20 Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

Date Published: 
August 18, 2016

At the University Convocation on August 18, 2016, twenty members of the faculty were recognized for their promotions to Full Professor.   At Convocation, each faculty member was presented with a Jefferson Cup, designed by Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia.  The cups were engraved with the UNC Charlotte logo, the faculty member’s name, department, and the year 2016.

MichèleFaculty President Lisa Walker,  Dr. Terry Xu, and Provost Lorden (2016) Bissière, Languages and Culture Studies
Michèle Bissière researches contemporary French cinema, with a focus on films dealing with immigration.  She is currently finishing a textbook on French cinema since the New Wave. In 2013, she served as Interim Chair of the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.  She has received the Dorothy Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Association of Teachers of French as well as the North Carolina AATF Teacher of the Year Award. Michèle is the founder and organizer of the annual International Film Festival, and has received numerous grants from the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation to bring French film festivals to campus.

Larissa Brunner Huber, Public Health Sciences
Larissa Huber’s research interests focus on reproductive epidemiology and how behaviors, such as choice of contraceptive methods, weight gain, and prenatal exposures, affect women’s health.  She has secured over $500,000 as the principle investigator of grants awarded by the National Institute of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the American College of Epidemiology.  Twenty-eight of her almost 40 articles represent research collaborations where her students were co-authors on the publications.  Larissa received the Graduate Teaching Award from the College of Health and Human Services, the Harshini de Silva Graduate Mentor Award, and has been named a Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professor of Teaching.

William Campbell, Music
Will Campbell joined the faculty at UNC Charlotte in 2004 as the Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Saxophone. Previous positions included touring internationally and recording as a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra.  Will was awarded Faculty Research Grants in 2007 and 2013, resulting in two critically acclaimed CD recordings. In 2009, he was the co-winner of the College of Arts + Architecture Teaching Award.  He has directed All-State Jazz Bands throughout the country, performed at numerous national and international conferences, and published scholarly articles and compositions in some of the most prestigious venues in the field.

Howie Fang, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science
Howie Fang specializes in modeling and simulation of impact problems. Since joining UNC Charlotte in 2006, he has developed a strong research program served as the principal investigator of eleven research projects totaling $1.8 million. Howie has organized seven mini-symposia for the top technical conferences in his field since 2006, and has served as the Associate Editor of International Journal of Design Engineering since 2013. He is also involved in K-12 activities to promote STEM education. During the past three years, he has served as a volunteer coach and team leader for the Science Olympiad Team of Jay M. Robinson Middle School.

Gregory Gbur, Physics and Optical Science
Greg Gbur is a theoretical physicist specializing in classical optics, optical vortices, statistical optics, and invisibility.  He currently has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, including three review articles in the long-running series Progress in Optics and four papers in the top physics journal Physical Review Letters.  Greg’s first book, Mathematical Methods for Optical Physics and Engineering, was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press; his second book, Singular Optics, will be published in 2016.  He runs a popular online blog about physics, optics, and the history of science called Skulls in the Stars.  He is a topical editor for the Journal of the Optical Society of America.

Charles Hutchison, Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education
Charles Hutchison merges knowledge from different academic disciplines to formulate new concepts including the “minority effect,” “cognitive allocation,” and “cultural constructivism,” which is gaining currency world-wide.  Charles is a seminal, systematic thinker on international migration of educators, and has written numerous articles and books on the subject. His latest of six books, Experiences of Immigrant Professors, was featured by Times Higher Education of London and Relocate Global magazine. He has served in several roles as a key-note speaker, guest editor, and is currently the editor of an international journal. Charles is a recipient of the Key to the City of Boston.

Joseph Kuhns, III, Criminal Justice and Criminology
Joe Kuhns’ research focuses on the impact of drug use on violent and property crime, police use of force and the use of deadly force against the police, and the impact of community policing.  Much of his research has been supported by extramural funding.  He has secured just under $900,000 in grants and contracts which allowed him to hire more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate students and engage them in the research process.  His edited volume, Police Use of Force: A Global Perspective, received a Choice award in 2010. In 2016, Joe received the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Integration of Teaching and Research award.

Michael Matthews, Special Education and Child Development
Michael Matthews’ scholarship addresses education policy, science learning, motivation and underachievement, parenting, and related issues in educating advanced learners from diverse backgrounds. His work has been recognized with the Early Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children and the Pyryt Collaboration Award from the American Educational Research Association. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics, board member of the National Association for Gifted Children, chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent group of the American Educational Research Association, and he served on the boards of the Metrolina Scholars Academy and the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented.

Gregory Mixon, History
Gregory Mixon is a scholar of the United States South in the decades following the Civil War, with particular emphasis on African American history, urbanization, race relations, racial violence, society, and racial politics across the Western Hemisphere. In 2016, he was the winner of the J. Murrey Atkins Library Faculty Engagement Award for Teaching. He was awarded three National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowships and a Pew-Charitable Trust Research Fellowship. He is the author of two books: The Atlanta Riot: Race, Class, and Violence in a New South City (2005) and Show Thyself a Man: Georgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905 (2016).

Sangkil Moon, Marketing
Sangkil Moon joined the Belk College of Business to be part of the University-wide analytics initiative. Sangkil’s research includes marketing analytics, big data analytics, social media, culture and consumers, customer relationship management, and movie marketing.  His research has been published in various leading journals, including the Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, the International Journal of Research in Marketing, the Journal of International Marketing, the Journal of Interactive Marketing, the Journal of Business Research, and the European Journal of Marketing. Sangkil won the 2002 Marketing Science Institute Alden G. Clayton Dissertation Proposal Competition and the 2008 Davidson Award for the best paper in the Journal of Retailing).

