|Vol. 17, No. 4||Sept. 25, 1997|
Following are brief profiles of the University's newest group of administrative personnel, who are responsible for directing and assisting academic programs.
Frederick Adams came to Delaware this fall as chairperson of the Department of Philosophy. His teaching and areas of expertise include philosophy of the mind, epistemology and cognitive science.
Previously, Adams was associate professor and chairperson on the Department of Philosophy at Central Michigan University, since 1986. He also has served on the faculties at Augustana College, the University of Wisconsin, Lawrence University and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
Adams received the University Teaching Excellence Award from Central Michigan University in 1994 and was selected for a Visiting Scholarship at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University in 1992. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Bristol, England, in 1978.
He earned his bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's in philosophy from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.
Helen M. Bowers, an associate professor at Wake Forest University in the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy for the last three years, has been appointed associate dean and associate professor in the College of Business and Economics.
She has taught undergraduate courses in financial institutions and capital markets, advanced corporate finance, risk management and insurance. At the master's level, she has presented classes on business financial management, risk management and employee benefits for not-for-profit organizations.
An associate editor of the Journal of Financial Education since 1995, Bowers also is an active member of the Eastern Finance Association.
She has made presentations throughout the country and was a member of the Risk Management Fellows Project at Wake Forest University that developed an integrated internship program for undergraduates with leading firms in financial services.
Previously, Bowers taught at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Finance and Business Economics.
She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and her doctorate from the University of South Carolina in finance, with a minor in risk management and insurance.
Steven D. Brown, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been at UD since 1986.
His research interests concern the application of multivariate mathematical and statistical methods to the collection and analysis of chemical data, an area of chemistry known as chemometrics.
Members of his research group and he have worked on the development of new methods for multicomponent chemical analysis, on new methods for classification of multivariate data from chemical instrumentation and on the novel use of neural networks and multivariate nonlinear methods for modeling nonlinear chemical systems.
He teaches courses in all areas of analytical chemistry, including quantitative chemical analysis and instrumental analysis at the undergraduate level, and a graduate course in chemometrics.
He is an instructor for several short courses in data reduction and analysis, and he consults in matters of chemical data collection, reduction and evaluation with several companies.
He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chemometrics, and he serves as series editor for the CRC Series on Chemometrics and as an editor for the Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry.
He serves on the Governing Board for the International Society for Chemometrics, on the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's board on chemometrics and on the American Statistical Association's Chemstatistics Committee.
Brown was graduated summa cum laude from Portland State University, and he earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he held a joint appointment at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and at Washington State University.
Kate Conway Turner,
interim associate dean
of undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Science
A professor in the departments of Individual and Family Studies and Psychology, Kate Conway-Turner is interested in adult development and aging, African/ African-American family development and women and intergenerational relationships.
In her current position, she is involved in all areas that affect undergraduate academic affairs for the college.
These include curricular development and revision, student advisement, the academic climate for undergraduates and development of faculty and staff working with undergraduate students.
A member of the UD faculty since 1986, Conway-Turner served as director of the Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Program from 1993-96. She was the recipient of a Kellogg's National Leadership Grant from 1990-93 and an American Council on Education Fellowship in 1996-97, during which time she was associated with the College of New Jersey.
Conway-Turner holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology and master's and doctoral degrees in psychology, all from the University of Kansas.
She has published extensively in her field and is the lead editor with Suzanne Cherrin, Jessica Schiffman and Kathleen Turkell, all women's studies, of an upcoming work, Women's Studies in Transition: The Pursuit of Interdisciplinarity. She is coauthor, with Cherrin, of a forthcoming book entitled, Crossing the Globe: Women in the Context of Family.
M. Andrew Fields, interim chairperson, finance
M. Andrew Fields, associate professor and interim chairperson of the Department of Finance, joined the UD faculty in 1985.
His teaching interests are in the area of corporate finance, and he teaches primarily in the MBA program. His research focuses on acquisitions and corporate control, and his latest work has dealt with the impact of both state anti-takeover and interstate banking legislation.
A member of the board of the Southern Finance Association and member of other professional associations, Fields has served on the editorial board of the Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business, is a reviewer for several other journals and recently edited two special issues of Managerial Finance.
He received his bachelor's degree in management from James Madison University and an MBA and master's degree in accounting and a doctorate in finance from Virginia Technical University.
Linda Hughes, coordinator, Certification Program (ARTC)
Linda Hughes has taught in the Department of Educational Studies from 1987-1990 and from 1993 to 1997, when she was appointed coordinator of Alternate Route to Certification (ARTC) program, a collaborative effort of UD, the state of Delaware and Delaware State University to allow public and charter schools to hire uncertified secondary teachers in areas of need, as long as they hold a degree in the discipline.
She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and West Chester and Millersville universities in the areas of developmental and educational psychology, research methods and educational assessment.
At UD, she developed early field experiences in local schools for secondary education majors enrolled in educational psychology courses.
Hughes serves as executive secretary/treasurer of the Association of the Study of Play, and she is folklife and education consultant to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
She also serves on the editorial board of Play and Culture and on the Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize Committee of the American Folklore Society.
Her research focuses on child and adolescent play, games and folklore and on the dynamics of children's playgroups.
She received her bachelor's degree from C.W. Post, her master's in folklore from State University of New York at Oneonta and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Barbara Landau, director, Cognitive Science Program
Barbara Landau's research focuses on human spatial knowledge and language learning and the links between them. She focuses on the early development of language and space, as well as the kinds of breakdown that can occur in cases of abnormal development.
