New faculty members
LAKELAND, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2002) - Florida Southern College is pleased
to announce its new faculty members, profiled below. They will be
welcomed by leading officials of Publix Super Markets at a luncheon
on Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. The lunch will be followed by a tour of
Publix's corporate offices.
John T. Crow
John Crow begins his second year at Florida Southern College, but
this year he joins the ranks of the regular faculty in English as
Associate Professor of English and Director of the Computer Lab.
Crow received his undergraduate degree in Russian from the University
of Oklahoma and his Ph.D. in applied linguistics from the University
of Texas/Austin. He began his academic career at the University
of North Texas, where his accomplishments included founding the
Intensive English Language Institute and serving on a Fulbright
Lectureship in the former Soviet Union. He has published on technical
writing, language acquisition, and psycholinguistics. In 1987, Crow
relocated to the Virgin Islands where he joined the computer industry
as a programmer. Later he became the president of Computer Support
Services, Inc., specializing in custom designing computer business
applications. During this past year, Crow set up the peer-to-peer
network in the English writing lab, developed an on-line student
survey, and served as the principal investigator in a Verizon grant
to develop an ESL program in English. Crow continues to split his
appointment at Florida Southern College with computer science.
Nikolaos Kalogeropoulos comes to Florida Southern College's Department
of Chemistry and Physics via Canada and Greece. A Canadian citizen,
Kalogeropoulos has been a visiting assistant professor at Ryerson
University in Toronto since 1997. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse
University in New York, where his doctoral dissertation was titled
"On Applications of Algebraic Topology to Quantum Field Theory."
As a graduate student, he was feted for outstanding performance
as the leading teaching assistant. Other visiting appointments have
included the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Cambridge,
UK, summer 2001), Centennial College (Toronto), and Hobart and William
Smith Colleges (New York). He has taught electronics, physical science,
and calculus-based physics including mechanics, fluids, electricity
and magnetism, waves and optics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear
physics. His B.S. in physics was earned at the University of Athens
Susan Kaye Opt
Susan Opt joins the Communication Department after seven years at
the University of Houston/Victoria, in Victoria, Texas, as an assistant
and associate professor. She received her Ph.D. in communication
from the Ohio State University, and her dissertation was titled
"Popular Discourse on Expert Systems: Communication Patterns in
the Acculturation of an AI Innovation." She brings with her extensive
teaching experience in the University of Maryland's European Division
(Germany), Barry University, the University of West Florida, and
Franklin University (Ohio). Along with her academic credentials
in public relations, group dynamics, corporate communication, and
interpersonal communication, Opt has also worked professionally
in journalism and communication as a general partner in a public
relations consulting firm, as a free-lance writer for a number of
newspapers and magazines, and in textbook publishing. Her publications
include works on rethinking communication (a Myers-Briggs reinterpretation),
cultural myths, and story-telling. She received her B.F.A. in theatre
arts management from Wright State and her M.A. in journalism from
The Ohio State University.
David A. Rose
David Rose joins the Mathematics and Computer Science Department
as a seasoned veteran of academe. Rose received his Ph.D. in mathematics
from the University of South Florida and began his career nearby
at the University of Tampa. Leaving Florida, he continued his career
at Francis Marion College in Florence, S.C., and East Central University
and Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. He then returned to his
native Florida to serve as professor of mathematics and chair of
the mathematics department of Southeastern College in Lakeland.
His teaching fields include mathematics, engineering calculus, real
analysis, and mathematics of business, the social sciences, and
liberal arts. He has published in "The College Mathematics Journal"
and he continues to serve as a referee for articles in a number
of professional journals.
John Thomasson, who received his Doctor of Musical Arts in voice
performance, has served as associate professor of voice, voice area
coordinator, and opera workshop director at Shorter College in Rome,
Ga., since 1995. His doctoral work included a dissertation titled
"A Brief Biography of Viktor Ullmann and an Overview of 'Der Kaiser
von Atlantis'." He also took part in an apprentice program with
the Des Moines Metro Opera and studied during 1984-1989 at the Hochschule
für Musik und darsellende Kunst "Mozarteum," in Salzburg, Austria.
He has taken master classes in Atlanta, Salzburg, Karlsruhe, and
Paris. His awards include the Goldovsky Fellowship for the Annual
Harrower Summer Opera Workshop (2001), induction into Pi Kappa Lambda,
a prize of the Ada Sari International Vocal Competition (Poland),
and the Gianna Szell Stipendium for study in Salzburg. He is a frequent
performer, stage director, musical director, and opera set designer.
His teaching fields include studio voice, music theatre literature,
French and German diction for singers, and vocal pedagogy.
Marcie W. Pospichal, Director, Academic Support Services
Marcie Pospichal, a 1985 alumna of Florida Southern, joins the college
this fall as Director of Academic Support Services. After graduating
from FSC summa cum laude in psychology, Pospichal earned her M.A.
and Ph.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University in psychology (neuroscience)
with a minor in biology. Remaining in the Nashville area, she worked
as a research associate in the Vanderbilt University department
of psychology, editorial assistant for the "Journal of Comparative
Neurology," coordinator of graduate studies for the Center for Molecular
Neuroscience, and assistant director of Programs in Neuroscience
Education. Her work at Vanderbilt included counseling students,
designing curricula, grant writing, serving as a liaison with departments
throughout campus, and establishing university and community programs
on "Brain Awareness." Her research includes work on hormones and
behavior, brain development, and functional recovery after injury.
Pospichal will be overseeing new student and transfer student advising
and registration, academic support services, and monitoring the
progress of students in academic difficulty. As such, she is a key
individual in the college's retention activities. She will continue
her relationship with the FSC psychology department where she has
been teaching as an adjunct since last year.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.