Ertunga Ozelkan, Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
Ertunga Ozelkan’s research interests include flexible production planning, supply chain pricing, and lean system design and applications in various industries.  Ertunga led the establishment of the B.S. in Systems Engineering and the online M.S. program in Engineering Management. He co-established the Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems and served as its associate director. During his three year of service as a director and interim chair, the new Systems Engineering and Engineering Management department has experienced increases in department enrollment, research funding, and academic programs.  Ertunga received three teaching awards including an award from the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers’ Lean Division.

S. Michael Putman, Reading and Elementary Education
Michael Putman is the chair of the Department of Reading and Elementary Education. Dr. Putman’s primary research agenda is focused on two overarching themes: leveraging technology to improve teaching and learning and examining how dispositional attributes influence and are influenced by the teaching and learning process. He has more than 40 professional publications, including five books, with his sixth book due to be published in January 2017. His publications in Action in Teacher Education and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education rank among the top ten most cited and most read articles, respectively, in the journals over the past three years. Dr. Putman has also secured over $700,000 in grant funding. 

Tracy Rock, Reading and Elementary Education
Tracy Rock’s teaching and research interests include inquiry models of teacher professional development, Social Studies Education, and Service Learning.  Tracy has published over 25 refereed journal articles and book chapters and is co-author on an Action Research for Teachers text that will be published in 2017.  She is a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning where she provides professional development opportunities for faculty and coordinates the Provost’s Doctoral Teaching Fellowship.   Tracy is the recipient of several teaching awards including the Teaching Fellows Teaching Excellence Award in 2007, the 2014 Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2015 Board of Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Linda Shanock, Psychology
Linda Shanock’s research focuses on supportive work organizations including the role of leaders and cultural support implications. She has published scholarly articles in highly ranked journals in her field including a meta-analysis of perceived organizational support that has been cited over 3,600 times.  She was named one of the top 100 most cited scholars in the field of management. Her research has been funded by the Society for Human Resource Management and Bank of America; she also had a graduate student funded by the National Science Foundation.  She has served for five years as Associate Director of the Organizational Science Ph.D. program.

Elizabeth Stearns, Sociology
Elizabeth Stearns’s research interests include the interplay between structural characteristics of schools and student outcomes such as gender and racial disparities in achievement and attainment.  Her current research focuses on the gender and racial gaps in STEM education, including the declaration and graduation of college STEM majors.  With funding from several grants from the National Science Foundation, she has guided a large research project aimed at answering questions regarding the roots of these STEM disparities. She has published widely in sociological journals such as Sociology of Education, and those with a focus on educational policy.  Her teaching experiences center on courses in research design and social inequality.

Bruce Taylor, Reading and Elementary Education
Bruce Taylor’s research and teaching focus on the social and cultural aspects of literacy, the role of diverse texts and technologies in content-area classrooms, and the community based support for literacy. He is the recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award and the Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship in Teaching at UNC Charlotte and has brought in over $700,000 in grants and contracts. Bruce is Associate Dean for the Prospect for Success program and Director of the Center for Adolescent Literacies. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses that focus on content area literacy, multi-literacies and sociocultural perspectives of language and literacy.

Mesbah Uddin, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science
The primary focus of Mesbah Uddin's research is improvement of the predictive capabilities of aerodynamic tools which includes experimental and numerical studies on racing in proximity, road vehicle external and underhood flows, boundary layer and jet flows, and turbulence modeling.  He is the current Director of the North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center. He is a member of the NC Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council and is serving on the Road Vehicle Forum Committee. He appears frequently on electronic media as a subject matter expert. He has been Principle Investigator or Co-Principle Investigator on funded grants totaling over $2.4 million.

Mark R. Wilson, History
Mark Wilson’s research focuses on the economic and political history of war mobilizations and military-industrial relations in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  He is a former National Endowment for the Humanities fellow.  At UNC Charlotte, he recently completed a two-year term as a member of the Faculty Executive Committee.  He teaches courses on the history of capitalism, the history of democracy in America, and historical writing.  His books include The Business of Civil War: Military Mobilization and the State, 1861-1865 (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II (University of Pennsylvania Press).

Charles Wood, Special Education and Child Development
As Professor of Special Education, Charles’ research and teaching interests include single-case research, instructional design, and students with high-incidence disabilities. In addition to his impressive research record, he has been the recipient of the UNC Charlotte College of Education Award for Excellence in Research, the UNC Charlotte College of Education Teaching Fellows Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the North Carolina Teacher Education Division Outstanding Career Award in Teacher Preparation. For six years, Charles served on the executive board of the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children.

Terry Xu, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science
Terry Xu has research expertise in the field of synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional nanostructures for energy applications, particularly on creation of novel boron-based nanomaterials for thermoelectric energy conversion. She has received more than $1.7 million in funding, including the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award and the competitive Major Research Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation.  She has numerous publications in high impact journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Nano Letters, and Physical Review Letters.  She is an active member in the Nanomaterials Committee within the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, serving as a guest editor and organizing a series of Functional Nanomaterials symposiums.

Jing Yang, Computer Science
Jing Yang received her Ph.D. in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2005. She has been conducting research in the fields of visual analytics and information visualization, focused on visual analytics approaches to exploring large scale abstract data such as multidimensional data, text documents, graphs, traffic data, and sports data. Her work has been published extensively in refereed journals and conferences. She was on the program committee and the organization committee of multiple top conferences in her research fields. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, Google, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.