Dr. Katherine Brown
Dr. Katherine Brown is a Professional Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Tarleton State University. Dr. Brown is also a Faculty Affiliate in The Institute on Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking at Tarleton. In addition to her interest in crimes against women and children, her research interests include: child abduction murder investigation, crime scene investigation, serial murder, crime scene assessment, technology facilitated crimes against children, forensic evidence and other solvability factors affecting murder investigations
Dr. Jumanah Hajjat
Dr. Hajjat is an Assistant Professor of Civil/Geotechnical Engineering at Tarleton State University. She earned a doctorate in civil/geotechnical engineering from Texas A & M University, College Station. She has expertise in industry, teaching, and research from different institutions. Her scientific findings are highlighted in several journal and conference articles. Dr. Hajjat’s research interests involve soil mechanics, unsaturated soils, expansive clay, desiccation cracks in soils, and soil-structure interaction.
Dr. Alexandru Herescu
Dr. Herescu earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, for work in energy technology and microfluidics. His research interests and expertise are in the thermal-fluid sciences, pertaining to thermal and fluid management applied to the development of alternative energy and biomedical technology, in particular applications presenting small passages (e.g. heat exchangers, phase separators and filtration systems), and controlled hydrophilic-hydrophobic wetting. He worked on a government contract (Department of Energy) which addressed target barriers of water transport within the PEM fuel cell stack (hydrogen batteries), in cooperation with General Motors. He started his engineering career as an aerospace engineer, he carried out wind tunnel testing and numerical simulations to investigate propellant management in low-gravity environments.
Dr. Md Shahriar Islam
Dr. Md Shahriar Islam is an Assistant Professor in Public Administration at Tarleton State University. His research interests include behavioral public administration and management with a particular focus on ‘trust in government,’ ‘public service delivery,’ and ‘social justice.’ Additionally, Dr. Islam is interested in studying the relationship between public management, mass violence prevention, and diversity and equity. His research appeared in the International Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Leadership in Public Service, and South Asian Survey. Dr. Islam works on different public administration and management issues by taking examples from the Global South.
Grace Kelly is an Instructor of Public Administration with Tarleton State University. Prof. Kelly earned her Master’s in Public Service and Administration from the George H.W. Bush School of Government at Texas A&M. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a former Legislative Director with the Texas House of Representatives. She has professional experience in policy, education, research, government, political campaigns, community development, and non-profits. Her purpose is to educate public servants so that they can become the authentic and inspirational leaders of tomorrow.
Dr. Lindsey Marek
Dr. Lindsey Marek is an Assistant Clinical Social Work Professor at Tarleton State University. She is also a licensed master social worker (LMSW), licensed chemical dependency counselor-intern (LCDC-I), dementia certified, trust-based relation intervention certified (TBRI), crisis prevention intervention certified (CPI), and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Dr. Marek is also a Community Engagement and Service-Learning Fellow (CESL) with Tarleton State University’s Center for Educational Excellence. Her research interest includes public-school mental health, social work in schools, and the relationship between acute care and homelessness.
Dr. Amy Odell
Dr. Amy O’Dell is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Tarleton State University and Department Head for the Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy. She received her law degree from Delaware Law School and is licensed to practice law in Delaware, New Jersey, and Texas. She has spent much of her career preparing undergraduates to work in the legal field as paralegals and lawyers. Her research interests are high-impact teaching practices, undergraduate persistence, and qualities of a master-teacher.
Dr. Nourouddin Sharifi
Dr. Sharifi is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tarleton State University. His background is in Thermal-Fluid Sciences, specifically energy storage and conversion. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Connecticut and he has extensive experiences in teaching and research in different institutions. His scientific findings are highlighted in several journal articles and patents. Dr. Sharifi’s research interests include: Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Applications, Energy Storage and Conversion (Thermal, electrical, and etc.), Biocompatible and Implantable Electrical Energy Storage, Hydrogel for Cancer Tissue, Drug Delivery, and Medical device Applications, Transport Phenomena in Multiphase Systems, Thermal Management, Phase Change, Heat Pipes, Microfluidics, Porous Medium.
Dr. Alex Sullins
Sport Management & Kinesiology
Dr. Alex Sullins is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Sport Science within the School of Kinesiology at Tarleton State University. Dr. Sullins is also a Certified Professional Parks and Recreation Profession, certified by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Before university teaching, Dr. Sullins spent his early career in the sport and recreation industry within minor league sports, college administration, and municipal recreation, Dr. Sullins focuses on whole student development as well as career preparation. Dr. Sullins’ research interest includes sport tourism, both active and passive, motivations for active participation in sport, and youth development within sport.