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Summer Faculty Research Writing Series Participants Announced!

This past week, ten faculty members from across several disciplines: business, chemistry, communications, natural sciences and mathematics, political science, rhetoric and culture, and computer science, participated in the Summer Faculty Writing Workshop hosted by Smith Institute for Applied Research. Workshop participants spent dedicated, uninterrupted time working on writing projects ranging from books to scientific journal articles. The workshop offered a supportive environment for participants to develop a network of peer-writers outside of their departments or colleges. The building of such collaborations lays the foundation for the development of interdisciplinary teams to further the University’s mission and strategically build capacity through acquisition of external grant funding. Faculty who were selected for the writing workshop have been incentivized to provide proof of a submitted document to a publisher for their creative work later this year.

The fellows are listed as follows: Ying Bai, Ronda Bibbs, Lucinda Blue, Tim Champion, Indhumathi Gopal, Gary Guffey, Brian Hunt, Helen King, Adrienne Phillips, Katrina Watterson

Dr. Ying Bai is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Johnson C. Smith University. His special interests include: artificial intelligence, soft computing, robotic controls, robots calibrations, and database programming.

Since 2003, Dr. Bai has published seventeen (17) books with publishers such as Prentice Hall, CRC Press LLC, Springer, Cambridge University Press, and Wiley IEEE Press.

During recent years, Dr. Bai has also published more than sixty-five academic research papers in IEE Trans. Journals and International conferences.  

Dr. Ronda K. Bibbs is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Johnson C Smith University, Charlotte, NC. While at JCSU, Dr. Bibbs has become a Smith Institute Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Fellow and was later accepted to participate in the Sponsored Programs’ Grant Development Institute (GDI). Dr. Bibbs earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Biology from Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL. While receiving her doctorate, in Microbiology, she had the privilege of being a scholar in the Center for Nanobiotechnology at Alabama State University. Her research focuses on the utilization of nanotechnology (metallic nanoparticles) on the effect against Streptococcus pneumoniae. With high level resistance, alternative ways are crucial in combating the high adaptive nature of various bacteria. Dr. Bibbs is also an advocate for Mind and Body Wellness. She has certifications in Personal Training, Yoga and Pilates (course certifications include Nutrition and Exercise, Stress Gets Personal, and Mind-Body fitness). Her research interest ranges from health and human performance (Yoga, Meditation) to various biological aspects (Nanotechnology, Infectious Diseases, Malaria, Parasitology, Microbiology). In addition to these research interests, Dr. Bibbs serves as a reviewer for L’Oréal USA For Woman in Science Fellowship Program.

Dr. Lucinda Blue is currently Chair of the Business Administration and Economics Department, an Assistant Business Administration Professor, and Academic Advisor at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). With her sixteen (16) years of teaching online and on campus, she currently teaches business and computer science courses at JCSU for the past six years. She has served as Assistant Dean of Curriculum for the Graduate Programs, Chair of School of Business Graduate Program at Strayer University.  
Dr. Blue’s other professional experiences include a Project Manager/Consultant, DukeEnergy Corporation, Charlotte, NC. During her time at DukeEnergy Corporation, Dr. Blue: 1) Provided Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)testing and documentation for controls and service organizations in the Insurance and Claims section and Market Credit Risk section. 2) Managed the Insurance Database forproperty, general liability, and auto regarding claims affecting the Company. 3) Developed and implemented the enterprise Business Continuity Planning strategy and awareness.  Dr. Blue was a participant of the Grants Development Institute, hosted by Government Sponsored Programs and Research, and has received funding on behalf of JCSU.

Dr. Tim Champion is Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Quality Enhancement Plan “Cultivating a Culture and Curriculum for Undergraduate Research”. Dr. Champion is beginning his 34th year at JCSU and his 17th year as Chair of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department. Dr. Champion received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill, and his Doctor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Champion has won several awards, and received over $4 million in external funds as PI of various grants. Dr. Champion routinely mentors postdoctoral fellows through the SPIRE collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill. Along the way, he has picked up several Grantsperson of the Year Awards from the Government Sponsored Programs division at JCSU. Dr. Champion has served as Faculty Senate President and has chaired numerous JCSU faculty committees. His research interests include science education, educational technology, and computational biochemistry. 
A native of North Carolina, Tim is devoted to his wife, KT, and his three children, Julie, Paul, and Will. His hobbies include reading history and science fiction, kayaking, chess, camping, and binge-watching Netflix. Dr. Champion was a participant of the Smith Institute for Applied Research’s Course based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Fellowship within Government Sponsored Programs and Research.

