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School Staff and Faculty

school of natural and behavioral sciences

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Joycelyn Gipson

Academic Administrative Assistant to the School of Natural & Behavioral Sciences
(601) 318-6688

Tony Lee

Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling
(601) 318-6080

Janie Bower

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

Mrs. Bower has taught math courses at WCU since 1999. She is a graduate of WCU, and has worked as a university/college instructor, high school teacher, and educational consultant in the field of mathematics for nearly 40 years. She has participated in dozens of professional conferences and workshops during this time. At present, she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including geometry, fundamentals of mathematics, and topics in secondary math education. She also supervises the field experience in residency courses for prospective math teachers in the math education program.

Benjamin Dribus

Chair of Mathematics Department

Dr. Dribus joined the WCU math faculty in the fall of 2014. He is a graduate of LSU, Tulane University, and the University of Oklahoma. He has multiple research programs in mathematics and theoretical physics. In 2012, his research on quantum gravity and spacetime structure earned him membership in the Foundational Questions Institute, an exclusive international society devoted to the study of fundamental problems in physics and cosmology. His book on spacetime structure, published by Springer, is scheduled appear in the upcoming year. He teaches calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, and a variety of other undergraduate and graduate courses.

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.

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

Director of Master of Biomedical Science Program; Associate Dean of Pre-Professional Sciences; Associate Professor of Biomedical Science
(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

Chair; Assistant Professor of Psychology
(601) 318-6122

Everett A. Roark, PhD

Director of Master of Biomedical Science Program; Associate Dean of Pre-Professional Sciences; Associate Professor of Biomedical Science
(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.

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.

Carl Shepherd

Associate Professor
(601) 318-6174

Mr. Shepherd has been a member of the WCU math faculty since 1997, and currently holds the position of associate professor. He is a graduate of WCU and USM. He is also a former K-12 principal and superintendent, and has served in a wide array of pedagogical and administrative capacities related to education in the state of Mississippi, at both the public and private levels. He is a member of MAMTE and Kappa Mu Epsilon. At present, his principal teaching interest is algebra, although he has also taught a number of other courses, including fundamentals of mathematics.

Jessica Garriga

Instructor of Mathematics, Assistant Coach of Women's Basketball

Mrs. Garriga joined the William Carey math faculty in the fall of 2014. She is a graduate of USM and WCU, and a former Instructor of Mathematics at Pearl River Community College. She teaches a broad variety of courses, ranging from college algebra to senior seminar, and emphasizes the use of technology and web-based resources. She supervises the online portion of the math program, and has also assisted in the recent expansion of the WCU online program at a university-wide level. She has research connections at USM in the fields of partial differential equations and numerical methods. She is also instrumental in recruiting efforts.

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.

Keesler

Kelsey Johnson

Secretary for the Keesler Center
(228) 376-8480

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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