Southern Arkansas University welcomes 21 new faculty members this year who are entering 12 different academic departments on campus and come from 13 diverse states.  

Included in the new faculty is Jennifer Kelton-Huff, program director for SAU’s newest program – Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She comes to SAU from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The SAU Public Health program starts this fall and is designed to incorporate many disciplines which work together to ensure a community’s health needs are addressed from all angles. In addition to core public health courses, the degree plan includes courses in nursing, biology, psychology, sociology, health sciences, and recreation. The program also incorporates an upper-level public health internship, which emphasizes the importance of community collaboration and SAU’s commitment to meaningful career preparation, skill development, and effective citizenship.

According to the Press Release, the SAU Department of Nursing also introduced a new department chair over the summer, Dr. Karen Landry, who was formerly department chair and director of nursing at Texas A&M University in Texarkana, Texas.

Brittany Bara brings her diverse theatre teaching experience – acting; directing; voice and movement; and musical theatre – from the University of Pittsburgh to her new role as SAU’s director of Theatre and assistant professor of Musical Theatre.

“We are delighted that such a talented group of new faculty have decided to further their careers at SAU,” said Dr. David Lanoue, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are proud to be the campus of choice for outstanding scholars and teachers from throughout the United States and around the world.”
Southern Arkansas University is the second largest employer in Columbia County with a total of 430 employees – 176 faculty members and 254 staff members.

The full list of SAU’s new faculty follows:

  • Brittany Bara
    Director of Theatre/Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
    Formerly of the University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth Borkowski
    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
    Former Instructor at the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Dr. Jeremy Chamberlain
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Former Visiting Professor, Department of Biology, University of Arkansas
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Kurt Coppersmith
    Assistant Professor of Art/Design
    Former Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dr. Heather Crapo
    Instructor of Chemistry
    Formerly of Binghamton University
    Binghamton, New York
  • Dr. Mamadou Djiguimde
    Assistant Professor of English and Foreign Languages
    Former Writing Instructor, Ball State University
    Muncie, Indiana
  • Dr. Phillip Dukes
    Associate Professor of Physics
    Formerly of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    Brownsville, Texas
  • Lloyd “Wally” Eastland
    Production Manager/Resident Designer (began spring of 2018)
    Formerly Principal Designer, LPR Design Studios, Melbourne and Victoria Australia; and Guest Artist Lighting Designer, Ashland University, Ohio and Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio
  • Dr. Elgaddafi Elamami
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at SAU; Adjunct, Campbell University
    Buies Creek, North Carolina
  • Dr. James Hyde
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Formerly a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jennifer Kelton-Huff
    Assistant Professor of Public Health
    Formerly of Middle Tennessee State University
    Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Dr. Karen Landry
    Department Chair/Professor of Nursing
    Former Department Chair and Director of Nursing, Texas A&M University
    Texarkana, Texas
  • Dr. Daniel McDermott
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Former Affiliate Faculty, General Microbiology, Metro State University
    Denver, Colorado
  • Roslyn Nipper
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Former Assistant Professor of Nursing, South Arkansas Community College
    El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Dr. Dennis Ortiz
    Assistant Professor of Accounting
    Formerly of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    Edinburg, Texas
  • Angela Peeks
    Instructor of Biology
    Former Adjunct Instructor at SAU and Biology Teacher, Magnolia High School
    Magnolia, Arkansas
  • Rashad Pittman
    Instructor of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation
    Formerly of Northeastern State
    Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • Dr. Paul Schrader
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Former Teaching Associate, Bowling Green State University
    Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Brandi Spelbring
    Instructor of English
    Former Associate Professor of English, Dodge City Community College
    Dodge City, Kansas
  • Darryl Webb
    Instructor of Mathematics
    Former Math Tutor, SAU
    Magnolia, Arkansas
  • Tracy Woolfley
    Instructor of Nursing
    Formerly of Health Science and Technical Education, SAU Tech
    Camden, Arkansas



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