Dr. Indhu Gopal has been an educator for two decades and has taught Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Psychomotor Development, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Physical Fitness & Yoga. Dr. Gopal earned degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Human Physiology (M.S.) and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Ph.D.) in Exercise Physiology. She emigrated from India where she spent many years learning classical Indian Dance-Bharatha Natyam and Yoga. Gopal is an award-winning professor, and has been invited to make presentations at professional conferences spanning 4 continents, and has authored several publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Gopal’s research interests include HIV/AIDS, Mind-Body Interventions Obesity, Exercise, Antioxidants & Pedagogy. Dr. Gopal’s leadership at JCSU includes serving as chairperson of various committees, faculty mentor for student research experiences, received numerous grants, and served as coordinator of several programs, including Study Abroad. Dr. Gopal took students to Israel and Egypt, provided 40+ students with mentorship in research, and. She loves to travel, meet people from different cultures and try different ethnic foods. Dr. Indhu Gopal was a participant in the CURE Fellowship program sponsored by Smith Institute for Applied Research.

Dr. Gary C. Guffey teaches in the Communication Arts program at Johnson C. Smith University. Dr. Guffey earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication from the Grady College in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  He obtained a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University. At Indiana University and the University of Georgia he enrolled in media law courses. Dr. Guffey completed undergraduate coursework at High Point University, where he double majored with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics.  He also studied accounting at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dr. Gary Guffey recently participated in the CURE Fellowship program.

Dr. Brian J. Hunt joined the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Johnson C. University in August 2007 and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Coordinator of the Mathematics Degree Program. From 2007 to 2012, he served in a dual capacity as the Math Lab Coordinator, coordinating tutoring services available to all Johnson C. Smith University students. He earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and a B.A. degree in Mathematics (with a minor in Psychology) from SUNY Geneseo. His specialty area is Operations Research with a concentration in Multicriteria Optimization. Dr. Hunt is passionate about teaching mathematics and helping students be successful as they work to achieve their goals. In his previous role, before joining the Johnson C. Smith University faculty, Dr. Hunt worked for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Helen Adair King is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johnson C. Smith University. She holds a BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University, a MPA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a MA and a PhD in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. 

Dr. King’s research areas include women in politics, campaigns and elections, and campaign ethics. 

Dr. King has given interviews about various political topics with local media outlets including WSOC, WBTV, WCNC and WFAE. Dr. King was a resent participant of the CURE Faculty Fellowship Program.

Dr.  Adrienne Phillips is an English professor with over 10 years of experience working at various colleges and universities.  Dr. Phillips specializes in rhetoric and composition and takes specific joy in teaching writing to entering college students and Basic Skills students earning GED. Dr. Phillips is an encouraging teacher who uses her life stories to encourage her students to find their writing voice and feel comfortable contributing in class.  Dr. Phillips is inspired daily by her wife, daughter and 2 dogs. In her free time, Adrienne likes to journal,  travel, cook, spend time with family and play with her dogs.

Dr. Katrina Watterson is an assistant professor of Spanish in University College at Johnson C. Smith University. She currently teaches Spanish 131 and 132, and her research interests include kinesthetic learning strategies and African Diaspora focused culture and history with a concentration on Spanish-speaking regions.

In Fall 2019 she was granted the opportunity to teach the Spanish Cultural Immersion course, which covered the Afro-Latino culture past and present. Dr. Watterson takes pleasure in implementing a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences for her Spanish 131 course which will allow students to explore these topics for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester.

Dr. Watterson is a CURE Faculty Fellow and has redesigned one of her courses to incorporate research into the curriculum.

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