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The following provides a snapshot of new faculty throughout the university.

Samir Aouadi

Associate Professor of Materials Science and
Engineering and Physics; Member of UNT’s Multi-scale Surface Science and Engineering Research Cluster

Samir Aouadi

Aouadi’s research interests include nanostructured thin film deposition and surface engineering, with a focus on protective, biomedical and thermal management films. Among his projects are self-lubricating protective coatings for high-temperature tribological applications, surface modification for coronary stents and other biomedical applications, and nanostructures for next-generation photocatalytic, solar cell and electronic devices. Previously a professor and interim chair of the physics department at Southern Illinois University, he has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling more than $1.8 million from such agencies as the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Dorothy M. Bland

Dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

Dorothy M. Bland

Bland was formerly a professor of journalism at Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication and directed its Division of Journalism — the first accredited journalism program at a historically African American university — for five years. She has served on site teams for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications at universities in numerous states. She also was a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and a guest lecturer at the Poynter Institute, Kuwait University and other institutions. Before joining FAMU, she worked in various newspaper positions for 25 years. She was a reporter and editor at USA Today, served as president and publisher of the Chillicothe Gazette and Fort Collins Coloradoan and earned three Gannett President’s Rings for outstanding performance.

Kirsten Broberg

Assistant Professor of Composition Studies

Kirsten Broberg

Broberg’s music has been performed by internationally recognized ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, and Ensemble Dal Niente, an award-winning experimental contemporary music group she founded in Chicago. She also co-founded Ensemble 61, based in Minneapolis. Her music is featured at international festivals and around the country as well as on radio broadcasts and recordings. She won a Fromm Foundation Commissioning Grant from Harvard University and two Encore Grants from the American Composers Forum, among other awards. Her interests include spectral music, orchestration, extended instrumental techniques, musical process, text setting and music for dance.

E. Whitney Moore

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation

E. Whitney Moore

Moore’s expertise is in exercise prescription and the psychological aspects of physical activity. Her primary goal is to find ways to help coaches and teachers maximize their motivational impact, so that youth participate in and enjoy physical activity. Her research is centered on the principles of achievement goal perspective theory and self-determination theory. She previously owned and operated the start-up Moore Training, which primarily brought collegiate-level athleticism training to youth and adolescent athletes in Tucson, Ariz. Her work on developing youth’s positive view of physical activity and on student well-being interventions in the management classroom, such as stress management techniques and gratitude journaling, has been published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal and the Journal of Management Education.

LeGrande Slaughter

Associate Professor of Chemistry

LeGrande Slaughter

A National Science Foundation CAREER award winner, Slaughter studies transition metal organometallic chemistry and catalysis, including the design of catalysts and novel materials, catalysis of organic reactions in medicine and industry, and catalysis for energy conversion. He has received more than $1.2 million to fund his chemical research program, including grants from the Petroleum Research Fund and Chevron Phillips as well as the NSF. He also has been actively involved in educational outreach activities, including programs to introduce rural high school students to scientific research. Slaughter came to UNT from Oklahoma State University, where he had taught since 2002. He previously was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and the Technische Universität München in Germany.

Todd A. Ward

Faculty Director of the Behavior Analysis Online Program

Todd A. Ward

Ward is directing a UNT program that provides online courses for several hundred students each semester who are pursuing certification as behavior analysts or assistant behavior analysts for work related to developmental disabilities and autism. To research the quality of instruction and to evaluate and refine the system, Ward created the Instructional and Behavioral Systems Lab at UNT. He is studying ways to promote student performance and create computing-related projects for research and business intelligence. His work has been published in Behavior and Social Issues and the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, among others, and he serves on several editorial boards. He was previously assistant director of technology for an instructional system at the University of Nevada at Reno and served as a behavior analyst for Chrysalis of Northern Nevada

Ruth West

Associate Professor of Information Science, Biological Science, Computer Science and New Media; Member of the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts

Ruth West

West’s interests include molecular genetics, information aesthetics, virtual environments, psychology, neuroscience, and mobile and social technologies. At UNT, she directs the xREZ ArtScience Laboratory, creating ways to visually and audibly represent large-scale research data across multiple fields and demonstrating its interconnections. She previously worked at the University of California-San Diego’s National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research and UCLA’s Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. Her work has received support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and has been featured in WIRED’s NextFest, the American Journal of Human Genetics and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other publications.

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Fulbright awards, medical research, student projects

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Race and the Cold War, science and politics, systemic thinking

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Sustainable fashion, ecotoxicology, musician health,
marketing, merchandising, nonprofit management

Faculty Researchers

Engineering, journalism, composition, psychology of physical activity, catalysts, behavior analysis, information aesthetics

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