Recently, she has begun investigations of language and space among children with Williams Syndrome, an unusual genetic disorder that results in profound spatial deficits, coupled with relatively intact language learning.
Landau joined UD in 1995, where she currently teaches undergraduate courses on developmental psychology and cognitive development and graduate courses on spatial cognition, cognitive development and language learning.
She received her bachelor's in sociology and her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. The author of two books and nearly 40 articles on language learning, she has presented numerous papers at scientific conferences.
In 1990, Landau received the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association in recognition of her ground-breaking work on language learning.
In 1992-93, she was a visiting scientist at the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Cognitive Science.
James Mehl, interim associate dean of graduate studies and research,
College of Arts and Science
James Mehl, professor of physics and astronomy, has been a member of the UD faculty since September 1968. He works with faculty, chairpersons and administrators in support of research and graduate education.
As a member of the dean's office, he has major administrative responsibilities in the areas of matching funds and internal grants for the support of research and scholarly work, and he advises the dean on special issues relevant to the sciences.
He served as chairperson for the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1988-94. He has been a guest scientist at a number of institutions, including the University of Heidelberg and Kernforschungsanlage, Juelich, Germany.
A fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Mehl conducts theoretical and experimental research in two areas of applied physics. He has a long-term collaboration with scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he applies acoustic and electromagnetic resonance principles to the determination of the thermophysical properties of fluids. He also works with Center for Composite Materials engineers in a program on laser-based ultrasonics.
UD has applied for a patent on a new gas coupled acoustic detection principle developed by graduate student James Caron, Karl Steiner of CCM and Mehl.
Mehl received three degrees in physics from the University of Minnesota-his bachelor's in 1961, master's in 1964 and doctorate in 1966.
Michael Peterson, director, Employee Wellness Center
Michael Peterson, a member of the UD faculty since 1995, has been appointed director of the University of Delaware Employee Wellness Program.
An assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences for the past two years, he specializes in worksite health promotion, addressing a wide range of issues associated with individual and organizational health.
Peterson is involved in efforts to publicize Wellness as a resource and service to employees for the purpose of helping them improve their quality of health and life. He stresses that it deals with more than exercise, eating right and blood pressure. Wellness addresses all dimensions of life.
Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Ambassador University and his master's degree in exercise physiology from California State University at Los Angeles.
He received his doctorate in health promotion and medical behavioral sciences from the University of Kentucky.
Jeffrey Raffel, director, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
Jeffrey A. Raffel has been named director of the new School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy in the College of Human Resources, Education and Public Policy.
Encompassing the academic programs of the former College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, the new school offers master's and doctoral degrees in urban affairs and public policy and a Master of Public Administration degree, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy is one of only 30 comprehensive schools of public affairs nationwide, and its urban affairs graduate program is ranked fourth in the country, according to an article in Urban Affairs Journal.
With a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Raffel joined the UD faculty in 1971 and previously served as director of the Master of Public Administration program.
A nationally recognized expert on school desegregation, he is finishing his fourth book, a compendium on the history of school desegregation.
Raffel has an extensive public service record in Delaware and also serves on the executive council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
William Stanley, chairperson, educational development
William B. Stanley is chairperson of the Department of Educational Development and professor of social studies and curriculum theory.
His research interests include the foundations of social education, curriculum theory, Native-American education and cultural studies.
During 1996-97, he was a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the University of Utah and the Navajo Community College. He also has participated in two summer workshops on intercultural studies, in 1992 and 1994, at the East-West Center in Honolulu.
His publications have appeared in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Educational Theory, Theory and Research in Social Education and the Journal of Thought. Other publications include Research in Social Studies 1976-1983, which he edited, and Education for Utopia: Social Reconstruction and Critical Pedagogy in the Postmodern Ers and numerous book chapters.
He received his bachelor's degree in history and social science at Kean College, his master's degree from Rutgers University and his doctorate from Rutgers University.
Helen Easterling Williams, assistant dean,
University Parallel Program-Wilmington
A counselor and adviser at Delaware Technical Community College since 1986, Helen Easterling Williams is now assistant dean of the UD Parallel Program, Wilmington.
Williams is responsible for recruitment, advisement, registration and orientation of students, development of the master schedule and administrative duties dealing with budget and staffing. She also serves as an administrative liaison between UD and Delaware Technical and Community College.
She is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Counseling Association, Brandywine Professional Association, Delaware College Personnel Association, United Nations Association-USA, the Governor's International Trade Council/ Economic Development Committee and Tower Hill School Board of Trustees.
Williams received her bachelor's degree in speech pathology from Jersey City State College and her master's degree in speech and language pathology from Towson State University. Currently, she is doctoral candidate in the educational leadership program at UD.
Paul Wise, chairperson, hotel, restaurant and institutional management
Paul Wise came to UD in 1988 as founder of the Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management Program, which has now been made a department in the new College of Human Resources, Education and Public Policy.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management, he received his MBA from Michigan State University in food marketing.
Wise has operated restaurants and clubs in Pennsylvania, Alaska and Panama, and he has taught club management for U.S. Army and Air Force club managers at Fort Lee, Va.
During the last 10 years of his association with the military, Wise was responsible for the operation of 670 Army clubs and hotels with annual revenues of more than $300 million.
In 1988, he was named Penn State Hotel, Restaurant Alumnus of the Year, and he was inducted into the International Military Club Executive Association Hall of Fame.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hotel and Motel Association's Educational Institute and serves on the Certification Commission of the Education Committee.
He also serves on the Delaware Restaurant Association's Board of Directors and chairs the Marketing Committee for the Greater Wilmington Convention Visitor's Bureau and is a member of its board of directors.