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School Staff and Faculty

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Keesler

Kelsey Johnson

Secretary for the Keesler Center
(228) 376-8480

Hattiesburg

Janie Bower

Part-time Instructor of Mathematics
(601) 318-6173

Benjamin Dribus

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Tyler Hodges

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
601-318-6089

Tyler W. Hodges, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. The University of Mississippi, 2000
M.S. The University of Mississippi, 2003
Ph.D. The University of Alabama, 2008
Courses Taught: General Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Genetics, and Biology Capstone.
Interest areas: Production of bioactive molecules by microorganisms, microbial ecology of marine environments, and pharmaceutical delivery systems.

Carl Shepherd

Assistant Professor
(601) 318-6174

Gregory Futral

Assistant Professor of Psychology
(601) 318-6470

Susan Gibson

Assistant Professor of Psychology
(601) 318-6773

Douglas Lipka

Assistant Professor of Biology

Mary Mackey

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Physical Science
601-318-6083

Michael McNatt

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Chair of Chemistry and Physics
(601) 318-6531

Everett A. Roark, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Genetics, Microbiology) and Director of the MBS Program
(601) 318-6027

Dr. Roark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Jackson State. While attending Jackson State he participated in research projects at Jackson State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Chicago and the Mississippi Medical Center. After graduation, Dr. Roark worked as a research technician at the University of Chicago where he investigated eukaryotic protein trafficking. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Roark has been continuously funded throughout his research career as both a research technician and a graduate student. He has received several awards through his career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. His research interests include protein trafficking, bacterial pathogenesis, cell physiology and genetics. Dr. Roark has taught many biology classes including Genetics, Microbiology, Cell physiology, Graduate Genomics, Bioethics, and Histology. He has developed and taught several courses including online and brick & mortar.

Dr. Roark has taught Medical Genetics and Medical Microbiology since joining the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.

Shirley Scott

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Richard Sheridan

Assistant Professor of Psychology
(601) 318-6065

Jessica C. Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology, Foundations of Medicine)
(601) 318-6019

Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Exercise Science. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2008. She was continuously funded throughout her graduate studies through a Biomedical Sciences Departmental Fellowship and the University of Missouri Predoctoral Exercise Training Grant. She did postdoctoral training in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

She has received several awards throughout her career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include neural control of the circulation, peripheral arterial disease and exercise physiology.

Everett A. Roark, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Genetics, Microbiology) and Director of the MBS Program
(601) 318-6027

Dr. Roark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Jackson State. While attending Jackson State he participated in research projects at Jackson State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Chicago and the Mississippi Medical Center. After graduation, Dr. Roark worked as a research technician at the University of Chicago where he investigated eukaryotic protein trafficking. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Roark has been continuously funded throughout his research career as both a research technician and a graduate student. He has received several awards through his career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. His research interests include protein trafficking, bacterial pathogenesis, cell physiology and genetics. Dr. Roark has taught many biology classes including Genetics, Microbiology, Cell physiology, Graduate Genomics, Bioethics, and Histology. He has developed and taught several courses including online and brick & mortar.

Dr. Roark has taught Medical Genetics and Medical Microbiology since joining the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.

Jessica C. Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology, Foundations of Medicine)
(601) 318-6019

Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Exercise Science. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2008. She was continuously funded throughout her graduate studies through a Biomedical Sciences Departmental Fellowship and the University of Missouri Predoctoral Exercise Training Grant. She did postdoctoral training in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

She has received several awards throughout her career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include neural control of the circulation, peripheral arterial disease and exercise physiology.

Olivia Burkett

Associate Professor in Psychology
(601) 318-6122

Thomas Rauch

Associate Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology
(601) 318-6119

Thomas J. Rauch III, Chair, Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S.  Louisiana State University, 1974
M.S. Louisiana State University, 1994
Ph.D. The University of Southern Mississippi, 2000
Courses taught: Principals 1, Principals 2, Botany, Ecology, Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Field Biology, Ichthyology, and Herpetology.
Interest areas: The ecology of plants and animals in Mississippi and the behavioral and community ecology of fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Jessica Garriga

Instructor of Mathematics

Nick Griffis, M.S.

Instructor of Biology
(601) 318-6420

Nick Griffis received his B.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1990, then his M.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1993. He teaches courses for the William Carey Biology Department including Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General Biology, and Microbiology. He teaches Clinical Anatomy I and II laboratory, and Maintains the Clinical Anatomy laboratory facility for the College of Osteopathic Medicine. His interest areas include Human Anatomy, Immunology, and Microbiology. He joined the WUCCOM team in 2010.

Tradition

Richard Strebeck

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counselor Education
(228) 702-1837

Lisa Cummings

Assistant Professor of Psychology on the Tradition Campus
(228) 702-1852

Carol Jones

Director of Psychology on the Tradition Campus/Associate Professor of Psychology
(228) 702-1851

Karla Pope

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Department Chair
(228) 702-1834

Lynn Singletary

Associate Professor of Biology on the Tradition Campus
(228) 702-1880

Lynn B. Singletary, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S. The University of Southern Mississippi, 1978
M.S. The University of Southern Mississippi, 1981
Courses taught: General Biology, A+P 1 and 2, Genetics, Cell Physiology, and Health Related Professions.
 

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