording projects Dial & Oatts: Brassworks and When Winter Comes. His compositions for television have been featured on Another World, As the World Turns and The Guiding Light, commercials and documentaries. In 2009, he arranged selections for UNT alumna Norah Jones' concert with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, and also has arranged music for Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; the Mel Lewis, Mulligan and Glenn Miller big bands; and vocalist McCorkle. He has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and William Paterson University and is the author of two textbooks.
Song Fu is the director of UNT's Dependable Computing Systems Lab. His research focuses on distributed, parallel and cloud computer systems, including failure modeling, failure-aware resource management, autonomic anomaly detection and energy saving. The novelty of his methods and significance of his research results led to funding by the National Science Foundation and Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research findings were recently published in the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Future Generation Computer Systems, the Journal of Network and Computer Applications, and numerous IEEE conference proceedings. Fu, who earned a doctorate in computer engineering from Wayne State University, was an assistant professor at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He is an editor of three international professional journals and has served as chair or program committee member for many international conferences.
Patricia Glazebrook specializes in environmental philosophy, ecophenomenology, gender and environmental policy, international development, the philosophy of science and technology, feminism and the philosophies of Heidegger. She is the author of Heidegger's Philosophy of Science (Fordham University Press) and has two books in progress. Her latest research is supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Glazebrook, who earned her doctorate from the University of Toronto, taught in the Department of Philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she also served as chair of international development studies and had appointments in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies, the gender and women's studies program, and the College of Sustainability. She previously taught at Moravian College, Syracuse University and Colgate University.
Suliman Hawamdeh taught and coordinated the master of science in knowledge management program at the University of Oklahoma and founded and directed the first such program at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was managing director of Information Technology Consultant Ltd. and has consulted for NEC Corp., the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Petronas and Shell. He also worked at the Institute of System Science in Singapore. He is editor of the series Innovation and Knowledge Management (World Scientific), founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, and author and editor of several other books. He was founding president of the Knowledge and Information Professional Association and the Information and Knowledge Management Society. He earned his doctorate from the University of Sheffield in England.
Pankaj Jain's research interests include Hinduism, Jainism and South Asian religious traditions, environmental ethics, and Hindi/Urdu languages and literatures. He came to UNT from North Carolina State University, and also taught at Rutgers, Kean and New Jersey City universities. Interested in connecting ancient practices with contemporary issues, he is exploring the connections between religious traditions and sustainability in Hindu and Jain communities in the North Texas area. He serves as a research affiliate with Harvard University's Pluralism Project and as scholar-in-residence with GreenFaith. He has published his research in journals such as Religious Studies Review, Worldviews and the Journal of Visual Anthropology and is working on the books Sustenance and Sustainability: Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities and Seeking God in Bollywood: South Asian Religions and Films. He earned his doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Yuankun Lin, a renowned expert in optical physics, came to UNT from the University of Texas Pan American's Department of Physics and Geology. His research interests, supported by $4 million from the National Science Foundation, include photonics, laser optics, laser-matter interaction, fiber optics, sensors and photonic band gap materials. UNT's Bio/Nano Photonics cluster is a collaboration of professors who explore how light can be used in extremely small dimensions to develop new materials and devices. Lin's expertise in diffractive optical elements and sophisticated laser techniques has allowed him to develop structural components for state-of-the-art photonic devices from inexpensive materials. The technology of photonics is used in barcode scanners, laser eye surgery and CD, DVD and Blu-ray devices. Lin earned his doctorate from the University of British Columbia.
Jan M.L. Martin, one of the world's foremost computational chemists, was the Baroness Thatcher Professor of Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. His research interests include the development of accurate computational thermochemistry and spectroscopy, the design of more universally applicable density functional methods, and the applications of computational chemistry to catalysis and renewable energy. He is a member of UNT's federally funded CASCaM, which uses advanced scientific computing for research, training and education projects with applications in biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering. Martin, who earned a doctorate from the University of Antwerp, has received the Dirac Medal of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, among many other awards.
Before joining UNT's sociology department, Michelle Poulin was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University and at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate at Boston University, where, with funding from the National Science Foundation, she investigated the sociology of intimate relationships in the context of the AIDS epidemic in Malawi, Africa. Her current work focuses on marriage and the life course in developing countries in Africa as well as in the United States. She is a coprincipal investigator of the Hewlett Foundation- and World Bank-funded Marriage Transitions in Malawi project, a longitudinal study that investigates the transition to first marriage in Malawi, a setting with high mortality, rapid social change and economic uncertainty.
Anne N. Rinn is an expert in the self-perceptions and social-emotional development of gifted high school and university students, and she examines the implications of such factors as on-campus housing, sports participation and summer camps on their development. Serving as evaluator and investigator, she has received grants totaling almost $6 million from agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. She also has consulted for the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative in Kentucky, the Appalachia Educational Laboratory Inc. in West Virginia and the Indiana Center for Evaluation and Education Policy. Rinn recently received NSF funding to study the influence of campus climate on college women's attrition from STEM fields. She came to UNT from the University of Houston-Downtown and also has taught at Rice and Western Kentucky universities. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University.
Yong X. Tao is an internationally known researcher with more than 20 years of research and 17 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has received more than $12 million for team research projects from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Energy and various industries. Tao, who earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan, was previously associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University. A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, he holds two patents and has expertise in thermal sciences, refrigeration systems and renewable energy applications. He led construction of Future House USA in an international project to build a complex of sustainable houses in Beijing.
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